Share your thoughts: Should state return $5.5m for Santa Rosa Railroad Square Cannery project?

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From the Nov. 30 Business Journal editorial "On future of Railroad Square, will it be Sacramento to Santa Rosa: Drop Dead?"

On Oct. 29, 1975, the New York Daily News carried this headline after President Gerald Ford gave a speech denying federal assistance to keep New York out of bankruptcy: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

For Santa Rosa and its 13-year effort to rebuild Railroad Square, the headline could read: “Gov. Brown and Sacramento to Santa Rosa: Drop Dead.”

At issue is $5.5 million in city redevelopment funds committed to 93 units of affordable senior housing that have been snatched away from Santa Rosa as Sacramento has shut down redevelopment agencies across the state. The funding is the critical link in the cannery area project. Without it, the project collapses and it will be years if not decades before anything happens at what is considered Santa Rosa’s best opportunity for transit-centered downtown development.

To date, through multiple sessions in Sacramento, the message to Santa Rosa and the city’s taxpayers has been: Drop Dead.

Nonetheless, key meetings are scheduled in what may be the last out-of-court hearing on the matter.

Also see the Business Journal news story "City makes 11th-hour plea for Railroad Square funds," Nov. 5.

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