- Tue, 09/13/2011 - 10:01
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The City of Barstow is conveniently located at the junction of Interstates 15 and 40, midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and is known as “California’s Crossroads of Opportunity.” Barstow offers all the major conveniences of small town living with close proximity to major metropolitan areas. Barstow is proud to be home to the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, the Marine Corps Logistics Base (Barstow), BNSF Railway’s classification yard, NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Network and the Veteran’s Home of California.
Being located within a major transportation corridor, the City of Barstow welcomes more than 60 million people in 19 million vehicles traveling through the City each year. Catering to both residents and tourists, Barstow boasts approximately 50 outlet stores, countless eateries, lodging and fueling facilities and numerous family-owned and operated businesses.
The City of Barstow and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians are actively working to develop a destination resort and casino project which would provide jobs and revenue to both the City and the Tribe. Tourists can enjoy the resort while exploring the Barstow Area. Retailers, manufacturers and builders have shown a renewed interest in locating within the City. Wal-Mart Super Center, Dollar General and Family Dollar have chosen Barstow as the location for their newest retail ventures. The City has recently welcomed Church’s Chicken, as well as a newly constructed Subway and Jumpin’ Juice and Java. City departments are also finalizing reviews for the construction of model homes for a proposed 58 lot subdivision which will add to the housing inventory stock. The City will also welcome the opening of the newly constructed Barstow Community Hospital, a 30 bed acute-care facility, expected to open in late 2012. The City continues work on a $13M Capital Improvement Program for the reconstruction of numerous City streets.
The cornerstone of the City’s business attraction effort is the 1,200-acre Barstow Industrial Park. A rail spur is planned for this park, which will then offer rail service and large parcels of land within three miles of Interstates 15 and 40. This makes the Barstow Industrial Park one of the most sought-after industrial locations in Southern California.
Wal-Mart announced its plan to build and operate a food distribution center in the Barstow Industrial Park. The first phase will consist of a 475,000 square foot perishable distribution center. Phase two will add 550,000 square feet of non-perishable food product.