Moments in Time: The ‘Temporary’ Town Hall is about to get an upgrade
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By Jan Siegel
As we all know, nothing in San Juan Capistrano ever happens quickly. For at least 30 years there has been talk of replacing Adelanto’s “temporary” town hall. But the big problem has always been money. And, of course, every year the cost was getting higher and higher. The “temporary” town hall has therefore existed for almost 50 years! But maybe there is light at the end of this “temporary” tunnel.
City reports state, “Jamboree Housing Corporation, a full-service real estate development company with more than 30 years of experience specializing in the construction, acquisition and management of affordable housing for low-income households, submitted plans to the city to demolish the existing city hall buildings and construct a new two-story city hall and an attached three-story, 50-unit affordable apartment building, which would be owned and maintained by Jamboree Housing.
In exchange for giving Jamboree Housing the right to build a town hall and apartment complex on town-owned property, there is no exchange of money. Jamboree builds its units and the town gets a new town hall.
Jamboree is a non-profit organization that has become a leader in community development. As the State of California continues to push municipalities to build more affordable housing, the need for this kind of cooperation between government and the private sector becomes more important. Jamboree not only addresses issues of affordable and low-cost housing, but also homelessness. All of their developments have people on hand to help those with mental and drug-related issues. And a certain percentage of their apartments go to veterans. Their business strategy “generates jobs, promotes healthy living and supportive housing”.
I always say everything has to do with San Juan Capistrano. And that’s true ! Roger Kinoshita, Business Development Manager of Jamboree, is the grandson/great-nephew of the Kinoshita brothers who farmed the area that is now the city’s ecological center and community center.
One of the saving features of the new city hall is that it does not have a council chamber, which is a space that is not continuously used. Council and meetings needed to meet in a chamber would move to the community center. The city would update the sound system, add a moving stage, and upgrade the Great Hall to accommodate more people than the current hall.
It all looks like a win-win for the city. But like all things in San Juan Capistrano, the process has only just begun. The commissions weigh in on all aspects of this new project. While the Design Review Board, Cultural Heritage Board, and Planning Board generally agree on the development, some concerns regarding parking and the design of City Hall, among others, need to be addressed. resolved. But the process is progressing. And hopefully it won’t take another 30 years to get a permanent town hall.
It’s your town. This will be your town hall. Spend a “moment in time” and let the city council know what you think of this changing project in San Juan Capistrano.
Monitoring: Whoops! Last month, I stopped walking tours of the city by San Juan Historical Guides. The guides meet every Sunday at 1 p.m. on the train platform, rue Verdugo. The one-hour walk through the historic district also visits the Adobe of Montanez. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 949.503.1632. You can also reach them at [email protected]
Jan Siegel was a resident of San Juan Capistrano for 33 years and now resides in nearby Rancho Mission Viejo. She served on the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission for 13 years, was a volunteer guide for the Friends of San Juan Capistrano Library Architectural Tour for 26 years, and is currently a museum curator for the San Juan Historical Society. Capistrano. She was named Woman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2005, Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the city’s Wall of Recognition in 2007.
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