CALEXICO — The City Council here neatly sidestepped a potential controversy by directing City Manager Richard Inman to seek a Community Development Block Grant to pay for the construction of two roads near the Calexico 10 theaters.
The grant would be from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filtered through the state, according to Inman.
Last week a representative for an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar franchisee asked the City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, to consider paying for the infrastructure costs associated with working on the Fiesta and Robinson roads.
Customers of the Applebee's and two proposed nearby hotels would account for a vast majority of the potential traffic on the new stretch of the roads.
At Tuesday's RDA board meeting, the board heard from business owners during the public comments portion of the meeting. Two local businessmen said building the roads with RDA funds would be akin to "subsidizing" private business interests.