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Cactus Rose gets less thorny
Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
In late-breaking news from City Council Member Pio Renteria’s office, a deal has apparently been struck over the rezoning of the Cactus Rose Mobile Home Park. As explained by the press release, “Through facilitation by Council Member Sabino ‘Pio’ Renteria, the Cactus Rose Neighborhood Association, the Montopolis Neighborhood Plan Contact Team, and Oden/Hughes agreed upon a comprehensive relocation package for the remaining residents of Cactus Rose. The mobile home owners will each receive $10,000, recreational vehicle owners and renters will each receive $2,000 for relocation. Residents will also receive their security deposits, as well as bilingual relocation assistance by a licensed real estate professional.” The park, which is located in Renteria’s District 3, has been a flash point in discussions about gentrification and increasing unaffordability in the city. Renteria thanked the residents for their participation in a process that has lasted more than a year, saying, “The residents, their organizers, and Oden/Hughes worked diligently towards a reasonable agreement. As a City, we are far from granting renters and mobile home residents the rights they deserve, but this is a step in the right direction.”