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Moreno Valley council seeks to rename historic street for warehouse project

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By Imran Ghori

A Moreno Valley street named for one of the city’s founders could be changed to reflect the controversial World Logistics Center.

The City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday, Jan. 9 to begin the process of changing Theodore Street to World Logistics Parkway for the 40.6-million-square-foot warehouse complex approved for the city’s eastern end.

Theodore — named for Theodore Clark, one of the city’s founders — was among 40 streets given historic landmark status protection by the city in 1989. Because of that designation, the change must go to the city’s Environmental and Historic Preservation Board — whose members are appointed by the council — before returning to the council for a final vote.

Supporters of the warehouse project said the name change represents progress for the city while critics said the council should protect a critical part of its past.

“Theodore Street is part of our heritage,” said Alice Bradley, president of the Moreno Valley Historical Society.

According to an email from the group to residents, Theodore was one of the original street names laid out in 1890 and named for Clark who “worked tirelessly to develop land, bring settlers to our area, create jobs and move the city forward.”

Clark was a dry-goods business owner from Hartford, Conn., who later settled in Redlands and invested heavily in Moreno Valley, Inland historian Steve Lech wrote in a column for The Press-Enterprise in 2016.

While the original historical society was unable to save many historic buildings and sites, it worked hard to “save the names of the original alphabetical streets by having them declared historical landmarks thus preserving this small but important piece of our early history,” the group stated.

The proposal had called for renaming the entirety of Theodore but the council amended that so a small section north of Highway 60 would remain Theodore and […]    

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