RP gains additional easements on Wilfred
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By Jud Snyder  March 1, 2013 12:00 am


Except for an “impasse” on payment to Oxford Suites Hotel and a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant for acquiring an easement to their vacant lot between Redwood Drive and Dowdell Avenue behind Home Depot, the last big holdout to the widening of Wilfred Avenue to handle casino traffic has been settled, except for two smaller properties.

Owners of Oxford Suites and McDonald’s claim a payment of $5,000 by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) is too little.

Part of the problem is the grade level of Wilfred Avenue is different from the Oxford Suites project and will require extra work to rearrange utility pipes. A Superior Court judge, who will examine the appraisal offered, will make the decision on this easement.
The city and Graton Tribe have already agreed to terms concerning Amy’s Kitchen. They own another parcel bordering on Redwood Drive and also westward on Wilfred Avenue. They’re on the south side of Wilfred; Oxford Suites  planned five-story hotel and McDonald’s is on the north side.

Of the 22 properties needed to widen Wilfred to handle casino traffic, 18 have agreed to terms, some with eminent domain rules. Negotiations are continuing on the few remaining, said Darrin Jenkins, assistant city manager and city engineer.

In all these acquisitions to widen Wilfred Avenue, only one home will be razed. This is a two-bedroom, one bath cottage on property owned by the Tesconi Trust, adjacent to Amy’s Kitchen.

The city council Tuesday night voted to use the state’s Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition guidelines in helping the current tenants to move to another location. This includes helping them find another location, pay moving expenses and providing partial payment for 42 months on future rents.

This was approved 4-0.

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