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Redevelopment plans in Newhall move forward

Posted: December 15, 2008 9:36 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Plans for the redevelopment of a square block in downtown Newhall are moving forward following a recent City Council decision that allows for an exclusive agreement between the city and Newhall property owner AF Main Street, LLC.

"They now are going to start spending some time and money to prepare development plans and seek financing to develop a project," said Paul Brotzman, the Santa Clarita's director of community development.

The project will include a mixed-use development and a combination of retail office and residential, Brotzman said.

"At this point, I would say it's a plan that's evolving," he said.

The project, located on the block bounded by Lyons Avenue, 9th Street, Railroad Avenue and Main Street, would involve nine parcels totalling 1.7 acres.

Regardless, city officials view the project as a landmark development as a link to the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station, an active retail and restaurant component and underground parking for the planned expansion of the Newhall county library.

The negotiation agreement allows the city to negotiate exclusively with a developer for six months with an option for a six-month extension on the agreement. Brotzman said.

The deal was finalized with the City Council's 4-0 vote during the Dec. 9 meeting. Councilwoman Laurene Weste recused herself from the vote.

The Newhall Redevelopment Committee supports the agreement.

"We took it as a positive," said Phil Ellis, chairman of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations about the Newhall project area.

Ellis highlighted the project's plans for restaurants, retail and underground parking.

"This is a big plus," he said.

For the committee, the agreement is one of the first steps towards a redeveloped downtown Newhall.

"We're just looking forward to having Newhall built out," he said.


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