Mt. San Jacinto College is excited to announce it has purchased a 350,000-square-foot facility
that will provide students in the growing Southwest region of the District with more access to the
classes they need to achieve their goals for higher education. MSJC purchased two, five-story office
buildings on Motorcar Parkway in Temecula on March 16, 2018. The City of Temecula was integral in
facilitating the purchase. This new facility is about the size of the District’s Menifee Valley Campus.
It allows the District to serve more students, address shortages in classroom space for courses that
students need to earn associate degrees, career certificates or transfer to four-year universities. The
region is currently underserved by higher education and as it continues to grow, MSJC must meet
the needs of increasing numbers of students. Data from federal, state and local agencies show that
Southwest Riverside County will have the highest populations in the District over the next decade.
Mt. San Jacinto College’s mission is to increase access to quality higher education for the
communities it serves. The Educational Master Plan, which drives the District’s Facilities Master Plan,
has called for the District to provide adequate facilities for residents in areas like Temecula, Murrieta,
Lake Elsinore and surrounding communities. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and State Department
of Education show these communities will be home to the highest populations in the District by
2030. Some of those communities already boast the highest populations in the District’s boundaries.
However, with limited access to higher education for these students, these communities remain
underserved. The District currently has two leased facilities (Temecula Higher Education Center and
the Temecula Education Complex), but they are not equipped to provide the science labs and other
classrooms needed to meet our students’ needs. Data shows that about 3,000 students drive long
distances for higher education outside of their communities. This new facility will help reduce the time
and money these students spend to achieve their educational goals.
Where is it located?
The new facility is located at 41888 Motorcar Parkway in Temecula. It is on the corner of Margarita
Road and Solano Way.
Who previously owned the buildings?
Abbott acquired the buildings as part of an acquisition but never fully utilized them.
Are the buildings currently occupied?
Abbott previously owned the two buildings but never fully occupied them. Abbott will continue to
rent one floor in the buildings for one year.
What was the price?
The price of the buildings was $56.5 million.
What funds were used for the purchase?
Measure AA, the $295 million facilities bond passed by voters throughout the MSJC District, provides
funding to acquire, construct and improve facilities throughout the District. The first series ($70 million)
in Measure AA funding was issued for acquisition, construction and improvements across the District.
On Dec. 14, 2017, the MSJC Board of Trustees approved a resolution that authorized the issuance of
series B ($120 million) of Measure AA bonds to acquire, construct and improve facilities throughout
Purchasing an existing facility saves taxpayer dollars and expedites the District’s ability to provide
access to quality higher education much sooner than needed for new construction. A newly
constructed building that cost $56 million would only be 65,000 square feet and that does NOT
include the price to purchase the land.
What is the size of the facility?
Each of the two towers have five floors at approximately 35,000 square feet. The total space for each
tower is about 175,000 square feet. As stated in the background, this facility is about the same as the
size of all buildings on the Menifee Valley Campus. That campus currently serves more than 15,000
students a year.
Does it meet the requirements to serve as an educational facility?
Yes. The District’s proposed uses are allowable uses under the City of Temecula’s entitlement and
the City has expressly stated that the District’s proposed uses of the property require no additional
entitlements or approvals. It provides adequate parking for the District’s use.
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) will review the facility to ensure it meets current standards.
Some renovations will be required, which is more cost effective than new construction.
How will this impact existing MSJC facilities?
There will be no immediate impact to existing sites. For the past 10 years, the District has leased
commercial buildings in Temecula for educational and administrative purposes. MSJC will continue
to lease those sites during renovations. Once complete, this permanent, district-owned facility will
replace those leased sites. The District can add high-demand courses, alleviate waitlists and help
students achieve their goals. Section offerings will likely increase until capacity is reached.
What is the timeline?
Renovations, which will include creating classrooms and laboratories and installing equipment, will
take at least 18 months. MSJC anticipates minimum staffing during the planning and renovation
How will this affect salaries?
This will not affect the existing salary structure or pending salary negotiations. By law, bond measure
funds cannot be used for salaries or operating expenses.
How will this affect construction plans at existing campuses?
The District will continue to move forward with its Five-Year Construction Plan, which includes projects
at the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses, the San Gorgonio Pass Campus and the I-15
How can I learn more?
The District is planning a series of open forums to share the information and address concerns. The
Public Information & Marketing Office will provide more information on the home page of the District
web site www.msjc.edu.