It didn’t quite have the lure of dealing with Reedley’s homeless situation, but economic development still drew interest from a number of community members earlier this week.

About 50 people turned out on Feb. 25 for the second of six Town Hall meetings scheduled for the first half of 2019 in the Senior Room at the Reedley Community Center. Those who attended were able to learn of how the city tries to attract development, some of the hurdles they face, and some of the accomplishments.

Anyone driving around the area of Buttonwillow and Manning avenues the morning of Feb. 20 saw some of the future development in the works in Reedley. At the northeast corner, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new 20,000-square-foot health facility operated by United Health Center. Plans include additional dental stations, exam rooms for medical services, optometry exam rooms and services for chiropractic and behavioral health needs. The health center will be the centerpiece of a 16-acre development, and is expected to be completed by January 2020.

While there’s unlikely to be a store the magnitude of a Target anytime soon, city development leaders are continuing to court businesses to set up shop in Reedley. Recently, the city finalized a deal to bring TurboSpas to town, relocating their corporate headquarters from the Southern California city of Adelanto. The publicity the city gained from this — in particular, a profile in the Central Valley-based Business Journal — drew a round of applause from attendees.

Expect to see more economic development plans come to light in the coming months.

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On Feb. 19, Reedley motorists in the southeast portion of the city began their detours around the road reconstruction on Dinuba Avenue — from the Southern Pacific railroad to East Avenue — and East Avenue from Dinuba to Lincoln Avenue. It’s a major project that will cause detours and disruptions on a regular basis through May 2. The city reminds residents that no parking is allowed in the area of construction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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