Gossip and rumors about How GT Developers are Dealing with displaced Mobile Home Residents, and locally Owned Businesses.
A lady said Jacobsen offered everyone $10,000 to move from the trailer park. Just before Christmas the others were serve with an evict notices and no money. They were told to take their trailers and move within the year. Others were "Guaranteed Apartments" in the Senior Villas. (What about the non seniors you ask?)
Also heard was: the city hall was going to move down on Michigan. That's one way to enlarge the library, move out and give it to them; and Lowe's wanted the city to widen Barton Rd.
If the city was more up front, we wouldn't have wonder about everything we hear. At this point, no matter how silly it seems, you're just not sure.
The owner of a shop across from Stater on the North side of Barton said some developer bought the little shopping center and gave everyone a year to leave. That also includes the go-cart place and the mail place on Mt. Vernon. Concern for the future of the businesses and about all the secretive info they are not getting causes all of the businesses in GT a concern. Perhaps they should all Move to Colton and leave empty space in Grand Terrace.
These rumors should advise the citizens of the nature of the beast of Development and the Operations of the Redevelopment Agency. The Redevelopment Agency is to insure that people and businesses displace are provided for in a specific way. Replacement accommodations have to be provided for the displaced businesses and homes, including TRAILERS.
Will the small shops be able to afford the increase in rent? Will the business learn not to lease property in GT and perhaps move to a better more affordable piece of property? If there were no closed meetings and If there were a climate of Trust in Our Government, the RDA and Council this Gossip and rumors would not exist. Nor would the citizens and local business owners be wary about their futures in Grand Terrace.
To the current land owners in Grand Terrace who are leasing space to the small business person. Please be reasonable in your rents. Let local business owners operate their small shops. Keep the Ownership of GT business in GT. That is Community. That is how we build a self sustaining community.
Closed Meetings Cause this...