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Gateway sign, gas station coming to L Street exit
City hopes to lure more travelers, development
BARSTOW• Development plans were recently approved for a new 130-foot city gateway monument sign and an ARCO AM/PM gas station.
The project is scheduled to be complete in November off Interstate 15 near L Street and Main Street.
ARCO AM/PM franchisee Sater Oil International presented a three-part plan at this week’s City Council meeting, detailing their timeline to open a gas station, truck stop and travel center along with at least two fast food restaurants and a 20-acre retail shopping center by 2017.
“We’ve been doing this gasoline business for over 35 years in California,” said Sater Oil International owner and president Mike Sater. “We like the Barstow location right off the Interstate 15 and we think the community is in need of a nice new AM/PM. And we’ll create more business for the city and more employment.”
The company owns gas station stores and developments throughout the state from Sacramento to San Diego, according to Sater.
“We love to be in the city of Barstow and we want to be an active company out there,” he said. “We will be involved in local and social activities as much as we can.”
The developer proposes to bring 70 new jobs by 2016 and an additional 70 jobs by 2017.
Phase one — to be completed by Nov. 30 — will include the gateway monument sign with an electronic reader board and the opening of the new ARCO AM/PM station.
Phase two — to be completed by 2016 — will be the opening of two quick serve restaurants and phase three (2017) will be the opening of a commercial retail shopping center. The center is planned to be at least 50,000 square feet and will be anchored by a regional supermarket, according to a report by the City of Barstow.
“If we could get a gateway entry sign located at that particular location we can direct travelers more appropriately off the freeway at Avenue L and really highlight the development potential of that entire Avenue L corridor, going down to Main Street and the property that the Sater group currently owns,” Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi said at the Council meeting.
Sater Oil International currently owns two parcels of property totaling 12.27 acres at the intersection of Avenue L and Main Street and will purchase an additional 7.39-acre parcel owned by the Successor Agency of Barstow at fair market value, per the development agreement.
The company will also pay an amount not to exceed $450,000 to purchase the property and pay for the costs to construct, operate and maintain the gateway monument sign. The City will pay for the engineering and design of the sign and have the freedom to approve the design standards and construction company that will build it.
Sater Oil will also provide the city with an illuminated space on the sign and 15 percent of the net rental revenues received from operating the sign.
“We’re very pleased to have worked through this DDA with city staff, the management, and to be here tonight,” said Sater Oil Vice President Eric LeVaughn at the Council meeting Monday night. “We are here to adhere to the DDA, to bring a project to Barstow and to make it work through the contract and to its end.”
He said the company is adamant about their ability to perform.
“We have a proven track record and we’ve never started anything that we haven’t finished,” LeVaughn said. “So we’ve never had a non-performance issue. We’re a performing company. We’re operators, we’re not just developers.”
Contact Brooke Self at (760) 256-4123 or BSelf@DesertDispatch.com.