Planning Commission Considers New 7-Eleven on Hamner Avenue
At its meeting of August 26, 2020, the Norco Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a 7-Eleven convenience store, gas station and car wash at the southeast corner of Hamner Avenue and Fourth Street. The property was originally slated for Striders, a restaurant with horserace wagering, a project that was abandoned several years ago when its British parent company was reorganized. The half-constructed restaurant was an eyesore until last year when it was finally demolished. Prior to the Striders project, the building housed a building materials distributor, and before that was a branch of Security Pacific Bank.
The parcel has some history, too. It is the site of an infamous shootout at the Security Pacific Bank in 1980, which resulted in the death of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy James Evans and two suspects. The event is the subject of a best-selling book, Norco ’80, and its movie rights have been sold. The applicant has tentatively agreed to commemorate the shooting with some kind of plaque or public art.
Staff is not making a recommendation on this application. To view the Planning Commission Agenda and staff report related to the public hearing, click here. The public may email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.