RP puts four properties on sales block
City plans to use money from sales to pay off outstanding CDC debts
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By Jud Snyder  January 24, 2014 12:00 am

Last week, Rohnert Park’s City Council decided to sell four pieces of property the city owns, three of them on Avram Avenue. 

The reason for the sale was Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision in 2012 to eliminate all city redevelopment agencies who have been using the funds created to help finance low and moderate income housing.

Soon to be on the market are the former city hall on the corner of Commerce Boulevard and Avram, the two office buildings between the old and new city halls, 100 and 120 Avram. Both are two-story structures and both are vacant.

The fourth property is at 435 Southwest Blvd., once a fire station and police headquarters until it was razed. 

It’s the only vacant lot of the four properties.

Gov. Brown’s move was approved by state legislators, and cities throughout the state lost their funding for low and moderate housing funds. Therefore, the council decided to sell them at market rates which could include low, moderate and high-end rental rates. 

Protests to the council’s decision came from county agencies who contend the need is for low and moderate housing units, not open-market rentals. 

The city said it needs the money from the sales to pay off debts still outstanding from the Community Development Commission (CDC), the successor agency to the departed redevelopment agency.

The city still owns five single family homes currently used as emergency shelters for the homeless in an arrangement with Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a Petaluma-based group.

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