The Sand Canyon Plaza mixed use area was approved by the city council during its regular session Tuesday night, marking the end of a 32 year long journey to see it happen.
The Santa Clarita city council voted five to zero in favor of moving forward with mixed use area that will include 580 residential units, 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and an 85,000 square-foot assisted living facility with up to 140 beds.
The new development area will be built along the northeast corner of Soledad Canyon road and Sand Canyon road, replacing a now empty mobile home park.
The decision was met with cheers from the Canyon Country community members that came out to express their support of the project. Though some concerns were raised, mostly about environmental and traffic issues, a majority of the public comments were positive.
“I think we’re gonna build something that I know everybody is going to enjoy,” said Tom Clark the manager of the project who started it back in 1985.
Over the last three years the project has been viewed by over 600 community members who have given input and critique on the project. In that time the project has changed many times to what it is now.
Some other improvements the project will make include fixing traffic issues for the southbound 14 freeway on-ramp, widening sidewalks for pedestrian safety and will add a community park for the new homes as well as a new trail.
“Taking back our community”
The city council also approved a public safety initiative called “Taking back our community” in response to the increased crime rates since the passing of state laws such as prop 47.
The initiative will try to minimize crime as much as they can within the bounds of state law in order to keep the public.
Originally created in the city of Whittier, 19 other cities across California have also joined the initiative.
Councilwoman Marsha Mclean will be attending the League of California cities meeting later this year representing Santa Clarita to help urge Governor Jerry Brown to discuss strategies to reduce the impact of current criminal laws.
The city council also used the meeting to formally recognize this September as Senior Center month and next October as Homeless Awareness month.
Senior Center month looks to recognize the impact and importance the seniors in our community have on Santa Clarita, as well as to celebrate their contributions.
Homeless Awareness month will kick off on Oct 7 with two fundraising events, Box City held by Bridge to Home and Soup for the Soul held by Family Promise.
The month will also be used to shed light on Santa Clarita’s homeless issue, to help improve life for those affected.