The city of Highland continues to grow as a community with projects such as housing, retail and industrial developments over the next few years that will create new jobs and bring more residents to the town of almost 57,000.

Community Development Director Lawrence Mainez and three of the city’s staff outlined their work for those attending the Highland Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday Oct. 20.

Carlos Zamano, the city’s director of Public Works,,said that work on the 210 freeway is halfway complete and they are widening the freeway with a third lane, close to Del Rosa Drive and the Interstate 10 connector.

Zamano said that 11 bridges still need connecting and that project should be done later this year, possibly early next year.

There have been 55-hour closures including the on-ramp from Base Line to the 210 freeway to change the signage and street names, he said.

Boulder Avenue improvements have included the bridge, new lighting and sidewalks. That project should be completed next year.

There will be road closures through Nov. 12 at Greenspot Road and Santa Paula for the Mediterra project.

Zamano said that the pavement rehabilitation project is in its fifth year at a cost of $15 million. The 3.6 miles of roadway construction will begin before Thanksgiving.

Mainez, who has worked in city government for more than 30 years, spoke about some of the housing developments. One is the San Carlo Townhome Apartments on Greenspot Road, which will feature 200 units.

Beazer Homes has an application in for 54 detached, single-family homes on Santa Ana Road, north of Aurantia Park.

DR Horton Homes already has two projects completed in the Mediterra Planned Development on Greenspot Road. That will include 200 units.

Hispano Investors has a project of 16 units near Pacific and Victoria avenues.

Highland Heights, at the Town Center north of Smart & Final, will be on Base Line. There are 35 units planned there.

Mainez said that Senior Apartments will include 90 rentals. ‘The state does not like detached single-family homes,” he said.

Mixed-use development also includes the Town Center on Base Line, between City Hall and the 210 freeway. There also is the Greenspot Crossing and Marketplace in development.

As for industrial development, the Third and Fifth streets corridor policy area includes Transition Properties, MasterHelco and Dan Moore Electric.

The San Bernardino International Airport influences include the Gateway Specific Plan, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Amazon Fulfillment and Logistic Centers.

The Airport Gateway features 9.2 million square feet for specific use next year, in 2022.

The city also talked about the issuance of $7,500 business grants for companies physically located in Highland, 1 to 100 employees, a business license, and must be in existence as of Aug. 24, 2021.

The grants can be used for financial hardship due to COVID-19, weather periods of closure and to adopt safer operating procedures.

More than 70 grants have been approved and 25 are getting closer to approval. They are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There’s also a mortgage assistance program, where applicants must be delayed on their mortgages.

Grants will cover up to $10,000 in debt regarding mortgages.

To apply, call the city at (909) 864-6861 for a pre-screening.

Barrie Owens talked about working with the Homeless Outreach Program and keeping businesses safe in Highland.

Owens said that if a business feels threatened by a homeless person trespassing on their property, they can call the city, who will send a deputy out to talk to the trespasser.

This can help reduce the possibility of arresting the homeless person by talking with them, Owens said.

Many of the homeless do not want to be helped with their situation. “Nine out of 19 individuals decline services,” she said.

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