SPCC: Railroad corridor parcels targeted for development proposals

July 07, 2004
Santa Paula City Council

The city’s Redevelopment Agency is launching an effort to find developers interested in property within the railroad corridor.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe city’s Redevelopment Agency is launching an effort to find developers interested in property within the railroad corridor.The City Council heard of the plan at the June 28 meeting.Rochelle Margolin of the city’s Economic Development Department presented the report to the council, noting that the RDA “currently underutilized,” that the agency, which leases the parcels from the Ventura County Transportation Commission, can sublease for development.“VCTC did just today inform the city that there area some land-use restrictions,” that will be clarified in the future, Margolin noted.According to the report by Economic Development Director Charmaine Stouder, “the downtown corridor is undergoing a strong revitalization with an influx of new ownership,” and that the city is positioned to “attract regional and national retailers along with professional businesses.”The underutilized parcels especially adjacent to the historic Glen Tavern Inn are “ideal for high-profile retail and tourism development,” suitable for mixed-use destination projects such as restaurants, entertainment and retail.
“It would attract residents and tourists,” alike, said Margolin.“How are you going to put this out in the grapevine?” asked Councilman John Procter.Margolin said the city would advertise the request for proposals through commercial Realtors and Web sites, a “wide distribution as possible.““All the real estate agents in town will also be notified,” although some are already partnering with developers, said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.The proposal notes that the city’s estimated household income averages $46,145 and numbers 28,950 residents.Of the approximately 86,000 square feet available for development, one of the parcels holds The Mill and the other is the parking lot just north of the Depot. The third is located at the northeast corner of 9th and Railroad Avenue. The fourth parcel is just south of the proposed Heidt & Heidt railroad themed commercial development on the eastside of 10th Street.

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