Citrix Corporation and Bermant Development Company pledged to build to the highest green standards when they construct a new industrial park and retail space on airport property owned by the City of Santa Barbara in Goleta. The deal, ratified by the City Council Tuesday, capped 10 years of wrangling over the property, punctuated by a passionate but short-lived effort to locate a Target store there. When that failed, Bermant secured a new lease on the land by pledging to rely on sustainable construction practices as much as possible. Later, Bermant aroused the wrath of some councilmembers when he waffled on that promise, suggesting the technology might prove prohibitively expensive. But Tuesday, Bermant agreed to build to the highest certified level of environmental friendliness, known as Platinum.

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