Friday, March 5, 2021
Virtual Meeting via ZOOM
Present: Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Bill Lemann, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Vikki Ostermann, Bansree Parikh, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Kristine Scott, Ray Wolfe, and Frank Zabaleta.
Guest: Pete Mateo and Eric Ustation.
Louis Goodwin, Past Chair, and Lowell King, Chair, presiding.
Motion by L. King/Second R. Wolfe: Passed: Minutes from February 19, 2021.
Eric Ustation introduced Pete Mateo, Director of Planning and Development, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Pete Mateo gave a presentation about the tribes proposed warehouse known as The Landing by San Manuel.
The Landing is a 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse to be built on a vacant 50 plus acre lot south of Third Street between Victoria and Central avenues. The lot is predominantly owned by the tribe but is not considered sovereign land so will be subject to property tax.
The warehouse will be a green project designed to exceed LEED standards. Solar energy will be utilized and there will be electric vehicle charging stations. The structure will be set amongst extensive attractive drought tolerant landscaping highlighted by a linear park, historic water tower, and decorative mural. They will have an onsite truck staging area that will hold up 25 plus trucks which will get them off the road. The facility will have 113 dock doors on the north-facing side and 105 dock doors facing south. While the tribe does not have a specific tenant at this time, development consultant Trammell Crow Co., indicated there is already interest in the project.
Pete Mateo was unsure of the daily expected number of trucks but stated it is in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City of San Bernardino is updating their General plan which will identify truck routes. They expect the project will provide 1,000 plus permanent jobs when tenants are secured and fully occupied.
A Q & A period followed. Guests were then excused so the Executive Committee could discuss.
Discussion of the project ensued. Comments included:
- The expected number of daily trucks was requested to be part of the presentation but was not included.
- It is likely that ½ of the 7M sq. ft. of developable land will be used for additional warehouses causing increased congestion, truck traffic, and highway capacity concerns.
- A secondary entrance access point will be critical.
- Other than for aviation, this may be the best use of this parcel as it is not zoned for residential and there is a lack of demand for commercial use.
It is irregular for Inland Action to weigh in with support/opposition to a specific project as the group is focused on policies and public benefit. The Eastgate project was supported by Inland Action as it is the first new aviation project at the airport (previously Norton Air Force Base). Although not opposed to the project, support/opposition to specific projects sets an unwanted precedent for the organization. The group discussed how to address the Tribe and express support for their diversification without weighing in on this specific project. Staff will review current Inland Action policies and make recommendations to clarify this position.
Meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.