Lease to 24-hour towing company OK’d

Lease to 24-hour towing company OK’d
The property owner of El Camino Rental and Grading would like to lease part of the lot to a towing company. The towing company would operate 24-7. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to a conditional use permit that allows 24,436 square feet of the 4.57-acre parcel at 1833 Oceanside Blvd. to be leased to a 24-hour towing company. 

Currently, El Camino Rental and Grading operates on the developed site that is located in the light industrial zone. The heavy equipment rental company will continue to do business on the shared lot.

Roadway Auto Towing will operate around the clock with up to three tow trucks on site and limit car retrieval hours to Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prior to the commission’s approval city senior planner Richard Greenbauer said the OK rested on the commission getting more information from the applicant/property owner on adequate storm water drainage and adding enhanced landscaping. These conditions were met.

Other than addressing those issues the property will stay “as is” during the temporary lease agreement.

“There will be no renovation or construction,” Greenbauer said.

There was one public speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting who cited a list of reasons the lease should not be OK’d.

Greenbauer said the speaker brought up the storm water drainage issue and made claims that the business owner had past law enforcement issues. Greenbauer did not go into any further details.

Public comments did not seem to move the commission past wanting the known drainage issues addressed.

Greenbauer said the equipment rental business has been in operations for over 10 years.

 

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