Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 6:37 pm in Uncategorized.
On Tuesday, the city’s Community and Economic Development Committee voted 3-0 to spend $500,000 in West Oakland Redevelopment monies on design and rehab work on Nancy Nadel’s future teen center in the Hoover/Foster neighborhood.
The money comes from the pot the Redevelopment Agency budgeted for new teen centers in each council district back in 2007. With the council’s approval, Nadel bought the building last October for $850,000 plus closing costs by using her council office pay-go funds. There are no identified sources of funding for operating the center, but it will be a long while before the building is habitable anyway.
Given the opposition to the project, I’m surprised no one showed up at the CEDA meeting to speak about it. They’ll have another chance when the item is up for public hearing before the full city council on Nov. 4.
A bunch of folks are PO’d that Nadel tried to steer $300K in community block grant funds to the center. She said she still intends to use $100K of it for the center, and I’ve heard they don’t like that idea either. (see previous post).