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Sports complex developer to address Calexico RDA

January 08, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — After approving an exclusive negotiating agreement with an Escondido-based sports complex developer Oct. 10 to see if such a facility could be built here, the City Council is still awaiting its answer.

The council, seated as the Redevelopment Agency board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave., to discuss the issue.

City Attorney Mike Rood said this morning while the council approved a 90-day exclusive agreement, which included an independent market study to be paid for by sports complex developer For The Game LLC, the agreement was never signed by the developer and returned to the city.

Further, Rood said the company never provided the funding for the market study, which he said cost $11,000, less than what had been estimated in October.

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Rood said he spoke to For The Game General Manager David R. Willis last week, who said he will go before the council Tuesday night.

Willis told Rood the company was not happy with the firm the city found to conduct the independent market study.

During the Oct. 10 meeting of the Redevelopment Agency, Willis said a sports complex in Calexico would feature two indoor arenas for soccer and roller hockey, four softball fields, a batting cage, a child-care center, a restaurant and a police substation.

A potential location for the complex has yet to be released, but Willis has said For The Game is contemplating a plot of land near Cole and Sunset roads in the eastern portion of the city.

In other city business, the agency board will be asked Tuesday to approve a local business owner's participation in the storefront rebate program.

Agency Project Manager Juan Verdugo said this morning the owner of storefronts at 125 and 139 Third St., Julia Ramirez, is set to make improvements to both the interior and exterior of her vacant stores, which were damaged by water some time ago.

Verdugo said the improvements to the front will cost around $46,200, 50 percent of which can be paid to the owner by the city under the rebate program.

The work to the storefront will, Verdugo said, "restore the original architectural facade so it will be compatible with the other storefronts."

Verdugo and Kent Hems of Design Strategies in Calexico will present the council Tuesday night at least five conceptual renderings of entry monuments for the city.

The council some weeks ago directed agency staff to work on getting such monuments put in place at the four entry points into the city, which includes near the border.

"We're presenting concepts. Nothing's final yet. We want to get feedback from the public and the council," Verdugo said. "What we want to do is develop these entry signs into the city that will tell vehicular traffic and anyone coming into the city ‘Welcome to Calexico' in an effort to improve our image."

All the concepts incorporate water and lighting elements.

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