10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 8, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The Eastvale City Council, meeting in joint session with the city’s Planning Commission, will get its first in-depth look Wednesday at a proposed development that would put three mega-warehouses on one of the last major pieces of developable land in the city.

The Eastvale Commerce Center property is north of Bellegrave Avenue and immediately adjacent to the Interstate 15 Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road interchange.

The approximately 205-acre undeveloped property belongs to Lewis Operating Group, which intends to sell it to Howard Industrial Partners, an Anaheim Hills-based company.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 13830 Whispering Hills Drive.

“This is the first step in a process,” said Randall Lewis, executive vice president of the Lewis Group of Companies.

Lewis said the original plan called for a mixed-use development that included retail but with an emphasis on homes. About 1,700 houses were proposed.

With the downturn in the housing market, Lewis said the focus turned to large-scale industrial buildings.

“There’s been very strong interest from industrial developers,” Lewis said.

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