Fontana’s idea for 1,100 acres hotly contested
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 05/25/2010 03:22:49 PM PDT

FONTANA – The fight between city leaders and some residents over adding 1,100 acres south of the 10 Freeway to the city’s redevelopment plans is scheduled to continue tonight at the City Council meeting.

The council is set to vote on resolutions paving the way for adding the area to the redevelopment plan for the Southwest Industrial Park Project Area, which was adopted in 1977 and has been amended eight times, with five of the eight amendments adding territory.

The affected area is south of the 10 Freeway and north of Jurupa Avenue, and is bound on the east by Sierra and Juniper avenues and Beech, Poplar and Catawba avenues to the west.

Some residents and business owners in the area say the plan would wreck their commerce and country lifestyle.

Although officials have met with property owners in the area to discuss the issues, some say it’s difficult to trust the city because of past dealings that included onerous code enforcement.

“The city verbally has said they want to work with us, but we’re a little bit skeptical,” said Greg Tonkinson, a landowner, resident and business owner for more than 20 years.

The city believes the plan would revitalize the area through commercial, industrial and residential development.

Officials estimate roughly $164 million in tax revenue could be generated from the area over 45 years.

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