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Developer proposal may change 11 acres of Eureka's waterfront

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EUREKA, Calif. - The Eureka City Council voted on a proposal that may change 11 acres of the city's waterfront in an effort to bring more revenue to the harbor fund, that is over one million dollars in deficit.

Eureka Parks and Recreation Director Miles Slattery said previous plans for developments on the city's waterfront property under the Samoa Bridge have been unsuccessful, but he feels confident in the current proposal by T. Schneider Enterprises.

"Not only is this a potential to generate revenue, but it is also has the potential to alleviate some of the maintenance responsibilities," Slattery said. "Not only from Parks and Recreation but also EPD, and Humboldt Bay Fire. Our facility staff and our custodial staff do a significant amount of maintenance work on these properties."

The developer proposed to build a 'Humboldt Bay RV Park.' They describe it as a "modern facility, designed to accommodate RV guests of all types, but especially those who wish to capitalize on the recreational opportunities available in close proximity to the park."

The construction of the RV park would be phase one. The second phase of their proposal is more ambitious; they call it "Halvorsen Village."

They describe this phase as a multi-use facility. According to the proposal, it "will look to capitalize on the natural waterfront setting by developing the first waterfront hotel in Eureka, as well as providing an abundance of high quality modern retail, commercial and office space." The village would also have residential units.

But in the proposal, the developer said each phase depends on "socio-economic demand and market conditions."

The council members unanimously voted to authorize city staff to negotiate the lease options with the developer, with the exception of council member, Austin Allison, who was not present.

Under the proposal, the city would lease the 11 acres of land to the developer while they construct the RV park. Once the park is finished and in business, the city would sell the land to T. Schneider Enterprises. The second phase of the project would continue as private property, under ownership of the developer.

The city said the project may produce $15,000 to $20,000 in annual revenue.

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