The proposed Jasper/Bowker road alternative is contrary to all planning and encouragement the city of Calexico has professed for the last 25 years. That is to say the city has designated industrial areas both east and west of Cole road and Highway 111.
Consequently, there have been millions of dollars invested in industrial properties throughout this area. Also, there are many new projects on the table, ready to fill the empty industrial property now available. I have a multi-million dollar industrial complex to be constructed on property we own on Cole Road, a quarter-mile west of Highway 111.
The planning and actual construction of those industrial investors has been going on for 15 years and will continue. If hardships are imposed on those investors it is certainly reasonable to believe all new investments in this area will come to a halt. I for one will not invest another cent in Calexico if my property value goes down and that will happen if we are not careful. To add another 4.2 miles per truck trip to our industrial park area is a hardship not necessary to burden those who use Cole Road to access the commercial truck crossing gate.