WESTMORLAND — The City Council here, sitting as the city Redevelopment Agency board, heard updates on two proposed projects — a 50-unit motel and a residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for nonviolent women.
Mike Gaston of The Holt Group of El Centro gave the council reports on the projects. The Holt Group provides planning and engineering services to the city.
In regard to the rehabilitation center, Gaston said the project was delayed a bit because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The attacks caused consumer spending to drop and that affected tax revenues in California.
Gov. Gray Davis requested state departments review their budgets and reduce expenditures in areas where it is appropriate, Gaston said.
The proposed operator and developer of the rehab center, Alternative Counseling Centers Inc. of Bakersfield, needs to secure a contract from the state mental health department, which is funded by the state Department of Corrections, said Gaston.