San Jacinto commercial and home building continues rise

The new Sonic Drive-in at San Jacinto Street and Commonwealth Avenue in San Jacinto is going vertical as commercial building rises in San Jacinto. Valley News/Tony Ault photos

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, San Jacinto’s surge in commercial development and residential home building has not ceased and continues to expand, according to an online city manager’s report.

Tara Magner, administrator of San Jacinto’s Economic Development and Special Projects, with city manager Rob Johnson described six major development projects underway in the city in a “San Jacinto Live” Zoom report on city activities Monday, Aug. 17.

The most visible of the projects is the Sonic Drive-in and the 7-11 convenience store and service station located at San Jacinto Street and Commonwealth Avenue across from the Walmart shopping center.

The new 7-11 convenience store and gas station is nearing completion with its gas pumps installed in the shopping plaza across from the San Jacinto Walmart at San Jacinto Street and Commonwealth Avenue.
Holes for the gas storage tanks are readied, signaling the beginning of the planned 7-11 convenience store and service station construction at the corner of Seventh Street and Sanderson Avenue in San Jacinto.

The wooden siding for Sonic is complete, and Wagner said the city was hoping it would open in a few weeks. The 7-11 convenience store has the gas pump coverings up and most of the convenience store building finished except for furnishings.

Another planned 7-11 convenience store and service station is being built on the west end of the city at Sanderson and Seventh Street. Construction crews are finishing up the excavation for the fuel tanks and laying out the foundation of the store and curbing.

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians have planned the build Luiseño Village at San Jacinto’s Main Street and the Ramona Expressway south of the Soboba Casino Resort. Grading work will begin soon; its construction will consist of 10 businesses anchored by a 7-11 convenience store and multipump gas station. The Luiseño Village is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

Near Luiseño Village another project will start soon. The KPC Promenade will be located on the east side of Main Street and the Ramona Expressway and will include a hotel, senior housing, medical facilities, restaurants and retail stores.

Further west from the Ramona Expressway, the long-planned and partially built Pheasant Pointe community is situated at Main Street and Dogwood Avenue and D.R. Horton will soon build single-story and two-story homes, selling in the mid-$300,000 range. This week, surveyors were working at the location, and regrading has begun.

Surveyors set up their transits while heavy equipment works to grade the site of new D.R. Horton homes to be built at the Pheasant Pointe Community off Dogwood Avenue at Main Street in San Jacinto.
A sign off the Ramona Expressway east of Main Street in San Jacinto announces construction of a new KPC hotel, shopping center and restaurants coming to the area soon. The site is near where the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians plans to build Luiseño Village that will include a multipump service station, restaurants and a retail shopping center not far from the Soboba Casino Resort.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, city council members approved a secured agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the city with Maravilla Partners which has planned a 179-lot subdivision project with homes for 55 and older residents near Brookmere and Portland avenues. The agreement signals the developers intention to start building the homes in the near future.

San Jacinto Mayor Andrew Kotyuk participated in the Zoom report. He said the slight upturn in home pricing and the generally lower $300,000 to $350,000 home prices are bringing more people to the city, encouraging the builders to start new or renew housing construction in the city.

“It’s a great time to buy a house because loans are cheap,” he said. “We see San Jacinto going to top the county for places to live.”

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