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Wednesday, Oct 02 2013 01:09 PM

'First Look': New development in Bakersfield

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    Bakersfield Planning Director Jim Eggert talks about development around the city on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

For the past couple of months, you may have noticed some once-empty lots around town beginning to take form.

City Planning Director Jim Eggert talked about the future of development in Bakersfield on Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The city just approved a new Target to be built in southwest Bakersfield, Eggert said.

Simulcast host Scott Cox asked Eggert why it seemed that every time a Target is built, there's either a CVS pharmacy or Walmart nearby.

"Big corporations like this like to cluster together. It's a great marketing technique and they are usually within half a mile radius of each other," Eggert said.

Another new project in the making is "high-end office complexes" on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road.

The lot has been empty for the past 30 years and for a long time there were restrictions on the land; only apartments could be built on the 15-acre property. But that restriction was lifted a few years ago, Eggert said.

And let's not forget about the planned Bakersfield Blaze baseball stadium, which Eggert also discussed.

 

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