Strategic location pays off for Cerritos
Towne Center also offers state-of-the-art telecommunications
The center is a GTE SmartPark
By Annie Luger
A strategic location with convenient freeway access to both Los Angeles and Orange Counties has made the City of Cerritos one of the Southland's most desirable business sites.
Cerritos is served directly by the Artesia (91), Santa Ana (5) and San Gabriel (605) freeways and is midway between downtown Los Angeles and the business centers of Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim. The city provides an exceptional level of municipal services, including 24 parks, a library which is open seven days a week, a convenient local transit system and the world-class Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to its prime location and services, the city offers the Cerritos Towne Center, a master-planned development combining office, retail, hotel and entertainment facilities, located adjacent to the Artesia (91) Freeway.
The Cerritos Towne Center is a GTE SmartPark, equipped with a state-of-the-art telecommunications system made up of underground fiber optic and copper cable connected to a digital central office. The fiber optic technology provides speed-of-light transmission of voice, video and computer data. SmartPark tenants are also offered voice messaging, one-phone number call distribution centers and VideoConnect videoconferencing services.
Another benefit is that in the event of a disaster, GTE provides back-up equipment and emergency power to maintain service levels throughout the Cerritos Towne Center. The system can accommodate new telecommunications technology as it is developed, without requiring a system upgrade.
Several major new developments are under way at the Cerritos Towne Center -- a testament to the site's appeal to businesses. Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Company announced in late October the location of its corporate headquarters within the Cerritos Towne Center. L.A. Cellular will construct a 250,000 square foot building on a 9.5-acre parcel for its Southern California operations.
"Although we have outgrown our existing facility, we are maintaining our Cerritos Towne Center location because it continues to be an ideal location for L.A. Cellular -- providing easy access to all of Southern California and offering a central location for our employees," said Hank Bonde, president and general manager for L.A. Cellular.
"The City Council and I are delighted that L.A. Cellular's new headquarters will be in Cerritos," said Cerritos Mayor Bruce Barrows. "It is a strong endorsement of the attractive office and retail environment we have created in Cerritos."
Also within the Cerritos Towne Center, Transpacific Development Company is expanding Delta Dental's building by 31,100 square feet, to bring the building's total size to 81,000 square feet. The expansion is expected to be completed in spring of 1998.
In another Cerritos Towne Center development, Transpacific Development Corporation is currently constructing a two-story, 50,000-square-foot office building with a dramatic curvilinear design. As evidence of the strength of the local economy, TDC is developing the building as a speculative project. The building will be equally suitable for either a single company or multiple tenants. This building is expected to be completed in spring of 1998.
Parcels available TDC also has two 4-acre parcels within the Cerritos Towne Center which are available for development of mid-rise office buildings. The buildings will each be 7 to 8 stories, with up to 160,000 square feet. Both parcels provide an excellent opportunity for the development of prestigious corporate headquarters.
Companies which locate in Cerritos benefit from the city's fast-track permitting process and an ombudsman who can provide information about commercial/industrial properties, assistance with local utility companies and access to local job training programs.
More information about the City of Cerritos is available from the city's Redevelopment/Economic Development Administrator William R. Manis at (562) 916-1208 or at the city's Internet web site at http://www.ci.cerritos.ca.us.
Annie Luger is the City of Cerritos' public information manager.
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