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Advanced Real Estate Services has recently removed non-native vegetation along the La Novia Avenue area as part of a private development project that will eventually establish housing and an equestrian facility.

The removal of vegetation is to make way for Distrito La Novia/San Juan Meadows Project, approved by the city in 2010. The 154-acre project will involve the remediation of the former Forster Canyon Landfill, 94 single-family residences, an equestrian facility for up to 500 horses, 130 multi-family units, 75,000 square feet of commercial/retail use and 16,000 square feet of office use, City Manager Ben Siegel said.

The Distrito La Novia portion of the project—multi-family housing, retail, and office space—is located north of La Novia. The San Juan Meadows portion of the project—landfill remediation, single-family homes, and an equestrian facility—is located south of La Novia.

“In February 2020, the project developer, Advanced Real Estate Services, began removing invasive and non-native vegetation on the project site as required by the project’s approved habitat restoration plan,” Siegel said. “Two weeks ago, the project developer informed the City that additional non-native vegetation removal on the project site would begin; that activity has now concluded.”

Grading work on the project site is anticipated to occur sometime later this year.

Robb Cerruti, Vice President for Advanced Real Estate Services, said they are moving forward with the improvements to the old landfill and grading for the project first, and then will turn their attention to the equestrian facility—which requires from the Regional Water Quality Control Board—at the “appropriate time.”

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