The city of Ridgecrest is located in the southern portion of the Indian Wells Valley and in the northeast corner of Kern County, surrounded by four mountain ranges - the Sierra Nevada on the west, the Cosos on the north, the Argus Range on the east, and the El Paso mountains on the south. It is approximately an hour from the Lancaster/Palmdale area and apprxoimately two hours from Bakersfield and San Bernardino.
A favorable characteristic of the Ridgecrest is its proximity to two major highways, the 395 and 14. Air travel in and out of the city is provided through the Inyokern Airport. These attributes make Ridgecrest a central location for shopping and business for the Eastern Kern County area. Ridgecrest is also easily accessible to the rest of southern California making it an ideal location for industry.
The China Lake Naval Weapons Center (NWC) and the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) home to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division continues to be a major source of employment for Ridgecrest residents. In addition, the same location characteristics that initially attracted the NAWS - growing space, clean air and water, highway accessibility, easy access to multiple recreational opportunities, and proximity to Los Angeles and Bakersfield - has made Ridgecrest into a commercially viable center in its own right.
The proposed project in Ridgecrest will cover approximately 126,800 square feet and will have a retail commercial center with office buildings, a restaurant, and a residential facility. EB5 capital will be applied to the construction and capital equipment costs for the entire project.