Last Tuesday, August 18th, the TUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept $2.8 million in RDA money from the city if Turlock Council/RDA Members vote to include the Joe Debely Stadium project in the RDA budget. Turlock High School sits just outside the Redevelopment Area but the Turlock Unified School District found that they met the requirements to accept the funds if offered.
Over a handful of Turlockers voiced their concern at the August 25th City Council Meeting in regards to spending City of Turlock Redevelopment Agency funds on a Turlock Unified School District Joe Debely Stadium renovation project.
One Turlock citizen read Jeff Hillberg’s TurlockCityNews.com column "Joe Debely Stadium and RDA Money" in its entirety.
To provide for the planning, development, re-planning, redesign, clearance, redevelopment, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Project Area.
To aid in providing for such structures and spaces as may be appropriate or necessary in the interest of the general welfare, including without limitation, recreational and other facilities incidental or appurtenant to them.
To provide for the alteration, improvement, modernization, reconstruction or rehabilitation of existing structures and by providing for open space type uses, public and private buildings, structures, facilities and improvements.
Encourage employment opportunities through environmental and economic improvements resulting from redevelopment.
Provide for the rehabilitation of commercial structures and residential dwelling units.
Provide for participation in the redevelopment of property in the Project Area by owners who agree to participate in conformity with the redevelopment plan.
Provide for the management of property owned or acquired by the Agency.
Provide relocation assistance where Agency activities result in displacement.
Provide public infrastructure improvements (including regional facilities) and community facilities, such as the installation, construction and/or reconstruction of streets, utilities, public buildings, facilities, structures, street lighting, landscaping and other improvements which are necessary for the effective redevelopment of the Project Area.
Increase, improve and preserve the community’s supply of affordable housing.
Dispose of real property acquired by the Agency in the Project Area.
Encourage the redevelopment of the Project Area through the cooperation of private enterprise and public agencies.
Such other action as may be permitted by law.