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San Clemente residents on Thursday, Sept. 2, will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the city and learn more about a potential gas station development on the corner of Visa Hermosa and Avenida La Pata.

Since first listing the 2.3-acre lot as surplus property in 2016, the city has received offers to purchase the land from more than a dozen developers—most of whom were looking to construct fuel stations along with other amenities.

The city council has reviewed those offers, and this past January narrowed down the top five bidders to three proposals. Since May, a city council subcommittee comprising Mayor Pro Tem Gene James and Councilmember Chris Duncan has been in direct talks with the front-runner, Cypress Express Partners.

Cypress submitted a final bid to buy the parcel for $7.5 million, with the intention of building a Chevron or Shell station, along with an H2Go Express Car Wash and a quick-service food and coffee outlet.

The city, in its notice for Thursday evening’s Open House, stressed that the “City Council has not yet voted on whether to proceed with a purchase and sale agreement.”

“This open house will be an opportunity for residents to learn about tentative development plans and provide feedback to City staff and a potential developer for the site,” the city said.

The community forum is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park.

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  • This “Open House” seems very premature since members of the city council have not voted and it “is required and council is the final decision maker on any development project on city owned land or can opt for a no build option and leave the property an open meadow.”
    I hope that people will attend this “Open House” because it’s our opportunity to voice our opinion, because this topic was only on the agenda as a closed session item at the last city council meeting.

    I thank San Clemente Times, in putting out this article since the City Manager did not put out a press release. It is my understanding that the City Manager did not send an email to city council members to inform them about it.

    The City has been lacking in generating press releases on important city matters and they should have. San Clemente residents are solely dependent on this publication for its news. Please write articles about Amazon Warehouse coming to San Clemente and especially the strong opposition from the residents. Thank you

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