Jessica Cejnar / Yesterday @ 5:04 pm
Crescent City Harbor Commissioners deny claims that residents of Bayside RV Park will be evicted during potential revitalization project
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Crescent City Harbor district officials have refuted claims they plan to relocate residents of Bayside RV Park to make way for a $ 2 million to $ 2.5 million beautification project.
Facing angry residents who accused him, as well as the port district commissioners, of putting veterans and single mothers on the streets, CEO Tim Petrick said the project would bring better quality of clientele to the parks and improve its quality.
But evicting anyone who currently lives there is not part of the discussion, he said on Tuesday.
“As we move into the future things will change. But within a year to a year and a half to two years, ”said Petrick. “We’re not talking about pushing you out next month. It’s not going to happen. We’re talking about making things better so that you have a better place to live.
The Bayside RV Park beautification is part of the first phase of an Alex Lemus redevelopment plan, from Renewable Energy Capital LLC, presented to port commissioners on Tuesday.
In addition to the RV fleet, the plan will also include improvements to the old Spotty’s car wash and oil change and to the former Englund Marine parking lots and buildings. Lemus is also proposing to install a solar awning system around Bayside RV.
As part of its development plan, the Lemus revitalization project aims to increase the number of overnight visitors to Bayside RV while retaining its existing visitors. This includes investing in landscaping, trees, bushes, plants, patios, decks, walkways, permeable paving, fencing and guests.
REC also hopes to attract visitors who use Airstream trailers.
According to the plan, Lemus’ company plans to purchase Airstreams for overnight stays as well as park cabins to be placed “strategically throughout the park.”
“The long-term success of the Crescent City Port redevelopment plan depends on the dramatic increase in the number of tourists visiting the port,” Lemus said in his report.
REC also plans to implement a marketing plan that showcases the area’s local seafood as well as fishing opportunities on the ocean and on the Smith River.
Lemus said REC was budgeting “between $ 2 million and $ 2.5 million when all is said and done for Bayside.”
However, according to Port District Secretary Wes White, the Port District’s capital expenditure for the project would be zero.
In his report, Lemus said some of the challenges REC faces relate to the port district’s lack of credit rating, current audited financial statements, and reluctance to burden their balance sheets with longer-term debt.
To fund the project, Lemus proposed that REC sign a long-term lease with the Crescent City Harbor District for the RV park, the Spotty’s Car Wash and Oil Change building and parking lot, and the old building and parking lot. Englund Marine.
As a result, the Port District would achieve estimated revenue of $ 486,680 from leasing Bayside RV Park, Spotty’s Car Wash, the former Englund Marine building and the land behind the former Englund Marine in 2021. .
Lemus also included the potential 2021 rental income that the Crescent City Harbor District is expected to receive from Redwood Harbor Village and its overflow lot – a total of $ 470,966.
According to the Lemus report, rental revenues from the port in 2021 are expected to be $ 345,818 higher than last year.
In response to a question about rent from a Bayside resident, Lemus said REC hopes to get a higher percentage of visitors who pay the park’s daily rate rather than raising anyone’s rent.
But he referred to the port when it came to a transition plan for current RV Park residents.
It was Harbor District Board Chairman Brian Stone who said over the slow months that the harbor plans to “take the trailers that are inside Bayside and move them to the village of Redwood Harbor “. This would allow residents to continue living in the harbor while REC works on their beautification project, Stone said.
Because certain assurances that the Harbor District had no intention of deporting anyone were not enough.
“In the meantime, you’re basically telling everyone here that we may not be deported next month or the next year or two years,” said one resident. “But it will eventually happen.”
Petrick replied that he wasn’t sure what would happen so far.
“I could be kicked out of my home in six months,” he said.
The newest member of the Harbor District Board, Gerhardt Weber, said he understands residents’ concerns. But, he said, the port has other concerns besides the RV fleet, such as dredging, security and improving infrastructure.
“We’re trying to do our best to make sure the whole community is working,” he said. “Now individual cases for you can be very important and I feel it, so we have to find some kind of solution. “
Another resident of RV Park said that while he understands that the harbor district is not considering evicting anyone, a beautification and infrastructure project could be completed without displacing residents.
He urged them to watch it. He also urged Harbor District Commissioners to notify residents if future development requires the eviction of current residents of Bayside RV, noting that some have sought attorneys.
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