Council Agenda Includes Downtown Plan, New Playground Equipment, & Traffic Improvements

Tuesday night the Redding City Council will resume a public hearing for a downtown specific plan. The hearing had to be postponed from December 7th due to an administrative error. An update to the plan in 2018 resulted in the many visible improvements to the Market Street Area. The new plan would expand to include an area from Shasta Street to Lincoln Street and East Street to Sequoia Street. The plan would change some of the allowable uses for buildings and would loosen some building restrictions, including height, which for most of the district would be 75 feet. The complex formula that constitutes the plan will be discusses Tuesday evening.

A number of Redding neighborhood “pocket parks” will be getting new playground equipment. A consent item on Tuesday nights city council agenda allocates a total of around $252,000 to replace deteriorating playgrounds that were built in the late 80s or early 90s. Playgrounds were removed from the Ravenwood and Peppertree neighborhoods two years ago, and they’ll be the first to be replaced. The others are Cumberland, MLJ Jr, Creekside and Indian Hills. The designs were chosen by the residents of each neighborhood. Some of the funding is from Prop 68 funds and revenue from cell tower leases.

The council will also award a contract to Tullis inc to build a large roundabout at the intersection of South Bonneyview and Bechelli Lane. The improvement is seen as necessary to handle the expected traffic from the new Costco being built there, as well as a possible new Win River Casino to the south of there sometime in the future. The cost is $5.7 Million for the two-lane roundabout.