HESPERIA Although Hesperia's new home construction remains at a near-standstill, construction work is still happening elsewhere in the city on both commercial and government projects slated to open in 2012.


Work is scheduled to begin in earnest on a new 36,000-square-foot, 12-screen Cinema West movie theater adjacent to Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, with a groundbreaking expected this month. The theater will include two IMAX screens, making the theater the only one in the Victor Valley capable of showing films in that format when it opens for business by the end of the year.


Construction on a Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Main Street and Escondido Avenue launched in July, and the 206,000-square-foot store is expected to be built by the end of 2012.


Interstate 15 will get two more options for those traveling the corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. J & R Trucking will break ground on a two-story, 105,094-square-foot expansion that includes a 41-bay diesel truck repair facility in early 2012. Nearby, the Loves Travel Center will break ground early in the year on an 11,000-square-foot travel center.


The old Bob's Big Boy restaurant on Main Street, near the High Desert Gateway Shopping Center, is in the process of being converted to a Beef 'O' Brady restaurant the first California branch of a national chain of family-friendly sports bars.


A new Blue Ribbon Stater Bros. will open on the site of the former Albertsons grocery store in Midtown Square Shopping Center, replacing the nearby Stater Bros. shopping center at Main Street and G Avenue.


The High Desert Gateway Shopping Center, which is perhaps best-known as the home of Hesperia's Super Target, will also see a JoAnn's Fabric and Craft store open early this year. City officials expect the shopping center to be fully built-out some time in 2012 and for work to begin on building the next phase of the shopping center.


Work continues on a one-mile stretch of railroad lead track in Hesperia's industrial area along G Avenue north of Main Street. When completed by the end of 2012, the rail spur will serve industrial users needing easy access to railway shipping.


Assuming they get the thumbs-up at a Feb. 21 pubic hearing before the Hesperia City Council, Advance Disposal is expected to begin expanding their 58,500-square-foot facility to 64,500 square feet some time in 2012.


And the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center which currently is the home to the Victor Valley offices of a variety of county services will also become the home of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department regional dispatch center some time this year.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.