Good-Bye Jack, So Long Chevron

The properties at the corner of Ortega Highway and Del Obispo are fenced off. Here's why.

The last Jumbo Jack has been served, the last gallon of over-priced gasoline has been pumped.

Caltrans shut down and cordoned off two businesses at the corner of Ortega Highway and Del Obispo Street Monday.

“The plan is to demolish the buildings as soon as possible,” said David Richardson, public information officer for Caltrans, said of the former Jack in the Box and Chevron station.

Caltrans needs the space to expand the Ortega interchange with the I-5. Construction is still scheduled to begin in February, Richardson said.

As a Patch editor photographed the properties, a passerby yelled through her SUV window: “We’re mad, because that’s our Jack in the Box!”

The state agency acquired the properties through court proceedings, Richardson said.

“While we’ve taken control of the properties, it’s still going through the eminent domain proceeding to establish their value,” he added.

The local sheriff’s deputies found the perfect use for the dark fencing that went up around the old Chevron. With the red-light cameras now down, a deputy on a motorcycle perched himself on Ortega, waiting for drivers to violate the no-turn-on-red sign.

Meanwhile, the bridge-widening project at the Camino Capistrano off-ramp continues, Richardson said.  The southbound off-ramp will be closed this week on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11:59 p.m. to 5: a.m., Friday, Oct. 26
  • Friday, Oct. 26, from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
jim capistrano October 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
No better bargain than two Jack tacos for $.99... Hope they relocate in town soon. How about to the Chevron station site at Camino Capistrano and Del Obispo? Then we could get rid of both Chevron price gougers at the same time.
Matt Gaffney October 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
My late brother Tom & I opened that Jack in the Box on the Monday before Thanksgiving in 1969. At that time, due to Capo's sign ordinance, it was the only Jack in the Box without the clown head sign. In the beginning it was open until midnight on weekdays & 3am on weekends. Let me tell you there wasn't ANY traffic in Capo at those hours. On Friday & Saturday nights we'd get all the Drive In crowd after the movies let out & then nada. We finally talked Foodmaker, the parent company, to close at 11pm on weekdays & 2am on weekends. But there still wasn't anything happening after the movies let out. .27 Hamburgers, .32 Cheeseburgers & .22 Fries. I don't remember the rest of the prices. Jack in the Box was Capo's first fast food restaurant. i have a lot of fond memories from my 18 months working there.
Lon Uso October 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
It is also sad that during this unavoidable interruption to the downtown, whatever appropriate redevelopment project will not be available. San Juan had a once in a lifetime opportunity for a sustainable downtown that could have been part of a fiscally sustainable city. San Juan voters, don't let short sighted people without the vision to move your city forward get elected.
thejellyfish October 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I suppose you were one of those elected people that gave five million dollars to those auto dealerships when you were in office. I see where your priorities were. Give money to private business, then whine and cry how the "once in a life time opportunity" was missed. If it was sooooo great, then you should have spend the money on downtown. You chose not to. And you were voted out of office. Hmmmm....I cant imagine why. If what I read is correct, you are sure quick to criticize and you dont even live in our town! I am sure you will destroy where your new town as you destroyed ours.
Buy My Bikes October 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
They should have had a fair well party with the famous mystery meat Taco's!!!!!
Lon Uso October 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Well fish, you know what happens when you ass u me? I voted against that 5 mill so how do you like them apples. It is people that read glossy fliers and rags like common nonsense to make their voting decisions that are ruining this great country. They tend to be myopic in how they see the world and make shortsighted decisions that stifle progress. Now there is something to be truly sad about.
thejellyfish October 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM
So, it is true then. You no longer live in our town?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I agree! And I don't even eat meat, mystery or otherwise. ;-)
Lon Uso October 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
As a property owner I have a strong vested interest in the fiscal well being of the City as well as the quality of life which directly affect my holdings. You may well be a renter who has no long term vested interest in the City. Of course you will deny it and say that you are an owner but since you are a jellyfish we will never truly know. BTW, is there anyone on this forum that doesn't know that i moved? I still know more about San Juan than any invertebrate.
Lon Uso October 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
so Penny, how can i contact you offline?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 10:57 PM
My email address is at the top of every page! :-)
Lon Uso October 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM
thanks Penny


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