Development looks to be
on the continued rebound for Calexico in 2020 with a number of retail,
commercial and other projects due to come to fruition, according to city
With more results
expected from the city’s ongoing Downtown Action Plan, officials said to look
for continued progress on the development of a grant-funded pedestrian plaza as
well as additional planning work around a downtown transportation hub.
The Action Plan is a set
of decisions set in motion in early 2019 to help revitalize the downtown
shopping district through beautification projects, clean-up efforts and new
In 2020, work will
continue on the Rockwood Avenue Promenade. It is a demonstration project
between the city and the Southern California Association of Governments paid
for through a $200,000 Sustainable Communities grant awarded to the city by the
SCAG Regional Council.
In the summer, SCAG will
select a consultant to work with the city on designing the promenade, which
will include the closure of Rockwood Avenue between First and Second streets for
a pedestrian-only shopping area that will include retail kiosks, according to
Assistant City Manager Miguel Figueroa.
be a walkable outdoor promenade that will promote bicycle and pedestrian
infrastructure and increase pedestrian safety and improve mobility between the
proposed promenade and the future Calexico Intermodal Transportation Center,”
Figueroa stated in a Dec. 27 email.
aspect of the Downtown Action Plan expected to see movement in 2020 is the
transportation center. Figueroa stated that in partnership with the Imperial
County Transportation Commission the city will be concluding the planning phase
for the transportation center, with the design and construction phases to begin
sometime during the year.
there are two viable locations on Third Street being considered for this
project,” Figueroa stated.
he said a new Dollar General will open in spring at 1112 Kloke Road.
continues on the Federal Express facility at 221 Robinson Ave., Figueroa stated
the city is looking to plan a ribbon-cutting ceremony for it.
to a Planet Fitness coming to the Los Mercados shopping center off Cole
Boulevard in the first quarter of 2020, Figueroa reported the city is expecting
design plans for “other businesses” there, although he did not provide
details provided at the moment, Figueroa reported that planning work continues
on projects known as Calexico Mega Park/Jasper Crossing development project in
the northern reaches of the city. He added there are also plans to develop more
commercial/retail sites in the “El Hoyo” shopping center area where a Treasure Hunt store recently opened, and along
Cesar Chavez Boulevard, with more details forthcoming.
officials are in the process of completing a “cannabis project matrix that
details a ‘turnkey operation’ timeline for all retail, cultivation and
manufacturing cannabis commercial projects in Calexico,” Figueroa also reported
Dec. 27. Cannabis operations are a major part of the city’s economic