Still Waiting on Bakersfield Commons

[  Bakersfield, California USA  ]

Bakersfield Commons is a planned 255-acre neighborhood in the northwest area of Bakersfield (California).   The location is considered to be excellent for its envisioned use, but various plan versions have not reached launch since first ideas were announced in 2006-07.

Planning for the project is based upon a sensibility that residential, commercial and retail will be built closely together to allow for easy access by foot.   Build-out of the neighborhood is estimated at approximately 20 years.

Bakersfield Commons is envisioned to include a new retail shopping center with design similar in intent to “The Grove” in Los Angeles.

At one time, the project was to include a 3,500 stadium for the Bakersfield Blaze, a minor-league baseball team.   The stadium was to become the first-phase centerpiece of the Bakersfield Commons mixed-use development project at Coffee and Brimhall roads.  The $20 million stadium would have replaced the county’s old Sam Lynn Ballpark with a family-oriented facility along with additional activities, shops, and restaurants.

A project of World Oil Corp. (South Gate) which also owns the property.    World Oil and its affiliates operate a chain of gasoline stations throughout California, and have diversified their operations to include road and roofing asphalt production, trucking, marine terminal operations and real estate development.

World Oil Corp. had long been led by Bernard B. Roth until his passing in 2011.   The California-based philanthropist and entrepreneur who is credited with pioneering the concept of “self serve” gasoline stations.   Roth had begun modestly in 1938 with a single gas station in South Central Los Angeles.