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By Jim Shilander

The city of San Clemente may look to hold on to some of its surplus property, including a parcel at the corner of Avenida Vista Hermosa and La Pata that it may consider leasing.

The city is examining its surplus property holdings for the first time since 2002 as a consequence of changing its computer maintenance management system. The inventory found the city owns a number of parcels that it could not sell due to small size. Three properties, however, including the La Pata/Vista Hermosa corner, the former fire station at Calle Negocio and a property at 754 Avenida Acapulco, could be declared surplus and made available for sale of lease. The city could also lease the former San Clemente Chamber of Commerce building at 1100 N. El Camino Real once it completes upgrade.

Mayor Tim Brown suggested that rather than selling the properties, the city should consider leasing them, since they are almost certain to increase in value. He was particularly interested in perhaps turning the Vista Hermosa/ La Pata corner property into a gas station, since there is only one east of Interstate 5 and a number of Talega residents have expressed an interest in having a gas station closer to their homes.

Assistant city manager Erik Sund said the city had already been approached by developers with regard to that property, including one proposing a gas station. The property could also be subdivided to allow for an additional retail at the site.

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