A longstanding foundation for managed municipal growth has earned Fountain Valley praise as Orange County’s “best-planned community.” That adaptability is set to be tested in the coming years, if the Fountain Valley Crossings project — a 162-acre multi-use redevelopment, planned for what’s been an industrial area in the southwest part of the city — is approved.
Community feedback has been mixed, and some are hoping that the plan will ultimately land with less residential, more industrial space. Either way, should it move forward, Fountain Valley Crossings will be a long-unfolding story, with construction estimated to take 20 years.
In the meantime, Fountain Valley remains heralded for a welcoming business climate (to small businesses and large corporations alike) and strong local workforce. Major employer Hyundai considered moving its U.S. headquarters from the city in 2003, when it outgrew its 20-year-old home. The area’s fertile workforce was ultimately influential in the auto giant’s decision to stay put, and build a new, 500,000-square-foot Fountain Valley space.