Yolo Sun recap of Freeman Park meeting missing city's intent for multiplex parking; closed sessions start tonight after recess
Why is the city discussing price and terms for Petrovich's Cinema West property that is located a half block from Freeman Park? See the agenda item by clicking here. To be discussed tonight in closed session for price and terms are 801 Main Street, APN 057-170-04 and APN 027-852-005.
801 Main Street is Petrovich's Cinema West site.
APN 057-170-04 is Petrovich's riverfront intake site that councilman Bill Marble claimed wasn't part of Woodland's $42 million share of the WDCWA contracts.
APN 027-852-005 is the 22-acre New Woodland Partners site rejected for annexation by the city, yet is adjacent to Petrovich's proposed Gateway II 154-acre annexation. Petrovich is the "Woodland Development Company."
Looks like the back-door deals are already cooking after a month-long break at city hall.
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Usually a report from the Yolo Sun includes a bit of insight relevant to city's actions vs. city's motives. The article below, much better than the Daily Democrat report, provides a broad overview of what the City of Woodland would like citizens to believe is a good faith attempt at redevelopment. Missing from the article, however, is how this Freeman Park project – disguised as a farmers market - is really a way to replace some of Cinema West's obligation for adequate multiplex parking.
The Yolo Sun article does not question why $350,000 of redevelopment money was allocated for the park project by city council on June 21 when only $50,000 for design only was recommended by staff. Why did the city council (posing as the redevelopment agency) approve 700% of the proposed resolution? Because the intent of this farmers market facility is to build a parking lot that will be used one day out of each summer week by the market and will be used seven evenings a week throughout the year by the multiplex that will be a half block away.
When asked about the inflated allocation, short-timer Mark Deven (city manager) stated, "As far as the Farmers Market/Freeman Park project is concerned, the staff recommendation was to allocate money for a design only. The Board majority disagreed with that recommendation and approved an allocation that contributed bond funds for the estimated cost of the entire project.
Here are excerpts from the Yolo Sun article "City takes initial step to revitalize Freeman Park:"
Woodland’s latest attempt to install and foster a viable, local farmers’ market, this time using significant redevelopment money, began last Saturday with a small group of participants easily managing to express and register with attending municipal staff (taking copious notes) most of the salient issues relevant for establishing Freeman Park as a valid venue for such a market, as well as a prominent fixture of the historical downtown area.
Consensus is also apparent regarding the basic design structure for the major portion of this proposed new park – market facility: a solid roof protecting from direct sun, rain / wind, while complementing the park’s ambiance / presence, and including convenient sources of electricity and water.
Note: It's likely the major portion of this project will be the parking lot as directed by city staff.
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