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Limoneira building a community

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Limoneira Co.'s Harvest at Limoneira project broke ground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by government officials and community members on Wednesday, Nov. 8 following a decade of hard work and dedicated planning. Built on Limoneira Co.’s East Area 1 property, the development will span 500 acres and will host 1,500 new homes and apartments; new school facilities; community facilities for health care; new commercial spaces; a sports park; an amphitheater and hiking trails.

Harvest at Limoneira won the 2016 American Planning Association Award, California Chapter, Central Coast Section. It is expected to provide economic stimulus and new jobs for the important 126 corridor from Ventura to Santa Clarita.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included Harold Edwards, Limoneira Co. chief executive officer; Executive Vice President of Marketing Lewis Group of Cos. Randal Lewis; Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long; Director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency Johnson Gill; Ventura County CEO Mike Powers; and Limoneira Board Chairman Gordon Kimball.

"Limoneira's mission involves community development, and we are proud to continue our legacy of stewardship within Ventura County and the Santa Paula Community," said Edwards. "We couldn't be more proud of the partnership we have forged with The Lewis Group, the City of Santa Paula, Parkstone Companies, Meridian Consultants, Jensen Design & Survey and Sargent Town Planning to create Harvest at Limoneira, and we are thrilled to be moving forward with the build out of this exciting project. Harvest at Limoneira involved years of thoughtful planning, and we expect strong demand for its new homes thanks to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, its access to major highways and the greater Los Angeles area, as well as the limited supply of new homes throughout Ventura County."

Harvest at Limoneira is a development partnership between the Limoneira Co. and The Lewis Group of Cos. Both have significant experience in residential development. The Lewis Group, based in Upland, CA, is a multi-generational company with a longstanding successful track record in home building and master planned community development in the western United States.

Limoneira has been involved in community development in the city of Santa Paula, and Ventura and Santa Maria Counties since its inception in 1893.

“We’ve all been eagerly anticipating this date and the new school facilities, new parks and new amenities at Harvest at Limoneira will enhance Ventura County’s well-deserved reputation for balance and sustainability," said Lewis. "The project will feature homes at a range of price points while providing a sense of community for its residents, as well as reaping great benefits for both Santa Paula and Ventura County.”

The project came to fruition as a result of successful Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources and Local Agency Formation Commission votes. The SOAR vote victory represents the first and only large-scale master-planned community project to obtain the approval of public voters since Ventura County's SOAR initiative was implemented in 1991, underscoring Limoneira's ability to build consensus within its local community. Harvest at Limoneira is expected to generate significant cash flow for the Limoneira Co. over the next seven to 10 years.