SUISUN CITY — The city may have to find a new home for its community garden as the economy picks up. That’s because it is located on vacant and developable land near Lotz and Port ways.
Suisun City Councilwoman Jane Day said earlier this month that city staff should start looking for another place for the community garden.
Day said that with the improving economy, “there is a good chance that something will be built” on the garden’s present home and that she does not want to lose what has been a popular place for residents to tend small gardens. There have been no proposals for development of the site.
“It is a good part of our city,” Day said.
The garden was established several years ago and has been a quietly popular program, with 80 plots that residents can rent to grow vegetables and flowers with the help of city-supplied water.
“It has worked very well. The public likes it and we have had very few problems,” said Mick Jessop, Suisun City’s director of recreation and community services. He said the biggest problem has been dealing with weeds around the border of the garden area.
It will be up to city staff to look for either a new permanent or temporary home for the garden to be held in reserve in case a proposal for development comes up for the present garden’s site, Jessop said.
The last time the city looked at alternative garden sites, most of the good sites they identified were on land owned by the city’s redevelopment agency. With the redevelopment agency gone, who will own those sites is in question.
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