Aug. 2 deadline for comments on retail center

COMMERCIAL CENTER: The 27 acres at the northwest corner of Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road, outlined above in red, are the subject of a July 24 scoping meeting to seek public comment in preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report.

The county has scheduled a scoping meeting on Monday, July 24 in preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the commercial center planned at the northwest corner of Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the county’s Riverside Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St., 1st floor, Conference Room 2A.

Toscana Village at Temescal Valley is a proposed 27-acre commercial-retail center to be constructed in two phases and when completed will have a gas station, restaurants, supermarket, and office and retail space totaling 194,000 square feet. There will be 21 buildings and 1,138 parking spaces.

The 12-acre first phase will have six buildings – including an ARCO station with carwash, an am/pm mini-mart and a Jack in the Box. Another fast-food restaurant is planned, plus 4,500- and 6,000-square-foot restaurants, and a 39,000-square-foot, two-story building for offices and retail stores. Tenants for these businesses are now being recruited by Speedway Development, the project’s developer.

An environmental assessment for the property has been completed and a draft Environmental Impact Report will be created from that initial study, as well as agency and community input heard at the scoping meeting.

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The Notice of Preparation and Initial Study can be viewed at:
http://planning.rctlma.org/Home/NOPforToscanaVillage.aspx

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2
Comments should be emailed to Russell Brady, rbrady@rivco.org
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Following a presentation at the meeting, the public can get questions answered and voice comments about environmental concerns they may have with the project. The draft EIR only will address areas that the initial study has found to be “potentially significant.” These are: Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Land Use Planning, Transportation/Traffic, Biological Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Noise.

Comments are now being accepted on the project and can be emailed to County Planner Russell Brady, rbrady@rivco.org. Deadline for comments is Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Once the draft EIR is prepared, including proposed mitigations to lessen/eliminate the impacts, the public again will have the opportunity to comment on the project.

ARCO ampm first tenant for center

(Published Jan. 20, 2017)

SERVICE STATION/CONVENIENCE STORE: An artist's rendering of the ARCO ampm proposed for construction at the northwest corner of Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road.

SERVICE STATION/CONVENIENCE STORE: An artist’s rendering of the ARCO ampm proposed for construction at the northwest corner of Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road.

People attending the January Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting received an update on the 27-acre shopping center planned for the northwest corner of Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road.

Tom Chavez and Winnie Wong, representing Speedway Development, said they would be resubmitting development plans for county approval in a week or two and hoped to begin construction in the fall.

The center will be constructed in phases with an ARCO ampm and fast-food restaurants planned for the first phase. Chavez said they would soon announce who the fast-food tenants will be.

More information on the development can be found scrolling down this page and the developer has created a Facebook page for updates: Speedway Development (www.facebook.com/Speedway-Development-1593218220970707/)

TOSCANA VILLAGE AT TEMESCAL VALLEY PHASE 1 (Click on image for a larger view).

TOSCANA VILLAGE AT TEMESCAL VALLEY PHASE 1 (Click on image for a larger view).

TOSCANA VILLAGE AT TEMESCAL VALLEY PHASE 2 (Click on photo for a larger view).

TOSCANA VILLAGE AT TEMESCAL VALLEY PHASE 2 (Click on photo for a larger view).

Plans for retail center announced

(Published Oct. 12, 2014)

Michael Bastian of Henry-Ann Company, representing Speedway Development at the Oct. 8 Municipal Advisory Council, provided more details on a proposed commercial/retail center to be built on Temescal Canyon Road across the street from the 1,443-home Toscana community.

Bastian said the 27-acre parcel will be built in three phases. The first three-acre phase, at Indian Truck Trail’s northound on-ramp to the I-15, calls for a service station/convenience store and two fast-food restaurants. He said discussions have begun with possible tenants, but he was not a liberty to name the businesses.

The second phase of about 12 acres will be commercial/retail businesses with the possibility of fine-dining restaurants. The final phase will be light industrial — maybe used for office space.

Each phase will  be constructed as tenants sign on to keep buildings from standing vacant.

Bastian also said the earlier color scheme of the buildings in shades of green and gold have been changed to match the Tuscan theme of the Toscana project — earth tones and red-tiled roofs. The name of the center has been changed from Temescal Valley Gateway to Toscana Village at Temescal Valley.

Bastain said signage identifying the tenants will be visible from the freeway, but will be more attractive than the signs at Dos Lagos and The Crossings.

He said the center’s layout presented a challenge with all the entrances facing the freeway, leaving the rear of the buildings to face Temescal Canyon Road. He said project designers are taking that into consideration and the back of the buildings will be aesthetically pleasing.

No dates for groundbreaking could be given as the project still must be approved by the county, but Bastian said the process is moving quickly.

7 thoughts on “Aug. 2 deadline for comments on retail center

  1. James Gonzales

    This project cannot come fast enough. I cannot wait to drive past Vons to go to the other grocery store. Don’t care what they put in, will be better than Vons and their crappy service.

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  2. Will

    Can we expect to see anything up and running with the retail/commercial center by Indian truck trail this year? If
    So are there plans for any big chain restaurants it would be
    Nice.

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    1. admin Post author

      The developer has hopes of beginning construction in the fall. He does have plans for restaurants, but those are called for in the second building phase of the center. A couple of fast-food restaurants are planned in the first phase with the ARCO and ampm. Those retaurants are yet-to-be named.

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    1. admin Post author

      I recently ran into the developer and asked the same question. It’s still a go, although it’s going slow. First phase still calls for a service station/mart, plus a couple of fast food places. He said he has interested tenants, but can’t divulge who.

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  3. Joseph

    If this project still a go? We just moved to the area and were wondering when we can stop traveling into Corona to have these amenities.

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    1. admin Post author

      Joseph — YES! This project is definitely still a go and we should be publishing an update in the near future. Many others share your frustration and several Temescal Valley residents have found driving south into Lake Elsinore to shop at the big box stores is easier traffic-wise than driving north into Corona. The Lake Elsinore Costco is a lot less crowded.

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