Supervisors approve in principle lease agreements to develop French Valley, Menifee libraries

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved in principle the development of three branch libraries including at state Route 79 and Skyview Road in French Valley and at Menifee Road and La Piedra Road in Menifee.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote, with Marion Ashley absent, Jan. 9, authorizes the Real Estate Division of the county’s Economic Development Agency to pursue a request for proposals to acquire by lease the improvements for libraries in French Valley, Menifee and Desert Hot Springs on property the county already owns. The request process will include proposal analysis, developer selection and in-depth lease negotiations, and the lease agreements would allow the county to purchase the buildings at the end of the lease term.

The three sites have been designated for library facilities. The developer will obtain a ground lease with the county for the land, develop the libraries and lease the libraries to the county through a building lease. The county will pay a competitive modified gross lease rate and will have the option to purchase the building improvements during the lease term or at the end of the lease term. The developer will also plan and construct on-site parking facilities for patron and staff use.

There are currently no public library services in the French Valley area, and the Menifee branch will be in addition to the existing Sun City branch which had 227,720 visits during fiscal year 2016-2017. The French Valley library will be approximately 25,000 square feet, and the Menifee branch will be approximately 20,000 square feet. The Desert Hot Springs library will be approximately 15,000 square feet and will replace an existing 3,527 square foot branch. Each library will include a computer laboratory for research and training purposes, plug-in technology areas along with wireless capability for patrons with laptop computers or other electronic devices, self-checkout stations and electronic bulletin boards to inform patrons of library programs and services.

Once actual lease agreements have been negotiated the actual leases will be brought to the supervisors for approval.

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