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DON GLASGOW, San Clemente

Citizens and councilmembers of San Clemente, I wanted to share some thoughts on my mind about the property being considered for a gas station, car wash and snack store at Avenida La Pata and Vista Hermosa.

My idea for the use of that property is much different than what is being promoted by most of our city leadership. We all read quite a lot about the enormity of the soon-to-be millennial population as they creep closer and closer to the age of grown-ups (seniors) that some refer to as retirement years. Thus, “No Gas Station/Car Wash.”

Gas stations are not likely to grow much over the years ahead due to auto industry emphasis on electric-powered vehicles. No gasoline needed, right? Why approve and build another gas station on city-owned property when it is possible, in 10 to 20 years, they may not be an important factor in our lives?

What to do with that property? Back to the large growth of the millennials and others reaching into their retirement years with good health and finances. My idea is to think about selling that property to a developer who features the business of building quality assisted-living facilities like the one soon to be completed at Califia and Presidente. Others in town, too.

At the said property, much is available to this senior population in the way of quality amenities to include a wonderful nearby park, the fire station services next door, huge Mission area medical services just 20 minutes away up La Pata, shopping nearby, and other good amenities within quick reach.

I believe gas stations are in the past as we go forward over the next 10 to 20 years, then thereafter. Assisted living or affordable living for seniors is here now and will be a big-time growth business over the same period of time and beyond.

Please, please, and please, city councilmembers, do not approve the sale or lease to a gas station developer/operator at the corner of La Pata and Vista Hermosa.

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