New gas station and boat storage facility approved for north Lake Elsinore at Lake Street and I-15

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The Lake Elsinore City Council adopted a series of resolutions approving the plans to build an indoor recreation vehicle storage facility, convenience store and gas station just below the Interstate 215 at Lake Street with an entrance on Fourth Street in the northern portion of the city.

The location for the new 14-acre project is formerly a long-closed mining facility with scattered, unsightly debris and waste that has since been removed by the owner Ron Clark, City Councilman Steve Manos explained during the Tuesday, March 10, public hearing.

Manos, making the motion to approve the resolutions praised Clark for clearing the property and allowing the visitors to park their cars there during last year’s huge California poppy bloom.

“The previous operators used it as technically as a dumping operation,” Manos said. “I look at this thing as great. It’s a much better use than anything else that has been here before, and it has my blessing and support.”

The project entails the building of a service station and convenience store in the cul-de-sac entrance of Fourth Street off the Lake Street freeway offramp and an indoor boat and recreation vehicle storage facility with added outside parking spaces for other stored vehicles behind it.

Given the Lake Elsinore Planning Commissions’ approval in February, the council in a 5-0 voted adopted the mitigated negative declaration for the project’s planning application; found the planning application is consistent with the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan; adopted a resolution approving the tentative parcel maps subdividing 14.44 acres into four parcels for the facilities different uses and approved the conditional use permit for the storage project and the building design and related Lake Street improvements for the project.

City manager Grant Yates following the public hearing introduced the city’s new fire Chief Ty Davis. Cal Fire Division Chief Davis was recently transferred by Cal Fire after the retirement of the previous fire chief for the city. Davis, a 20-year Cal Fire firefighter, told the council he had long sought being transferred to the San Jacinto station.

Earlier in the meeting the council discussed the preparations being made by the city in respect to the COVID-19 virus and their direction to follow the Riverside County and federal and state government’s efforts to curb what is now considered a worldwide pandemic. The meeting was held previous to the pandemic call by the World Health Organization.

The council also authorized the city manager to execute the purchase of a design-build canopy shade structures, rubberized playground surfacing, and exercise equipment at Creekside Park for $274,777.60 from Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. Also, the $34,581.90 purchase of a BMW R1250 RT-P Authority Motorcycle from BMW Motorcycles of Riverside for use by the police department.

The council by a 4-1 vote approved an increase of $79,356.34 in costs asked for by Plain-Joe Studios for additional park signage and other directional items at Launch Point. Mayor Pro Tem Robert Magee was the only vote against the cost increase award, seeing it should have gone out for bid to other sign companies. He did agree more signage was needed at the city’s new recreation and water park.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.