The day after spring's official start, construction at the Enos Ranchos development has sprouted.

On Tuesday, work crews began erecting the walls for the Lowe’s Home Improvement store, which will be a part of Santa Maria’s newest commercial and residential development.

A large crane lifted the wall segments beginning Tuesday morning, delivering them to waiting builders who secured them in place and added special braces for the wall.

City officials recently approved the permits for the home improvement store, and builders seemed to jump into action immediately.

“They are targeting to open spring/summer,” said Mark van de Kamp, city spokesman. 

The Enos Ranchos development at the intersection of Highway 101 and Betteravia Road, which received its official approval last year, will include a host of new shopping, dining and living options.

The project, when complete, will include restaurants like Chick-Fil-A, Habit Burger and Cracker Barrel.

Soon, shoppers will be able to visit a new Costco complete with 24 gas pumps, car dealers and other retailers. Work should soon begin on the new Costco building.

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Eventually, developers will complete a 10 building, 318-unit apartment complex that will lead to the creation of a new city park and an elementary school.

The project is being developed by NKT Commercial.

Despite the recent weather, NKT Commercial officials said work is progressing on the project and residents will start to see more buildings and other features sprout from the ground.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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