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101-Year-Old Shop to Be Bulldozed

A plan to destroy an antique building to build low-income housing has the green light from the city.

A plan to bulldoze a 101-year-old shop to build low-income housing was approved today.

The Temecula Planning Commission approved the plan during a meeting Wednesday at the

Portola Terrace, a $12.5 million apartment complex, will go up on the 1.53-acre lot now occupied by the antique Arviso House.

To read about the history of the house,

The house was also removed from a list of historically significant sites in Temecula with the permission of the Temecula Valley Historical Society.

Numerous changes were made to the home since it was added to the list. For example, it was moved across the neighborhood from Mercedes Street to Pujol Street.

"When it was in situ, it was found to be worthy (of the historical sites list)," said Planning Commissioner John Telesio.

Its placement on the list might have been an error, said Planning Director Patrick Richardson.

"It's placement on the list was questionable, and in retrospect should not have been on the list," he said.

Usually if a building is moved, it maintains its historical value, but the changes the previous owners made -- including adding wood paneling to the exterior -- detracted from its value. "In this case, the structure was modified substantially," Richardson said.

The changes were made to make the house look older, said Wayne Hall, a Temecua resident who spoke at the meeting. "It was a ruse," he said.

Also, nothing of historical importance happened at the house, said Telesio. "An old building's only significant if it's significant."

Paul August 05, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Just waht our once great city needs more low income??? Dont we have enough of the rift raft in this town we want to attract more? 17 years ago when we moved here it was a great place. Let Santa Anna or Riverside house the low income.
Leroy Achoy August 05, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Low income housing code word for Welfare Queens and their Gang Banger kids. Gee can we turn Temecula into South Central?
Tired August 07, 2011 at 07:22 PM
But Leroy you want us to have a quarry that will bring dust and traffic to our area so why not have South Central here? You cant have it both ways Leroy. I am replying because you called us UnAmerican in another story about the Quarry. Shame on you.
Cynthia Myers August 08, 2011 at 12:50 AM
And for someone who played the "race card" in another comment, this sounds like a surprisingly racist comment! Welfare queens? Gang Banger kids? Maybe Leroy's unemployed son can take advantage of this low income housing.
TVOR August 09, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Unfortunately, the city has no choice but to build low income housing. I just hope they find a way to save a piece of history that people obviously care about.


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