Hemet, which was once considered a bastion for older adults and snowbirds from northern climates, is changing significantly as younger families move in and gain interest from advanced technological firms.
The Hemet City Council in a special report from H.P. Kang, the city’s community development director, Tuesday, Sept. 22, heard the city is soon to expect the arrival of a S2A Tesla Powered Smart Home Factory. The 210,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will be located at State Street and Crows Nest Place on 32 acres.
The factory will be solar-powered, including a sales office and model home complex. It is expected to hire 100 skilled workers and take delivery on Tesla trucks. It is planning to produce 1,000 residential units and 2,000 commercial units per year, according to Kang’s report.
Kang’s report outlined 10 other major developments that are either coming or are underway in the city and plans to renovate the Historic Hemet Theater in downtown Hemet. The renovations, which are under design review, will include facade restoration and repair; a marquee and blade sign; interior improvements including the restoration of the lobby, main auditorium, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant restrooms, ADA seating and an updated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Hemet will also become the home of a drop and ship warehouse for the international Chinese Laundry shoe company at the former K-Mart store at the northwest corner of State Street and Stetson Avenue. The 83,020-square-foot building on 7.64 acres and will be used as the firms’ warehousing facility for its shoes, purses and other quality apparel is awaiting final design review.
The Holiday Inn Express, a four-story, 80-room hotel on 1.5 acres at 3850 W. Florida Ave., is under review.
The Stetson Corner project at 3255 and 3145 Stetson Ave. across from the Walmart center, with a 12-bay gas station with 4,088-square-foot, 7-Eleven; 2,660-square-foot, drive-thru restaurant; a 3,590-square-foot car wash with 20 vacuum stations and a new parking lot on the east side of Stetson Avenue next to the McCrometer company is under review.
The Ramona Creek Shopping Plaza on the northeast corner of Florida Avenue and Warren Road has been granted a two-year extension to 2022 to build a 37-lot development on 43 acres that will include 535,788 square feet of commercial buildings to provide retail stores, entertainment facilities, restaurants, professional and medical offices and a higher learning facility with an urban plaza with water features for future commercial and residential use.
Plans for Rancho Diamante, a two-phase single-family residential community on 150 acres of vacant land at the southeast corner of Mustang Way and Warren Road has also been granted a two-year extension until May 2022. When built, it will include 155 single family homes on 48.4 acres in the first phase with open space and 440 single-family homes on 103 acres with 1.17 acres for a park site and 12 open space lots in the second phase.
Framers have already started the construction of the Citrus Pointe model homes at an 80 single-family home development on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Florida Avenue in the city’s area of influence west of Valle Vista.
Model homes are being constructed for the Seasons at McSweeny Farms on the southeast corner of McSweeny Parkway and South Village Loop that when completed will have 77 new single-family homes for sale. It is one phase of a much larger development planned in the area.
The Latham, a 120-unit assisted living complex on 3.31-acres on the southerly side of Latham Avenue east of Lyon Avenue and west of Elk Street is planned close to the Hemet downtown area.
Coffee drinkers will be pleased with a new Starbucks at Page Plaza being built at the northwest corner of Sanderson and Thornton avenues. It will include a 2,500-square-foot drive-thru on 0.086 acres and a 3,700-square-foot drive-thru restaurant on 1.09 acres.
Construction of Sanderson Plaza on the northeast corner of Sanderson and Menlo avenues is underway that will include a 6,200-square-foot, two-story 7-11 convenience store with 20 gas pumps, three 5,000-square-foot, drive-thru restaurants and a 40,000-square-foot, multi-tenant retail building.
Kang also said the city can expect to see developments for: Raising Cane’s at 3156 W. Florida Ave.; Rally’s between Tanya and Stetson avenues on Sanderson Avenue; O’Reilly Auto Parts in Page Plaza; 51 single-family homes in the 800 N. Girard Street; the expansion of Last Chance Performance Marine at 601 S. Sanderson Ave.; the Country Grill at 3969 W. Florida Ave. and a Hemet industrial park on the northwest corner of Airway Place and Wentworth Drive.
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