By Michael Stevens
Communications Consultant, City of Adelanto
The City of Adelanto is pleased to be a part of the 56th Edition of the High Desert Report. In the last issue, I talked about “Resiliency, the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–and bounce back stronger, wiser…you don’t have to look any further than the City of Adelanto to see how it works.” I also mentioned how Adelanto “has experienced a metamorphosis since the great recession of 2008, starting with the election of three new Councilmembers in 2014.”
The metamorphosis is continuing, and just as Reno, Nevada, is often referred to as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Adelanto is also becoming the “Biggest Little City in the in the State of California!”
Consistent with the city’s slogan, the “City with Unlimited Possibilities” and supported by a staunch pro-business, pro-development City Council, developers and builders alike are discovering the untapped potential for growth and development in the city. What was once barren land is now being transformed by job-creating, tax-revenue-building projects at various locations around the city. Mayor Richard Kerr indicates that the city is expected to have 11 groundbreaking ceremonies in 2017 and well into 2018. That is progress the city has not experienced in over 20-years in such a short period of time.
The following projects are currently underway or soon to begin:
Clark Pacific—a state-of-the-art concrete manufacturing plant on 110 acres, slated to replace facilities in Fontana and Irwindale and bring as many as 500 jobs to the city. The plant, a two-phase project, is scheduled to open this year, will produce precast concrete structural products for parking structures, retail stores, auto dealerships and others. Clark Pacific is currently 35
building the new football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood.
Industrial Integrity Solution—the largest industrial park in the city’s history, 630,000-square-foot HDO Industrial Park will consist of 21 buildings (at 30K each) for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and testing medical marijuana. It is expected to create 550 permanent jobs and generate more than $2 million in annual tax revenues.
Largest cultivation project currently under construction in CA
AirCore Kitchen Cookwear—a manufacturing facility. The plant is relocating from China to Adelanto and will build a 100,000-square-foot facility.
“Rancho Plaza” at 395—an 18-acre development just north of Adelanto Stadium at the vacant northeast corner of Highway 395 and Rancho Road. The project covers just under 200,000 square feet and will include a gas station, 60-room three-story motel, drive-through restaurants, office and retail facilities and a car wash.
Shell Station—the 4,900-square-foot station, large when compared to the average 1,700-4,000 square foot station—will become just the third gas station in the city and is strategically located at the northwest corner of Highway 18 and Bellflower Road. The combination gas station and convenience store is expected to hire at least 11 employees for its 24-hour operation.
Frontier Homes—is building 65 homes on 10 acres in the city off Highway 395 & Cactus;
Projects expected to close after publication of this edition of the High Desert Report:
- Medical Corridor consisting of a Vocational School/Retail/Commercial project on approximately a 22-acre property adjacent to City Hall;
- Hotel/Commercial/Retail/Industrial Development An approximately a 27-combined-acre project adjacent to the Adelanto Baseball Stadium and the Budweiser Distribution Center;
- Hotel and other commercial and retail development on approximately 19 acres at the intersection of Rancho Road and Highway 395;
- The City Council voted unanimously to approve an 18-acre development just north of Adelanto Stadium at the vacant northeast corner of Highway 395 and Rancho Road. Covering just under 200,000 square feet, the multi-tenant retail center—known as “Rancho Plaza” at 395—will see the developer subdividing the current four parcels into 10 in order to build a gas station, 60-room three-story motel, drive-through restaurants, office and retail facilities and a car wash.
- ARCO Gas Station at the intersection of AirExpress Way and Hwy-395. Poker Card Club Former location.
The metamorphosis within the City of Adelanto isn’t limited to commercial and residential development. The city is transforming in other ways as well.
Some believed the departure of the High Mavericks baseball team last fall would see the baseball stadium mothballed. But the City Council signed a unique one-year agreement—including three, one-year options—with the 28th District Agricultural Association (San Bernardino County Fair) to have the Association reach out to promoters, market events and negotiate contracts on behalf of Adelanto. This includes management and operations of Adelanto Stadium.
Under the agreement Adelanto will receive 30% of all revenues generated by events held within the City of Adelanto, and High Desert residents will continue to have excellent venues for a variety of exciting events.
One major success of the partnership was securing the semi-professional baseball team, the High Desert Yardbirds of Pecos League, to play a 64-game schedule. Half the games will be played at what is now known as Adelanto Stadium. Other prominent events scheduled at the stadium include the phenomenally popular Adelanto Grand Prix, Adelanto Rodeo, concerts, Mud-Run and a host of other activities never before held at the stadium.
Adelanto is also home of the High Desert’s fourth dog park, located adjacent to City Hall at Richardson Park. Pryke Dog Park is named after the late publisher Raymond Pryke, whose Foundation contributed $25,000 towards the project.
To discover opportunities that exist for development in Adelanto and to become a part of a growing revolution, visit: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 246-2300 extension 3063.