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City irked by Nelles bid lag

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Mayor Greg Nordbak on Thursday accused the state of stalling the city’s appeal hearing on the purchase of the Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility property. Meanwhile, the state Department of General Services is moving forward with a plan to sell the property. It has set a March 24 deadline for bids and a minimum price of $106.6 million – the same amount at which it appraised the property. Yet no hearing has been held more than two months after Whittier appealed the state’s rejection of its $83 million offer for the now-vacant 75-acre site that was closed in May 2004 after 104 years of service. The city’s offer was rejected in December. “Where’s our due process?,” Nordbak asked. “We’ve got a closing date, but we haven’t had a hearing,” Nordbak said. “I think they’re hoping we just drop \ and go away. They’re doing a pretty good job of dragging their feet.” Matt Bender, spokesman for the state Department of General Services, said he didn’t know why the hearing hasn’t been held or even scheduled. “We have asked the Public Works Board to schedule a hearing,” Bender said. “We don’t schedule these hearings,” Bender said. “All I can say is that the Department of General Services is as eager to resolve this issue as the city is.” Whittier had partnered with a development team of Brookfield Homes, Lewis Group of Companies and Germania Corporation. Dave Bartlett, vice president of entitlements for Brookfield Homes, said his group intended to bid for the property. But they won’t be meeting the state’s minimum bid, Bartlett said. “We can’t make it work at that price,” Bartlett said. “We’ve already come to that conclusion.” Bender said only bids that meet the state’s minimum will be considered. “That was our appraisal of the property as developed,” he said of the minimum price of $106.6 million. But Nordbak said he believes the minimum bid could mean the state gets no bids. “There’s possibly $5 million in cleanup there and the city will control the entitlements,” he said. City Manager Steve Helvey said Whittier’s $83 million figure was arrived at by diligent study of the property by the city and the development team. “We even supplemented the developer’s money with a potential for us to financially participate,” Helvey said. “We think it’s the highest number that can be justified based on the use of the site.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

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