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San Joaquin County supervisors approve Love’s truck stop at Flag City

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:32 pm | Updated: 6:35 am, Wed Feb 13, 2013.

If everything proceeds smoothly, construction of Flag City’s second truck stop should begin in late April or early May, according to Rick Shuffield, real estate director for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.

Love’s got the green light on Tuesday afternoon to build the new truck stop northeast of Thornton Road and Highway 12 after the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal by Pilot-Flying J, located across the street from the Love’s site.

“We’re a scaled-down version of Flying J,” Shuffield said after Tuesday’s public hearing.

The restaurant will be an Arby’s, a fast-food establishment, Shuffield said.

Pilot-Flying J, which houses a truck stop, Denny’s restaurant and convenience store, appealed the county Planning Commission’s approval of the Love’s project, claiming that the county failed to adequately address traffic and air quality, a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Pilot-Flying J had previously sued the Love’s developer and the county over the alleged CEQA violations, but the parties settled after Love’s agreed to do a partial environmental impact report focusing on traffic, air quality and whether there are enough freeway ramps at Highway 12 and Interstate 5.

The lawsuit hasn’t been resolved yet, so Shuffield said he will have to wait before beginning construction of the Love’s truck stop.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Ed Walters posted at 1:25 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 350

    This is concerning the location of the new truck stop named Loves. With Love`s that makes three truck stops within a mile of each other. According to the poorly drawn map on page 10 of the LNS, Loves will be directly across from Flying J which is a very large truck stop. The map left out Burger King which is between Loves and Hwy. 12. The orginal Flag City is located south of Hwy. 12 and next too Rockies Cafe, and makes me wonder what the supervisors were thinking by OK`ing another truck stop. At the present time Flying J has 60% or more of the truck business as they have a fully staffed garage, truck wash along with plenty of parking, along with their own area to fill up.

     

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