Tempe okays contested Valvoline site

Members of the Tempe City Council voted to pave the way for a lube shop on the empty lot that sits on the southeast corner of McClintock Drive and Warner Road. Photo by Billy Hardiman for Wrangler News

By Joyce Coronel | Wrangler News

A vacant lot in South Tempe will likely become home to a Valvoline lube shop, in spite of opposition by many of those who live near the site.

Last November, residents of the upscale neighborhoods near the southeast corner of McClintock Drive and Warner Road rallied to persuade the Tempe City Council to vote unanimously against an appeal by the property owner. About 1,000 people had signed a petition expressing their displeasure at the then-proposed development.

At the time, Diversified Partners was asking the council to overturn a decision by the city’s Development Review Commission to deny a use permit.

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