By Richard Kerr, Mayor
The City of Adelanto is pleased to be a part of the 57th Edition of the High Desert Report. Our city continues its transformation from a bedroom community with limited commercial and industrial development to one that is becoming a driver of economic activity for Adelanto and the High Desert.
While the city’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry has buoyed the economic resurgence of our city, make no mistake, Adelanto’s success is fueled by diverse activities that will strengthen our city today and into the future.
For example, City Council and I recognize that if growth is to occur, whether it’s residential, commercial, retail or industrial, the city must develop a sound system of infrastructure to support the growth.
To this end, several projects will benefit residents and developers alike, including:
- The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the City of Victorville and the City of Adelanto, is working on the Right-of-Way (ROW) and Final Design phases for the widening of Highway 395 from State Route 18/Palmdale Road to Chamberlaine Way.
The $60 million widening project will increase from one to two lanes in each direction, and turn lanes and signals at various intersections will be installed within the project limits. Construction could begin as early as late 2018.
These scheduled improvements along this vital stretch of roadway through our city will relieve traffic congestion but, more importantly, create new opportunities for commercial growth that will generate tax revenues to support vital city services.
Other projects in the works include:
- Adelanto Road and Rancho Road/Re-Pavement project—will occur from Holly and Adelanto Road to Rancho Road north, from Rancho Road East to Rancho and Bellflower West. The $2 million project should commence in 2018 and be completed in early 2019.
- Safe Routes to Schools project will see new sidewalks, ramps, traffic calming treatments and pedestrian crossing flashers. The $700,000 project is a collaboration between the cities of Adelanto and Victorville; to commence in May 2018.
- Builder DR Horton will be widening Highway 18 and Verbena Road, which will also include a traffic signal modification. The $3 million project will commence in late 2018.
- Builder Frontier Homes, whose 116 Single-Family homes are underway, has pulled grading permits and will spend $2 million for offsite improvements, including a storm drain channel and the widening of Jonathan and Poppy Streets.
- Bellflower Road at Highway 18 will be widened; the $250,000 project will include curb return and relocation of the traffic signals.
- The long-awaited Lewis Retail project, located at Highway 395 and Mojave Drive, is in the plan-review process with Kinder Morgan, regarding the highway widening plans and existing fuel lines.
- Although still at the discussion stage between the City of Adelanto and the County of San Bernardino, a traffic signal is being considered at Mojave Drive and Bellflower Road.
In addition to the infrastructure projects, several other achievements will enable the City of Adelanto to continue along its road of fiscal prosperity and an improved quality of life for our residents. For example:
- Korean-American Aircore Cookware has a Conditional Use Permit and development plans underway to construct a 100,000-square foot manufacturing facility at Rancho and Verbena Roads. The $45-$50 million investment includes a 100,000-square foot stainless steel factory and will bring 250 full-time jobs to the High Desert.
Along with the two-and-a-half acre property, three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half acre properties have also been purchased by Aircore Cookware at the Rancho site. Aircore’s investment will bring much- needed infrastructure to the area, including road paving, water and sewer.
Aircore currently operates an 80,000- square foot facility with 100 employees in China and sells products on QVC ,along with a prototype to Starbucks.
- Goldentree Medical Cannabis Facility hosted a ribbon-cutting in October for its facility located on Yucca Road; the facility will consist of four buildings totaling 50,000 square feet. Goldentree is a closed-loop industrial company that controls every aspect of cultivation, extraction, marketing and distribution of the most pristine medicine for patients.
This project will generate up to $250,000 in taxes each year and the hiring of 40 employees.
- LDS (Lifestyle Delivery Systems) and CSPA Group hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October at its facility on Commerce Way, where they took an empty 20,000-square foot building and, using solely Adelanto talent, made significant—and costly—improvements in order to produce a revolutionary product—called cannastrips—for dispensing medical marijuana. The automated, state-of-the-art facility is expected to create up to 30 full-time positions, 15 part- time positions and eventually generate millions of dollars in annual tax revenue for the city.
- The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), managed by the California Public Utilities Commission, will provide matching funds for broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, including rural areas such as in the High Desert and Mojave region, as well as funding for adoption digital literacy programs, which help close the Digital Divide.
—after having been shuttered for three years, Adelanto increased fire protection and paramedic service 100% by adding an additional Captain, Engineer and Fire Fighter Paramedic to Station 322 on Rancho Road. There are 6,000 calls for service annually in Adelanto; increasing the staff 100% and adding an additional engine will reduce response times, and residents won’t have to wait for help to arrive from a neighboring city.
Other projects in the works that will continue the city’s transformation include:
- An ARCO Gas Station with a convenience store and drive-through restaurant will be built at Adelanto Road and Air Expressway, the site of the former Adelanto Casino;
- A carwash, gas station and liquor store to be located at Highway 395 and Cactus Road;
- 13-acre, 98,000-square foot commercial/retail shopping center located at Verbena and Palmdale roads.
So as you can tell, Adelanto is no longer a sleepy little town. It has awakened, and developers are continuing to discover that Adelanto is the “City with Unlimited Possibilities.”
In March of this year, Adelanto has entered into its first Sister City relationship with the South Korean City of Hadong. Described as a diplomatic platform to promote cooperation and direct engagement with its global partners on issues of mutual interest, particularly around business and commerce, tourism, education and culture, Hadong’s Mayor said that “both our cities are in rapidly developing regions and would benefit from exchanging development ideas on urbanization at an international level.”
I couldn’t agree more. To discover opportunities that exist for development in Adelanto and become a part of a growing revolution, visit: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 246-2300