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Council expected to approve Spanish Trail Specific Plan

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • The City Council on Monday is expected to approve adopting the Spanish Trail Specific Plan, which will guide future development of nearly 112 acres, including an 801,000-square-foot shopping center.

President of the Bradco Companies Joseph W. Brady said the proposed plan “sets the stage for Barstow’s future.”

“Barstow’s time has come and I think the city now has a chance very similar to what the town of Apple Valley and city of Hesperia have had over the course of the years,” Brady said. “I have seen such a great change in the leadership of the city in the last couple of years. I think the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Barstow have really adopted the Nike attitude of ‘just do it’ and that really does make a big difference.”

Earlier this year, the City Council approved a professional services agreement with a development team that included representatives from the Bradco Companies, Malcolm Riley & Associates and DLR Group to compose the specific plan.

The plan was presented at the City of Barstow’s Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 9.

The specific plan is highlighted by the 801,000-square-foot shopping center to be called The Shoppes at Spanish Trail. The 112.4 acres of development land are located on Avenue L, between Interstate 15 and Main Street, near the existing Home Depot.

The proposed project has three main shopping sectors.

West of Avenue L has been designated for “big box” retail and ancillary uses; east of Avenue L has been designated for health and wellness, family entertainment, hotel restaurant and community-serving retail uses; north of Main Street has been designated for commercial uses such as grocery stores, storage and restaurants.

Brady said some of the biggest concerns and conversations among the group had to do with considering Barstow’s real needs without hurting existing businesses throughout the city.

“We also want to make sure what comes with this project only benefits Barstow and doesn’t hurt any existing businesses,” Brady said. “The tenants that we bring in will not only help the existing businesses, but Barstow residents aren’t going to have to drive to the Victor Valley, and even further, just to shop. They’re going to one day be able to shop here and help the city of Barstow increase their infrastructure and be able to provide more jobs.”

The joint special meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the City Council Chambers, located at 220 East Mountain View Street.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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