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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20 year Resident
March 3, 2013
I support and applaud the way the City has managed to work and compromise with the FGR to reach a win/win for both communities. As a native California Indian registered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the indigenous people have a right to sustain themselves. Doesn't any one remember the tax revenue loss when H.P. closed the Rohnert Park facility. As a former employee of that site, is sure do. Those who oppose the Casino need to look beyond their narrow minded little noses, and start recognizing the benefits the Casino will bring. Jobs, tax revenue, tourism, and improvements to the city from the generous contributions that have already occurred. The Casino could have been built without giving the city a dime. Get over yourselves people. More good will come from the Casino than any of the negative propaganda being spewed by those centered in fear and intolerance. Judge not, least you be wiling to be judged.
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