Hollister looks to sell McCray Street plot for development

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The City of Hollister is looking to sell a portion of McCray Street that has been sitting largely unused since the Highway 25 bypass opened in early 2009.
Hollister City Council members last week voted unanimously to officially vacate the 1.47-acre plot as a public street. It is near the intersection of the bypass and Tres Pinos Road and has been unneeded for vehicles since the bypass became the primary thoroughfare in that area. The council’s decision followed a planning commission recommendation noting that the property conforms to the 2009 adopted general plan – a requirement for such an action.
Council members made the move in anticipation of selling the property for commercial development and officials indicated they would want a provision in any sale contract to mandate a development plan of some sort. Officials also underscored that the prospective developer must understand there will be no access from either the bypass or another road near the Rancho San Justo sports complex.
The city by vacating the property can declare it as surplus, and it also means Hollister would be exempt from a California Environmental Quality Act review, according to a staff report.
Officials at last week’s meeting did not discuss a projected sales value or other details for a potential sale, but they did contend that plot is prime commercial land. 

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