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Santa Maria Proposes a New Plaza

The Santa Maria city council is taking the first step in what could be the start of a new development project.

The site is bounded by Betteravia Road to the south, Blosser Road to the west and the railroad to the easy. The new Police Station is adjacent to the project site.

Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to approve a zoning change to its general plan.

The 55-acre project site if approved will include stores, office space, and a multifamily housing.

Some people in Santa Maria have concerns on a new project while others say the city needs more shopping.

Santa Maria resident Scott Karwowski “People who are handicapped like myself, if we live near that area we want to be able to shop, but we need to take the bus and go a long distance to go shipping.”

William Smith, a Santa Maria resident said, “I don’t believe we need to put industrial development over there because right now if we go there around one, two, or three o’clock it’s highly congested.”

Larry Appel, director of community development, said “By having retail here you could actually be fixing traffic, because there are a lot of houses on the west side of town who travel to the east side of town to be able to shop.”

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