View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


East side eyes its own ‘town center’

Plan leaves residents divided

Posted: March 18, 2009 12:51 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A view south of the Main Street in the planned Vista Square from the Santa Clara River to the Metrolink Station. A view south of the Main Street in the planned Vista Square from the Santa Clara River to the Metrolink Station.
A view south of the Main Street in the planned Vista Square from the Santa Clara River to the Metrolink Station.
Developers Tuesday unveiled plans for an ambitious “town center” for Canyon Country, a community hub where residents can catch a train, dine out, shop and just plain “hang out.”

The proposed Vista Square center would be located on Lost Canyon Road south of Sulphur Springs School between the Santa Clara River and the train tracks, JSB Development officials said during a luncheon meeting of the Valley Industrial Association.

Vista Square was designed, in part, to be a “place to go or a place to hang out, very much what Valencia Town Center offers on the west side of the valley,” said Glenn Adamick of JSB.

Adamick and partner Jim Backer said they want to give the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley something to call its own and to draw residents of west Santa Clarita for unique reasons.

Ruthann Levison, director of the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association board, said she has mixed emotions over the idea. The town center would be south of Sand Canyon Road where it crosses the Santa Clara River.

“We’ve lived in Sand Canyon for 26 years; we have horses and we love the rural,” Levison said Tuesday. “But at the same time it’d be nice to have a hotel. ... We’ve had very few amenities on this side of town,” Levison said.

The JSB proposal includes a Metrolink station, specialty market, hotel, high-end townhomes, retail, entertainment and office space. A bridge over the river would connect the town center to Soledad Canyon Road.

“Some don’t want it,” Levison said of her fellow Sand Canyon residents, “but some can’t wait to have (a nice restaurant) there.”

The homeowners association board does not take a position on the development, but informs the community of the plans so they can weigh in, Levison said.  

Longtime Canyon Country resident John Silver has had his concerns about the growth of the valley over the years, but he likes the Vista Canyon idea.

“If it’s done well, it will increase the property value of the area, hopefully,” Silver said at the business luncheon.

Adamick said the plan would include workforce housing and parks, trails and recreation areas. The theme would revolve around Santa Clarita Valley history.

“We’ve been meeting with the (Santa Clarita Valley) Historical Society to bring elements of Santa Clarita history into it,” Adamick said.

Adamick said JSB held 30 meetings with neighborhoods, homeowners associations and advisory committees in Canyon Country and Sand Canyon.

Silver, a director of career services with ITT Technical Institute, said it’s about time a housing-to-infrastructure and job balance was considered.

“In that area there’s been so much (residential) growth, but no infrastructure or development to ease traffic congestion,” Silver said.

If 4,000 jobs are anticipated, he said, developers should carefully consider how to limit congestion on major connecting streets like Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.


Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...