Moreno Valley to change historic street’s name for warehouse project
By Imran Ghori
A historic Moreno Valley street named for one of the city’s founders will be changed for the planned World Logistics Center warehouse complex.
The City Council approved the change Tuesday, Feb. 6 on a 3-2 vote with Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Council members Victoria Baca and Ulises Cabrera in support. Council members Jeffrey Giba and David Marquez voted against it.
The vote follows a month-long process that began Jan. 9 when the council — also on a similar 3-2 split vote — sought to change a portion of Theodore Street — from south of the 60 freeway — to the World Logistics Center Parkway.
Theodore Street — named for Theodore Clark, one of the city’s founders — was among 40 streets given historic landmark status protection by the city in 1989. Theodore was one of the city’s original street names laid out in 1890.
Because of the landmark status, the council needed to take the renaming proposal before the city’s Environmental and Historical Preservation Board and remove that designation before it returned to the council for a final vote.
During a Jan. 22 meeting, the board agreed to back the change but with the condition that no changes be made to the street name until the World Logistics Center is actually under construction.
However, council members voted to have the change go into effect now.
Baca said the city needs to “advertise far and wide what we’re doing here in Moreno Valley.”
But Marquez said the council should follow the board’s recommendation and wait until later to make the change.
“What’s the rush?” he asked. “Let’s wait until the project breaks ground and then change it.”
The project still faces litigation that could halt or delay development with a Riverside County judge expected to issue a ruling any day on whether further environmental study is needed.
The name-change has […]