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Moving Forward

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The City of Redding made several positive steps forward at the December 19, 2017 Council Meeting.

Of symbolic significance, Council approved the design for a new City flag after Catalyst Young Professionals led the task of soliciting and reviewing designs, community selection, plus contributing funds. This simple but strong flag design coincides with a new, exciting era of revitalization of downtown Redding!

Most importantly, Council approved a Resolution to jointly submit with The McConnell Foundation and K2 Land and Development an Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program application to the Strategic Growth Council and submission of an Infill Infrastructure Grant Program Application along with authorization of staff to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement for the northerly portion of the California Street Parking Structure (just west of Shasta College’s downtown location.) After demolition of the existing parking structure, a new structure would be build in the mid section with temporary parking in the southerly section of the existing, deteriorating parking garage; this latter area would ultimately be redeveloped sometime in the future. The extensive redevelopment project was enthusiastically supported by several speakers including Bruce Ross, VIVA Downtown and Shasta Living Streets.

The AHSC application is due January 16, 2018 with awards in June, 2018. This proposed mixed use project at the southeast corner of Tehema and California streets is to have affordable housing units plus retail below.
This new project would be in addition to the previously approved K2 Development project to replace the Dickers building. Additional details are available from the Council packet (page 751).

There was a presentation from Council Member McElvain regarding a Downtown Redding Internet Utility and Council approval to proceed with receiving further proposals. If implemented, this would bring much needed municipal-owned high speed internet service to downtown Redding.

Council approved and Redding Police Department accepted a donation of $25,000 from Bethel Church to fund the implementation of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program to be used for public safety. Protocols for use below 400 feet will be forthcoming from the Police Department. The donation was accepted despite protests of blurring the line between church and state and concerns about potential big brother type invasion of privacy.

City Manager Barry Tippin gave an oral presentation regarding the Key City Projects initiative which will be implemented online in the GIS system in 2018. This will provide regular monthly, public updates of City projects by location.

In addition Council approved the Tentative Subdivision Map for the Vistas Subdivision, Units 3 and 4, to subdivide 47.7 acres to create 65 lots for development of single-family residential homes. However, there may still be a future legal battle regarding what environmental protesters see as a requirement by the California Environmental Quality Act for an additional plant survey of the possible existence of a recently discovered, very rare plant, Sulfur Creek Brodiaea. 



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