What Will Menifee Do With Audie Murphy Ranch?

The last month, an anonymous commenter was updating us with his/her correspondence with the County on the Newport Rd realignment. The last comment stated what many of us had heard, that Audie Murphy Homes, LLC has abandoned the project and walked away from it.

Last week, the Friday Flyer, a newspaper in Canyon Lake, confirmed it...

...the developers of Audie Murphy Ranch have pulled out of the project due to financial reasons and will not complete the remainder of the road improvements required by the county, leaving realigned Newport Rd. approximately 80 percent complete and unable to be opened in its current state.
So what will the new City of Menifee do about this?

We still want the Newport Rd realignment.

I don't think Menifee has the money for this. Neither does Canyon Lake. We were counting on the developer to pay for it.

I wonder if there's a way to get Measure A funds from the State.




25 Comments:

  1. When the developer got its grading permit from the county it also had to provide a bond for the entire development including street improvements.Since the developers (Standard Pacific and Woodside) have abandoned the project the county should and can go after the bond money to finsh the street alignment.The city of Menifee and Canyon Lake should not have to grandfather in the counties obligations or unresolved problems.If this has not been brought up previously then it should be at the next council meeting.

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  2. I am very disappointed that the road is not complete. The part that is finished on the east end is right where my living room used to be. I didn't mind moving since I saw that the public good would be served and of course that I too, by now would be benefiting from the realignment. Now I just look at it, and think it would still be nice to be living there. Since they seem to be walking away, maybe I should just rebuild the house.

    Better yet we should move the barricades and put up a little toll booth to fund getting it finished or sell lemonade while it's hot or have some sort of fund raiser.

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  3. I agree that one of the City of Menifee's first actions as a city needs to go after that bond money and finish this mess. It was the County's action to extend Newport to 79 and make Newport the Hemet Freeway all the way to the 15. How many more orphans will it take for the County to finish it's obligations to the taxpayers of Menifee and finish this dangerous piece of road..

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  4. I agree, go after the bond. The city needs to stand up, or they will take advantage. Dont let them built again in the county in the future, until they finish....maybe

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  5. Something is going on out there because I just saw what looked like electric work trucks in two spots on the east end. Also there were two cars in the lot of the trailer headquarters.
    Anyone know anything new?

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  6. It's really dissapointing that so many projects have been announced (some started) and then abandoned. As residents of this city we should be made aware of the progress and state of the project at all times. I hope this is addressed in our next city council meeting.

    On the upside, another developer will reap the rewards of what the audie murphy developers started. BTW, why are these signs still up??

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  7. This is absolutely ridiculous!! Not to mention a safety hazard.

    The first commenter is correct, go after the developer's bond to pay for the finish grading & road re-alignment.

    Geez, what happened to Skill, Integrity & Responsibility??

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  8. Could the process be hastened by citing a safety hazard where RR Canyon Rd turns into Goetz? 18 months is too long and that curve is too dangerous.

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  9. Could the process be hastened by citing a safety hazard where RR Canyon Rd turns into Goetz? 18 months is too long and that curve is too dangerous.

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  10. Basically, this housing development missed out on the housing boom. It would have been successful (though most would be foreclosed by now) if it was completed by the end of 2006. It was an economic decision. If it cost more to build the house than you can sell it then it's a no-brainer. I don't agree that the city should be picking up the tab. The county/state/feds should finish the job.

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  11. I don't really care if they build any houses but someone needs to finish the road. What is it going to take to get someone's attention. If we as residence need to start bugging a county official then please let us know who so we can make phone calls and send emails until it gets finished!

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  12. to Leslie, who said: "Geez, what happened to Skill, Integrity & Responsibility??"

    They have been replaced by greed, convenience and non-accountability. We need to make a big stink about this and hold them accountable. I'm calling Stone's office now.

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  13. I live right next to the "Audie Murphy Ranch" screw-up and I know how awful the road mess is because I deal with it everyday. The road is a miserable, dangerous road from Murrieta Rd. all the way to Railroad Canyon----just horrible ! And the mess they left that land in-----they should be fined and the money given to us home owners who have been made to live in this mess, I am really pissed off about the whole thing. We had to put up with the explosions, the dirt, the displaced wildlife ( rattlesnakes on my property), the truck traffic everyday, the problem of the noise and all of it. It has been the most horrible circumstances I have ever had to live with as a home owner. And to top it off, I can't move to get away from this mess because no buyer would choose to live with this mess either ! those people have robbed me of the value of my property, the value of nature that used to be all around me, they have taken my contentment of living here. This is a crime in my opinion and we home owners are the victims and legal action should be taken on our behalf as well as for the road fiassco !!!

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  14. From my understanding the developer has not completly abandoned the project, just put it on Infinite hold. They are going to try and wait out the housing fallout. I say that we as a community need to start contacting all the local papers. I have found that bad publicity helps bring these sort of problems to a head and the county will get involved. Because the developer originally recieved the grading permit from the county we have to demand the county take action. The county can negotiate with the builder to finish the streets or can go after the bond. either way something needs to be done, not only is this road dangerous but it is also a eyesore and is contributing to the decrease in property valueto the surrounding areas.Start contacting the local papers and news channels and complaining that nobody seemd to care about this area.

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  15. I totally agree with the previous comments. I live off of LaLadera and the entire construction site has become an unkept eyesore. We endured the dirt, the dust, the explosions to break up the boulders, only to be left with an unkept mess. Where is Jeff Stone??

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  16. There is a class action lawsuit in the works for the homeowners effected by the explosions, our patio slab was cracked, our slab was damaged,holes in our back wall, people were hit by flying debris, etc. if you interested in joining, please email me and I will put you in touch with the right person.

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  17. I feel that they should hav left the Audie Murohy Ranch the way it was. So much of Californias history is being plowed under for new development and now look what has happened, the original landscape is ruined. There are plenty of homes in Southern Claifornia to go around, we need to rehab and refurbish what is here and teach our children pride of ownership. Menfiee was home to farmland and local growers. We should be living off of the land and not developing it. I say let Audie Murphy Ranch regrow its landscape and leave it. We don't need to make Menifee into what it isn't, it isn't Orange County and it isn't green lush Carslbad, it's warm dry farm land. It doesn't need Botox and Restilin. Let it be, oh Let it be.

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  18. I was wondering if info on the law suit and/or any of the other complaints about the Audie Murphy Ranch disaster has been given to the various news agencies. I think publicity and plenty of it can only help all of us who have to live with this. I think the Press Enterprise and the Californian and other newspapers should be told about this, over and over again, by a lot of people. The local news channel needs to come out and do a story. I think the more noise we make will only benefit the homeowners and this community. If we wait for council members to go "through the proper procedures", our children will be the ones to find out what can be done ! I, for one, am going to make myself heard through the media. This little forum is all well and good, but we need a louder voice. Bad publicity just may make the wheels turn faster.

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  19. I just forwarded this to a friend of mine at Press Enterprise..

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  20. We need to flood the developer with mail or phone calls or emails, or all of the above ! Just reading the little talk there is from the "new" city council and the newspaper, all they talk about is Railroad Canyon Rd. There is a whole heck of a lot more road mess than that little bitty curve ! And the so called statement by the developers that they have not abandonded the project, "just put it on hold til the economy picks up " What a crock ! In the meantime those of us living around the "abandoned" property are being held hostage while somebody, somewhere figures out what to do about the mess they left. And our property values go down and down, and we have major safety issues with the roads. I look out my backyard and see the big mess they left, I drive down Murrieta rd. and see the big mess they left, and the big mess they left on Newport. And you can bet if we can see the "big mess", so can people who may be shopping for a house out this way. We property owners are being forced to live in limbo. Nobody will be buying any of our houses, thats for sure ! We have been robbed as sure as if they had stolen money out of our bank accounts.

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  21. You can always e-mail the County Supervisor Mr. Jeff Stone at the below web address and ask him to do something about the Newport Road construction project. Or you can google his name and on the top of the county web site it has his contact us tab.

    http://district3.co.riverside.ca.us/contact_us.asp

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  22. Here's an article from Press Enterprise.

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/menifee/stories/PE_News_Local_S_smenifee24.4846a3a.html

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  23. Woodside Homes did not abandone that project...they ran out of money. There are lawsuits popping up like crazy now for work that has already been done. Check out the superior court website and go under the civil cases...search for Woodside Homes and Audie Murphy Ranch LLC and you will see over a dozen lawsuits recently opened in 2008. Just yesterday one was filed and believe me it's growing.

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  24. THE PECHANGA INDIANS OWN IT NOW...LET THEM TAKE CARE OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Do the Pechanga Indians also go by the name Sutter Mitland? Because that is the current owner.

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