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El Centro will sell two sites for business incubators

April 05, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

In a joint public hearing Wednesday, the El Centro City Council and the city's Redevelopment Agency voted to sell two 1-acre sites in the city's Centerpoint Business Park for business incubators.

RDA Assistant Executive Director Oscar Rodriquez told the council each site is worth about $65,000 and that the buyer expects to invest up to $300,000 per site on construction.

Each site would be used for the purpose of developing a light industrial manufacturing plant of about 6,000 square feet. The development would host small shop and office rental spaces, according to the staff report.

In a separate public hearing the City Council voted to submit a $500,000 grant application to the state for single-unit, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation. The city must pay $75,000 in matching funds. The funds are sought through the Community Development Block Grant program. The money would be used to rehabilitate at least 12 owner-occupied single-family homes.


In other business, the council was told there is a proposal to install as many as four security cameras at the almost-completed downtown plaza. The system would have the capacity to digitally record from all the cameras for a period of six months. No action was taken on the issue.

Finally, the council declared Wednesday as Garrett Bishop day for the Southwest High School junior's efforts in collecting 40,000 tires from throughout the county.

Garrett, 17, credited others in the community and local 4-H clubs for helping.

"We have a beautiful county here and the tires were unsightly," Garrett said before the council meeting. He said last year was the first time he'd collected tires.

The tires were taken to a local shredder and disposed of in a landfill, he said.

City Public Works Director Steve Hogan praised Garrett for his efforts and said there are few things more satisfying to city government than to recognize such efforts of community members.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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