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Agenda Item (VIII-C-2)

Meeting1/16/2018 - Regular
Agenda ItemCommittee - Planning and Operations (VIII-C-2)
SubjectGround Lease for Educational Center at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center with County of Riverside
College/DistrictMoreno Valley
Measure C
Recommended ActionIt is recommended that the Board of Trustees approve a Ground Lease for the Educational Center at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center with County of Riverside.

Background Narrative:

Riverside Community College District (RCCD) has been in partnership with the County of Riverside for public safety education training since 1952. First, through Riverside City College and then offered from the Moreno Valley campus. The goal of the District has been to have the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center (BCTC) be an education center of Moreno Valley. Many steps have been taken over the past several years to prepare for this endeavor.

Towards this effort in January 2010 Moreno Valley College (MVC) was accredited as the 111th college in California. In March of that same year, the RCCD Board of Trustees adopted Resolution Number 40-09/10 Authorizing Establishment of an Educational Center. On June 16, 2010, RCCD sent a Letter of Intent issued to the State Chancellors Office, to have BCTC designated as an education center of MVC. That same month, due to the state budget crisis a moratorium on Centers by State Chancellor’s Office was announced.

In recognition of advancing the goals and understanding of the partners for BCTC, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in September 2010. The MOA outlined implementation elements to make a center come to fruition. A draft ground lease was in the works for several months negotiated between the lead staff for each agency on real estate matters; and the county cleared the ground lease in April 2012, but it was not processed at the time. The lease included performance measures dependent upon state funding, and the state funding eligibility would be contingent upon MVC receiving center status for BCTC, which could not be met at the time.

Since then, the State Chancellor’s Office has lifted the moratorium on Education Centers, and both the County of Riverside along with Moreno Valley College have updated master plans for facilities development; with the MVC plan linked to its educational master plan, including BCTC. The partnership has reviewed options for siting a Phase I planning facility to be located at BCTC. The key in identifying a Phase I ground lease location, is to be able to develop prior to the county’s development plans, while not impacting existing facilities the county needs to utilize until such time their facility plans are able to proceed; and to minimize the costs of infrastructure development for this initial construction phase.

Several options were reviewed and the planned based upon a planning matrix from the college’s master plan, done in detail with the county partners. The ground lease prepared is for 2.01 acres to advance a nearly 20,000 square foot facility, as a Phase I. The detailed planning matrix is in the attachments, and there is a Phase II outlined for future development. The ground lease is for 49-years, which will provide a possessory interest the District needs to construct and build, and apply for Center Status. The ground lease is needed as the County is prohibited for sale of the property, since it is surplus property from the realignment of March Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base. Additionally, the provisions of the grant deed restrictions by the Air Force must be complied, which includes public safety training and education.
Prepared By: Chris Carlson, Chief of Staff & Facilities Development
 Robin Steinback, President, Moreno Valley College
Carlos Lopez, Vice President, Academic Affairs (MVC)
Arthur Turnier, Dean of Instruction PSET, BCTC
Nathaniel Jones, Vice President, Business Services (MVC)