Ending the year with some positivity, the city of Galt continues to see development in commercial, residential and industrial sectors.

Even with businesses being hit hard by COVID-19 and high trash bills, some owners are moving forward with expansions. Ace Hardware is expanding and will add an adjacent storefront. Amigos Market will move into the vacant space next to Galt Furniture with an impressive expansion going from 800 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft.; Streetzlan is also going bigger but staying in Old Town in an adjacent storefront.

Amie Mendes, economic development manager, said the city has launched its eat local campaign, knowing restaurants have been hit hard.

“We recently launched the Eat, Drink, Support Local campaign in an effort to bring attention to our local businesses and the impact they have endured as a result of COVID,” Mendes said. “Now, more than ever, our residents need to rally and support our local businesses – specifically our restaurants and drinking establishments.”

Galt will see a number of new businesses in the near future.

Galt 24 Hour Storage, My Self Storage and Guard Dog Storage have submitted building permits and are starting site construction at various locations throughout the city. 76 Gas Station, Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh are under construction on Simmerhorn and 99, with no announcement on an opening date.

The long-awaited Dutch Bros is under construction on Pine Street, south of 7-11. No opening date has been announced; however, the building’s outside structure is nearly finished. A medical/office building is under construction on the vacant pad site north of Comfort Inn & Suites. No tenant has been announced for this project yet.

Mendes said Sally’s Beauty Supply did go out of business but she’s not sure if it was pandemic related. Compadres Restaurant in the Raley’s parking lot will wait on their grand opening until restrictions are lifted.

On the housing front, the Veranda at River Oaks is working on 18 housing units on the northeast corner of Carillion Boulevard and Walnut Avenue. Dry Creek Oaks Senior Community is on the verge of pulling permits for their models. They will be built by Riverland Homes off of Boessow Road. This will be a gated senior complex with common areas that include a clubhouse and swimming pool.

West of the Galt Cemetery, the Cardoso development by KB Homes will be starting their model complex very soon, according to Mendes. The Cedar Flats project is moving forward. Its building permits currently are being reviewed by Interim Community Development Director Craig Hoffman and crew. This housing development will be located on Amador Avenue, east of Nathaniel Avenue.