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Brawley to consider loan to beef-processing plant

November 05, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here, sitting as the city Redevelopment Agency, will consider Tuesday providing a $450,000 loan to the company that is building and will operate a beef-processing plant here.

The council meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the council's chambers, 225 A St.

City Manager Jerry Santillan said the loan to Brawley Beef LLC would cover costs associated with the pre-treatment of waste from the plant.

Santillan said city officials and beef plant officials have been discussing the loan and there are agreements on the conditions upon which the city would provide the loan.

He said the money would go toward making sure waste from the plant meets city requirements before it moves into the city's wastewater treatment system.


Brawley Beef, which has pushed back its opening date to December, would have eight years to repay the loan.

Santillan said the loan is in line with the kinds of projects to which the RDA can provide funding.

In other action, the council will discuss zoning changes for 145 acres in the southwestern portion of the city just east of Del North Chevrolet.

Santillan said there is a developer with plans to bring residential, commercial and light industrial projects to the area.

The land already is zoned for residential and commercial development but the zoning change, would open all 145 acres to such development.

The plan calls for building 125 homes and 240 apartment units and using 43 acres for commercial development and 44 acres for light industrial projects.

The council Tuesday will do a second reading of an ordinance that would create tobacco-free zones in areas around sand-boxes or children play areas in all city parks.

>>Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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