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Santa Clarita City Council OKs live-work-commercial center

Posted: March 27, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted this week to approve a 315-home residential and commercial development off Soledad Canyon Road near the city’s main Metrolink station.

In addition to the 315 homes, Villa Metro will include 22 live-work lofts and an 8,000-square-foot commercial center.

All of this will be constructed on a 33-acre lot at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Gladding Way, across Soledad from the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station.

As part of the development, additional trails will be constructed both along Soledad Canyon Road and from the development’s internal system of trails to one that runs by the Santa Clara River.

The New Home Company, which requested approval of the project, purchased the site from Newhall Land Development Inc. last year. The Santa Clarita Planning Commission gave tentative approval last summer.

John Sherwood, director of land and planning for the New Home Company, said Wednesday the the council’s vote ensures the development has cleared its last hurdle.

“We are off and running,” Sherwood said of the project, which will be located between Soledad and the Santa Clara River.

The New Home Company has been working on the site since last November, Sherwood said, and the goal is to open model homes for viewing by late spring or early summer this year.

Sherwood said the overall plan is for the project to be pedestrian-friendly, with homes and commercial sites within walking distance of each other.

In keeping with that theme, Sherwood said Newhall Land will eventually construct a bridge over Soledad Canyon Road to provide pedestrian access from the development to the Metrolink station on the other side of the street.

Villa Metro was one of two residential development projects approved by the City Council Tuesday night. Council members also voted unanimously to approve an 87-home residential development, “Habitat for Heroes,” that will cater to veterans of the United States military and their families.

That project will be constructed off Centre Pointe Parkway north of Bowman High School.
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