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El Centro gives development a thumb's up

June 06, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council on Wednesday approved the subdivision map for a 465 single-home development south of Interstate 8.

The City Council previously approved the development's environmental impact report.

Despite opposition by local residents, the vote was unanimous.

Horne Road resident Mary Harmon and Clark Road resident Lorraine Johnson both urged the City Council to reconsider the project because of increased traffic and concerns over the costs to relocate and clean up the city's weapons range.

"We would like you to reconsider the number of road trips being added as a result of this development," Johnson said, an issue that needs review regardless of the number of homes to be built.

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She also said the shooting range has not been dealt with properly and that $25,000 from the developer to move the facility is insufficient.

Harmon said the city should adopt a specific plan for the area before moving forward.

In the end, however, the City Council chose to approve the subdivision.

The developer, San Diego resident Brent Grizzle, said he was pleased with the council's actions.

"The council took an important step toward meeting the housing need in this growing city," he said. "If the city continues to grow at 3 percent per year, the population will double within 25 years. It's a good project, located in the right area with utilities and infrastructure nearby."

He said with residential growth in the south and west sides of the city, the development is a logical progression.

In other business, and with little comment, the City Council approved a resolution initiating the proceedings to form a maintenance district by ordering the city engineer to prepare a report that analyzes the assessments to be levied and the potential benefits to those properties within the proposed district. The district's boundaries would be the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the east and Imperial Avenue on the west. Only Main Street would be included.

A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7, and ballots will be sent to all property owners.

The proposed resolution says activities of the lighting and maintenance district may include providing street, sidewalk, alley and public parking lot cleaning and other municipal maintenance services supplemental to those normally provided by the city, and installation of certain physical amenities throughout downtown.

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

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