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Murrieta's Golden Triangle Plan up for Environmental Review

Proposed features of the Golden Triangle include restaurants, a theater, a hotel and office, according to the report that has been released for public review.

Members of the Murrieta Planning Commission were tasked as of Wednesday to begin looking over revived development plans for The Golden Triangle, a large swath of land situated where Interstates 15 and 215 intersect.

The project, bordered by Murrieta Hot Springs Road, would consist of a 1.7-million-square-foot open-air retail commercial district that could break ground as early as 2014. Proposed features include restaurants, a theater, a hotel and office space.

First things first, however.

The city of Murrieta has released an environmental impact report that was conducted as a precursor to the build-out of the 64.3-acre triangular project site.

A 45-day window during which the public can review the environmental report opened Feb. 8 and concludes March 25. During this time, members of the public may submit comments to the city.

The report is available for the public to view via the city's website or at Murrieta City Hall or the Murrieta Public Library, according to City Planner Cynthia Kinser.

City staff will review all submitted feedback, which will be followed by public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council, Kinser said.

Though a specific plan was developed for The Triangle in 1991, much has changed since then, Kinser said. Thus, a new environmental review and updated plans needed to be compiled.

Provided the revised specific plan is approved, development could get underway as soon as 2014 and continue for as many as seven years, according to city staff. The project would be constructed in phases based on market demand.

Improvements to the property would need to include utilities and the possible addition of roadway access from the adjacent freeways, according to the report. The impact of increased traffic on Murrieta Hot Springs Road was listed as a plausible concern in the report.

Laura February 18, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I agree with Althena - we cannot stop them from building, let look at this as something positive for the city. How about a Trader Joe's, Michaels, or a Costco? or nicer restraunts like; The Elephant Bar, Buca di Beppo, or Joe's Crab Shack.
N1smo2go February 20, 2013 at 07:45 PM
No more bix box stores, Super Wal-Mart is going to be on Jefferson Avenue and 2 hotels are planned on Madison Ave already. Sit down restaurants are a definite need. Heck, Menifee got a Texas Road House, which is one of the best steak houses in the country. I don't like going into Temecula either to shop or eat so we need a restaurant row, better lodging, and higher end shopping. Big box stores like Costco, Target and others should not be on Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, it's bad enough with Sam's Club.
N1smo2go February 20, 2013 at 08:15 PM
The widening of Murrieta Hot Springs road was done for the purpose of the commercial retail center that was planned. I have lived in Murrieta since 1994 and welcome the retail and business here so I don't have to spend my money in any other town. We NEED more sit down restaurants like that in Temecula, Claim Jumper, Olive Garden and etc do 60 percent of their business from Murrieta residents. I live on the west of murrieta away from all the traffic and noise purposefully because I attended all the meetings when they discussed where the retail centers would be located. MHS is well traveled and best location for businesses. Proximity to two freeways and constant traffic flow make it ideal for a few hotels, shops, restaurants and etc. I will save gas instead of heading to the Promenade Mall area
Brent Graham February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The bottom line: What puts the most money in Murrieta's coffers? Or for you park lovers, what costs us the least (money doesn't grow on trees, you know).
amish March 03, 2013 at 04:20 AM
A minor league spots stadium would be awesome.

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