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Spotlight on: Skyway Center

Julie Sanchez, Province Land Company


The corner of Skyway and Broadway languished for several years following the Great Recession, but construction of the new Skyway Center there will bring a facelift and new commercial and retail space to the valley. 

The Skyway Center is not yet finished, and already there is interest in the new complex, which brings more than 30,000 square feet of retail space to the 5.35-acre property. So far, four tenants have signed leases to bring their businesses, according to Julie Sanchez with Santa Barbara-based Province Land Company, which is developing the site. 

Languishing for several years, the commercially zoned space at the corner of Skyway and Broadway in Santa Maria will soon have a variety of shops and restaurants.

The four tenants include Santa Maria Brewing Company, Evinco Crossfit, Connect Fitness Studio, and Burgerim—an Israeli-based gourmet burger chain. Although nothing’s yet been made official, Sanchez added that more businesses—another restaurant and a high-end pet store for dogs—are interested in locating there too. 

Dan Hilker, the brewmaster at Santa Maria Brewing, told the Sun his company intends to not only locate a restaurant there, but a distillery as well. 

There’s at least 3,500 square feet of retail space still available as well as a freestanding pad, which Sanchez said is perfect for a wine tasting room or another restaurant. The pad—essentially just a concrete slab—could be used to construct another building that can stand on its own. 

The project intends to bring much-needed vitality to the surrounding area, Sanchez said. The proximity to the airport also makes it important, she added. 

“It’s one of the most heavily trafficked intersections in the Santa Maria Valley and equally serves Santa Maria and the Orcutt communities,” Sanchez told the Sun. “For a long time there was no development, primarily because of the recession, and now you see quite a bit of new development.”

One of the perks of the new complex is the amount of parking, with a total of 318 spaces. The minimum requirement for the complex is 191, Sanchez said. Parking often becomes an issue for tenants searching for retail space because of restrictions, but that won’t be a problem at the Skyway Complex, Sanchez said. 

Previously, the property held several car dealerships that eventually moved on, leaving an overabundance of parking spaces. Santa Barbara Land Company now owns the property. Province was hired to convert the lot into restaurant/retail space, Sanchez explained. The general contractor on the project is Vernon Construction Inc.  

Since the project is still in the works, Province Land Company is able to customize the spaces for its tenants based on their needs and requirements—which isn’t a luxury that usually comes with leasing space in an existing building, according to Sanchez. 

One downside with customizing spaces is that construction could take longer, Sanchez said. 

Businesses could open as soon as the next few months, according to Sanchez, which is when tenants will begin occupying the complex.   

Next to Skyway Center is the Elements Church, which Sanchez said is slated for the next phase of redevelopment in 2018. 

Anyone interested in leasing space in the Skyway Complex should contact Jason Hart of Hart Commercial Real Estate at 481-9010.  


Video makes up quite a bit of internet content, which is why creating a video profile to boost your business makes sense. Deborah Lee, a communications coach with Speak Your Best!, offers video profile workshops held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Santa Maria Business Development Center located at 731 S. Lincoln St. Classes cost $197 for each person. Visit for more information. 

• San Luis Obispo-based MINDBODY, which recently opened a second location in Santa Maria, partnered with Google in making scheduling fitness classes easier. Both MINDBODY—which develops cloud-based management software for the wellness/fitness industry—and Google developed a new reservation platform called Reserve with Google, allowing anyone to schedule their classes directly from a variety of Google services, including Search, Maps, and even its own stand-alone website. The program is in the pilot stage and is available for users located near Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. 

Staff Writer David Minsky wrote this week’s Biz Spotlight. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, email, or mail.

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