Permits next for mini-mart at Pacheco

Project winding its ways through safety review

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 3, 2012 

It will likely be a few months longer before dirt is turned for a project that will relocate a McDonald's and bring an Arco gas station/mini-market to town.

The northwest corner of Badger Flat Road and Pacheco Boulevard is slated to have a 2,900-square-foot am-pm minimarket and a 3,900-square-foot McDonald's built on it. The project, which was approved by the Planning Commission last year, is in the safety check process regarding traffic and infrastructure.

"Absolutely, it's still happening," Community Development Director Paula Fitzgerald said.

She said the project was being reviewed by the Public Works Department and building permits will be made available as soon as plan inspections are complete.

The timing of the project was expected to be an issue because the McDonald's restaurant in the 900 block of I Street had a lease that was scheduled to expire Thursday. The restaurant is scheduled to relocate next to the am-pm.

Fitzgerald said she has not spoken with restaurant owners and does not know if the lease was extended. Repeated attempts to contact the owner of the I Street McDonald's were also unsuccessful.

Gary Hutsell, assistant public works director, said his department is almost finished with its review of the project.

"We were looking at where the utilities would go. We got everything pretty much resolved," Hutsell said.

He said the California Department of Transportation will review the project next. He said he expects Caltrans to focus on signal light improvements in the area. Hutsell said the Public Works Department will have some input on what Caltrans decides needs to be done.

The project will likely include widening the north side of Highway 152 and the west side of Badger Flat Road.

Hutsell said it is up to the building developer to decide when to start construction after the dealings with Caltrans are complete. But, Hutsell said, he believes the Caltrans review could take a couple of months.

Enterprise staff writer Corey Pride can be reached at 388-6563 or cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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