ADELANTO – The City of Adelanto is growing, bringing more jobs and opportunities to fuel both your vehicle and body. The groundbreaking for the much-anticipated gas station and convenience store that will sit on the northwest corner of Bellflower Road and Highway 18/Palmdale Road is coming this month.
“Tuesday, March 21 we are having a groundbreaking for a combination gas station and convenience store that will provide not only jobs and sales tax revenue, but greater convenience for Adelanto residents,”said Mayor Rich Kerr. The public is welcome to the groundbreaking, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. The Shell Stations will be 4,900 square feet, larger than most, which are anywhere from around 1,700-4,00 square feet. This is only the third gas station in the City of Adelanto, which will provide added options for those living in and traveling through the city.
“We expect to capture a large number of residents and travelers who will not doubt appreciate the convenience to get gas and food at this location,” said Tom Murphy, the owner of Murphy Construction. Murphy Constructions, the builders have an impressive history in the High Desert building for over 40 years. They expect to hire all local subcontractors during the four-and-a-half month construction phase.
The station owner, Mike Maida said that he plans to hire at least 11 employees for this 24-hour location. Maida said he chose the location since there is no business of that kind to serve that area of Adelanto. “Working with the staff at Adelanto has been a smooth process, we had great help processing permits in a timely manner and we expect the cooperation to be no less as we move into the construction phase,” said Murphy. The gas station will be accessible only westbound Highway 18/Palmdale Road travelers. Left turns into the station from Highway 18/Palmdale Road will be prohibited due to safety concerns.
“We think this project is going to create a windfall of sales taxes simply because of its location: said Kerr. He also stated that the top priority for the city is bringing jobs for local residents. City officials said that the unemployment rate has went down by one percent, from 10.2 to 9.1 percent since April 2015. “This clearly demonstrates that the City of Adelanto continues to make progress, ”said Kerr.
Throughout, the city other construction projects are beginning or continuing including homes being built by both Frontier Homes and D.R. Horton. Clark Pacific’s is in Phase One of its concrete manufacturing plant, and the 630,000 square-foot Industrial Integrity Solutions project at Yucca Road and Muskrat Avenue is also in the works.
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