Monterey County

Vacant Salinas building up for discussion again

Business associations, consultants plan to share concerns

SALINAS, Calif. - Several professional consultants, hired by the community organization called, "Save Our Local Economy," will share new information at a meeting Thursday about Monterey County's possible acquisition of a vacant Salinas property.

The Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Oldtown Salinas Association and Salinas United Business Association teamed up to hold the public information meeting after the county made the announcement several weeks ago.

Business leaders plan to share preliminary concerns about this potential move.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 6:45pm in the Rotunda in front of the City Hall of Salinas, 200 Lincoln Ave. 

"There are a lot of questions that need to be addressed with this possible acquisition," said Jose Martínez-Saldaña, SUBA's Executive Director in a news release Wednesday. "The de facto creation of a County government center in this location will affect local businesses and residents in many ways.  We're urging the County to slow down and look at these concerns."

Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Farmer added, "We don't believe the necessary due diligence for this game-changing move has been done yet.  Our community can't afford to wait or to accept the County's decision without doing analyses of our own."

Because of that, SOLE has funded a series of studies including the overall economic impact on Salinas and the County, a traffic impact analysis and more. 

There will also be time for members of the public to ask questions to better understand how this acquisition could affect them.

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