Developer Gil Moore Wants Small Slice of City Property for Sign

The Elk Grove City Council is scheduled to discuss a possible land deal in a closed session Wednesday.

Gil Moore, the local developer whose hinge on his ability to advertise them with a freeway sign, says he hopes to buy a small piece of city-owned property to do just that.

The Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday night is scheduled to discuss the price and terms of a deal to sell that small slice of land, located between Highway 99 and E. Stockton Boulevard and south of Sheldon Road. The meeting will be closed to the public.

But Moore said while he has expressed interest in buying that land from the city, he hasn't been involved in any negotiations lately.

"Nobody has made me aware that the property I was looking at was even available," he said, adding that he's still interested.

"Of course," Moore said when asked if he still wanted to buy the land. "If they'll let me do it–if they'll let me put the sign up."

Moore said city staff told him if the parcel were to be sold, it would have to be auctioned off to the highest bidder; a city spokeswoman declined to comment on that because the item is scheduled to be discussed in a closed session meeting Wednesday.

Current city law only allows businesses to advertise along the freeway when their property touches the freeway, but .

The Elk Grove Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the creation of "overlay zones," areas near freeway interchanges where off-site signs would be allowed, at its Sept. 20 meeting (click here to read a PDF with more information).

Meanwhile, Moore said he's moving forward with gaining entitlements to develop the land, even though he's not sure it will ever be built. If everything stays on track, he said he will start construction in March of April of next year and finish six months later.

A recent ElkGroveNews.net post on this topic received numerous comments critcizing Moore. He said he didn't understand the criticism.

"All I want to do is have a business that works," Moore said.

He said he's always honest when responding to questions, and noted his phone number is printed on a sign at the site of his planned development. But despite the recent developments in his favor at city hall, he said it's hard not to get discouraged.

"It's just sad because, gosh, we've been waiting for so long to get this thing built."


Elk Grove City Council - closed session meeting
5 p.m. on Wednesday
Elk Grove City Council Chambers,  8400 Laguna Palms Way
Click here to read an agenda (PDF)


Elk Grove Planning Commission Meeting
6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20
Elk Grove City Council Chambers,  8400 Laguna Palms Way
Click here to read an agenda (PDF)


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Riley Claighary September 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Of course there was nothing to report out. Remember, one of the negotiating parties (Moore) denied knowledge or participation in any negotiations. So, some questions that need to be answered by the City of Elk Grove: 1. Who, council member or staff, placed this item on the agenda? 2. What has been Cal-Trans' response to this signage issue? 3. Was selling city property to Moore seen as a way to get around Cal-Trans saying no? 4. In order for the citizens to be given a fair hearing, do we need to pony up twice as much money to donate to the council members and their favorite charties as Moore did? We need to hire a good exterminator as the vermin have over run city hall!
Chris September 13, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Here’s what I don’t get. Dale Miles has owned the Shell Station at Elk Grove-Florin and Elk Grove Blvd. for as long as I can remember. At one time, it was the only gas station in Elk Grove. We were his regular customers and some of us still are that loyal and we welcomed the day he reopened. Through no fault of his own, after the fire, he had to adhere to Corporate Shell’s demands and use their color scheme. But those colors aren’t approved by the city of Elk Grove. So he has to change them. After all the rules apply to everyone equally, correct? Mr. Miles has been an Elk Grove business owner forever and the rules are not going to be changed for him. Now, along comes Gil Moore, who is going to bring a business to Elk Grove, and he should have known what the rules were before he purchased his property. But in Moore’s case, the city council is willing to bend the rules for him and change the entire sign ordinance. Question is: If Dale Miles has to play by the rules, why not Gil Moore?
Sarah Johnson September 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Excellent question!!!
Carol McElheney September 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Because Moore has more money to pay off the Council.
Rico September 13, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Whatever price he's offering for that land, they need to raise just for wearing that shirt......


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