The Project is an existing developed site containing the former Sears Department Store, Auto Center, and associated parking areas. The site has a General Plan land use designation of C - Commercial and is zoned CG - Commercial General.
The Project proposes the demolition of the existing 192,139 square foot (sf) former Sears buildings and all appurtenances. The Sears Auto Center is a 13,713-sf structure. The 178,426 sf Sears structure consists of a 90,526 sf basement and 87,900 sf ground level. The Project proposes the development of approximately 576,203 sf of residential and commercial-retail uses. The Project will include several amenities including: onsite leasing office, tuck-under garages, carports, public dog park, outdoor resort style pool and spa, fitness area, clubhouse, shade structures with barbeques and tables, multi-use turf areas, outdoor gaming and play spaces. The residential component of the proposed Project includes development of 27 residential buildings providing for 546,474 sf of residential uses and 4,409 sf Clubhouse/Fitness/Leasing building. The Clubhouse/Fitness/Leasing building will be publicly accessible while the residential portion will be accessible via gates. The residential buildings will allow for a total of 388 dwelling units and be divided between 13 3-story garden style buildings providing for 318 dwelling units and 14 2-story townhome buildings providing for 70 dwelling units. The proposed Project will also provide 25,320 sf of commercial-retail use by way of two commercial-retail buildings in the southeastern portion of the site along Arlington Avenue. A 5,000 sf multi-tenant retail speculative pad would be located in the southwestern corner of the project site with an adjoining outdoor dining/flex space that could include a 24-hour operation. This area of the site also proposes a 20,320 sf grocery store pad.
Construction of the Project will occur in two phases with the first phase being commercial parcel, and the second phase being the residential parcel over the course of approximately 23 months. The earthwork is anticipated to include 18,376 cubic yards (CY) of cut and 18,127 CY of fill. This activity results in a net export of approximately 249 CY. When import or export is within 2 percent of the overall grading values, a site is considered to be balanced.
As the Project is an existing developed site with existing vacant structures, utilities are provided within and around the site. Several of the existing utility facilities on-site will be removed and replaced or relocated to provide connection to existing facilities within the rights-of-way. Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) provides electrical services to the Project site. All electrical facilities would connect to existing connections in Arlington Avenue and Streeter Avenue. An additional circuit will be required to meet the Project’s estimated electric demand. This will require approximately 1.5 miles of offsite trenching to connect to existing RPU electric facilities. Trenching will occur within existing ROW and will include approximately 0.5 miles in Streeter Avenue from Arlington Avenue to Central Avenue; approximately 0.5 miles in Central Avenue from Streeter Avenue to Hillside Avenue; and approximately 0.5 miles in Hillside Avenue Central Avenue to Mountain View Avenue. It is anticipated that trenching may be as deep as 7 to 8 feet below ground. There are some existing conduit and vaults within this alignment. The Project will be required to provide areas of new 6.5-inch conduit and approximately 10 electric vaults sized at 8 feet by 14 feet in order to provide the additional circuit and connect to existing facilities.
The following environmental review and entitlements are requested for implementation of the project:
- Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
- General Plan Amendment (GPA): To amend the general plan land use designation from C - Commercial to MU-V - Mixed Use-Village.
- Rezone (RZ): To rezone the site from CG - Commercial General to MU- V - Mixed Use-Village.
- Site Plan Review (PPE): To develop the 17.37 net acre site with a 576,203 square foot (sf) mixed-use apartment community.
- Tentative Parcel Map No. 38638 (TPM): To subdivide the 17.37 net acre site into 2 parcels for financing, conveyance, and phasing purposes.
- Certificate of Appropriateness (COA): To demolish the existing vacant Sears structures with a mixed-use apartment community.
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State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 20, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
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