Arroyo Grande may sell property to fund police station
January 22, 2013
After Arroyo Grande voters twice rejected ballot measures to fund a new police station, the council voted last November to construct a $5.9 million station, most likely at the corner of Old Ranch Road and West Branch Street. City Manager Steven Adams says that selling three nearby residential lots on Old Ranch Road will generate $640,000 to go towards construction of the station.
Adams also plans to sell city properties owned by the dissolved Redevelopment Agency. City staff recommends that the council create a three-person committee consisting of one council member, one planning commission member and the community development director to hire a realtor and oversee the process of selling city property.
City leaders still do not know, however, if the new police station will indeed be located at Old Ranch Road and West Branch Street. The Five Cities Community Services Foundation has proposed building a recreation center at the location, but has struggled to raise enough funds. The foundation said it would provide the council a definitive answer by March.
The council will meet Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.