Moreno Valley OKs plans for long-awaited downtown – Press-Enterprise

Thirty-six years after its incorporation, Moreno Valley is getting something it’s never had — a downtown.

The Moreno Valley City Council will sell 56.42 acres of land to the Lewis Acquisition Company, which intends to build a Town Center at the northwest corner of Alessandro Boulevard and Nason Street.

“We want a destination Town Center to serve as both a beautiful new downtown core for residents and an alluring attraction for visitors,” Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez is quoted as saying in a city news release. “It will be a beautiful and convenient place to live and work and a fun place to shop and recreate that we can all be proud of.”

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According to a city report for the Oct. 20 council meeting, the proposed project combines 300 to 700 “luxury residential units;” up to 172,000 square feet of commercial property, including entertainment, hotels, restaurants, shops and offices; 40,000 square feet of government property, possibly including a library and technology center; a police substation; and public gathering places, art displays and outdoor music and entertainment venues.

In addition, the Lewis Group will invest $2 million in a “major public amenity” meant to “attract regional and international visitors to the Town Center.” The company will also prioritize Moreno Valley residents when hiring for jobs related to the project.


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