Gas station owner to replace auto repair shop with 24-hour convenience store

Gas station owner to replace auto repair shop with 24-hour convenience store

The Cupertino Planning Commission last week unanimously approved a renovation plan for a gas station at S. De Anza Boulevard and Pacifica Drive that will replace an existing auto repair shop with a 24-hour convenience store that serves alcohol.

Located just blocks from Cupertino City Hall at 10490 S. De Anza Blvd., the existing 76 gasoline service station is set to receive a major update that includes replacing a 1,221 square-foot auto repair shop with a 2,419 square foot convenience market, along with site improvements such as paving for off-street parking and landscaping. The station will retain its current number of pumps.

The attorney for owners of an office building next door raised concern over the 24-hour store, citing the potential for loitering and trash. However, planning commissioners supported a 24-hour business on a major artery, with one noting the area is not known for loitering.

City officials said the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office inspected the site and “didn’t see any specific concerns.”

The station is located near mostly commercial buildings and commercial office uses. The closest residential units are about 300 feet to the east on Silverado Avenue and 450 feet to the west (across S. De Anza Boulevard), according to the city.

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