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Jan. 18, 2008
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Redevelopment open house scheduled Jan. 24 at LOEL Center

Express your vision of how the proposed Lodi Community Improvement Project can make our city better at an open house Jan. 24 at the LOEL Center, 105 S. Washington St. The two-hour open house begins at 6 p.m.

Maps of the Lodi's proposed redevelopment project area will be on display and representatives from other Northern California agencies will explain how they used redevelopment to improve their communities. Open house visitors will be able to browse redevelopment newsletters from other cities, write down what projects or ideas should be considered in the Lodi Community Improvement Project, and their questions about redevelopment answered.

The open house and more information about the Lodi Community Improvement Project are included in a newsletter being mailed to city residents and property owners.

Redevelopment is commonly used by California cities and counties to keep a larger share of property tax revenue generated within project boundaries to accomplish project goals. In Lodi, a 2,400-acre area stretching from as far south as Century Boulevard to as far north as the Mokelumne River and generally east of Sacramento Street is included in the preliminary project boundaries.

"Redevelopment is a great tool to keep more of Lodi's tax dollars in Lodi," Lodi City Manager Blair King said. "It's our best option for accomplishing community goals, such as attracting jobs and providing money for affordable housing projects, without a tax increase. "

Potential projects could include new sidewalks, water meters, incentives to attract businesses and a variety of programs to help lower-income residents improve their properties. The Jan. 24 open house is designed to solicit ideas that could be implemented if the proposed project is adopted by the Lodi City Council, which also acts as Lodi's Redevelopment Agency.

The tentative boundaries for the Lodi Community Improvement Project was selected by the Lodi Planning Commission on Nov. 14. The map is available for review at www.lodi.gov/redevelopment.html. Questions may be e-mailed to redevelopment@lodi.gov.

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