The U.S. Economic Development Administration is giving a $3 million grant to Hanford to help build a sewer line needed for growth on the city’s east side, such as the Hanford Marketplace shopping center that will have a Costco store.
Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, told a news conference in Hanford on Wednesday that such grants are catalysts.
“They are intended to bring in dollars from the private sector,” he said.
John Kashian, developer of the Hanford Marketplace shopping center at Highway 43 and Lacey Boulevard next to the Highway 198 corridor, said when the center is built in phases over several years, the retail businesses will employ an estimated 1,900 people.
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The Highway 198 corridor is zoned for major commercial development, said city planner Darlene Mata. The south side of town has areas zoned for neighborhood commercial projects, but so far none has been proposed.
These grants are catalysts. They are intended to bring in dollars from the private sector.
Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce
The sewer line will extend about 3.5 miles and cost $6.7 million, city engineer John Doyel said.
“The limitation to developing the east side has been sewer capacity,” he said. Retail, housing and industry will be able to expand thanks to the new sewer line, the construction of which will start in a few years, he said.
Coelho Meat Co. has expressed interest in expanding and can use the sewer line, the city said.
Meanwhile, the new Costco, a $13.5 million project, is under construction and will open this year.
Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has awarded more than $78 million in grants in California.
The EDA issues about $175 million in grants annually nationwide, many of them for public works projects.