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Economic Development Update

Planning Commission approves Chipotle on Tucker Road

The City of Tehachapi Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposed Chipotle Mexican Grill that recently applied to develop at the Tehachapi Junction center on the corner of Tehachapi Boulevard and Tucker Road.

The proposal includes a 2,400-square-foot restaurant with a drive thru window that will also have some outdoor dining and other improvements to the site adjacent to Starbucks and sitting just below Panda Express.

Like its neighbor to the south, Chipotle was another company that has been working with the City of Tehachapi for the last several years to find the perfect home. As expected, the addition of Walmart, Panda Express and the development of other outparcels nearby, the first of which will house Valley Strong Credit Union, strongly encouraged Chipotle to find a location in the City of Tehachapi. 

Relationships with local commercial brokers Cushmann & Wakefield and Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors helped attract the restaurant to the lone remaining pad in Tehachapi Junction, already a popular destination with the presence of Starbucks and the soon-to-open Round Table Pizza which is putting the finishing touches on their renovated restaurant space. The intersection of Tucker Road and Tehachapi Boulevard sees an average of 26,000 cars a day, making the visibility of the site a key factor. 

This project is another testament to the attractive nature of investments in the City of Tehachapi and the ongoing business attraction efforts of the city's Economic Development, Development Services and Planning departments. The ability to place nationally attractive brands in high-visibility locations while meeting the demands of a growing community continues to be a priority and one that is seeing results.

With the approval, Chipotle will begin engineering the site with hopes to begin construction in 2021.

Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors Honors City of Tehachapi as '2020 Affiliate of the Year.'

The Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors selected Economic Development Coordinator Corey Costelloe as '2020 Affiliate Member of the Year' for assistance and efforts during a challenging 2020. See page xx for full article.

Capital Hills Starbucks project receives building permits

The developers of the Capital Hills retail center on which will feature the City's second drive-thru Starbucks location have received building permits. The project includes a 6,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail center, 2,000 of that will be for the Starbucks with three other suites available. This project will be constructed on the corner of Capital Hills Parkway and Voyager Drive, just south of the Holiday Inn Express.

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