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Monday, June 3, 2013 by Charlotte Moore
Proposal for Rainey Street pits developers, MACC members
One project in the works is a 30- to 40-story high-rise at
On Wednesday, the two forces will meet at the MACC’s monthly advisory board meeting where the
Opponents of the development claimed victory in October of last year when the city passed a resolution taking 64 Rainey Street off the “for sale” list with the goal of developing “a range of options for use of this parcel of land by the Parks and Recreation Department for specific development that would address the needs of the adjacent Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and incorporate this parcel of land into the ESB-MACC master plan…” according to the city document.
“We’re not at all at ease; we still have some discomfort, despite the resolution,” said Paul Saldaña, MACC advocate. “It’s a resolution, not an ordinance. Ordinance is a law which gives more leverage, more finality.”
Attorney Nikelle Meade, representing the
“We have been trying to attend their meetings for months,” she said. “We have been trying to hear their issues, to talk to stakeholders, to see what we could come up with that would be compatible with the rest of the
But Saldaña said he’s trying to preserve part of the city’s culture in this fight and whatever the developers want to propose at this point is too little, too late.
“Last year, Senator (Gonzalo) Barrientos and I had lunch with (Meade),” he said. “We know that development is going to happen whether we like it or not. What we were telling (Meade) is if we’re going to be neighbors, we need to work with each other.”
Meade insists the developers are doing exactly what the property owners and stakeholders expressed they wanted years ago.
“They went to the city to ask the city to please rezone the area and make it a central business district,” she said. “The decision was made that what the stakeholders were requesting was appropriate. I don’t think anybody anticipated
Council members appear to be split on issues of what happens with Rainey tracts near the MACC. As reported previously in In Fact Daily, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole proposed selling the property in question. Council Member Chris Riley said he respected the cultural values of the community but that holding the land for the MACC would be contrary to the MACC’s master plan and the plan for
Council Member Mike Martinez made the motion to direct the Parks and Recreation Department to incorporate the land at
Meade would not divulge what proposals will be presented at the MACC Advisory board meeting on Wednesday in regard to
Saldaña, for one, has no plans to back down and hopes the city ultimately sees things his way.
“Our community has worked for 50 years to have this here,” he said. “The city of
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