Pechanga Tribe to Purchase Liberty Quarry Land

The deal means the end of the proposed mining project south of Temecula, the two entities said in a news release.


Pechanga Tribal leaders have agreed to purchase the Liberty Quarry site south of Temecula from Granite Construction, it was announced Thursday.

A news conference has been called for 2:30 p.m. at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, effectively ending the project, according to a joint news release from the two entities.

Granite Construction has agreed to sell 354 acres of land designated for the quarry to the Pechanga Tribe for $3 million.

"The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Granite Construction Co. have forged a historic accord that will amicably resolve a long-standing land use dispute involving the proposed Liberty Quarry project in Riverside County and end the proposed quarry," the two entities wrote.

Pechanga will also pay Granite $17.35 million to settle the dispute under a separate inter-dependent and comprehensive settlement and release agreement, according to the news release.

Granite has in turn agreed that it will not own or operate a quarry within a six mile radius to the north of the property along the Riverside-San Diego county border and three miles to the south through 2035.

For its part, Pechanga has committed to providing Granite input regarding potential impacts to tribal historic and cultural resources at other potential aggregate sites outside of the restricted area that Granite may consider over the same 23-year period, according to the news release.

“This area holds profound historic, cultural, and spiritual importance to the Pechanga and Luiseño Peoples,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “Today, a small yet essential piece of our historic territory is once again united with its original stewards to preserve for future generations.”

Granite also reflected on the historic deal.

“Granite has a strong history of cooperation with stakeholders in communities where we work and is pleased to have been able to reach an equitable solution with the Pechanga Tribe regarding this project,” said James H. Roberts, Granite’s president and CEO. “We remain committed to Western Riverside and San Diego counties and look forward to continuing to grow our business in this area.”

This story is developing. Check back with Patch for coverage of the news conference.

keepn it real November 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Great news to hear I didn't want to stay if the mines were moving in. :)) Pechanga has the money to do it they should have done it years ago. It kinda made our city look a little foolish....I think its about time to start voting for some new people..Out with the old in with the new
N1smo2go November 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
@ James Q. I know what they were going to do,that area has alot of aggregate that can be used. That's what Granite wanted. I knw there was no theme park or anything else going to go there except the mine. My point was, that Granite walks away with over 20 million dollars and never had to put one shovel in the ground. Great way to do business and scare the heck out of the locals.
Long Time Temecula Resident November 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Paul, you are such a fudgmonkey.... you accused them of corruption dude... you panicked and lost your integrity. It's ok...the trick is recovery... you can only do it if you have integrity. On another note what will you gadfly about now? You still traveling around to various cites attending city council meetings with GG? You let Temecula down big time...you caused dissension in the ranks of quarry fighters just for a few votes. You lied by saying the city giving up the sphere allowed the quarry to move forward. You are a non truth teller Paul..no matter what you tell yourself before you bed down for the night know that that you were bought and sold for a few votes...the same thing you accused others of...sad
Gandhi November 20, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Um Stan, what are you ranting about now? Nobody's listening, nor are we interested in your continual attacks on people here, you are incapable of staying on the subject I've noticed in every single article, you try to lead everybody down the rabbit trail by picking on people, who have nothing to do with the article whatsoever. Paul is not attacking you, he is entitled to state his viewpoints and opinions here, and they actually have more validity than anything I have ever seen you write here. Keepn it real - thank you, a beacon of light in the darkness of rabbit holes! ;) Too bad people werent educated enough to vote them out this time though.
Gandhi November 20, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Actually its a total of $20,000,000, the $3,000,000 was the "down payment".


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