Supervisors to reconsider West Park project
by PI Staff
Aug 16, 2012 | 1058 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stanislaus County officials had yet to see any part of a $2.75 million deposit for the PCCP West Park project as of Wednesday, Aug. 15 — 36 days after the developer promised to deliver it.

As a result of the missed deadline, county supervisors are slated to vote during their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21, on whether to continue the county’s contract with West Park developer Gerry Kamilos.

The agenda for the meeting will be finalized Friday, Aug. 17, but Supervisor Jim DeMartini said Tuesday that he received confirmation from Stanislaus County CEO Monica Nino that supervisors would vote on the matter.

Since 2007, the county has worked exclusively with Kamilos to develop the former U.S. Navy airfield in Crows Landing into an industrial park containing an inland rail hub with connections to the Port of Oakland.

Though Kamilos’ vision changed over time, the most recent rendition would entail building a 2,930-acre industrial park on and around the 1,528-acre airfield, most of which is owned by the county. The industrial park would include a 250-acre solar energy facility and a 157-acre inland port and could provide 13,000 permanent jobs, according to Kamilos.

Supervisors twice granted Kamilos extensions when he missed key deadlines for West Park’s environmental impact report, once in March 2011 and again in June. He promised in June to have the report completed by Jan. 31.

The developer has said the delays resulted from a failed environmental lawsuit by the city of Patterson and from the downturn in the economy, including complications stemming from the collapse of West Park’s former primary financial backer, Lehman Bros.

Supervisors gave Kamilos the most recent seven-month project extension based in part on the promise that the county would receive a deposit of $2.75 million by July 10 to pay for environmental studies and an airport land-use plan.

Nino warned Kamilos in a July 11 letter that he would be in breach of contract if he did not deliver the money to the county treasury by the end of that day, and that the county could terminate its contract with the developer “for cause” after a 30-day wait.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first time supervisors have gathered since the 30-day waiting period ended Aug. 9.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the board’s basement chambers at 1010 10th St. in Modesto.

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