Homes in the New Model Colony development in Ontario. Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/25/14, 10:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

One of the largest master planned communities in Southern California history, developers say, is beginning to take shape in what was once former pasture and farmland in Ontario.

When ultimately built out in the coming decades, New Model Colony, named in honor of Ontario’s past as a “model colony,” will have about 30,000 new homes, about 120,000 new residents and nearly a dozen schools.

A consortium of half a dozen developers has partnered with the city to build the community in the coming years. Officials and builders are focused on building the first phase, or “eastern third” of New Model Colony in the coming decade, which would bring in 11,000 new homes.

A neighborhood within the area, Edenglen, was constructed in the late 2000s, though the Great Recession had put a halt to any further work, until now.

The 13-square-mile area of land where New Model Colony is slated to be built is bordered by Riverside Drive in the north, Hamner Avenue in the east, Euclid Avenue in the west and the Riverside County line in the south.

Today, infrastructure work — water, sewer and roads — is laying the groundwork for home construction expected to take place later this year and early next year. Complete cost of the infrastructure work for the developers is estimated at $450 million.

“The NMC consortium of builders is actually in the process of beginning construction of some major roadways,” said Otto Kroutil, Ontario Development Agency director. “We’re going to see Archibald Avenue widened all the way to the county line. We’ll see Edison Avenue constructed from the channel all the way to Milliken Avenue. That’s going to be a major divided arterial, which will provide access to the 15 Freeway.”

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