1. Is the Krikorian Entertainment Complex a city project?
No, the Krikorian Entertainment Complex is a private development located on private property.
2. Why has the project not been completed?
The developer claims the project was delayed due to COVID-19 challenges and market conditions.
3. What is the City doing to address the condition of the property?
To address this public nuisance in our community, the City has issued a Notice of Intent to Abate Public Nuisance for the unfinished theater structures. This notice requires that the theater structures be torn down and the property be restored to its prior condition. A Notice of Intent to Abate Public Nuisance has also been issued for the existing retail buildings adjacent to Newport Road and Town Center Drive. The property owner has appealed both of these notices and the hearing on those appeals is scheduled for mid-February 2023.
4. Has the City considered tearing down the buildings?
Yes, however the City must first go through a formal legal process (noted above) under the City’s Municipal Code to compel the property owner to remove the existing structures based on code enforcement violations that create a public nuisance in our community.
5. What about the two retail buildings along Newport Road?
In an effort to help move the project forward, the City agreed to the property owner’s request in May 2023 to split the project into two phases will allow the retail buildings to be completed ahead of the theater. The property owner was continuing to make progress on the retail portion of the project but failed to meet the required deadlines set by the City, which is why a Notice of Intent to Abate Public Nuisance was issued for the existing retail structures. The property owner appealed this notice and the hearing on this appeal will be held in mid-February 2024.
6. What is the current status?
The property owner has filed appeals regarding the two Notices of Intent to Abate Public Nuisance that were issued for the theater structure in early October and the retail buildings in November 2023. These matters will be resolved through a third-party hearing officer and are set for mid-February 2024. The City of Menifee will continue to work with the property owner and will evaluate all options that will help address this public nuisance.