Business & Real Estate

Business park proposed for acreage south of downtown Woodland

A development group has submitted a proposal for a 351-acre project anchored by a research and technology business park south of downtown Woodland.

The Woodland Research and Technology Group’s proposal for the area bordering the eastern edge of Highway 113 also includes mixed-use neighborhoods. The group calls the proposal is a good fit with the city of Woodland’s general plan.

The group also believes it will be a magnet for business.

John Hodgson, representing the development group, said in a statement: “Yolo County, and this site specifically, is ripe to attract innovation and research interests which will create jobs and grow the local economy.”

In a news release, the group said the Woodland Research Park will combine a high technology commercial campus with mixed-use development, including residential neighborhoods and a community retail and recreation center.

Lon Hatamiya, former secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency and the development team’s economist, noted that the surrounding area “is a global hub for agricultural research, food production and sustainable technology. The proximity of this site, just seven miles from UC Davis, will offer appropriate facilities for technology startups to put down roots.”

Hatamiya also believes the project “will create economic benefits for the city of Woodland by creating new higher-wage jobs, sales and property tax revenues, and fees.”

In the release, Ken Hiatt, Woodland’s community development director, says the group’s proposal complements the city’s general plan and “our existing economy that is driven by our robust food and agriculture industry.”

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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