Santa Clarita Transit Oriented Community Edges Closer to Reality
- Jul 10, 2015
By Alex Girda, Associate Editor
JSB Development announced that construction is now underway at its latest Los Angeles County transit-oriented development. The company is building a sprawling mixed-use project in Santa Clarita and broke ground on Phase One of the initiative.
According to the developer, the Vista Canyon development project will focus on a small section of the 185-acre plot of land that will accommodate the new community. The current phase will feature a commercial component comprising a 56,000-square-foot building offering office and retail space, a neighborhood retail store totaling 18,000 square feet, and a parking facility that can hold up to 614 vehicles. The residential element of the project includes 480 units located in a number of complexes. Residents will have access to health clubs, lounges, pools, as well as outdoor common areas.
The overall master plan of Vista Canyon was designed by Johnson Fain, the architecture firm also being responsible for the plans of a future six-story office building. Gensler will also provide the designs of a number of structures in the mixed-use community including the retail/office building that is part of Phase One, as well as another three-story structure to take shape on the project’s main retail street.
At full build-out, Vista Canyon will offer around 1,100 residential units including upscale apartments, townhomes, as well as single-family homes. The commercial component will feature more than one million square feet of retail, office, dining and entertainment space, as well as hospitality venues. The master-planned community’s Town Square and Corporate Office Campus will provide around 4,000 jobs when fully occupied. Residents will have access to a riverfront area for entertainment activities, the Town Green, as well as a Community Garden offering more space destined for socializing. The City Park will total 10 acres and will include a River Education Center where residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the Santa Clara River.
The community’s keystone is the Transit Center. Designed to link the community to the rest of the county via a Metrolink Depot and City bus transfer station, the center will allow commuters to live in an undervalued end of Santa Clarita while working throughout L.A. County.