Shopoff Realty Investments’ San Gorgonio Crossing Industrial Project

Greenberg Traurig, LLP represented Shopoff Realty Investments (Shopoff) in securing final approvals to construct the San Gorgonio Crossing industrial project, a 1.8 million square foot logistics center located off Interstate 10 in the Cherry Valley area of Riverside County.

In October 2017, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved discretionary entitlements for the project. Two groups subsequently challenged the project in court, alleging that it failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and was inconsistent with the Riverside County General Plan.

The Superior Court heard the case in February 2019, and the judge ruled favorably for the project by upholding the project entitlements and certified EIR. Out of the 39 claims by the project’s opposition, the judge required Shopoff to further evaluate only two limited issues, which pertained to the incorporation of solar panels and analysis of transportation energy use.

To properly address the two remaining project concerns, the County prepared a supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR), which included additional technical studies that maximized the use of solar panels and evaluated strategies for transportation energy use requirements. Based on the revised design, the buildings will offset 100% of their electric use with clean solar energy. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved certification of the SEIR in May 2020. On July 7, 2020, the Superior Court affirmed the County’s supplemental analysis and dismissed the case.

Shopoff Realty Investments is an Irvine, California-based real estate firm with a 28-year history of value-add and opportunistic investing across the United States. The company primarily focuses on proactively generating appreciation through the repositioning of commercial income-producing properties and the entitlement of land assets.

Greenberg Traurig represented Shopoff with a team comprising of Shareholders Ellen Berkowitz (Picture), Brady R. McShane, and Matt Gershman.

Involved fees earner: Ellen Berkowitz – Greenberg Traurig; Matthew Gershman – Greenberg Traurig; Brady McShane – Greenberg Traurig;

Law Firms: Greenberg Traurig;

Clients: Shopoff Realty Investments;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti