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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.


The Notice of Preparation and Initial Study can be viewed at:

Comments should be emailed to Russell Brady,

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, 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 (

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.

Tom’s Farms could be sold


Offers are being accepted on the 46-year-old landmark

Tom’s Farms, the iconic landmark that has defined Temescal Valley for decades, is for sale.

Braun International Real Estate has issued a call for offers for the 46-acre tourist attraction that includes 16 buildings and structures, and two adjacent undeveloped parcels.

While no sales price is listed in the memorandum, it’s noted that financial information will be provided upon receipt of an executed confidentiality agreement and that offers are being considered on a first-come-first-offer basis. The business and property are owned by the family of Thomas H. Barnes Sr., who died of cancer in July 2001 at the age of 55.

The Tom Barnes story is a familiar one in Temescal Valley. Tom grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and began his career selling his father’s strawberries door-to-door. He moved west in the early ‘70s and leased land in Lake Elsinore where he opened a produce stand that did so well the landowner decided he wanted it and evicted Tom.

According to the Tom’s Farms’ website, “Driving home to Anaheim, slightly brokenhearted, but with his boundless energy, strong work ethic and unwavering integrity still intact, he found an idyllic spot in Temescal Canyon, right below the Cleveland National Forest. He named his place Tom’s Farms.”

Barnes eventually purchased the land and in 1974 built the 3,500-square-foot produce stand followed by the hamburger restaurant in 1977. The construction of the Interstate 15 in 1978 provided easy access for freeway motorists. Tom’s Farms continued to grow and through the years additional shops, restaurants and attractions were added.

While all assets, inventory and restaurants are included in the sale, Tom’s Farms does not own the Cheese & Wine Shoppe business. The building is leased by the Frank Hetland Sr. family that owns the business. Barnes and Hetland were close friends for many years.

According to Robert Lizano, Tom’s Farms’ general manager, “The family has made this difficult decision to sell the property and is in hopes of finding another family or group of investors willing to continue the Tom’s Farms legacy.”

Lizano added, “The siblings have chosen to sell because they believe a new set of owners would have the necessary long-term financial commitment to truly take the complex to new competitive levels.”

Lizano acknowledged that if a sale occurs there is no guarantee that the buyer will retain the Tom’s Farms operation. “But it will be a major goal of the sale objective to find someone who will retain the Tom’s Farms business concept and make it grow to an even more beautiful complex,” he said.

The 20-page Call for Offers brochure can be viewed at

Riverside Medical Clinic coming to Temescal Valley

A MUCH-NEEDED FACILITY: An artist’s rendering of the three-story ‘Riverside Medical Clinic Temescal Valley’ to be constructed at the southwest corner of Knabe Road and Retreat Parkway.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 12 gave fast track approval to Riverside Medical Clinic to construct a multi-million-dollar health care facility at the southwest corner of Knabe Road and Retreat Parkway.

Construction should begin in early 2018.

Medical clinic hearing is Sept. 12; comments due now

(Published Sept. 1, 2017

A public hearing before the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 12 is expected to result in the approval of a multi-million-dollar health care facility to be constructed at the southwest corner of Knabe Road and Retreat Parkway.

Riverside Medical Clinic, with seven offices in Riverside County, plans to build a three-story, 96,352-square-foot building with 484 parking spaces.

The county has fast-tracked the project which streamlines land-use approvals and the permit process, and allows it to bypass a Planning Commission public hearing. To qualify for fast track consideration, a project must meet one of the following:

  • Create a minimum of 40 permanent, full-time jobs
  • Invest a total of at least $5 million in land, buildings and/or equipment
  • Produce $12.5 million in taxable annual sales

The public can comment on the project at the Sept. 12  hearing or email comments to:
Project Planner Dave Alvarez,

Comments should be sent no later than Monday, Sept. 11. Alvarez also can be reached at 951-955-3728.

Health care facility could be built here

(Published Dec. 14, 2016)

Riverside Medical Clinic, with seven offices in Riverside County, plans to build a multi-million-dollar health care facility at the southwest corner of Knabe Road and Retreat Parkway.

The three-story, 97,000-square-foot building will have 486 parking spaces, and entrances and exits from both streets. Full access is planned from Retreat Parkway. Knabe Road will have a right and left turn into the parking lot and a right turn from the parking lot, but left turns on to Knabe will not be allowed. Neither roadway will have a traffic signal.

Forty physicians are planned to staff the facility and services offered will include internal medicine/family practice, cardiology, pulmonology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, neurology, OB/gyn, ophthamology, optometry, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, audiology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, podiatry, rheumatology, urgent care/occupational medicine and urology.

Diagnostic and patient support services planned are out-patient surgery, cardiac and pulmonology testing, radiology/imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, health education, a cafeteria and clinical trials/research. Clinic hours will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Riverside Medical Clinic Temescal Valley will replace the current facility on Magnolia Avenue in Corona. It’s expected to open in summer 2018.

Congratulations to Jerry Sincich and the We Are Temescal Valley Development Committee members who, in meeting with developers over the past three years, have stressed the need for medical services in Temescal Valley.

What is the Shop Local Challenge?

Glen IvyThe We Are Temescal Valley Business Committee has launched a campaign to encourage residents to “shop Temescal Valley first” this holiday season. The reasons?

1.  A percentage of sales tax revenue is returned to the local governing agency where the purchase was made. Shop at Tom’s Farms – the revenue is returned to Riverside County to be used in providing services to Temescal Valley. Shop at The Crossings or Dos Lagos – the revenue is returned to the city of Corona to be used in providing services to Corona residents.

2.  Many Temescal Valley business owners and managers live in Temescal Valley. They are our friends and neighbors – our kids go to school together, we belong to the same valley organizations, we attend the same church. We should support each other.

3.  Local nonprofit groups — PTAs, churches, youth groups — expect donations from Temescal Valley businesses when doorprizes are needed. The best way to show appreciation for such donations is to support that merchant.

4.  No crowds, no long lines, no traffic jams (unless there’s an accident on the I-15 and everyone is using Temescal Canyon Road!)

The business committee, led by Chairman Dan Smith, has put together a list of gift and stocking-stuffer ideas — the Temescal Valley Holiday Gift Guide. VIEW IT HERE.

Once residents make a local purchase, the committee asks that they take a photo of themselves holding the store’s gift bag, post it in on their Facebook page and the We Are Temescal Valley Facebook page issuing a challenge to two Temescal Valley friends to “Shop Local” and do the same. Yes, the committee is blatantly copying the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

If you’d like more information on the Shop Local challenge, the Business Committee or how to be included in the Gift Guide, direct your questions to

Other committee members are Miriam Cardenas, Glen and Kelly Nelson, Cathie Smith, Michelle Capodanno, Rob Mucha, Tracy Davis, Pam Garcia and John Watson.


TOM’S FARMS | 23900 Temescal Canyon Road | 951-277-4422

We often take for granted great shopping opportunities located right in our back yards. This long-time Temescal Valley tourist attraction can be difficult to maneuver on the weekends – but it’s a quick, not crowded in-and-out on other days of the week.



  • A wide array of candy – fudge, chocolates, gummies, brittles, licorice, taffy, jellies, gumballs – to name a few.
  • Candy and nut gift baskets – premade or made to order.



  • Gourmet jams and jellies, plus soup mixes.
  • Gourmet popcorn.
  • Large selection of sugar-free candies.
Fruit basket



  • Fresh fruit baskets and boxes, and dried fruit gifts – premade or made to order.

FURNITURE STORE and elsewhere on the Farm

Gift card


  • Gift store has large assortment of unique items hard to find elsewhere.
  • Tom Farm’s gift cards.
  • Santa visits 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Festival of lights – 200 displays; over 1 million lights.
  • Fresh Christmas trees.

CHEESE & WINE SHOPPE  |At Tom’s Farms | 951-277-9463

Chardonnay gift basket


While located at Tom’s Farms, the Cheese and Wine Shoppe has been family owned and operated by Temescal Valley residents for over 30 years. The holiday season specialty is gift baskets and boxes — whether just one for your neighbor or 300 for your corporate family. The Shoppe will ship the baskets and boxes for you. And when shopping takes the place of dinner, stop in at the Deli for fresh pizza and sandwiches.

  • 600 varieties of wine in all price ranges. The award-winning wine selection voted Best Wine Shoppe in the Inland Empire for the past four years.

    Cheese and meat gift box


  • 200 varieties of import and craft beers, many unique and hard-to-find.
  • Wide range of champagnes, including Cristal and Dom Perignon.
  • Gourmet foods, including cheese, meats, olives, sauces, salsa and seasonings.
  • Delicious homemade breads baked daily at the Shoppe, plus cookies and pies.
  • Wine and beer tastings.

GLEN IVY HOT SPRINGS | 25000 Glen Ivy Road |  1-888-453-6489



Whether “Taking the Waters” in the spa’s hot springs, frolicking in Club Mud or luxuriating in The Grotto, a Glen Ivy Hot Springs gift card is a welcomed, appreciated gift. Services include massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. Founded in 1860, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is Temescal Valley’s oldest business.


  • Now through Dec. 21, purchase a $100 Glen Ivy gift card for $85
  • Gift cards in other price ranges also available.

VONS | 11800 De Palma Road |  951-603-0809 



A supermarket for holiday shopping? It’s a quick stop to pick up a last minute hostess gift, baked goods for the kids’ holiday party at school or a prepared item for a holiday potluck or party.


  • Festive and tasty holiday baked goods either pre-made or made to order. Cakes for every occasion. Wide selection of Danish pastries, gourmet muffins and bagels, and Mexican sweet breads.



  • Check out the gorgeous holiday centerpieces and bouquets in the Floral Department. Floral desigers will help you with your choice or create something special. Wide selection of cute and cuddly stuffed Santas and snowmen.
  • From the deli, let Vons help you cater holiday parties – whether an intimate gathering or a big bash. Choose from meat, seafood and sushi trays, specialty sandwich trays and salads, as well as a wide array of appetizers, fresh fruit and veggies, cheeses and dips.

CVS PHARMACY | 11950 De Palma Road | 951-603-0855



Make CVS your one-stop-shop for stocking stuffers – from kids to adults. Aisle upon aisle of small, inexpensive items – plus candies – that Santa will find just perfect when stuffing the stockings. But wait – there’s more.


  • CVS carries designer fragrances for men and women. Why pay department store prices when you can buy one and get another at 50 percent off?



  • Check out the cosmetic gift sets – many from which to choose.
  • Wide selection of children’s toys – almost all are on sale.
  • Greeting cards for all holiday occasions
  • Get your flu shot – you don’t want to be ill over the holidays!

SHELL STATION | 23255 Temescal Canyon Road |  951-277-4898


  • Give your vehicle a holiday present! Have the oil changed and receive a free carwash.

7OAKS NURSERY | 21501 Temescal Canyon Road | 951-277-2927



  • Plants and trees make wonderful gifts that far outlive the holidays. Check out the selection of natives, drought-resistant and succulents to encourage water-friendly landscaping.

SKULL CANYON ZIPLINE | 13540 Temescal Canyon Road |  951-471-0999



  • Give the thrill of a lifetime — a Skull Canyon Zipline gift certificate for the adventurous types on your holiday list.