The massive residential development boom that has made the Antelope Valley one of the fastest growing areas of the Southland is having its commercial counterpart in the Sierra Gateway Center.
The $350-million, 150-acre master-planned development will occupy a mile of frontage along the west side of Sierra Highway between Avenue P and Avenue O in Palmdale, opposite U.S. Air Force Plant 42 operated by the Lockheed Corp. at the Palmdale Airport.
Developed by Torrance-based LAMCO, Sierra Gateway Center will eventually make up more than 3.5 million square feet and more than 100 residential units, LAMCO President John Long said. The multifamily element of Sierra Gateway Center will be on 7 to 10 acres on the north side of the project, near Avenue O, he said.
Palmdale is the fastest growing of the state's 444 incorporated cities, growing from about 23,000 residents in 1986 to more than 56,000 today, he said.