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Agency To Approve Apartment Funds
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The Riverbank Redevelopment Agency is slated to approve a development agreement with Pacific West Communities on Monday that will receive $3.2 million in redevelopment funds to help build an $18 million, 64-unit apartment complex at Patterson and Claus roads.

The funds will come from a bond financed by tax increment funds for the Redevelopment Agency that covers three quarters of the city. Pacific West can claim the entire 20 percent set aside by law from redevelopment funds for low and moderate income housing.

Meeting at the Riverbank Community Center at 7 p.m. on April 13, the Riverbank City Council - convening as the Agency - also will receive a long awaited architect's report on the structural integrity of the Del Rio Theatre.

HY Architects report there is splitting in some wooden roofing beams and the city-owned structure will require $1 million or more in repairs or rehabilitation, said City Manager Rich Holmer, adding he will present half a dozen options to the council.

In a new feature of council meetings called "Snapshot" that focuses on different department duties, the Community Development Department will give a presentation on encouraging weed abatement to avoid grass fires.

The council will also honor Josephine Landon, recently named Pioneer Woman of the Year by the Stanislaus County Commission on Women.

The council is due to appoint a Planning Commissioner from two volunteer candidates. It will also make appointments to a committee that meets regularly with Superintendent of Schools Ken Geisick to exchange information between the city and school district.

Council members also must approve an alternative city representative to sign Community Development Block Grant papers in the absence of Finance Director Marisela Hernandez.

The council will be meeting until further notice at the Community Center instead of City Hall because of the lack of parking close to City Hall caused by the redevelopment of Third Street. Starting this past Monday, April 6, Third Street was blocked to traffic from Atchison Street (Highway 108) southwards to Stanislaus Street. Traffic is advised to use First instead of Third Street.