By Ron Jones

DAVIS (CBS13) — Davis, historically conservative with growth, is now allowing the construction of hundreds of new homes with a unique community at its center.

The city isn’t known for its construction expansion, but they’re calling this farm-to-fork approach a worthy exception.

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Residents and business owners are welcoming the transformation of an empty lot that was once home to the old tomato cannery. Instead, the 100 acres will feature a combination of hundreds of condos, detached family homes and something unique—a working farm maintained by a local nonprofit organization.

Historically, many Davis residents have resisted expansion, opposed to big-box stores. They want to maintain the small, agricultural town feel.

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“I thought it was going to get shutdown whenever it came up,” said Cenerio’s Pizza owner Jim Collins.

City leaders say the massive housing and farm-to-fork project doesn’t need voter approval, as Measure R says vacant industrialized areas can be repurposed for new construction.

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The grand opening of the project is scheduled for July 23.