After failing to meet the required deadlines, the Krikorian Theater portion of the Krikorian Entertainment Complex project has been declared a Public Nuisance by the City of Menifee. Based on this action, the City’s Code Enforcement division has issued notification and corrective measures that must be completed by the project applicant including:
- • Existing theater structures must be demolished, and the project site returned to its original state; or
- • Rehabilitate the structures and make all necessary corrections
The City previously sent a letter on May 11, 2023 informing the project applicant that their existing building permits would be expiring on June 2, 2023. A follow-up demand letter was sent by the City on June 6, 2023 requiring that new permit applications and construction documents be submitted by September 1, 2023. Plans for the retail buildings located at the corner of Newport Road and Town Center Road were submitted prior to the September 1, 2023 deadline and will be processed diligently to allow for construction of the retail buildings. No plans were submitted to address new permits for the Theater Building. As a result, the City has declared the Theater site a public nuisance.
“We have been extremely patient with the project developer, but the continued lack of progress and failure to meet deadlines has led the City to take additional action,” said City Manager Armando G. Villa. “While this project is on private property, the City has determined that code enforcement violations requiring corrective actions must be taken by the project applicant to ensure the health and safety of the Menifee community.”
The corrective actions, including the full demolition of the existing theater structures, must be completed by September 21, 2023. The deadline is considered a reasonable period of time and if the corrective actions are not fulfilled by the project applicant at that time, the City may consider additional enforcement measures.
The City has several factors that may be used to establish a reasonable period for the complete abatement of the nuisance condition, including but not limited to the following:
- Whether or not this condition constitutes an attractive nuisance or if it poses, promotes a hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of the occupants or the general public
- The degree of visibility, if any, of this condition from public or adjoining private real property
- The scope and type of work that is needed to abate the nuisance
- Existence of any current and valid approvals, permits, or other entitlements for the partially constructed or destroyed building or structure
- Delays in completing nuisance abatement