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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15

Meeting Date: March 13, 2007

Subject/Title: Approve a recommendation by the Agricultural Enterprise Committee for the City Council to submit a formal request to County’s Community Development Department for financial participation in the acquisition of 3900 Sellers Avenue for the purpose of developing an Agricultural Park and History Center in partnership with the East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum.

Prepared by: Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Economic Development Director

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a recommendation by the Agricultural Enterprise Committee for the City Council to submit a formal request to County’s Community Development Department for financial participation in the acquisition of 3900 Sellers Avenue for the purpose of developing an Agricultural Park and History Center in partnership with the East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
On February 20, 2007, the City Council’s newly-formed Agricultural Enterprise Committee (AEC) convened to discuss a number of items, including the acquisition of 3900 Sellers Avenue, a property located in unincorporated Brentwood for the purpose of developing an Agricultural Park and History Center in partnership with the East Contra Costa Historical Society.

The AEC, consisting of Vice Mayor Bob Brockman and Councilmember Erick Stonebarger, received an update from staff on the land negotiations and other possible financial participants in the Agricultural Park concept. The other financial participants include Pulte Homes and Contra Costa County’s Community Development Department.

Pulte Homes will be contributing $232,000 to the project as part of their Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP) obligation for the Carmel Estates subdivision. The County’s Community Development Department has collected park fees (Quimby fees) for the unincorporated area’s Census tracts for future park development, which includes the Sellers Avenue property.

The AEC recommends that the City Council approve the submittal of a formal request to the County seeking their financial participation in the land acquisition and development of the Agricultural Park and History Center to benefit the greater Far East County residents, including those in unincorporated Brentwood and Knightsen areas.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact associated with this item.
 

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