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Grading On Bundy Canyon For Car Wash, Gas Station

A gas station, car wash and convenience store is getting built in Wildomar and grading for construction has begun.

Grading work has begun on a plot of land planned for the construction of a Circle K gas station and convenience store in Wildomar.

The site -- at Bundy Canyon Road and Sellers Road -- has been prepared for a 2,776-square-foot convenience store; a 996-square-foot car wash; a fuel canopy measuring 4,395 square feet and 1,007 square feet in attached leasing space.

Though the pad has room for more buildings, including three drive-through restaurants, there are currently no plans for other commercial construction under review, according to assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist.

Mayor Ben Benoit told Patch he is happy about the plans, since the gas stations currently in the city often become crowded and motorists are forced to wait for turns at the pumps.

"Very regularly I get stuck for 20 minutes waiting for gas," Benoit said.

There currently are a number of petrol stations in Wildomar: two ARCO stations; a a 7-Eleven; a Tesoro; an Ampm and a Usa Gas Mart, Benoit said.

"I know we could use another gas station," Benoit said.

The sales revenue which the city can expect from another gas station is healthy, officials said.

"Gas and alcohol sales from the gas stations are our biggest sales," Benoit told Patch, adding that the city welcomes new businesses.

"I know a lot of people in the community are interested in it," Benoit said.

According to Nordquist, service stations accounted for $137,502 -- or 45.8 percent -- of the total $300,296 sales tax revenue that Wildomar received during the third quarter of the 2011 calendar year.

Currently the developers are still doing some traffic studies to decide whether they must install a traffic light on Sellers Road, which is required, but perhaps not primarily for the Circle K.

Ken Mayes May 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Why are they still doing traffic studies, should not these have been completed before a permit was issued. No light at this location = increased fatalities on Bundy from those seeking out that fuel for body i.e. alchohol.
YRod May 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Revenue revenue revenue....Bring it! Its no surprise on the traffic lights coming in after the fact, that is very typical of this entire Temecula Valley.
Martha L. Bridges May 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The traffic lights were always in the "approved plans" but because of funding constraints the builder ask for the project to be built in two phases and have the traffic lights be deferred to the second phase - which we might not see built for years. The city approved plans to be stepped down to the four-way stop signs. This will undoubtedly see traffic backed up in every direction, and unfortunately probably cause accidents. This is another exmple of the disadvantage of Wildomar's overtly "developer friendly" policy. The only reason they are revisiting the question of the traffic lights is that several concerned citizens have objected to the stop sign solution - for obvious reasons. Perhaps the city should change it's rather artificial motto to "Revenue no matter what the cost".
Andria May 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I used to see Wildomar as our place to retire in a decade. I loved its small town rural feel, with the conveniences located in surrounding cities. I'm beginning to see the wiriting on the wall that says that gradually, Wildomar will BECOME its surrounding cities.
Ken Mayes May 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
They claim its about the money and yet they can put in how many new traffic lights along Mission Trail along with moving the existing ones at Corydon and Bundy back 5 ft. from where they were, never mind that when they build out Mission Trail to its full planned size their going to have to move them again.
Christi May 13, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ken, the money for the new lights came from Summerly, which is lake Elsinore. Just like Newport the money was a bond if the development went under, which both did. The bond was then handed over to the cities for the infrastructure it was set to build. I really think someone needs to get with a civil engineer about these lights. They are going to be a headache for all of us. You don't need lights in many places if the design of traffic flow is changed by moving and aligning streets. On mission trail as you turn left from Corydon you will have another light right there, not needed, will only back traffic up. We only needed, if need is true, the one al Lemon. The sedco hills track can all go to that light, just like at the Farm. Watch we are turning into Murrietta traffic, just like the politicians said we wouldn't.
Ken Mayes May 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Thank you for the info on where the money came from. As for the situation at Corydon which is not needed the light at Corydon or the one at Lemon, they are only 1/2 a block apart. Personally I would like to see a traffic circle at Corydon while there is room to build one this would even out the flow of traffic without stopping it in any direction. Traffic circles are used throughout the world with great success.
Martha L. Bridges May 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The sidewalks, gutters and traffic lights at Corydon and Mission Trail are part of the long ago approved large development design. And, yes, the bond money came from the developer and the City of Lake Elsinore is in charge of the work - not Wildomar. The assumption was that when the development was complete, the new homeowners would use Bundy Canyon for freeway access and traffic would increase substantially. The traffic signals or four-way stop signs on the East side of I-15 at Bundy Canyon are part of the Canyon Plaza project in Wildomar. I would ask all concerned citizens to join me in urging the City of Wildomar to have a completion bond and indemnification clause as conditions of approval for the Canyon Plaza development and any other major project. Wildomar needs this to ensure that the project - along with the planned infrastructure - will be completed. Developers who run into trouble all-to-often stop building or simply file bankruptcy and walk away when things don't go smoothly with their project or with the sales and/or leasing that would normally follow construction completion. Just look how long the homeowners in the Shadow Canyon project off Palomar had to wait for construction defects to be resolved!
Mary Ann Mealey May 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Couldn't there be a bond as condition of approval to return property to its original condition. I am looking at the abandoned nursery at Bundy Canyon and the 15. I keep thinking of the big water project proposed at Baxter Road and the 15 fwy and what it would look like if it went bankrupt.
Katheryn May 14, 2012 at 02:54 AM
After reading this can anyone tell me if it's legal to use bond money for something other the the project it was intended for and has Lake Elsinore been doing this with other projects?
Hawkeye May 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I couldn't have said it better. Amen. I guess it's called progress.
One Voice May 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Move to Lake Elsinore, it's been going backwards for years and there is very little chance of growth here, and you won't ever be bored because there are several long time activists that are forever stirring up problems within their town against the City.
Lisa H May 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I wish they would put ethanol (E85) at the new gas station. Everyone tries to promote going green, but the closes E85 station is in Perris. E85 is cheaper, cleaner, and a USA product.
Royce Foxfire January 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
f you look at the intersection of Sellers and Bundy Canyon, notice that it is an accident zone waiting to happen anyway. A right turn from Sellers to Bundy Canyon causes the driver to cross the center line in making the turn. A driver making a right turn onto Sellers from Bundy Canyon road has no yield sign to slow down and stop if an eastbound car has just turned onto Sellers. A traffic light would solve this problem. And then, what about all the young students that walk from the residences to and from school each school day and the ones that walk to the AM/PM or Jack-In-The-Box during the week.; How safe will they be? What is the City of Wildomar and the County of Riverside doing to continue the safety of its Citizens? If Scott Road and Bundy Canyon is to continue to be a main artery between I-15 and I-215, the traffic will only grow and increase, as this traffic increases how will it affect this one particular area? Cal-trans has plans for Bundy Canyon Road and the I-15. Another, how will this affect the particular area.
Royce Foxfire January 10, 2013 at 05:01 PM
As to increased income from new gas stations: if a new station is alleviating the overcrowding of existing stations, then where is the new revenue coming from? Is there going to be a higher tax on the one side of the freeway as opposed to the other because all that is happening is that the purchasing of gas is transferred from one side of the freeway to another. And if there are no lights on Bundy Canyon to allow westbound traffic to turn into the new gas station facility, then wouldn't the drivers continue to where it is easier to turn in, right back to the AM/PM. Would you open a station there with this disadvantage. And why would restaurants want to build there with this disadvantage.
letrbuck January 19, 2013 at 09:51 PM
They need a traffic light!! I live in the tracts off cherry/ sellers and we cannot get out of there without waiting for long periods of time due to bundy being a major rd to the 215 and during school traffic! Of course people are not courteous enough to let us out. They painted keep clear lines at cherry at the entrance of the new complex but of course no one ' keeps clear'! Its very frustrating! We need a light somewhere to get out and to be able to go left towards the 215 also!

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