PIRU : Redevelopment Unit Considered for Area

Determined to rebuild Piru from the devastating Jan. 17 earthquake, Ventura County leaders are considering a special redevelopment agency that would grant loans and launch projects in the blighted area.

California law allows communities to create such agencies after a disaster and when they can demonstrate a need.

"I think we can definitely say Piru is blighted at this point," said Marty Robinson, the county's deputy chief administrative officer.

The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $15,000 for a study of the plan's feasibility. The study will be conducted by the Rosenow Spevacek Group Inc. of Santa Ana with money from the county's federal disaster aid.

"California redevelopment law allows a window of opportunity to create a redevelopment agency after a disaster," Supervisor Maggie Kildee wrote in a letter to her colleagues. "This agency could serve as a tool to assist in the economic recovery of Piru."

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