Commission Delays Action on Hotel, Commercial Center

An architectural rendering of the proposed four-story, 70-unit hotel in the Menifee Lakes Plaza ...

An architectural rendering of the proposed four-story, 70-unit hotel in the Menifee Lakes Plaza at Newport Road and Antelope Road.
After hearing protests from several neighborhood residents and considerable discussion among its members, the Menifee Planning Commission tonight voted unanimously to continue the public hearing on the proposed Menifee Lakes Plaza to Oct. 8.

Nine people -- mostly residents of the adjacent Palmilla and Oasis senior citizen housing developments -- spoke out in opposition of a proposal to grant an extension of time for the developer's plot plan and to ratify previous conditional use permits that are expiring. Plans for the plaza call for a four-story, 70-unit hotel, three major stores, a 6,500-square-foot building for shops, a gas station and car wash.

Concerns about traffic, noise, aesthetics of the architecture and public safety were the chief concerns expressed about the Menifee Lakes Plaza -- a proposed 16-acre commercial development on a vacant lot bordering the east side of Interstate 215, at the intersection of Newport Road and Antelope Road.

The project was originally brought before Riverside County officials by the Markham Development Management Group in 2004 but never received final approval. The case file was turned over to city officials after Menifee incorporated in 2008. In 2009, one of the first acts of the new Menifee Planning Commission was to approve the project.