ONTARIO, CA-The City of Ontario and San Diego-based developer Oliver McMillan have started preservation work on nine buildings totaling 175,000 square feet of a 55-acre adaptive reuse project to include a mix of restaurants, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle tenants in the historic Guasti district. The project, called Historic Guasti District, is being developed under an owner partnership agreement that was unanimously approved by Ontario City Council in December.

The work, starting this month, is the first step in a multi-phase revitalization effort of Guasti Village. The Historic Guasti District will ultimately include 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 600,000 square feet of office, residential units and two hotels.

Guasti’s owner, Oliver McMillan, and the city agreed on a first phase scope of work that incorporates protective measures for structures and artifacts that include the Guasti Villa, a firehouse, five worker cottages and two residences. The owner participation agreement is the first of several aimed at promoting strategic development throughout the city, according to a statement from Mayor Paul S. Leon.

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