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Spanish Trail plan gets approval

BARSTOW • The Spanish Trail Specific Plan was approved by a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Barstow City Council at Monday night’s special joint meeting.
Malcolm Riley, president of Los Angeles-based developer Malcolm Riley & Associates, and Joe Brady, president of the Bradco Companies, were in attendance at Barstow City Hall for Monday’s vote.

The development team for the project, consisting of Malcolm Riley & Associates, Bradco Companies and DLR Group, had a professional services agreement approved by the City Council earlier in the year. Work will now begin on the Spanish Trail Specific Plan, which will develop 112 acres and include an 801,100-square-foot shopping center.

“The unique thing about this partnership is that we have planners in the room, but we also have real developers in the room,” said Gaither Loewenstein, economic development and planning manager for the city of Barstow. “And so we were able to get a plan together that has some very nice-looking elements, but also has a reasonable chance of being built in the near future.”

The Spanish Trail Specific Plan was presented at the Planning Commission’s meeting Dec. 9 and, according to Brady, the plan “sets the stage for Barstow’s future.”
However, Brady said, “this is a plan, this is only a plan. There’s a lot of work to do.”
Recommendations in the plan include changing the name of L Street to either Spanish Trail or Spanish Trail Parkway.

“This is an interpretive pathway that will be landscaped with the very type of trees and flora and fauna that existed in the area during the days of the Old Spanish Trail from 1829 to 1848,” Loewenstein said.

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