When realtor and landowner Eric Adrian reached out to us, he was excited to hear of the city’s plans to implement urban agriculture incentive zones – after all, his lot on the 2800 block of Santa Fe ave has been vacant for more than 25 years. Now, it could become a vibrant urban farm or community garden!
A crossing point for students and families, it’s lacked interest from business developers but holds great potential to be a community hub. As the tragic death of Cabrillo High School student Keshawn Brooks on that corner still lingers in the community’s hearts and minds, we see this request for proposals as a golden opportunity to heal the community with healthy food and positivity.
Since the city’s program will go online mid-November, Eric will be choosing a project for the site as soon as the application process closes on November 15th. This way, the city can work to get the contract approved by the end of the year, so that the property owner can take advantage of the tax incentive program in 2018. So, it’s a quick turnaround for a good reason!
All applications will be considered; however, those that can show a feasible budget, plan, and timeline, as well as maximize community benefit, may be more competitive.
Those interested in developing proposals should download this PDF and read it carefully, and be sure to use the contact information contained in the document to follow up and submit a proposal no later than November 15th.