Mayor Outlines Growth, Successes in State of City Address

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann addressed several issues at Thursday's State of the City event. C...

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann addressed several issues at Thursday's State of the City event.
Citing Menifee's status as the sixth fastest growing city in California, Mayor Scott Mann Thursday updated residents and local dignitaries on the city's "Keep Menifee Moving" vision during the sixth annual State of the City address.

A large crowd at Menifee Lakes Country Club attended the event, which was presented by the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce. In his speech to the guests, Mann described the city's efforts to continue commercial and residential development while maintaining the rural charm of the city.

"Your city is constantly thinking outside the box and trying to come up with new and creative ways to do business and provide quality service to our residents," Mann said. "We are planning for the future with a vision aligned with policy goals. We are taking on new issues that produce a quality of life for our residents and their families -- a qualify of life we can all be proud of.

"A feature that attracts people to Menifee is our rural charm. If you look around in the county and even in the state of California, there are not many cities that still have a rural element to them. We as a city council recognize our founding characteristics of a rural community with open land and embraced it within our general plan."

These city statistics were presented during Scott Mann's address Thursday.

While preserving large lots of open land within the city's 46 square miles, Mann said city officials are focusing on what he calls the "quality of life cycle" of the city's "Keep Menifee Moving" vision:

-- Businesses bring more customers and more revenue.
-- Property owners enjoy higher property values.
-- Visitors have more shopping and recreation options.
-- The city enjoys increased revenues for city services.
-- Residents enjoy new benefits and amenities.

In describing the commercial developments at the heart of this cycle, Mann updated guests on the status of the city's largest commercial projects, including the much talked-about Menifee Town Center.

Located to the south of Newport Road just west of Haun Road, Menifee Town Center will include:

-- 558,000 square feet of mixed use development
-- Retail businesses anchored by a Krikorian theater complex, bowling alley and sports bar
-- A new city hall
-- A Central Park with walking trail, tot lot, splash pad and an outdoor amphitheater for the performing arts
-- Medium and low density residential housing
-- Restaurants (to be announced)
-- Possibly a court house

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