By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As the closure of the Rialto airport nears reality next month, plans for the major residential and industrial project to replace it are being retooled, possibly to build fewer homes and more retail, while making way for large corporations in search of big lots to build campus-like settings.

During a recent special meeting, the City Council met with Randall Lewis, principal at the Lewis Group of Companies, which is overseeing the development of the Renaissance planned community.

That meeting prompted proposed changes to the project, a 1,439-acre residential and business center that will be built near the 210 Freeway and includes the 434-acre Rialto Municipal Airport, which is set to shut down next month.

Those changes include keeping homes together, east of Linden Avenue, while moving retail south of Renaissance Parkway, said Robb Steel, assistant city administrator for Rialto.

“The idea was to try to cluster the residential together to create a better sense of community,” Steel said.

The project is largely contained within Casmalia Street in the north, Ayala Drive to the east, Tamarind Avenue to the west, and Base Line to the south. The 210 Freeway cuts through the area.

An additional change being considered is adding 15 acres of retail to a 65-acre shopping center, called The Renaissance Marketplace Retail Center. The center would have about 650,000 square feet of retail buildings, anchored by a major retailer.

Homes might decrease from the original 1,677 approved in 2010.

Next week, the council is expected to approve a resolution to move forward with an environmental study, community meetings and public hearings on the proposed changes.

The project has been in the making for at least 10 years, delayed partly because of the economic downturn.

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