The franchisee that opened the Dunkin’ Donuts in Murrieta is looking at sites in Temecula for a second valley location, including land at the northeastern corner of La Paz Street and Temecula Parkway where the city is building a park-and-ride lot.
During the closed session portion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council was briefed on the franchisee’s interest in the property, which it wants to lease from the city for an unspecified amount of money.
Assistant City Manager Greg Butler, listed on the agenda as a member of the city’s negotiating team, said Wednesday he couldn’t divulge any information about the discussion.
If the council were to eventually decide to enter into an agreement with the franchisee — which seems like a long shot — the terms and conditions of the lease would be disclosed in a future staff report for the council, which would need to approve any deal in open session.
A deal for that particular piece of land, which would give Dunkin’ access to a huge number of morning commuters, will be difficult to engineer, in part, because of how the park-and-ride lot is being financed.
The lot, which has been in the planning pipeline since 2007, was revived in 2014 after the city received a federal grant.
A major modification to the size of the lot would force the city to amend the agreement with the local agency that is administering the grant, which would result in the city receiving a smaller amount of federal funding for the project.
But there may be a way for the city to receive the full amount if the number of spaces remains the same with the addition of the commercial element, which is being looked into by city staffers.
There also are agreements in place with a neighboring HOA, which signed off on the design of the park-and-ride after it was modified to address the concerns of residents who opposed a previous configuration of the lot that would have had vehicles entering from Vallejo Avenue.
Changing the plans to include a Dunkin’ would mean renegotiating both of those agreements with the HOA.