Thursday, May 2, 2019

French Valley News Update - New Shopping, Schools, a Library and Paving!

Corner of Thompson Rd / Winchester Rd
French Valley, California - As the area grows with new homes, the need for new shopping increases. Denny's recently opened a restaurant at the corner of Benton Rd and Winchester Rd to good reviews and plenty of business from local residents. The Popeyes Chicken next door is set to open very soon, adding a few more local jobs and quick serve food choices for families. 

Recently hundreds of local residents were on facebook groups posting about a new shopping center (French Valley Market Place) being planned for the northeast corner of Winchester Rd and Thompson Rd. Among the excitement there were a few concerns by residents who back up to the new project.  The Riverside County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on April 16 and ultimately approved the project - after questions by Supervisor Washington, who represents District 3, the area in question.


Many of Supervisor Washington's detailed questions revolved around the area of homes directly behind this new center. His concern was about the fencing that is currently in place and the water run off from the neighborhoods. After many questions, the developer confirmed that the old fencing at the end of some of the streets will be removed and a new wall would be put in place. Water runoff from the neighborhood will go under the new walls, travel through the new center and into storm drains. The rain water collected in the new shopping center will be diverted to channels and basins where it will seep into the local aquifer. 

The developer also spoke about sound issues. He mentioned that the buildings were designed and placed in ways to minimize the sound going into the adjacent community. The developer of the project let the Board of Supervisors know that they are ready to get the project started ASAP and have tenants in place. By a 4-0 vote (one absent) the project was approved.

Local residents have also been hearing about a possible Public Library being built in the French Valley area. It is true! It will be at the corner of Winchester Rd and Skyview, our freinds at Murrieta Patch have more details: https://patch.com/california/murrieta/new-french-valley-library-gets-official-approval.

The paving of Winchester Rd has begun and some folks backing up to the work are understandably frustrated by it being done at night. Unfortunately the detail of the job renders much of the road unusable during the work, so the choice was made to do the work at night to reduce traffic congestion. Further info on the job can be found in this article we wrote a few months back: http://billandjeney.blogspot.com/2019/01/2019-update-construction-on-winchester.html.

Lastly, there have been rumors floating around about a new high school being constructed in the area. Perris Union High School District (PUHSD) is planning to build a new high school off of Leon Rd, north of Scott Rd, just east of Menifee. This has sparked concern over boundaries and transfers. The 2600 student capacity Liberty High School will serve the students of PUHSD, helping overcrowding at Paloma and Heritage high schools. French Valley families who live in the Temecula Valley Unified School District or Murrieta Valley Unified School District will not be affected by this new high school when it is completed. For families living in PUHSD boundaries (see this link to view google map boundary info on the PUHSD website), you can see a video, artist renditions and the site plan for the school here: https://www.puhsd.org/pages/high-school-4.