Local businesses in need of more space could find a new home in Lompoc as a potential development project makes its way through proper approval channels.
Plans to build a business/industrial park on approximately 40 acres adjoining the Lompoc Airport have been submitted to the City of Lompoc, with the hope of starting construction sometime in 2015 or earlier.
The project would include 12 entitled lots zoned for business park and industrial business off Central Avenue and V Street, according to Tom Davidson, a Lee & Associates broker who already has begun marketing to fill the spaces.
Several unnamed, local businesses have already shown interest in the lots, he said.
Davidson has been working for months on the project with property owners Chad and Mike Penrod of Ventura-based McGaelic Group, which has owned the site since the 1960s. The land currently is leased by a local farmer.
He said the Penrods are hopeful the project will receive approval sometime in 2014, estimating a six- to nine-month process.
City planners have yet to put the project on any agenda as the owners complete required paperwork, Davidson said.
“In the meantime, we are going to start marketing the project,” Davidson said. “I have a couple of people who are in the market and are looking. There is just not a lot of industrial zoned land available in the Lompoc area.”
Davidson said parcels would range in size from 2.5 acres to 3.5 acres, and initially include finished lots with all infrastructure for sale, build-to-suit industrial buildings for sale or lease, and industrial buildings for lease.
Some adjoining lots could have direct airport access, he added.
Earlier this month, the property owners hosted a news conference at the site to announce their plans alongside Davidson and Lompoc Mayor John Linn.
Davidson said the owners bought the land with future development in mind, and decided to bring a proposal before city planners for a second time because new Lompoc leaders seem more willing to foster business.
“The city is much more progressive in terms of trying to promote new business, foster growth and push projects through,” he said.
Three new wineries have recently opened near the potential site, Davidson said, and another wine maker he declined to name has expressed interest.
The Penrods want to get the word out about the project, which would bring business to boost Lompoc’s economy.
“This project is coming, and, if people have needs, we have a spot to put them,” Davidson said.
Those interested in learning more about the new industrial park can contact Davidson at 805.588.7777.