Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/12/2009 05:56:08 PM PDT
MUSCOY - A 251-home gated development to built on Blake Street is expected to increase property values, boost the local economy and breathe new life into the community.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ratified an environmental impact report and approved development plans for the project, which will be built on a 27-acre parcel on the south side of Blake Street, west of Darby Lane, between Lytle Creek and June Street.
Residents and business owners in Muscoy voiced support of the project at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
"We believe the new homes will help and improve the community and be good for businesses and residents," Muscoy resident Lilly Carrillo told the board.
Development of the project, which includes a 75-foot-long swimming pool, a hiking and bike trail and multiple play areas for childern, will coincide with the uptick in the housing market. The soonest construction could begin is in 2011, said Doug Wilson, a co-owner of the property.
He said the housing market is already starting to show signs of recovery.
"The land market is starting to shift right now. New homes are starting to sell. It's going to be interesting to watch," Wilson said.
The federally endangered kangaroo rat is known to dwell in the area, but none of the rodents were discovered on the site during an initial study during the preparation of an environmental impact report, which determined that all potential environmental impacts the project would have were deemed less than significant.
Supervisor Josie Gonzales, whose fifth district includes Muscoy, said the area is in much need of revitalization.
"Because of its prior inaccessibility, it is understandable why Muscoy has been overlooked by development in the past," Gonzales said in an e-mail Wednesday. "With the construction of the new 210 Freeway and the new grade separation over the rail lines at Cajon Boulevard, State Street through Muscoy has become an important north-south thoroughfare. And, that makes Muscoy a jewel of opportunity."
She praised the developer, Irvine-based MBK Homes, for recognizing the opportunity Muscoy provides, and for working so hard with county land use services in the last few years to make sure the project is done right.
"MBK Homes will make a significant investment in the community to improve the schools, the roads and the water system," Gonzales said. "And, MBK Homes agreed yesterday (Tuesday) to work with the county to design the first portion of what I hope will be an extensive trail system in Muscoy."
Moises Serrano, a Muscoy resident of 21 years and owner of JLM Towing on Cajon Boulevard, said he's looking forward to the new homes being built, which will bring in more taxpayers and increase business in the area.
"It's a great project for our community," said Serrano, 46. "Muscoy has been forgotten for so many years. Nobody cares about Muscoy, and Josie (Gonzales) has tried to bring so many things to Muscoy. She worked a long time to get street lights in our area, and that helped to reduce crime around here. And with the new people moving in, I'm sure it will increase business for us."