By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) Victorville, the key city of the High Desert, has so much positive buzz surrounding it these days. In 1992, when the desert lost George Air Force Base, the area took a massive hit; one many thought the city would never recover from. Now in 2011, the projects that the city has planned for the future let off a radiant glow of progress.
Monica Petersen of the City of Victorville told High Desert Daily about the Top 5 exciting projects coming soon. Of course, on that list was United Furniture Industries, the massive furniture producer now with a west coast factory on the Southern California Logistics Airport. “We are very excited United Furniture Industries now occupying 500,000 square feet and thrilled over the 400 positions they will bring to the High Desert.” UFI has a soft opening on November 14th, with a full operational opening coming soon after.
Church & Dwight, which manufactures products under the Arm & Hammer products, is currently making arrangements to have a home in Victorville. “Church & Dwight are currently transforming the former M & M Mars warehouse to suit their needs as a manufacturing facility as we speak.”
Another project that the community definitely has an eye on is the now vacant former Best Buy building on Amargosa Road. Well, it won’t be empty for long, as a business has already claimed it. “Many artists, crafters and hobbyists will be excited to hear that Hobby Lobby will soon occupy the space once held by Best Buy on Amargosa. When Best Buy relocated earlier this year, City staff quickly got to work. So, the building was vacant less than a year.” Hobby Lobby currently has 492 stores in 40 states.
The next project is one that everyone has been waiting for: the Nisqualli/ La Mesa interchange. The project has been in the works for years, and it is now finally moving forward. “The benefits of the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange will provide much needed relief to the overall transportation system and will relieve the congestion in and around Bear Valley Road.”
The last exciting project, rounding out the top 5, is the arrival of Fortune 500 companies at SCLA. “Fortune 500 companies such as Red Bull and Sparklets have also made Southern California Logistics Airport their new home. In fact, Red Bull has reported that the 12,000 square foot facility is their most active in Southern California. “
Constantly growing, evolving, and striving towards the future, Victorville continues to attract businesses and citizens alike. In closing, Petersen had this to say, which sums it all up: “The fact that over one million square feet of industrial space has been leased out in 2011 alone says that Victorville is a thriving community! “