Camarillo: City Council sells old courthouse for $1

by Logan McFadden

The Camarillo City Council met on Wednesday, December 10th. The Council unanimously approved the Purchase and Development Agreement with the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) for reuse of the Old Courthouse building located on Ventura Blvd. VCTC will pay the City $1.00 contingent upon constructing improvements or constructing a new building on the 1.1 acre site. VCTC’s President told the Council that $3.5 million has been set aside for re-construction. The upgrades are expected to take 24 months to complete. Initially VCTC expects to occupy 50% of the space and lease out 50% to professional and administrative tenants. Over time VCTC may grow from the current 20 employees to 40 employees and take 100% of the space. The City will retain ownership of the adjacent parking lot and will work out a sharing agreement which is expected to provide parking for the building tenants from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday – Friday. The City and VCTC will each spend approximately $75,000 to upgrade the parking lot. This re-development project will improve the City and its economic outlook.

Old Camarillo Courthouse built 1965 on Ventura Blvd.

Old Camarillo Courthouse built 1965 on Ventura Blvd.












The Council approved an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement setting parameters for formal negotiations for development of the Cedar Oak Mixed Use project in Old Town Camarillo. The Agreement will be executed by the City Manager and Ventura Investment Co. and KL Associates, LLC. The project will consist of 22 units of moderate-income housing and 6,000 square feet of retail space. Councilmember Kevin Kildee emphasized that adequate parking will be a major consideration.

The Friends of the Camarillo Library presented the City with a $200,000 donation for the Camarillo Public Library. The Friends is an all-volunteer group which runs a book store to raise funds. Over several years, the Friends have donated over $2.7 million to the Library. The Council approved a professional services agreement with CWA AIA, Inc. for architecture design services, not to exceed $67,300, for a room addition and enclosure of an existing area in the Young Adults section of the Library.

The Council adopted a Resolution authorizing the commencement of eminent domain proceedings to acquire the easements necessary for the construction of the Santa Rosa Widening Project. The Resolution of Necessity provides for the acquisition of 10,595 square feet of permanent easement and 9,824 square feet of temporary construction easement on the residential property located at 6529 Santa Rosa Road, a primary arterial street. The property owner’s attorney requested a re-design of the improvements to provide a “pocket” in the median strip which would allow the owner to turn left onto Santa Rosa when exiting the property. The current design requires that the owner turn right and drive some distance to make a U-turn. The Council directed staff to have further discussions with the owner.

The Council approved the 2015 City Council Meeting Schedule and the 2015 Annual Events Calendar which includes holidays and major Council conferences. The next meeting of the City Council will be January 14, 2015. City Hall is located at 601 Carmen Drive.

Logan McFadden is a city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo. He volunteers for the Heritage Action Sentinel team and serves as the AMAC Delegate to the 26th Congressional District and a Convention of States District Captain.

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