Notices have been mailed to residents of Lake Los Serranos mobile home park on Pipeline Avenue in Chino Hills about a lakefront apartment project planned by mobile home park owner Jack Greening.
The Greening Family is proposing 354 apartments in two “villages” of 13 acres each connected by a bridge over the southern tip of the lake, to be called Rancho Cielito, north of Los Serranos Boulevard.
Each village would have a clubhouse and pool.
The Spanish word cielito is a term of endearment similar to honey or sweetheart.
With the lake as a prominent feature, the development consists of a “peninsula” area with a boardwalk and seating area jutting into the lake, walking paths along the lake with vista points, a pedestrian walkway on the connecting bridge, and children’s play areas.
The 49-acre project includes the 20.7-acre lake, said community development director Joann Lombardo.
She said the project is still under review so any improvements and mitigation measures (corrective steps to reduce impact) have yet to be determined.
The development won’t come before the Chino Hills Planning Commission until early 2020, she said.
A total of 445 notices were sent by the city to mobile home park residents and property owners within 300 feet of the project.
At least one mobile home park resident has major concerns and dropped off a lengthy, but unsigned, letter to the Champion office, stating that adding 354 family-style apartments onto the banks of a quiet, serene lake will change the atmosphere and character of the Lake Los Serranos mobile home park, a senior citizen development.
Play areas and outdoor congregation areas will be located just several feet away from senior citizens who have enjoyed the quiet and solitude of their homes for years, observed the writer.
The resident is urging the city to require the owner to keep the lake’s water aeration systems operational year-round so as not to kill lake stock as has happened in the past, and that the water level should be kept to its maximum mark in the hot summer months.
A signal will be installed at Bird Farm Road and Ramona Avenue where the Lago Los Serranos condominiums are under construction.
Mr. Greening’s family members are longtime major landowners in Chino Hills, beginning with his grandfather Paul Greening who began purchasing property in 1945, including the Rolling Ridge Ranch.
The Greening family also owns Los Serranos Golf Course on which they hope to build a residential development.