Former Tamarack gas station demolished

Former Tamarack gas station demolished
The site of the former 76 gas station on Tamarack Avenue is cleared out. New owners have taken over the property but haven't said what might become of the land. Photo by Tony Cagala

CARLSBAD — The unsightly abandoned gas station on Tamarack Avenue has been demolished, after the site received a number of complaints, according to Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Debbie Fountain.

“We’ve been working with the owner of the property due to (complaints) about the unsightly nature of it, so we’ve been working with them as a code enforcement issue,” Fountain said.

The Coastal Commission approved the demolition in August 2013. The process took so long because the company that applied for the demolition, Phillips 66, sold the property.

Fountain said the new owners hope to submit an application for a new project soon but are still working on cleanup.

“It had been an issue for quite a while and so we just contacted the new owners and indicated to them that we needed them to proceed with cleaning up the property and they were cooperative and had planned to do that,” Fountain said.

According to the grant deed, Tamarack Retail Partners, L.P., purchased the site for $700,000.

It was worth $981,018 in August 2006, according to the San Diego County Recorder Office.

No applications have been filed for the site, according to Michael Peterson,

Development Services Manager for the city.

The 1,500 square foot site was home to a 76 gas station. The gas pumps were removed but the sign remains.

The new owners did not respond to requests for comment.

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