YERMO A Victorville real estate company is in the preparatory stages for a planned retail center on property near the intersection of Fort Irwin Road and Interstate 15.

Signs and fences have been erected on the site as well as a small construction office.

Ivan Nyal, associate Realtor with Interstate Properties, says that he is currently working with the county and state officials as well as investors for planned center to include a truck stop and motel.

"We've in the infant stages," said Nyal. "We're working with the county on a site plan ... there are environmental studies that have to be done."

Judy Tatman, Principal Planner for San Bernardino County Land Services, said that she can't find any applications on record for a retail site near I-15 and Fort Irwin Road. Tatman said the county received applications for other I-15 developments near Minneola Road and Calico-Yermo Road in 2006 and 2007 that have yet to break ground.

Nyal said that he has not arrived at the application stage for the project yet.

Nyal said that he is also talking with investors from countries abroad, including China and England, to provide funding for the proposed center, which would cover 40 acres of land in its first stage.

The proposed development may include a truck stop, motel, and an auto repair outlet. Nyal said that stores at the proposed center would be geared toward military personnel and civilians who have business at either Fort Irwin Training Center or the Marine Corp Logistics Base.

"There are 50,000 cars going up and down (Ft. Irwin) road every week," said Nyal. "Some people stay in hotels in San Bernardino because the hotels around here are full."

An unidentified clerk at the Oak Tree Inn, the nearest motel to the proposed development, declined to give an occupancy rate for the 65-room hotel but said that the Oak Tree Inn had contracts with Union Pacific railroad and was not always full.

Nyal said he is meeting with property owners this weekend and will have further detail on the project soon.

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