Orchard Logistics (Dowling Ranch)
The City of Beaumont requests your comments and concerns regarding the environmental issues associated with a new proposal to construct a 610,000 square foot industrial warehouse on 30.9-acres that were previously occupied by the Dowling Ranch.
Public Scoping Meeting
The City held an in person Scoping Meeting to present updates on the Project and the CEQA process, and to receive public comments and suggestions regarding the scope and content of the EIR. In addition, a virtual attendance option is available as well. The scoping meeting was held on the following, date, time, location, and virtual meeting link:
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 5:30PM
Beaumont Civic Center City Council Chambers
550 E. 6th Street Beaumont, CA 92223
YouTube Link for Scoping Meeting Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCityofBeaumont
Zoom Webinar Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87567356328?pwd=cUtGc3grcnR2bHlCVHlpV2lFRS8wUT09. Public participation is available via the chat feature on this format.
YouTube Link to view the Scoping Meeting that occured https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVEDmm7Wca0
Call in participation: Phone-in comments will be accepted by joining a conference line prior to the corresponding item of the meeting. Public comments shall not exceed three (3) minutes unless otherwise authorized by City Council. Please use the following phone number to join the call (951) 922 - 4845.
Project Site Location and Setting
The Project site is an approximate 30.9-acre site located east of Western Knolls Avenue and south of the SR-60 Freeway, at 38021 SR-60 Freeway (Assessor’s Parcel Number [APN] 417-020-070), in the City of Beaumont (See Figures 1, Regional and Vicinity Map and 2, Aerial Photograph). Regional access to the Project site is provided via the SR-60 Freeway at Potrero Boulevard and the SR-60 at Western Knolls Avenue to the west.
The Project site is developed with the former Dowling Fruit Orchard that includes an abandoned produce store and sheds on the northwestern corner of the site. Various types of fruit trees that are no longer cultivated or irrigated are present on the undeveloped portion of the Project site as well as disturbed plowed fallow land between plantings. Dowling Fruit Orchard is now closed and was formerly a family-owned business. Local access to the Project site is currently provided by Western Knolls Avenue to the west and Nicholas Road to the southeast.
The Project Applicant, Trammell Crow So Cal Development, Inc., on behalf of Orchard Logistics Venture, LLC, is seeking approval of a Plot Plan to redevelop the 30.9-gross acres site in the City of Beaumont. As shown in Figure 3, Site Plan, the Project is proposing to redevelop the Project site with one industrial warehouse building totaling 610,000 sf (including 10,000 sf of mezzanine) and related site improvements including landscaping, parking, and infrastructure facilities. Of the total building square footage, the Project would allocate 590,000 sf for warehousing/distribution and 20,000 sf for office uses (including 10,000 sf of mezzanine). A total of 96 truck dock doors are proposed, with 48 dock doors each along the western and eastern sides of the building.
Truck access to the Project site would be provided via a primary driveway on the southeast corner at Nicholas Road, with a secondary truck access to the intersection of Prosperity Way and Distribution Way. Primary auto and emergency vehicle access provided at the southwest corner at the intersection of Prosperity Way and Distribution Way, with a secondary point of access at the southeast corner to Nicholas Road. The Project includes surface parking with 312 parking spaces. Of the 312 parking spaces, 304 would be designated as standard parking stalls, 7 would be designated as ADA parking stalls, and 1 would be designated as Van ADA parking stall. Automotive parking stalls would be located to the south, west, north, and east of the proposed building. The Project would further include 114 truck trailer parking spaces located to the east and west of the building.
Water service to the Project site would be provided by the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD). Water would be accommodated via a proposed 18-inch water main that would extend from the southeastern corner of the building to an existing point of connection at Prosperity Way, running west along the southern Project boundary. Similarly, recycled water to the Project site would be provided via a proposed 12-inch recycled water main that would extend from the southeastern parking lot to an existing point of connection at Prosperity Way, running west along the southern Project boundary.
Sanitary sewer service to the Project site would be provided by the City of Beaumont. Proposed 6-inch sewer lines would be extended from the southeastern corner of the Building, which would connect to an 8-inch existing sewer main on Nicholas Road. Portions of two existing forced main sewer lines (one 12-inches in diameter, and one 16-inches in diameter) that are currently running north-south along the western property boundary will undergo re-routing on-site in the southwest corner to accommodate the planned driveway improvement connecting to Prosperity Way. Such work will be coordinated with the City of Beaumont.
Runoff from the site’s parking lots, driveways, and roof drains will be directed to nine catch basins and conveyed by storm drain lines to the proposed bio-retention basin located along the westerly edge of the Project site. Runoff from the southwest corner of the lot will be directed to a catch basin (modular wetland system). Overflow from the bio-retention basin and modular wetland system will be conveyed by the proposed outlet to the 42-inch public storm drain lateral C-4 on Prosperity Way.
Natural Gas service to the Project site is provided by Southern California Gas Company (SCG). Portions of the existing two (2) natural gas lines that are currently running north-south along the western property boundary will undergo re-routing on-site in the southwest corner to accommodate the planned driveway improvement connecting to Prosperity Way. Such work will be coordinated with SCG.
Electrical service to the Project site is provided by Southern California Edison (SCE). Portions of the existing services on site that formerly supplied power to irrigation pumps will be removed as they will no longer be required for the Project. Portions of the existing power poles that are currently running north-south along the western property boundary will be removed and/or placed underground to accommodate the improvements proposed for the Project. Such work will be coordinated with SCE.
Orchard Logistics CEQA Notices
Notice of Preparation coming soon