September 4, 2015
Connect Inland Empire is coming up next week, on Sept. 10 in Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens, and at that conference, speakers will discuss the leading commercial real estate topics in the region.
One of them is Dougall Agan, president and chief executive officer of Stirling Development, which is building the Southern California Logistics Centre. The major development, in Victorville, will include 60 million square feet of industrial space and other uses, as well as the Southern California Logistics Airport and the Southern California Rail Complex.
In a recent conversation with Connect Media, Agan pointed out that one of the challenges the area will face with its major industrial growth is adjusting the infrastructure to meet the many new jobs and truck traffic that will come to the region from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
“The big issue is forcing more trucks onto the road to get to these consolidation hubs,” Agan said, pointing out that the several cities in the region need to find ways to accommodate this burst of activity.
Meanwhile, there are the many employees and residents who will flock to large logistics hubs that Stirling and others are developing. Agan, who has done major master-planned communities throughout his career, pointed out that there will need to be significant housing and retail upgrades around to support the growth.
“It comes back to how these cities are planning communities that maintains a quality-of-life element,” he said.