TAFT, Calif. - Today marks the ground breaking for new homes being built in the Sandy Creek Development in Taft.
Up to 400 homes could eventually be built in the area, but for now 32 homes are opening in phase one on Hillard Street.
Plans for the development have been in the works for 10 years.
Environmental concerns have put the project on hold, as the site is home to some endangered species. Officials say many of the homes have already been reserved.
'What's Happening' this weekend
'What's Happening' Kern County? Here's a list of fun events happening in Bakersfield and Kern County on October 25 & 26.
Woman escapes attempted kidnapping in C. Bkrsd.
A woman is safe at home tonight after escaping an attempted kidnapping in Central Bakersfield Friday morning.
Concerns over speeding
It's a quiet southwest Bakersfield neighborhood with a particular sound that is causing concern for homeowner, Linda Jost.
Two people dead as a result of plane crash
Two people onboard the plane that crashed this morning in Kern County are dead, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.