Vacant Downtown Gas Station May Open Next Week

Pulido: Tens of Thousands of dollars in potential tax revenue lost

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published March 25, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY)

An empty gas station in downtown Temple City may open next week, according to City Manager Jose Pulido.

The new business owner, Ahmed Rabadi “indicated that he would like to have the gas station up and running by next week, which in staff’s opinion, should not be a problem,” Pulido wrote in his May 13, 2010 weekly manager’s report.

“In the immediate future, you may notice new signage being installed and other work being done to get the gas station operational and generating sales tax revenues again,” he continued.

The city manager, who joined City Hall in October 2009, estimated that Temple City lost $140,000 in potential sales tax revenues for the seven years the gas station ceased operations.

Rabadi, who operate over 30 gasoline stations in California, signed a lease with the property owner on May 5.

According to the city manager, Rabadi plans to operate a Unocal 76 gas station in the near future. Rabadi also plans to open a mini mart and a car wash component.

Since 2007, the City Council has pushed for the gas station, located on the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Oak Avenue, to resume operations.

City Manager Pulido expedited the efforts once he came on board. Last year, Pulido even threatened to revoke the property owner’s conditional use permit which was granted in 1972.

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