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Lancaster redevelopment attracts businesses

Posted: August 27, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Shoppers browse the stalls at the weekly farmers market on The BLVD. Both produce and craft items are available for purchase.

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Under the leadership of Mayor R. Rex Parris, the city of Lancaster has been diligently working to build a stronger, more vibrant business community in the city of 145,000, where the median household income was reported in 2008 to be $55,569.

By contrast, the city of Santa Clarita’s reported 2008 median income is $84,253.

Some of the major employers in the area include military and aerospace industries including Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake, Lockheed Martin and Northrop-Grumman.

In 2010, the city of Lancaster launched a program to spruce up Lancaster Boulevard and revitalize the business district in downtown Lancaster.

Dubbed The BLVD, the economic district features new streets, sidewalks and landscaping.

A museum and art gallery, performing-arts center, a bar and grill and a multifamily housing development sit near the downtown street. Earlier this month, the city celebrated a new intimate, luxury, Laemmle movie dining theater.

“It’s wonderful to see all these businesses flocking to The BLVD,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

The city also hosts a weekly farmers market on The BLVD, where produce-sellers are joined by arts-and-crafts vendors.

And last week, the city held a grand opening for three new businesses downtown.

The walk-ability of The BLVD is very conducive to business, said one business owner.

“We’ve been here in downtown Lancaster for five-and-a-half years, and our recent move to this end of The BLVD has been great,” said Erica Allbee, co-owner of All About Fitness. “Lancaster is a friendly place to do business, and the city has been great to work with.”

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