You may have heard recently about the potential sale of the city’s Corporation Yard as part of our future downtown. The Corp Yard is a two acre site adjacent to the downtown site and the SMART station. It is where we keep the materials and equipment we use to maintain the city’s many amenities. It also houses our vehicle repair shop and offices for Public Works employees. We understand it is not ideal to keep it there in the future downtown. The developer of the downtown, Laulima, wants to purchase the property and include it in the development.
After negotiating with me for the last few months, Laulima recently submitted a formal offer to purchase the property at fair market value. I am pleased to let you know that the city council met two days later and agreed to accept Laulima’s offer. We agreed with Laulima’s request that the city sell the Corp Yard within five days after the grand opening of the shops and restaurants in the retail core of the downtown. We anticipate moving the Corp Yard to another location, most likely next to our planned new fire station on Martin Avenue - on the west side of the City.
While this removes one hurdle for the development of the downtown, we recognize that escalating construction costs are a challenge for any project. We hope this project can overcome that challenge. We remain excited about our future downtown and working with Laulima to make it come to life for our Friendly City.
Business friendly city
I’m happy to announce that the 2019 North Bay Biz Magazine Readers Poll awarded Rohnert Park the gold medal for “Business Friendly City” this week. This reflects the direction from the city council to work with businesses to help them solve problems for our mutual success. Thank you to my staff and our businesses for demonstrating our city values of collaboration, communication, innovation and creativity.
This upcoming week, May 20-24 is your opportunity to have your spring cleaning items hauled away by Recology. Items for pick up must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled service day. All items must weigh less than 60 pounds. Some materials are prohibited including construction and demolition debris, loose items, hazardous waste (such as propane tanks, batteries, cleaners, and medicines), and yard trimmings over 3 inches in diameter or 3 feet in length. No appointment is necessary for the bags and boxes.
For bulky items, appointments are required and charges might apply. To schedule an appointment call Recology at 800-243-0291 or email them at RecologySonomaMarin@Recology.com by 2:00 p.m. on Fri., May 17.
This opportunity is for residents only; businesses are not eligible to participate. Residents must be current on payments to Recology to participate. Visit www.recyclenow.org for further information on recycling and disposing of hazardous waste.
Mark your calendar. Spreckels’ performance of Cinderella runs from May 10-26 and tickets are available at www.rpcity.org/tickets. City offices are closed Mon., May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Come join in the 10-year anniversary kick-off event of Party On the Plaza & Farmers’ Market Fri., June 7 from 5-10 p.m.