Buildings are starting to rise, ground is set to be broken and plans are being approved for the many different pieces of the highly anticipated mixed-use commercial development at Betteravia Road and Highway 101, the Enos Ranch development.

Since plans were announced to transform what was once a family farm into a new commercial center in the city of Santa Maria, the project has been called by a few names, all of which were different plays on the name of the former family ranch. On Monday, developers NKT Commercial announced that the official name of the project will be Enos Ranch.

Since the project started, it has been referred to as Enos Rancho, and before that, Enos Ranchos.

Enos Ranch will be on the tower and monument sign, officials said in a statement this week.

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, a new-to-Santa Maria Lowe’s home improvement store, along with car dealers and other retailers.

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.

Work began on the Enos Ranch project by rerouting Bradley Road. Once that was finished, crews got to work putting up walls for Lowe's.

The Enos family home was saved and moved to a portion of the property where it will be preserved, and a city park will be constructed around it.

Construction recently started on two new buildings, which are part of the Bradley West portion of the project at the corner of Betteravia Road and College Drive.

“The other two buildings under construction now on the Bradley West portion is Buffalo Wild Wings, and the other building will be a multitenant building that will house Urbane Café and Xfinity,” said Neda Zayer, Santa Maria Planning Division’s principal planner.

The Habit Burger also is very close to pulling its building permits, according to the planner.

"They will be starting construction very soon. They are going to be on the site where Lowe’s is,” Zayer said.

The project will really start to take shape next month, when the rest of the retail and dining buildings start construction.

“All of the other multitenant buildings are going through plan check right now. The goal is that they will get those and start construction in early June,” Zayer said. “Chick-fil-A has their building permits underway, and they're quick on their heels.”

City leaders want the Enos Ranch development to act as a gateway to the city.

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On Wednesday night, the Santa Maria Planning Commission took steps toward that goal by approving plans for a new corporate headquarters for CoastHills Credit Union.

The three-story, $25 million, 91,000-square-foot project will greet visitors and residents of the city as a key building of the Enos Ranch development at Highway 101 and Betteravia Road.

“We are really excited. It is a long time coming,” CoastHills President and CEO Jeff York said. “The location is phenomenal.”

When complete, the building will be called the CoastHills Center.

The building will be made of glass, metal and other modern materials and will feature shades of blue and green similar to the colors in the credit union’s logo.

“Staff is very excited about the project and its design,” Zayer said. “We hope this will be a focal point and something to point to for inspiration for future projects.”

Though the plans were approved unanimously, one commissioner pointed out that the planned corporate center has design features new to the city.

“This is different for us. It is a beautiful building. I am excited for it, but it isn’t, ‘Santa Maria.’ It is something new,” Commissioner Tim Seifert said.

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


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