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Release Date: January 2008
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signage for Meridian

Fast Facts

Address: Riverside, California
Company/Developer: LNR Property Corporation
Project Specs: Build-to-suit
Project Type: Commercial
Square Feet: When complete, the project will encompass approximately 16 million square feet of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use (non-residential) property on ±1,290 acres.

Project History: With March Air Force Base realigned to a Reserve Base in 1995, nearly 6,000 jobs were lost.  Meridian will bring nearly 20,000 good jobs back to the community.  LNR Property Corporation was named master developer for the western portion of the base. This brownfield property was designed to provide an employment center closer to the residential population of western Riverside County to reduce emissions, cut commute times, and help rectify the jobs/housing imbalance that exists.

Commitment to Sustainability

The Meridian Design Guidelines prepared by LNR Property Corporation, in conjunction with the March Joint Power Authority, encourage LEED development, sustainable design, and green initiatives. These guidelines set the requirement for all future development of the Business Park.  Meridian will include the development of a 52-acre passive park and a 60-acre regional sports park.  Meridian has attracted developers and users to include their green developments into the master planned business park.

Green Features

Economic Analysis

  • The local redevelopment agency is expected to provide future partial infrastructure financing when property tax increment revenue is bondable.  
  • Meridian is a business park that will take about 15 years to fully develop.  The first 350 acres of buildings had occupancy levels of nearly 90 percent.
aerial view of Meridian

Tesco with North America’s largest photovoltaic roof.

Site Sustainability/Materials Use

  • A Metrolink Station servicing a regional high rail system with bus stops throughout the development will provide transit options for employees and visitors. 
  • Meridian will provide 11 miles of striped bike lanes.  Every development at Meridian is required to provide bike parking and storage. 
  • Best management practices are being used during construction. Desilting basins are provided on each graded lot.  Expansion areas are hydroseeded and irrigated. Storm water pollution prevention plans are submitted and implemented with every lot development. 
  • Meridian recycled concrete, asphalt, building foundations, lumber, and vegetation from the former 550 units of military housing and neighborhood infrastructure that was demolished in lieu of landfill disposal.
  • Large landscape setbacks were used with drought tolerant native species. 
  • Regional detention basins were installed to reduce historical flooding in the Base area, increase groundwater recharge, and improve stormwater runoff water quality.  Use of bioswales incorporated into site landscaping is encouraged to further improve storm water runoff quality.
  • Construction concrete is recycled onsite.  Industrial users are encouraged to recycle pallets and cardboard.  Bailers are designed into several existing projects.
  • Recycling concrete and asphalt from the previous streets at March and the slabs and foundations at Arnold Heights with 100,000 tons in process by 2008, which has and will continue to be used at  street base in lieu of being hauled to local landfills.
  • Transplanted many of the specimen palm trees from the demolition of the first phase of Arnold Heights in lieu of them being hauled to landfills. 
  • LNR mulched and recycled much of the trees, shrubs and vegetation from the demolition of the Arnold Heights in lieu of it being hauled to landfills.

489,256-square-foot build-to-suit for KIA Motors America.

Energy Efficiency

  • Meridian uses high efficiency high-pressure sodium exterior lighting with full cut-offs to save energy and reduce light pollution. Southern California Edison's energy savings and incentive program information are provided to every project applicant at Meridian. 
  • Tesco (Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Markets), the British grocer, installed photovoltaic solar panel roof (2 Megavolt), the largest in North America, to satisfy 25 pecent of its energy demand on their 88-acre food manufacturing and distribution campus.
  • Electrical stand-by technology replaces using diesel fuel to run refrigeration units on Tesco's fleet of distribution trailers while parked at the distribution center.

Water Efficiency

  • Installed reclaimed (purple pipe) waterlines to be used for all 1,290 acres of landscaping.
  • Drought tolerant native species will be used for all landscaping.  A sophisticated temperature and humidity sensing irrigation system with radio and telephone connection to a central station will monitor the site.


  • Tesco installed a photovoltaic solar panel roof (2 Megavolt), the largest in North America, to satisfy 25 percent of its energy demand.
  • A large industrial user is designing an onsite waste water/energy conversion system.