Jurupa Valley to vote on truck stop that could bring jobs — and air pollution
A proposed truck stop would include fuel dispensers for 12 diesel trucks and eight passenger vehicles, a convenience store that wouldn’t sell alcohol, a drive-thru fast food restaurant and 195 parking spots. The project would occupy 12 acres on the northwest corner of Etiwanda Avenue and Riverside Drive. (Courtesy photo)
A proposed Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley could bring 79 full-time jobs, a total economic benefit to the region of nearly $2.5 billion and more than $17 million in revenue for the city in its first 20 years, a city analysis shows.
But the truck stop would also expose residents to “significant” emissions from diesel trucks, according to the same analysis.
Those environmental impacts and other concerns such as traffic congestion prompted two separate appeals of the Jurupa Valley Planning Commission’s approval of the project.
The City Council will consider those appeals Dec. 20.
The truck stop would include fuel dispensers for 12 diesel trucks and eight passenger vehicles, a convenience store that wouldn’t sell alcohol, a drive-thru fast food restaurant and 195 parking spots. The project would occupy 12 acres on the northwest corner of Etiwanda Avenue and Riverside Drive.
Just south of the 60 Freeway in an area zoned for manufacturing, the project would also be 1,190 feet from the Mira Loma neighborhood — 0.22 miles — and about 0.75 miles from Jurupa Valley High School.
“The project would disrupt a residential neighborhood, further congest narrow streets and vanquish possibilities of improving existing air quality pollution and mitigating health risks,” wrote the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, which appealed the project. “… The inconsistency of this project will undoubtedly transform the surrounding residential community into a trucking route with all the traffic, diesel air pollution and noise being absorbed by the families that live in it.”
Pilot officials did not return phone calls.
Nor did City Councilman Brian Berkson, who filed the other appeal that will bring the decision to the City Council for a discussion and vote.
The city worked with Pilot to take care of most community concerns raised about the project. The fuel tanks — a 16,000-gallon underground tank made of triple-wall fiberglass that would be used to store unleaded gasoline and a 9,000-gallon underground tank — would be made of triple-wall fiberglass.
When it comes to the air pollution from nitrogen oxides, though, the report said there was no way to avoid levels that the South Coast Air Quality Management District considers “significant.” Most of that comes from vehicles that would come to the travel center, the report said.
Dania de Ramon, one of the project’s opponents, said jobs aren’t worth those risks.
“These are fast food-type jobs,” said de Ramon, 17, who lives about a mile from the project. “I work in fast food and my manager is struggling to find people as it is. These aren’t necessarily jobs you can live on.”
Planners expect the truck stop to open in spring of 2019.