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Ripon OKS retail with gas pumps, car wash at Arc Way & Milgeo Ave.

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POSTED April 29, 2009 2:40 a.m.
RIPON – More retail space is on its way to Ripon.

Last week the Ripon Planning Commission approved a proposal that will allow a developer to construct a project at the corner of Arc Way and Milgeo Avenue set to include more than 11,000 square-feet of retail space as well as a service station set to include a car wash and a 3,000 square-foot convenience store.

Navid Fardenesh cast the lone dissenting vote.

But even with the approval of the commission – that granted the request for the use permit – it could still be some time before the project actually comes close to being constructed.

According to Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, the developer indicated that the funding from the lending institute being used to finance the project will only back the construction costs once 60 percent of the available space is contracted in leasees.

The developer is currently in negotiations with national tenants for the proposed service station, and hopes to break ground on that portion of the project by July.

Resident Anita Vander Veen spoke in opposition to the project citing that her property currently overlooks the project and could jeopardize her privacy as the busy parcel begins to operate. Vander Veen also noted that there is already a large amount of unfilled retail space in Ripon.

The threat of an increase of traffic prompted Mark Lisa to speak in opposition of the project. Lisa said that motorists often to stop at the stop sign and that the industrial yard off of Milgeo combined with the vehicles that exit the freeway at that location will make the area very congested.

George Condon submitted a letter citing that a project like the one proposed would lead to a decline in the safety and attractiveness of some of Ripon’s nicest neighborhoods.

Ripon current has the largest concentration of service stations off of the Jack Tone Road interchange – the construction of which has made the area a major stop for travelers on the Highway 99 corridor and has since become the source of up to 70 percent of the sales tax generated in the community.
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