Menifee Mayor Cites Reasons for Calling 2014 a 'Banner Year'

Updated story corrects the location of the proposed Stater Bros. center to the southeast corner of N...

Updated story corrects the location of the proposed Stater Bros. center to the southeast corner of Newport and Menifee roads.

Saying 2014 will be a "banner year" for Menifee, Mayor Scott Mann this week outlined several ongoing and upcoming projects as evidence of the city's positive direction of growth.

In an interview with Menifee 24/7, Mann cited the completion this week of the Newport Road widening project as an important step, but just the first of many projects expected in 2014 and beyond. He said these projects will not only improve traffic flow in Menifee, but also the city's economic base and variety of public amenities.

According to Mann (left), plans are in the "pre-application review process" for a large commercial center on the southeast corner of Newport Road and Menifee Road. This parcel of land is across the street from the open field that has has most recently been used as a parking lot for construction vehicles on the Menifee Road widening project.

Mann said the complex would include 13 buildings and that 11 tenants are already committed. He said the project is expected to include a Stater Bros. market, CVS store, child care center and three restaurants.

"Now don't you see how it made sense to widen Newport Road first?" Mann asked. "I'm grateful that the staff saw the value in working on the (Menifee Road) Missing Link and Newport Road now. It's been a little painful in the interim, but these improved roads will greatly improve traffic flow in that area."

None of this is official, however. Mann acknowledged that nothing has gone before the Planning Commission. And Jeff Wyman, economic development director for the City of Menifee, wouldn't comment on specifics of any such plan.

"There is a developer looking to possibly move forward with a shopping center on that corner, but a formal development application has not been submitted to the City and therefore I do not have additional information at this time," Wyman wrote in an email to Menifee 24/7.

Mann also praised the beginning of grading on the property fronting the north side of Newport Road just west of Haun Road, where the Newport Towne Square project (right) is scheduled to include an Ap