ADELANTO — From horse pens to houses with hangars attached, the sky will be the limit at Adelanto’s air park if the area can find its wings.
Though the residential air park zone has development opportunities, the area needs infrastructure and the teamwork of its property owners for it to really take off. If these can be arranged, the southwest corner of Adelanto’s Industrial Park will create million-dollar properties, said planning commissioner Chris Waggener.
“I’m not sure the city is aware of the potential out here, since a few years ago it was just a bunch of dirt,” said Waggener. “You don’t need to have an airplane, you can have a unique combination of things. You could even open a business to work on airplanes since it’s in the light industrial zone. Some of these homes could even be changed into restaurants.”
Surrounding two, mile-long air strips, the area is sparsely populated with nine full-time residents, some who have lived and flown there for decades. It’s also littered with abandoned cars and shacks that will have to be cleared for further development. One of the residents, Andrew Andreasen, is moving his family from Eagle Ranch and building a house with a hangar attached because he travels to Bakersfield regularly.
“It takes only 40 minutes and flying there is about as fuel efficient as driving a truck there,” said Andreasen. “There’s no way I could build something like this down the hill.”
“There is an increasing demand for small air parks near working areas, what with highways being so jammed these days,” said Gene Piehe.
“The city hasn’t taken issue with the air park yet but it could be a boon to the Industrial Park area. It just needs to public awareness to really take off.”
Tom Risen may be reached at 951-6232 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.