Often, there is much more going on behind the scenes in our office than most people know. Recently, the CDC board approved an assistance agreement for Slowpoke Farm to purchase 709 Conrad Hilton Blvd. at a discounted price. The owners, Kerry and Joy Hedges are opening a Farm to Market type store.
Soon, you will smell the fragrance of homemade breads, pies, etc... floating in the downtown air and tempting you to indulge yourself in some carb-filled goodness. They will also be selling farm grown produce and meats in the store. All will be organic and fresh without all of the preservatives that you might find sitting on a typical store shelf.
This will be a very nice addition to the downtown area, especially to the new tenants that will occupy the Laguna Lofts that are being restored.
Speaking of this spectacular restoration, our office receives phone calls daily from those interested in the apartments and the timing of their availability. The new addition that is being built should finish sometime early summer and the original property should be closer to completion toward the end of summer.
Many think that our office is managing these apartments. We are not. In fact, we are hoping to receive more information on the pricing structure and availability from the owners and the management group soon. As soon as the information is available, we will share with you.
Our office is in negotiations on some other very interesting projects. We hope to be able to announce more on those soon. Meanwhile, we continue to pursue a possible hotel venture and tenants for 508 Conrad Hilton Blvd. The facade and roof have been remodeled, however the interior will wait until a tenant is found and will be based on their desired layout and needs.
Something that is a little different for us will be coming up Tuesday, April 11th. CDC has partnered with other communities and Workforce Solutions to put on a job fair. The number one complaint that we here from our existing business owners is the need for good employees. We hope to be able to assist them in finding the right people to do the job. Businesses can take part of this upcoming job fair by registering online at http://www.workforcesystem.org/regionaljobfair
CDC has helped, along with other communities, to keep this financially feasible for employers. The fee is $50 and includes two meals, your booth space of 10 x 10, internet, advertising, and set-up. This is open to anyone or any business that would like to promote their company and the need for quality employees. Local people looking for work are invited to attend as well.
Our office has a lot of ways to help our local businesses and we want to. There are a number of resources available through our office. Call us and let us know what your needs are.