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Controversial Design Element Planned For New Medical Offices In Lake Elsinore

In a 5-0 vote Tuesday night, the Lake Elsinore Planning Commission approved a resolution recommending that City Council approve the medical complex design.

The Lake Elsinore Planning Commission has given the green light to construct and operate new medical offices and a pharmacy in the city.

In a 5-0 vote Tuesday night, the commission approved a resolution recommending that City Council approve the design and development of the medical complex to be located on a vacant Lakeshore Drive lot in the 16000 block, just north of Four Corners, near the Stater Bros market.

The applicant on the project is Pablo Paredes of La Jolla; the complex owner is Ahmed Mashayekan, according to city documentation.

The project still needs City Council approval, but if all proceeds as planned the project would be complete within a year.

According to city documentation, the project would include two medical offices and a pharmacy comprising nearly 6,000 square feet.

The owners of Gen-Rx pharmacy located at 16746 Lakeshore Drive are involved in the project and would relocate their existing pharmacy in the Stater Bros strip center to the new location.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the planning commissioners addressed concerns about the project's landscaping, a fixture adorning the new proposed building’s rooftop, construction hours and traffic in the Four Corners area.

The commissioners agreed to mandate drought-tolerant landscaping for the project, and they are prohibiting large trucks from being onsite during weekends and holidays.

Commissioners Rick Morsch, Michael O’Neal and Vice Chair Phil Mendoza contested a large-scale mortar and pestle statue that is planned to adorn the new facility’s rooftop.

“I love what you’re doing with the building, but I have concerns about that mortar and pestle,” O’Neal said, explaining that the adornment reminded him of the “gigantic 1950s donut.”

“You might as well put a neon sign on top,” he said. “It doesn’t fit with the neighborhood."

Morsch agreed and suggested the design be incorporated into signage, but representatives for the project who were on hand Tuesday night argued the adornment represents the “soul and character of the building.”

The commissioners conceded the point and voted to approve, noting that the owners will be required to remove the giant statue if they move from the facility.

Ken Seumalo, Lake Elsinore director of public works, appeased the commissioners' traffic worries Tuesday. He said the city’s traffic engineers have reviewed the project and there were no concerns.

The project will be put on a future City Council agenda for final consideration.

Connie June 09, 2011 at 12:57 AM
This is absolutely horrendous! What is wrong with the Planning Commission? Lake Elsinore has enough eyesores to worry about,we don't need this monster too! Maybe they should hire a real Architectual Firm to draw up new plans.
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor June 09, 2011 at 03:10 AM
I am assuming this is the lot between Del Taco and Stater Bros shopping center....where the traffic is the worse!!!
Robert Hartford June 09, 2011 at 08:17 PM
So it doesn't matter that it doesn't fit with the neighborhood.... or not? I'm confused. Does this Planning Commission have a spine.... or not? This reminds me of the cell tower they recently approved to be installed within feet of Tuscany Hills Elementary School. I guess we know one thing for certain, the residents don't matter.
Mac June 10, 2011 at 04:04 AM
This building or a vacant lot. Well, I'll choose progress and jobs. The pestle at the top doesn't bother me. The jobs and revenue this complex will bring is much needed. Lake Elsinore must move into the future. The city is in dire need of new life, new buildings, new revenue. Even that Stater Bros and that immediate area could use an upgrade. Let's move LE forward, I say.
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor June 12, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Well it is the same pharmacy that is next to stater brothers, so that whole group would move over (not sure how many new jobs would be created there) but it would be created from the medical provider...I just think it should move somewhere else because that area with Chevron, Del Taco, Albertsons & Stater Brothers can get so congested, we have too many aggressive drivers that try to cut people off trying to get into the drive ways of these businesses.
Rick June 16, 2011 at 03:27 AM
If you have concerns about any issue that comes before the Planning Commission or City Council then I suggest you show up to the meetings or at least send an email. The commissioners are not mind readers and public input IS important. No one showed up to object to the cell tower or the new pharmacy so it is assumed the CITIZENS approve. How can the citizens be represented if they don't bother to speak up. In a town of 50,000 people, I'm just amazed at how few show up to these meetings. You only have yourself to blame by not speaking out and leaving the decisions up to others.

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