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Rohnert Park purchases 30-acre property it plans to redevelop into future downtown

By Bay City News Foundation, Local News Matters, April 29, 2022

“Rohnert Park city officials took a big step toward a future downtown this month when the city’s $12.5 million offer was accepted on a 30-acre parcel at the corner of Rohnert Park Expressway and State Farm Drive.

“ ‘This is a bold step toward creating downtown Rohnert Park,’ said Mayor Jackie Elward in a city news release. ‘With this purchase we are taking charge of our destiny.’

“A surplus in the city’s general fund and cash on hand will fund the purchase, according to the news release, which added that the city also could obtain grants to offset some of the costs.

“ ‘We’ve been working for a downtown for years,’ Councilmember Pam Stafford said. ‘We’ve approved plans and built infrastructure, and we’re still waiting. The time has come to blaze our own path.’ ”

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