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Clovis continues to grow and thrive as the city’s leaders seek to progressively develop land and add residents and businesses to the community’s mix. In fact, city planners are constantly evaluating where new growth should be permitted and what city services need to be offered in order to make that expansion successful, according to Shawn Miller, business development manager for the City of Clovis.

Their aim is to make sure that Clovis continues to offer a breadth of options for employment, commerce and an active lifestyle.

The Loma Vista section of Clovis, for instance, is starting to boom. Located in the southeastern portion of the community, its development has been in the planning stages for about 16 years, Miller said. Several builders are constructing homes in the area and it has now reached the point where there are enough Loma Vista residents to justify the recruitment of retailers, restaurants and service businesses to service those new residents. Most of those businesses will likely be built surrounding a massive neighborhood park.

A similar expansion of homes and businesses is also getting started in the northwestern portion of Clovis near Clovis North High School and Clovis Community College. Since this new neighborhood is located so close to nearby Fresno, Miller expects commercial development in this area to progress even faster than it has in Loma Vista.

In the northeastern corner of Clovis, the new Sierra Gateway Business Corridor is focusing largely on healthcare, Miller noted. Clovis Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Central Valley Indian Health are all located there and the new California Health Sciences University, the Veterans Administration and Valley Children’s Hospital all have construction underway nearby. Consequently, Miller said, the area has become a magnet for health-related service businesses. There are now imaging centers, physical therapy offices and medical services offices opening all through the area and older people from the outlying rural areas are choosing to relocate to this area in order to be closer to medical attention, should it be needed.

Business and industry is also burgeoning in Clovis. “The Dry Creek Industrial Park is a top-notch park that looks great,” Miller added. “Phase I is essentially done and Phase 2 is about half complete. It has attracted some big names like Ferguson, Agrian, Pathology Associates, Constar Supply and Johnson Air. And there is still room for more.”

In addition, the Research and Technology Business Park, is going full steam ahead, Miller said. Many of the tenants there offer incubation services for startup businesses like Clovis Storage and Executive Office Suites does. They offer shared services for tenants including a receptionist, package storage and so forth. Valley Public Radio, Apple Labs and Precision Plastics have all found homes in this hi-tech area.

To the west of the Research and Technology Business Park is the Sunrise Pavilion which offers retail and restaurants like the very popular Riley’s Brew Pub which is uniquely suited to meeting the needs of those who live and work in the area.

At the southern tip of Clovis, near the intersection of Clovis and Dakota Avenues plans are underway for the redevelopment of land which once housed a winery and is now owned by the City. They call for the development of another industrial area, complemented by some commercial properties, including a hotel. “This will provide a tremendous boost to an aging area,” Miller predicted.

In addition, the former Pelco security camera campus, on Peach Avenue between Ashland and Dakota Avenues, will soon house other industrial tenants. The buildings Pelco once occupied will soon be re-purposed by others and additional structures are planned.

Hotel construction continues to go gangbusters throughout Clovis, working to keep up with demand, primarily created by business travelers and those flocking to Clovis for special events like band and sports competitions.

“Since 1998, Clovis has gone from only having two hotels to having ten hotels with two more about ready to open and three additional in the planning,” Miller said. “For the most part, all of our hotels are 100 percent filled all the time. So, we still need to construct more.”

Retail properties throughout Clovis are also being re-tenanted, updated, upgraded and expanded. The City is currently working with developers and property owners, for instance, to find tenants for several big box spaces like those once occupied by Toys ‘R Us and Kmart.

Costco has recently announced plans to build a new and much larger store on Clovis Avenue near Shaw Avenue, which Miller expects will give an unexpected boost to the aging shopping centers in the area. Consequently, earlier-announced plans for the formation of a property-based improvement district to generate funds for landscape and lighting improvements, as well as better marketing of the area, have been put on hold, pending the changes brought by the Costco move, he said.