A crowd of 160 people from throughout Menifee and Murrieta assembled at the newly opened Antelope Square yesterday as part of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce's business mixer.
Menifee 24/7 and its parent corporation, Clear Digital Media, Inc. was the featured host.
Continental East Development recently purchased the 84,000 square foot shopping center dubbed Antelope Square, and announced that leasing is underway. "Right now we have 25 units available." says Charlene Kussner, Project Manager at Continental East. "We're in negotiations with a donut shop, a gym, dry cleaner, and several restaurants."
Antelope Square first broke ground in 2007 at the height of the building boom, however the project stalled in late 2008 when funds were not readily available to complete the shopping center, and forced a delay in tenant occupancy. Continental East Development purchased the property in 2010.
"We've also expanded Antelope Square to include space for a drive-through coffee shop and bistro/deli", Kussner went on to explain. "We're working with the City of Murrieta to get the plans finalized and expect to begin construction later this Summer."
Attendees of the mixer were treated to a three course meal catered by The Beer Hunter, consisting of hors d'oeuvres, roast turkey and BBQ pork, and bananas foster for dessert.
Menifee city council members Darcy Kuenzi, John Denver, and Tom Fuhrman were on hand to talk about the situation with SB89, a California State bill that will divert vehicle license fees away from newly formed cities. "Menifee, Wildomar, Eastvale, and Jurupa are currently meeting with the California League of Cities to find a solution on this." said Kuenzi. "We're looking at getting a lobbyist on this, and hopefully new legislation that will exempt us from SB89."
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard was also on hand to receive a check for $6,200.00 from The Beer Hunter, which represented the total proceeds from the restaurant's 1st Annual Charity Golf Classic last April. "We wanted to do an event to give back to the community, so we came up with the charity golf classic", said Dan Held, General Manager of The Beer Hunter. "The Cupboard is a great organization that feeds the hungry in Menifee. They're a top notch group and we're thrilled to help their cause."
Having debuted Antelope Square at yesterday's business mixer, Continental East Development will be hosting another business mixer in August with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce. "We had a great time meeting business people in Menifee yesterday, and we hope to achieve the same success with the Murrieta Chamber next month." Kussner said.
Antelope Square is located along the border of Murrieta and Menifee, on the corner of Scott Rd and Antelope Rd, serving some 100,000 people within a 5 mile radius. Currently there is a Jack in the Box, Walgreens, and a Keller Williams Realty.
To inquire about leasing at Antelope Square, visit them online at: http://antelopesquare.com/, or contact Charlene Kussner at (951) 757-2571.
|Paul David (left), Menifee Valley Athletic Club, Bill Zimmerman (middle), Planning Commission|
|The Beer Hunter staff serving hors d'oeuvres|
|Ivette and Jeremy Taylor, Ameriprise Financial in Menifee|
|Dana "Kid Tater" Garrett playing saxophone|
|Attendees enjoying the poker tables|
|Dan Held of The Beer Hunter presenting a check to Menifee Valley Community Cupboard|