Mt. San Jacinto College closed escrow on June 28 on an 80-acre parcel in Wildomar that was previously owned by Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District.

The $2.6 million purchase was finalized 15 years after MSJC and the county agency first entered into an agreement that allowed the college district an option to purchase the parcel. The district had set aside funds in anticipation of this purchase, so no Measure AA funding was used on the purchase, said Vice President of Business Services Beth Gomez.

The college district followed procedures required by the California Environmental Quality Act and held several public forums over the years. The project received considerable support from residents and city and business leaders. However, lawsuits filed over the years delayed the purchase. The district prevailed and was able to close escrow. MSJC completed the environmental impact reports in 2017, which allow for the possible future development of a proposed campus on the property located between Interstates 15 and 215.

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