Multi-use cannabis facility under development
CALIFORNIA CITY – Attil Farms is well into the development of its facilities along California City Boulevard, just east of the railroad tracks at Maverick Street.
“It’s going to be cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail delivery,” said Consultant Raj Milian.
The facilities are being built on approximately 17 acres of land, the most visible part of the construction currently is block wall fencing being put up around the perimeter.
“In about one month, we’re going to have a prefab structure up and in about two months we’re going to have greenhouses up,” said Milian. “So in about three to four months from now, we should be fully operational.”
Phase one will include the build-out of about one acre before expanding the footprint. Although some of the structures will be prefabricated, they will all be permanent structures.
“We’re going to be putting all the state licenses on and having a fully operational status on this one acre first and phase two would then be creating the rest of the property,” said Milian. “Larger greenhouses larger warehouses - steel structures - would be coming next. Our main thing is to start our licenses, so it’s indoor cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and then the greenhouses are coming a little later after that.”
The greenhouses require some additional engineering standards to meeting city and state requirements.
“We have to make sure that it meets the high strict wind standards, you know, a Category 2 hurricane or tornado standards,” said Milian. “Snow, or in this scenario what I call snow-slash-sand loads, live loads. The amount of said that can pile up on the roof and cave it in is amazing and it can happen within a few hours. To meet all those criteria, we have to have customized specially-engineered greenhouses that are very strong, so that’s taking a little longer to fabricate.”
Meeting or exceeding standards is an important aspect of the Attil Farms business model.
“We make sure that none of the runoff from our greenhouses, warehouses or any of our facilities here, goes into the ground,” said Milian. “We catch it all, it goes into a separate tank from the septic tank that we’re going to use. So there’s a domestic septic tank and here’s a non-domestic septic tank. We catch all the runoff from all the facilities, and it gets taken by a third party so nothing goes into the ground. Air pollution-wise we make sure that we don’t have a smell coming out of here, we have air filtration systems. We also make sure that our greenhouses are covered so that we don’t also have light pollution.”
To expedite the building process, Attil Farm also had to drill their own water well, because there are no water hookups available.
“We tried for months, I would say maybe over a year to try to get water over here,” said Milian. “But in the end, all that didn’t work out, so California City said we could go ahead and do a well for now. When the connect the waterline out here, we’ll have to cap off our well connect to our waterline, and we’re on the meter.”
When it comes to safety and security, Attil Farms intends to exceed regulations as well. Block wall fencing will enclose the entire property, and video cameras and private security will provide another level of safety and security.
“We’re going to have very good security here to make sure whoever comes on to this facility area here are the ones approved to be here,” said Milian. “Nothing come in, nothing goes out unless we know.”
Because the business is fronting California City Boulevard, it will require some additional engineering.
“What we’re also going to do is enlarge the intersection,” said Milian. “We’re going to add a couple of more lanes we’re going to add turning lanes and we’re going to add acceleration and deceleration lanes.”
Attil Farms will also be hiring locally, whenever possible.
“Initially, we’re going to have probably 10 to 15, people with this one acre,” said Milian. “As the project goes into phase two, we’re probably going to employ a few hundred people by the time this is done.”