Vallejo commission looks at expanding public participation for north Mare Island
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#1 Sep 4, 2013
Vallejo commission looks at expanding public participation for north Mare Island work
A Vallejo city commission will look Thursday at ensuring public involvement opportunities in planned future north Mare Island demolition work.
The city may soon apply for up to about a $4.5 million federal loan to demolish vacant buildings in the city-owned north end of Mare Island.
After a parade of unsuccessful development proposals for north Mare Island over the years, the city believes it will need about $10 million to clear the north end of derelict and blighted-looking buildings, in order to entice potential developers.
Additionally, in the past two city budgets, the Vallejo City Council has committed $1 million of Measure B money, a 2011 voter-approved 1 percent sales tax, to Mare Island building demolition work.
In order to apply for the federal loan, the city's existing public participation plan for federal Community Development Block Grant funds must be updated to include public input provisions for expected loan-funded work, according to a Housing and Redevelopment Commission report by Anne Putney, city Housing and Community Development manager.
Vallejo's annual Community Development Block Grant funding, worth about $900,000 a year, would serve as backing for the loan.
The new provision would call for two public hearings prior to city officials applying for the loan -- one before the draft application is complete and one after -- in order to "solicit community input on the activities proposed to be funded by the loan proceeds," according to the proposed updated language.
Thursday's vote would not be on whether or not the city should apply for the federal Housing and Urban Development Section 108 loan, but simply on expanding public participation related to the issue.
The Housing and Redevelopment Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Vallejo City Council Chambers, 555 Santa Clara St.
#2 Sep 4, 2013
This will be a great jump start for the development of north Mare Island.
#3 Sep 4, 2013
"After a parade of unsuccessful development proposals for north Mare Island over the years..."
Translation: the unfunded schemes pushed by Gomes and Schivley.
#4 Sep 4, 2013
This is long overdue. There are grants out there for all kinds of things. Vallejo should qualify for most of them. I'm sure they are available for public safety also. It come down to politicians humbling themselves and saying " we need help".
Because we do.
#5 Sep 4, 2013
WHY BURDEN the TAXPAYERS with such LOANS? or risk? such private business venture that local gov't needs to stay away from..
counsel members needs to pass ECONOMIC ord both city/agricultural/industrial zonings to attract businesses to open and generate TAX revenues to pay gov't employees, services etc..
So we can LOWER TAX burden to local taxpayers..
cut down on gov't..
councel members had the folw sport proposal in agri z, it can pass right now PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL ZONINGS fowl Sport ORD that the city can generate over 100 million dollars in tax revenues, 1,ooo of jobs & businesses to open in agri Z..NO NEED a loan or gov't subsidy..Just pass a AGRI Sport ORD..
#6 Sep 4, 2013
Tough scheduling. CoC forum at 6:00pm and Commission at 7:00pm.
So which one is more important? Will you be attending both of them?
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