As the wheels are in motion on the Vista Canyon project, questions come up, such as, “What happens to the homes on La Veda Avenue?” (That is the one lone street off of Lost Canyon Road next to Sulphur Springs Community School.)
Whereas a lot of developments incite clashes between residents and developers, meetings between Vista Canyon developers and residents of La Veda have, so far, seemed smooth as silk.
First of all, residents on La Veda who attended meetings held at the home of Jim and Susan Lentini learned that they will not lose their homes due to the project. When Jim Lentini was asked if he is satisfied that JSB Development heads have given them adequate information and preparation for the project, he answered: “Yes!”
Jim Backer of JSB Development said that meetings have been held on La Veda during different phases of the project.
“When we first started going there, we went to get their input on the project, and we originally had some houses backing up to their street. Through the course of discussion, we made the park larger and got rid of the houses,” said Backer. “The park will be a nice amenity for them.”
The project will likely affect the neighborhood in about 18 months, when construction begins on the west end of the Vista Canyon acreage. Lentini and his neighbors are most concerned about construction dust and traffic, though there have been years of gridlock during peak hours at Sulphur Springs and Pinecrest schools on Lost Canyon.
“We’re going to deal with the streets – it’s going to look a lot nicer than it does now. I’m going to keep the rural character. It’s urban and rural … suburban’s in there too,” said Backer. “It’s really good for their properties.”
The residents of La Veda Avenue are likely to be nearest to the train station and hotel on the Vista Canyon property, but there will be a park cushion between the homes and project development.
“Maybe one of the most rewarding aspects of it is that some things we decided to do early on are starting to come together, like the water reclamation plant. Glenn Adamick has been the one on our team to deal with the permitting for that. It’s one of the more redeeming features of the project,” said Backer, who added that the project’s plan to run Metrolink through Vista Canyon is “on its way to happening.”
As for homeowners, there’s always the bottom line to consider. Lentini and his neighbors are assuming their properties will increase in value, due to more services in the area, rather than requiring travel to the west side of the Santa Clarita Valley. As they watch and wait, Vista Canyon moves into the homestretch.
“I’ve been working on this for 10 years,” said Backer. “This is such a big deal that it’s kind of worth waiting for.”