What Should Go Here: A Gas Station?

This corner lot has been under construction for weeks.

Passing by the corner of Green Valley and Holohan roads recently, it's been impossible to not notice the heavy machinery transforming the corner parcel.

The area is flanked by apartments, and .

Though it's a little too late to pose the question and expect dreams to come true—the "ARCO Coming Soon" sign is pretty obvious—how would you have liked this busy spot on the outskirts of town developed?

In past weeks, Patch readers have given impassioned feedback on and .

Get creative. What would you have liked see go in here? Will you become an ARCO customer? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Rebecca Tait March 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Just what we don't need, another gas station!
Cathy P. March 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
In N Out Burger!!! Seriously, since it is going to be an Arco gas station, I'm wondering if it will have a mini-mart and will they be allowed to sell alcohol? I probably wouldn't be a regular customer as I buy most of my gas in Gilroy since I commute through there, but if I were passing by, my tank was low and the price was right, then yes, I'd stop.
Valerie Lemke March 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Our school is located inside the Towers Office building, along with PVUSD (in the old hospital building) right there behind the gas station. I can say that I am not happy about a gas station being there for many reasons. Also, traffic is already impacted at that intersection. I am surprised at how extremely close they are building it to the apartments right behind it in what used to be the parking lot. I have heard for many years that they were putting in a gas station there, but I was hoping that info was wrong. It is such a small little space, too bad it couldn't have been something more complimentary to the school district and other businesses located there.
Mike Donegan March 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Dont it always seem to go.....
David H. Perez March 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I don't disagree with any of the comments posted so far. On the other hand, doesn't ARCO usually have the cheapest gas, especially if you are paying cash? That would be a benefit to the community, as opposed to getting robbed by stations like Chevron and Shell. BTW - does anybody know why gas is so expensive in Watsonville anyway, compared to some of the surrounding areas? Aren't we supposed to be a low-income community? I buy my gas and diesel in Gilroy during my weekly shopping trips over there (since Watsonville has such limited shopping), and I consistently find fuel over there five to ten cents per gallon cheaper than here.
Cathy P. March 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I did buy gas in Gilroy the other day and the Arco station on Leavesley was $4.17 a gallon for 87 octane. It's $4.25 and more in Watsonville.
Watzon McWats March 27, 2012 at 09:04 PM
A decent restaurant would have been nice. Maybe like a Black Bear Diner, IHOP, Pleasure Pizza, Armadillo Willies, etc. It's kind of an awkward location though.
deepak cho March 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
A good restaurant might be nice, despite the awkward location. Unfortunately, none of the places you suggested are even remotely good.
Zuka Mikki August 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thats nice, there putting a gas station right next to the school?? Because there arnt enough random people lurking aroung there any way...... and im sure the fumes arnt the best thing to be breathing in either....
Denise March 20, 2013 at 03:06 PM
There isn't enough room in that spot for any type of sit down restaurant. I'd just like to see them get this thing DONE. Why did it have to take YEARS just to get started, and now, in the middle of it all, work has STOPPED for months. What gives? Get it done already.


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