Sonoma County to complete former redevelopment projects

Sonoma County supervisors were told Tuesday that they could have $24.4 million in property tax revenue available through mid-2017 to complete former county redevelopment projects and programs.

The amount would cover costs for the county's top four former redevelopment projects, including the Highway 12 street and sidewalks improvements north of Sonoma and the proposed residential and commercial complex on an abandoned shopping center in Santa Rosa's Roseland neighborhood.

Supervisors said the projections added a welcome bit of good news to an ongoing redevelopment fight with the state that had left the projects in limbo.

Supervisor Susan Gorin, who represents Sonoma Valley, called it a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the Highway 12 upgrades, begun in 2009.

"It looks like we might have a way forward to fund and complete that desperately needed infrastructure project," Gorin said.

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