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Roseland Village Neighborhood Center Site gets Interim Uses approval from Supervisors


Roseland Village Neighborhood Center Site gets Interim Uses approval from Supervisors

At its March 3, 2015, meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved interim uses and improvements for the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center property. The Board directed staff to continue to work with the community to develop both short and long term plans for the site. Possible short term improvements of the property include adding playground and exercise equipment, a sitting area with benches and shade structure, a designated public gathering area, and opportunities for public art and ground mural installation.

Acknowledging the importance of both significant public input for long term planning and a desire to make the property accessible as soon as possible, the Board directed staff to move forward with implementation of immediate improvements to the site. “While the final completion of this development is still years away, we know we can’t wait any longer to start transforming this vacant space into a place of value for the people of Roseland,” stated Supervisor Efren Carrillo. “We have already obtained broad community input about what members of the community want to see at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, and we will prioritize their input during this temporary period as well as during the permanent planning process.”

The approval allows for funds previously allocated to this project to be expended on identified short term improvements.

“The Board is excited to be proactive in making the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center available for public use while also allowing an extensive and thoughtful planning process to take place that will ensure long term success of this space for the Roseland community,” added Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Gorin.

The Community Development Commission (CDC), the County agency charged with leading the planning efforts, will host a public meeting on March 5th at the Roseland Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room at 950 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa from 6-8pm.  The meeting will include a site update and discussion with the community on the future of the project. The Board’s approval also allows the CDC to begin a two-stage process to identify a qualified development partner for the project.

Sonoma County Community Development Commission to Host a Public Meeting on the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center

Interim use plans and long-term development of site to be discussed

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission invites the community to attend a public meeting on March 5th to discuss plans for temporary site improvements and the future development of the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center. This meeting is part of a continuing effort to engage and listen to the local community in formulating plans for short and long-term uses of the property. Drinks, food, translation services, and childcare will be provided. The meeting will be held at the Roseland Elementary School Multi-purpose room at 950 Sebastopol Rd., in Santa Rosa, from 6:00-8:00pm.

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) is dedicated to promoting affordable housing, revitalizing communities, and supporting public services that increase economic stability for County residents. The CDC acquired the property in 2011 as a priority area for affordable housing and pedestrian-oriented commercial development, and a public space was recommended to provide a venue for recreation, entertainment, and community events.

With the environmental remediation phase of the project nearing completion, the CDC is working with the community to develop plans for interim improvements that will allow residents to enjoy use of the site while long-term development planning is in process. The development of interim uses is a significant step towards revitalizing the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, and will bring numerous public benefits by providing areas for recreation and community events.

The CDC welcomes the opportunity to share an update on the site, solicit public feedback, and host a discussion on the future of this project at the March 5th public meeting. Plans for a Request for Preliminary Proposals for Development of the Roseland Village property will also be discussed at the meeting.

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