Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Honors Craig Furniss as 2018 Business Person of the Year

April 2018

Since its inception in 2003, Seventh Street has developed numerous successful and award-winning projects totaling approximately 2,500,000 square feet in over 50 buildings in various cities including Irwindale, Pomona, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Below, Seventh Street’s newest Irwindale Project is highlighted as well as two prior projects the company has completed in Irwindale.  Seventh Street’s newest project, called the Alderson Business Park, is a 10-acre, 5-building, 195,000 square foot master-planned office and industrial project planned for the Southeast Corner of Los Angeles Street and Alderson Avenue.  The project is just one block north of the Baldwin Park Metrolink/Bus Transportation Center. Five state-of-the-art industrial buildings ranging in size from 28,250 square feet to nearly 50,000 square feet are under construction and expected to be completed in late July 2017.  Each building will have 5,500 square feet of two-story executive offices and ample parking which can accommodate manufacturing and distribution companies.  The buildings will feature attractive Mission-style architecture and are expected to bring five new job-producing businesses to Irwindale. Seventh Street has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for 13 years.

Seventh Street worked closely with the residents and City staff of both Irwindale and Baldwin Park to create a project all will be proud of and which will be an outstanding addition to the neighborhood.  For example, along Alderson Avenue fronting the project, there will be an over-standard 34-foot setback to the buildings which will include a cobble stone-lined dry creek bed that will be surrounded by extensive landscaping, a nine-foot sidewalk and new public fire hydrants replacing the inadequate current sidewalk and fire protection.  Additionally, as part of the land acquisition, Seventh Street worked with the City of Irwindale to help the AMVETS Post #113 gain ownership of their current facility adjacent to the project so they can continue their 56-year history of serving veterans.

Seventh Street’s two prior projects in the City of Irwindale are the Huy Fong Foods facility and Speedway Business Park.  Huy Fong Foods, one of the largest and best known manufacturers of sriracha hot sauce in the world, selected Seventh Street Development in February 2008 as development manager for its new headquarters and food manufacturing facility.  The building at 655,000 square feet is the largest building ever constructed in the City of Irwindale and features sustainable design elements.  Construction began in October 2010 and the project was completed in the Fall of 2011.  Seventh Street was responsible for all aspects of the project including site selection and acquisition, entitlement, design, permitting and construction management.  (Seventh Street was not involved in the design and installation of the processing equipment.)  This project was awarded both “2012 Los Angeles County Industrial Project of the Year – LA Business Journal” and “2012 California Community Redevelopment Agency Award of Excellence – Best Commercial/Industrial Project.”

Another Irwindale project completed by Seventh Street is the Speedway Business Park, a 4-acre master-planned industrial park located near the intersection of the 605 and 210 Freeways which was completed in 2006.  The project was the first project constructed under Irwindale’s Commercial and Industrial Design Guidelines.  Speedway Business Park is an architecturally distinctive mission-style campus consisting of four freestanding buildings totaling 85,000 square feet.

Seventh Street Development is named after the historic Seventh Street Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles, where the two founding principals first met.  Its managing principal, Craig Furniss, has over 30 years of broad development experience and is personally engaged in each project.  Seventh Street takes pride it in reputation for personal integrity, fast action, and creative and flexible transaction structures as well as the positive impacts their developments have on local communities.  Their developments have created thousands of good paying jobs in the communities that most need them.

Community Services:
Mr. Furniss is an active civic leader in his community serving as both a leader and volunteer at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin.  On Saturday mornings, he tutors residents who are working toward their high school diplomas.  He also serves as a liaison between his church, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana and the OC Rescue Mission engaging volunteers in mentoring roles, preparing meals, hygiene kits, packing food boxes, and serving meals to the homeless.  At his church, Mr. Furniss is a leader on the Community Ministries and Men’s Ministries teams.

Chamber of Commerce Activity:
Seventh Street has also been a long-time member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and has been a past supporter of the Irwindale Educational Foundation.

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