Update 3/26/18 – The Wildomar City Council unanimously approved the Smith Ranch Self Storage project. Phase-one construction on the 9.75-acre site could begin this year and will take about 12 months. Sunny Sage expects that first batch of units to take about two years to fully lease up, Yoo told the council.
The second phase of the project will likely begin in 2021, with the erection of one additional building on the interior of the property. Construction is expected to take about six months, with lease-up occurring during the following 12 months. Phase three is currently planned for completion in 2023, the source reported.
Based on community feedback, the facility’s primary ingress/egress will be on Clinton Keith Road, with Smith Ranch Road reserved for emergency access only, Yoo said.
In response to an inquiry from councilmember Bridgette Moore, Yoo also indicated the company is open to discounted storage rates for nonprofits and community groups.
The relocation of the Sunny Sage headquarters will occur once the first phase of the project is complete, according to the source.
3/8/18 – Real estate development and investment company Sunny Sage LLC received a favorable recommendation from the Wildomar, Calif., Planning Commission last month for a proposed self-storage facility on the southwest corner of Clinton Keith and Smith Ranch Roads. Smith Ranch Self Storage would comprise 172,398 square feet of office and storage space. The project would comprise eight buildings and be built in three phases, according to the source.
A building facing Clinton Keith Road would include 5,987 square feet of corporate office space and a customer waiting area, in addition to 6,598 square feet of storage space in 106 units. Company principal Sam Yoo told commissioners that Sunny Sage intends to move its company headquarters into the facility from nearby Temecula, Calif.
“It’s a family business, and right now our headquarters are in Temecula,” Yoo said during the hearing. “The office component of the project is going to be our future corporate headquarters, so we are planning on keeping this property for future generations.”
The other seven buildings would house 1,195 storage units. The plan also includes 66 RV spaces at the rear of the property.
Sunny Sage has been working with residents in the neighboring Clayton Ranch community to meet their approval. “We had probably a series of 14 different meetings with the community, and we hosted a dinner where we sent out an invitation to all the adjacent community members in Clayton Ranch,” Yoo said. “We actually had a pretty good turnout. There was about 30 residents who showed up, and through that process, I believe we were able to address a lot of the feedback and issues that they had.”
Commission chair John Lloyd raised a concern that one of the storage buildings would be just two feet from an existing structure on an adjacent property, making maintenance tasks like exterior painting difficult for owners of the neighboring parcel. An attorney representing Sunny Sage told planners the developer would be amenable to a system for maintaining the façade of the building in question, the source reported.
Sunny Sage has been in business since 1998.
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