Menifee says pandemic is causing delays for new development, including Krikorian project

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Menifee City Hall. Valley News/Will Fritz file photo

The economic uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is affecting planned commercial and residential development in Menifee, city officials announced.

In a statement from April 20, city staff said of the 225 development projects that are currently in progress, they could point to a few that are already seeing construction delays and other problems due to the pandemic crisis.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites project that broke ground last July “has experienced a delay in supplies and materials, as well as workforce needs,” the city said in its statement, but added that work was continuing to advance on the project.

“We are pushing ahead, and crews have been working through these delays, and hope to wrap up the project soon,” Hiral Patel, Sagemont Hotels president, is quoted as saying in the city’s statement. “We are even more hopeful that the economy opens up soon, thereby allowing us to complete the project, and be able to open up to new visitors, events, and weddings.”

The Krikorian Entertainment Complex movie theater project, which was announced in 2014 and began construction in December, is also going to be delayed by the pandemic.

That project was previously on track to be finished by the end of 2020. However, work is now likely not to be complete until summer 2021, according to information attributed in the city’s statement to theater owner George Krikorian.

Banks and lenders are reluctant to provide financial support to theaters, as well as restaurants and other social entertainment businesses, and movie studios are also beginning to reschedule 2020’s film slate to 2021, “making it even more economically difficult for these type of businesses,” Krikorian said in the statement.

“The one thing we do know, is that when we do open the doors to open after the

pandemic is deemed cleared, there will be a tremendous pent up demand for

entertainment as Menifee’s market already had a very strong demand,” Krikorian said.

The city said staff is doing their best to streamline the process for moving development projects forward doing the pandemic, moving development processes to a “zero-stop shop” by putting all offering all city services online.

“The Menifee development team has moved to a virtual process to conduct inspections, permits, and submittals for projects, and has held regular stake-holder workshops to communicate

processes and procedures and answer questions to ensure development continues to move forward,” the city said in its statement.

City officials encouraged residents to follow the city of Menifee on social media and visit the city’s website for current information the pandemic and its impacts locally. They also advised residents with any questions to call the county’s 211 information line, the city’s service line at 951-672-9673, or to email the econdev@citofmenifee.us.