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.
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