The Chowchilla City Council will consider whether to enter a development agreement — which could create more than 2,000 jobs — with CHWDC Inc.
The job-creation forecast was contained in a news release from the city.
The council will discuss the development at its regular meeting Sept. 12.
The Fresno/Chowchilla-based development company was formed by local business partners with the intent to develop about 580 acres of industrial and commercial land along the Highway 99/152, the city said in the news release.
The project design and parts could include industrial, commercial, entertainment, recreation and leisure uses, according to the news release. Those uses are still being studied by the developer and the city.
If approved, the initial infrastructure for the project is expected to create more than 600 jobs during the design and construction phases, the news release said. “The project is intended as a catalyst project to spur other development,” the city said in the release. “Depending on the final design and project components, the project could also create more than 2,000 jobs in the long term.”
Mark Lewis, city administrator, said, “If the council decides to ove ahead with this proposal we look forward to assisting to make this project a reality due to the potential economic opportunities it could bring to the Central Valley.”
A spokesperson for CHWDC, Lauren Lang, said in the release: “We are looking forward to working with the city of Chowchilla because of its business-friendly environment and desire to bring jobs to the region.”--Sun-Star staff