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Apartments — and the return of golf — planned for Moreno Valley Ranch

By in Press Enterprise on October 28, 2017

By Imran Ghori

Two years after Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club closed, its new owner is moving forward with plans for apartments while eyeing a possible reopening of the golf course next fall.

Bridge Investment Group in mid-October proposed a 417-unit apartment complex that would be built on 22.5 acres of the property’s driving range.

Eric Heffner, director of real estate development for the New York-based investment group, said the company hopes to win approval by year’s end.

If that happens, the company would begin work on the golf course in January starting with regrading the site, installing new irrigation lines and putting in new seed and sod in May. That means the golf course could to be ready to open by fall 2018, Heffner said.

Moreno Valley Planning Official Rick Sandzimier said it will likely be February before the proposal is ready to go before the Planning Commission.

The city still needs to see technical studies for an environmental review of the project, which would involve rezoning the property from open space to multi-family housing, he said.

Heffner said that could jeopardize its schedule and delay an opening.

“We need to get the project approved in a timely manner to make it all work,” he said.

The 27-hole golf course — designed by architect Pete Dye — closed in 2015 after going through a series of different owners. Bridge bought the property six months later with the goal of expanding a neighboring apartment complex it owns.

Since announcing its plans, the company held neighborhood meetings and has revised the project to reduce the density with 30 fewer apartment units and more open space.

It plans to keep 18 holes of golf open and sell that portion to another company with a background in running golf courses, Heffner said. Bridge has found a “world-class golf operator” as the buyer that […]    

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