Mar 11, 2020
by Vesta Copestakes
While reading the Press Democrat, many of us were greeted with the news that Governor Newsom has offered Sonoma County the opportunity to lease 49 state-owned parcels for emergency homeless shelters. They are offered as part of Newsom’s package of emergency measures meant to address the homelessness crisis.
One prominent parcel in the City of Santa Rosa is the 57-acre Southeast Greenway. Read the full article here:https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10732193-181/newsom-offers-up-santa-rosa
The paper quotes a spokesman for Newsom’s administration as saying…
This offer gives communities more choices of where to place emergency services and shelters, but it is up to local leaders - the City Council and Board of Supervisors — to select the most appropriate sites. We applaud Governor Newsom for focusing on the homelessness that is affecting so many California communities.
Our colleagues at the City of Santa Rosa’s Real Estate Services Department are communicating with Caltrans to find out more about how this development will affect our work on acquiring the Southeast Greenway. The Greenway Partners - City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma Water, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and the Southeast Greenway Campaign — have a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Caltrans that gives us the first right of refusal to purchase the property and stipulates that the Greenway property will be sold intact and not divided into parcels.
Since the approval of the General Plan Amendment, Rezoning Plan and EIR for the Greenway in July 2019, staff from the City’s Real Estate Services Department, Sonoma Water and Sonoma Land Trust have been working with Caltrans to prepare the information needed to support an appraisal of the property. This process is moving forward, as is fundraising for acquisition of the Greenway land. Our goal for this next year is to finish all necessary preparations and negotiate a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) with Caltrans for the Greenway transfer. As our Co-Chair Thea Hensel was quoted as saying in the article, “We’ve been at this for 11 years and we don’t intend to change anything at this time.”
Community Meeting for SE Santa Rosa Date: Thursday, March 26, Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.at Montgomery High School, 1250 Hahman Dr, Santa Rosa.
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