We sat down with the minds behind the Santa Clarita Valley’s newest community: Vista Canyon.
The Santa Clarita Valley’s newest community is created to have everything you need — from “car optional” living to centralized shopping and restaurants. So you don’t have any reason to leave, but the other side of the hill is just a short ride away.
We sat down with one of the partners of Vista Canyon, Glenn Adamick, to get the inside scoop on a modern community that’s just around the corner.
“During the land planning phase for this site, the community and city — everyone, really — expressed that they wanted to see outdoor shopping similar to what’s available at Westfield Valencia Town Center,” Glenn explained about the variety of things to do in Vista Canyon.
Vista Canyon, a 185-acre mixed-use community located off the 14, includes 1,100 homes — with townhomes, single-family residences and luxury apartments — as well as close to 1 million square feet of commercial space and more than 21 acres of preserved recreational area. The community will even have its own transit center, Metrolink commuter rail stop and bridge.
One of the most well-loved features, however, is the “town square” feeling of Vista Canyon’s main street: Lincoln Street.
“Lincoln will be very similar to what you see as you drive McBean Parkway to the central entrance of Valencia Town Center,” Glenn said. “Both [developer] Jim Backer and I being old Newhall Land folks, the success down at Westfield Valencia Town Center really influenced what we wanted to do down here.”
The first building, coming in around 60,000 square feet, is now under construction and is expected to be completed around September or October 2019. The foundation for additional infrastructure is being laid, including the parking structure.
“We’re starting to see it all come together,” Glenn said.
But Vista Canyon offers more than just a great place to live, it’s also primed to become a thriving business hub with amenities such as the Metrolink station and Bus Transfer Station.
“As part of Vista Canyon’s analysis during the planning phase, we took a look at where the Metrolink riders were coming from. A majority of riders are coming from the zip codes that surround Vista Canyon,” Glenn said.
Currently, Santa Clarita Valley businesses have reported many employees coming from the Antelope Valley. Instead of driving to Valencia, they could hop on the Metrolink to Vista Canyon without ever getting in their car.
Since this is a mixed-use project, Vista Canyon may help attract new businesses from the valley, opening up local jobs and reducing the traffic caused by local residents who commute outside the valley for work.
The entire community, say the developers, was designed to be the first “car optional” community in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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