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Future of 9th and Palm Shopping Center to be Topic at Special Council Meeting

The 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting was announced Tuesday afternoon. A possible study of street lighting on Seacoast Drive will also be discussed.

A special meeting of the City Council is set for 6 tonight (Wednesday) to consider an extension of agreements related to the construction of a Ninth Street and Palm Avenue shopping center and study of lighting on Seacoast Drive.

The special meeting was announced Tuesday afternoon by city staff, shortly before the 24-hour notification period required by law.

Click here to see what will be decided upon and discussed at the regular meeting Wednesday before the special meeting.

Among other things, agenda item 1.1 suggests the city's redevelopment agency successor agency adopt resolutions to extend agreements with Sudberry Development nine months.

An extension is necessary, city staff said, because the city is waiting for the state Department of Finance to approve a long-range property management plan and an audit required by laws passed to dissolve redevelopment agencies statewide.

“A best-case scenario for all of these actions to take occur puts final approval in May 2013,” the staff report said.

The resolutions will approve a letter to extend the agreement known as a Disposition and Development Agreement and in doing so will:

- extend a Jan. 1, 2013 deadline to give the city the option to terminate its agreement with Sudberry and pay $50,000 in damages

- extend a March 11, 2013 deadline for Sudberry to submit design, landscape and grading plans to city for approval

- extend a April 1, 2013 deadline, at which time Sudberry could terminate the DDA agreement if the project area is considered in poor environmental condition or not economically suitable for development

The letter would also extend deadlines for the close of escrow for the project's two phases and completion of construction.

There remains much to do before the Breakwater Project breaks ground.

The Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency is also waiting for the state Department of Finance to approve the use of $2.2 million to make the grade of the new shopping center even with Palm Avenue.

To protect the privacy of potential tenants at the shopping center, Sudberry Properties said, negotiations have been kept confidential, however last year a representative of the company expressed an interest.

Documents released this summer related to the project state Fresh & Easy would occupy a market and take up one-third of all square footage.

On Wednesday the Wall Street Journal reported that the British-owned supermarket chain may close all its American stores.

Also on the special meeting agenda is a request by Councilman Ed Spriggs requests that the city consider a lighting study for Seacoast Drive at a future meeting.

Due to rules approved earlier this year, if an individual City Councilmember wants an item to appear on a meeting agenda, a majority of Council members must first approve the request.

This is agenda item 1.2.

Libi Uremovic December 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
"...the city is waiting for the state Department of Finance to approve a long-range property management plan and an audit...' approval is not coming...the state is not going to release the property and doing a quitclaim deed will not change the department of finance's position .. council needs to either admit that they know what's going on or admit that they are in the dark...but pretending that 'nothing is going on' is unacceptable...
Ed Sorrels December 05, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Wow, Here goeas our councilman for seacoast, The one that fails to realize that there NO districts here in Imperial Beach. Again with the light thing and again I bet Janney has to adjourn the meeting to shut him up as he did last time. He was told to get in line with the light project as there many more pressing thing's and very little money. He and his supporters need to just wait their turn as the rest of us do. Concentrate on NINTH AND PALM NOW !!!
ibcalif December 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Wasn't Fresh and Easy supposedly coming to IB? http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/05/no-more-fresh-easy-stores-us/
Miriam Iosupovici December 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Why is the notice of this meeting's agenda so late in coming? Disturbing.
Shorebird December 06, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Miriam it will be posted in this weeks Eagle & Times no worries (because that's how IB CC does things
IBED December 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Fresh and Easy is being either totally sold or totally shuttered per its parent as stated in the WSJ today.
Ed December 06, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Fresh and Easy is being either totally sold or totally shuttered per its parent as stated in the WSJ today.
Shorebird December 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Time for Turko, Watchdog and the State of California to take a look at the mess they call Ib City and it's council..It just keeps getting murkier and murkier
Libi Uremovic December 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
janney doesn't have to adjourn the meetings to shut him up...our council has voted away their powers of speech and control over their own meetings... the council that is suppose to be running the meetings ...the councilmen are the ones that are supposed to be setting the agenda BASED ON THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE... instead of addressing the issue that spriggs brought up they spent 20 minutes debating whether they 'would allow' the topic to be put on the agenda.... let's review: in the past the procedure was that our councilmen could bring up any issue in council and speak freely... now it will take a minimum of 30 days from the time a citizen speaks to their councilmen before the subject can even be spoken about in council ... now it takes a majority vote from council before a topic can be addressed ....3 councilmen can prevent any topic from being addressed at council regardless of the will of the citizenry...
Serge Dedina December 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Change in Imperial Beach won't come by someone from outside coming to the "rescue." Voters in Imperial Beach are going to have to elect council members who believe in representing their constituents rather than city staff and who also understand their role in providing governance and fiscal oversight. And as usual I was shocked by the last minute notice of an important public meeting.
Surf Cali December 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Has anybody else noticed that the same few whiner babies constantly flood this forum with doom and gloom conspiracies. Maybe if we just realize that the people in charge are just "people" doing a complex job for very little money. Trying to make I.B. a better place. And everybody's idea of a better I.B. is going to be different. With little to no money to work with, how much do you expect. Government is not perfect, maybe if you stop looking for the black helicopters hovering over your house you could actually do something to help.
Libi Uremovic December 06, 2012 at 03:57 PM
spriggs is correct to bring up the lighting issue..... people need to understand that spriggs wanted to address the lighting problem on seacoast because his constituents are complaining to him... the city doesn't want to address the lighting problem because they just wasted a massive amount of tax payer dollars purchasing the wrong lighting for the area the city already had 22' poles along seacoast - so they already knew that 22' poles were for lighting areas such as freeways and football fields, not for pedestrian areas like seacoast drive... but the city purchased 22' lamp poles again because they are the most expensive lamp posts sold .... it was a waste of tax payer dollars to replace perfectly good lamp posts and seacoast still doesn't have pedestrian lighting - which is the only lighting needed in that area... yes, the lighting issue on seacoast needs to be put on the agenda....who made the poor choice to rip down perfectly good 22' lamp posts to replace them with ridiculously expensive 22' lamp posts at a time when the city is crying that they have no money... how much did the city waste in replacing the lamp posts?
Kay Kardian-Porter December 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Surf what planet do you live on?
Joe average December 06, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am so tired of the people that have something to say about almost every story posted . Libi do you ever have anything positive to say. I agree with surf cali. Its all doom and gloom by whiners. Nothing is perfect. Do something else with your time. Its not healthy to always complain.
Libi Uremovic December 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
let me refer our two new imaginary characters to the audit: http://libionline.net every tax payer dollar is accountable and if our elected and appointed officials are over their heads they need to admit it and resign...
Surf Cali December 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
OMG! For the love of all that is Holy! Please tell me they didn't buy the 22' Light poles! Whats next a zombie apocalypse? Well played Mayans, Well Played.
Joe average December 06, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I dont care about an audit. Im just worried about you complaining and worrying so much. Its not good for you. Maybe you should have run for office. That might work for you to relieve some stress.
Libi Uremovic December 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
don't worry about me.....i'm not the one going to prison ...
John Galt December 06, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I have a saw, how long do you want the poles to be?
Joe average December 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
sorry miss perfect!!!you need to be committed!!!
ibcalif December 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Joe probably is one of them - you know, simple country folk, doing the best they can with that all dat complicated guvmint work. Bumbling, but well meaning, bureaucrats ... NOT! Meanwhile, surfer dude can't seem to shake those persistent eye, ear and throat infections he gets everytime he surfs IB (even though the city says its safe).
Lisa Seyfried December 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Serge, You should run for city council!
Jack Fisher December 06, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Surf Cali, not sure what your idea of "little money to work with" is but nearly 25 million extra dollars over a 10 year period is a lot to me. If you come to a City Council meeting then please introduce yourself. Maybe you will start using your real name so we can count on you to do your part
Serge Dedina December 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Jack is correct in that everyone should use their real name regardless of their opinion. It is easy to criticize everyone and everything while being anonymous. We are all neighbors and should be constructively identifying ways to improve our community and yes--our city (which needs a lot of improvement). People are correct to criticize the city since most of the constructive avenues of engagement with the city have been shut down (e.g. city committees) and rarely do the council or city staff engage with the public in any meaningful way or respond to feedback.
Jon Hall December 07, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Make it a parking lot --- with meters --- solves all the problems at once ...
Jon Hall December 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I forgot to add --- they can contract out to a *bicycle cab* company to ride people to the beach --- they can even use the neat new eco-bikeway for quick access ...

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