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The Southern California community of Grand Terrace plans to build a 130-acre retail and recreation “supercenter” that would include RV dealerships along with a 12-acre manmade lake suitable for boating and fishing, a manmade stream, hiking trails, an off-road course for motorcycles and a rock waterfall, according to The Business Press of Ontario, Calif.
Other components would include a fitness center, skateboard park, themed restaurants and an outdoor mall.
The project, planned by a town located between Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., could ultimately generate $60 million to $80 million a year in retail sales, said Ralph Megna, principal and co-founder of Empire Development Solutions, a Riverside consulting firm.
“The city needs more sales tax revenue, and this is some of the few acres left where it can do that kind of development,” said Megna, former director of the Riverside development department. “If they don’t do this project, then they’re going to have to do something else like it.”
When Grand Terrace officials asked him in the spring to help them find a good commercial use for the site, Megna said he hit on the idea of building a recreation park with an RV component.
“It struck me that the site is right on the way to just about every recreational destination we have,” he said. “It’s also close to the RV dealerships along Interstate 215 in Colton, so we see a lot of synergy there.”