The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a Planning Commission recommendation for a conditional use permit for the “Market Place at Pine Cove,” owned and operated by Shane Stewart. With the approval, the market is now authorized to sell beer and wine. Stewart noted the permit process began in July. “Now all permitting with the county [for the Pine Cove facility] is completed,” he said.

On March 13, the board approved a nearly 3,300-square-foot commercial center (the market), of which a convenience store with the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption comprises about one-third of the area. About a quarter will be an operator’s residence. Also approved were a gasoline service station with office space, a video arcade and hobby shop with storage area, a laundry facility, two 500-gallon, above-ground propane tanks and a recycling collection facility for aluminum cans, glass and bottles. Ten parking spaces were permitted as part of the approved conditional use.

The video arcade is a possible future component, according to Stewart. There are no current plans to open a video arcade, although the potential use is already permitted. “All entitlements are there,” he said.

The coin-operated laundry facility, in the existing A-frame structure, will open at the end of the month, Stewart said.

According to County Planner Christian Hinojosa, county-required modifications included reducing the number of trash enclosure bins from two to one and approving a roof-mounted sign for 10 rather than two years. The county attached an additional condition prohibiting a pay phone on the property, to discourage loitering and additional noise at the site, said Hinojosa. Approved hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in sales [since approval of the permit and authorization to sell beer and wine],” said market Manager Michael Berryman.