Town Center progressing; parcels being appraised
by Joe Shreve
Aug 02, 2013 | 2086 views | 12 12 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print


 

Eight months into a partnership with real estate development firm Property Development Centers, city officials are cautiously optimistic that the wheels are finally spinning for good on the long-delayed Town Center project.

Property Development Centers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Safeway, entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the city in December 2012 to explore if the oft-delayed project — envisioned as a commercial, cultural and residential hub set in the middle of the city — would be beneficial to both parties.

With the calendar turning to August, Mayor Randy Johnson said that the agreement was working well and would likely be extended.

“They are still actively pursuing the project,” Johnson said. “The biggest priority is tying down the compilation of the land.”

He said that PDC is currently working to determine the costs of acquiring the multiple parcels of land for the Town Center that comprise the roughly 15 acres adjacent to Skypark.

The parcels of land involved, Johnson said, are owned by “five or six different owners” and include the city of Santa Cruz — dating back to the days of the airport, Amerigas, and the former Redevelopment Agency.

“All these entities have their acreage,” he said. “What the cost for these parcels will go for is going to depend on the appraisal.”

Johnson praised what he described as PDC’s proactive efforts to seek out appraisals on the parcels of land, and said that he hoped that a tentative plan would be able to be presented to the public after the holidays.

“I think both the city and PDC are hopeful to get out something by the end of the year,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of opinions, and were going to try and forge into something that makes the most people happy.”

Keith Turner, director of Public and Government Affairs for Safeway’s Northern California division confirmed that PDC is working with the city of Scotts Valley as well as other property owners in order to bring the Town Center project in Scotts Valley to fruition.

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Terry Wade
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August 14, 2013
If a giant Safeway moves into the new mall will Trader Joes or Whole Foods take over the old Safeway? Does Safeway rent the old store space? If they own the current store space they will keep any competition out of Scotts Valley.
Theryl McCoy
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August 10, 2013
It's not too late city of Scott's Valley! Understand that you have a severe identity crisis. Are you Santa Cruz? Are you San Jose? Where is the heart of town?

Look at the downtowns of Boca Raton, Walnut Creek, and Santana Row. These are FAR SUPERIOR ideas than another Almar Center.

This is it Scott's Valley! Forever!!
real local
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August 10, 2013
If you have been here as long as I bave you would not have a identity issue people make a community good well thought development is good for any community and this seams to be just that
Theryl McCoy
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August 15, 2013
My grandparents and my parents lived in Scott's Valley. Where is the downtown? King's Village? The Dog Park? Civic Center Dr? One of the historic landmarks of the area, Auntie Mame's, offers some history.

If a Safeway Anchor is what you want to identify with as a community. Then god bless you. My grandmother who has heard many many promises of a great downtown would have hated the idea!
another strip mall
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August 07, 2013
Can we please be honest about this? With a giant Safeway grocery as the anchor and center of this project the is hardly the Town Center project that we all bought into years ago. This is just a plan for yet another strip mall in Scotts Valley
Steever
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August 06, 2013
Will this development cause the removal of the SV Dog Park?
doggydoo
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August 07, 2013
the dog park was always a temp park it is my understanding it will be relocated to a permanent location with better amenities
anonymous
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August 03, 2013
Im sure whatever it is will be stupid and ruin SV even more. Maybe it''l even have condos on top so we can cram even more people into this little already overcrowded town. Shopping centers and high density housing. That's all scotts valley is about now.
coolyea
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August 05, 2013
sounds good to me i need a place were i can live work shop and get rid of my car. Its called erban planning and it will be a great way to save our environment
Theryl McCoy
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August 10, 2013
Actually the condos on top are a great idea. Mixed-use buildings are the future.
anonymous
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August 18, 2013
soylent green is your future
anonymous
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August 18, 2013
"erban planning "

we are not urban were rural or used to be. we dont want to be urban. we dont want to be san jose. This town is going in the wrong direction.


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