City Manager Threatens to Revoke Owner’s CUP

Gas station owner agrees to cooperate with City: Pulido

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published June 4, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

Temple City is putting the pressure on the owner of the empty downtown gas station, City Manager Jose Pulido announced Thursday.

Pulido reported in his December 3, 2009 weekly city manager’s report that he, the community development manager, and the public safety owner met with the property owner to discuss code enforcement issues.

According to the city manager, they also met “to advise the property owner of their land use options for this property, which could entail the revocation of the 1972 Conditional Use Permit (CUP 72-375) to operate a gas station if [the property owner] does not secure a tenant soon.”

The unused property sits vacant on the northwest corner of Oak Avenue and Las Tunas Drive.

Since 2007, the gas station has not been operating, making the property an eyesore for Temple City officials and local business owners.

When the matter was brought up in November, city officials then stated the property owner was interested in finding a gas operator affiliated with Union 76 (also known as UnoCal), a subsidiary of Chevron.

The city manager further stated the property owner was obtaining approval to open a UnoCal gas station.

Soon to be permanent City Attorney Eric Vail has previously stated the owner has a right to leave his property vacant, as long as he complies with Temple City’s nuisance code.

The only code enforcement issues are illegal parking and tires sitting on the property, City Manager Pulido said.

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