Calexico RDA to address revitalization

February 11, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, will discuss revitalizing this city's downtown at an RDA meeting Tuesday in City Hall.

Before the discussion, the city's planning consultant Brian Mooney of San Diego, will make a presentation to the board that sums up his recommendations for improving the downtown area.

Mooney has said he will address parking concerns, talk about plans for new civic centers such as a performing arts complex or mall and look at ways to rehabilitate the city's arcades and classic architecture.

In other business, the RDA board could take action on revitalizing space at the Hotel De Anza for use as offices for the Calexico Chamber of Commerce.


The board will then discuss the bid process for proposed renovation of the former City Hall.

For the past year the RDA board has discussed retrofitting old City Hall for use by the Mexican consulate.

At the beginning of Tuesday's meeting, the board will map out its travel plans for the next couple months.

There are three conferences listed for approval on Tuesday's consent agenda.

At the end of February the RDA board members, commissioners and staff could go to Disneyland for four days. The California Redevelopment Association is holding its annual conference at the Disneyland Hotel from Feb. 27 to March 1.

In March board members and staff could fly to Washington, D.C., for a Monday-Wednesday conference. The National Congress for Community Economic Development is presenting the "Washington Policy Conference and Congressional Community Economic Development Summit" from March 18-20.

"NCCED is the trade association and advocate for the community-based development industry. Founded in 1970, NCCED represents over 3,600 community development corporations across America. CDCs produce affordable housing and create jobs through business and commercial development activities. NCCED services the community development industry through public policy research and education, special projects, newsletters, publications, trainings, conferences and specialized technical assistance," according to the group's Web site.

NCCED administrative assistant Consuella McCain said Calexico RDA board members could, "Meet people that are looking to start up affordable housing."

The RDA board also could, "take a trip to Capitol Hill so they can meet their legislators and network in that arena as well."

In May it could be off to Las Vegas for board members, commissioners and staff to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers. At the May 19-22 conference, city officials could schmooze with shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials, according to a staffer at the ICSC headquarters.

The International Council of Shopping Centers is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. It counts 39,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 75 other countries.

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