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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.

 

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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