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Castaic complex looks to expand

Development: Former potential site of Castaic high school could become larger industrial center

Posted: May 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The public is expected to weigh in today on plans to develop three dozen industrial lots on what was once the chosen site for a Castaic high school.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department is holding public hearings on Temple Street in Los Angeles about plans to develop property, which is located near the Valencia Commerce Center in Castaic.

Although there was much public debate about the high school being built there, there has been no objection over plans to extend the Sterling-Gateway industrial complex, which is located at the western end of Witherspoon Parkway between
Avenue Penn and Del Valle Road, further west.

“We haven’t received any letters of opposition to this project,” Ramon Cordova, of the planning department, said Monday.

In October 2008, William S. Hart Union High School District officials told those attending a meeting of the Castaic Area Town Council that the western end of Witherspoon was the chosen site of Castaic’s long-awaited high school.

The school district has since moved on, and has set its sights on a Romero Canyon property instead.

Land developer Hunt Williams, however, still wants to build out Sterling-Gateway.

His plans call for 36 lots to be built — 31 industrial lots and five debris basin lots.

Williams expects to grade more than 100,000 cubic yards of earth and remove four oak trees.

Today, he’s asking county planners to modify the conditional use permit allowing him to build.

One of those initial conditions was that he couldn‘t develop his industrial lots until the roundabout on Hasley Canyon Road at Interstate 5 was constructed. It has since been built.

Anticipated traffic in and out of Sterling Gateway is one of the factors being weighed by county planners reviewing his application.

Although the prospect of high school students driving to and from a high school on Witherspoon is no longer a concern, county planners say they still expect increased traffic on Commerce Center Drive at State Route 126.


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