BOULDER – Iowa-based Kum and Go LC closed recently on the $2 million purchase of 3365 Diagonal Highway, advancing its plans to build a 24-hour convenience store and gas station, as well as sell a portion of the site for future development.

The 2.3-acre property, purchased from 3365 Diagonal LLC, is the site of a former Sinclair gas station that recently closed. Uses in other buildings on the site have included an auto repair store, a restaurant, a towing company and numerous others over the years. The triangular property sits at the southwest corner of the Diagonal Highway and Independence Road on the northeast edge of Boulder.

An official for Kum and Go could not be reached for comment. But redevelopment of the site is one the company has had in the works for more than a year.

Kum and Go submitted a concept review with the city of Boulder in November of 2012. A more formal site review was submitted in September due to the size of the land involved. A use review to allow a gas station at the site, which is zoned Business Transition-1, is under review with city planning staff now. A request to replat the property into two parcels is also being examined.

None of the applications require public hearings, though the planning board could call them up if it felt there were still needs to be addressed in the design. City planner Chandler Van Schaack said a gas station is generally an appropriate use for the location.

Kum and Go's plan is to use a 1.8-acre portion of the site for the new convenience store and 10-pump gas station. The other half-acre would be sold for development.

Kum and Go's proposed store is 4,991 square feet. Documents filed by Kum and Go with the city tout the building, which will feature a brick, stone and metal façade, as being "unlike any store that Kum and Go has built to date."

That's important to city planning staff and the planning board, who requested that Kum and Go to think outside the box with the architecture of the building given its location at one of the major gateways to the city.

"So we're actually pretty excited to see how that looks in the end," Van Schaack said.