Downtown Gas Station Still Not Operating Despite Pressure from City Hall

A potential owner/tenant recently met with city staff.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published November 26, 2010

A gas station in downtown Temple City is still vacant despite pressure from City Hall.

The property currently lies vacant on the northwest corner of Oak Avenue and Las Tunas Drive. Community Development Manager Joseph Lambert in January had stated that the property owner was negotiating with a potential tenant.

On Thursday, Lambert said that he recently met with a potential tenant/owner for that property.

“The property owner is currently negotiating with this potential tenant/owner, who has had experience operating a Shell station in another nearby city,” he wrote in the March 25, 2010 weekly city manager’s report. “Staff met with the potential operator to discuss the re-opening of this gas station.

According to Lambert, this potential operator is “eager to start operating a gas station.”

The community development manager also mentioned that they had discussed future improvements on the property, such as a self-serve car wash and a larger convenience store.

“Staff will continue to work closely with all parties involved so we can get this site occupied as soon as possible,” he said.

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

In recent months, City Hall has been pressuring the current property owner to find somebody to re-open the gas station.

City Manager Jose Pulido asserted last December that the City could revoke the owner’s conditional use permit, given in 1972, if the owner did not secure a tenant quickly.

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