Apr 26, 2011 9:21 PM by Ariel Wesler

Ground breaking held for new homes in Lompoc

It's a possible sign the economic climate on the Central Coast is starting to turn around. Robbins Reed Construction and Development is building 80 new single family homes in Lompoc.

The company held a ground breaking today for a new community called "The Gardens at Briar Creek." The homes will be built in the 2000 block of Jalama Court with sales expected to start this summer.

They're digging in and getting to work in Lompoc with the hopes of stimulating the local economy.

"This is a project that was underway and unfortunately, the economy kind of brought it to a halt. Now, they're back going and we're looking forward to a lot of great things," said Lompoc Mayor John Linn.

The San Luis Obispo Contractor Robins Reed, Inc. says the Central Coast economy has stabilized and there is still a demand for new homes.

"We're starting the process of building two model homes and the first phase of construction," said Contractor Shawn Reed. "It's gonna be a good time to compete against the distressed property market."

Homes start at around $300,000 and floor plans range between about 2,100 and 2,600 square feet. The company says so far, 20 people are on the waiting list for new homes and that list continues to grow daily.

"We have a city council that's very focused on economic development," Linn said. "There are new projects coming to the base and we're also seeing a lot of people come here for retirement because of our great climate and friendly community."

A community rallying to attract new people and make them feel right at home.

The project will also bring a few hundred temporary construction jobs to the region. The company expects to start selling the lots at the end of June and the model homes should be finished by mid-July.

All 80 homes are expected to be complete by February 2015.


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