REDDING, Calif. - The Redding City Council is moving forward with consideration of a proposal to sell major riverfront landmarks, including the Civic Auditorium and Turtle Bay.
Council members decided to hold several public workshops on the controversial proposal.
Before making their decision, the council listened to over 16 different public speakers on potentially selling the property.
Those speakers included populous co-owner Michael Lockwood, who is one of the potential buyers.
While he and the McConnell foundation gave pitches to the council to develop the riverfront property with restaurants and liveable spaces, many came forward to show their displeasure with the area being considered for sale.
“Think long-term, don't immediately just say ‘ok, we're going to sell this off and maybe make something that looks like the San Antonio River Walk,’” said Robert Trygar, who lives in Redding. “That doesn't work for me. I want to go see it, it's part of my bucket list tour, but right here in this part of the world, leave it the way it is.”
David Ledger, the president of the Shasta Environmental Alliance, also brought up how the suggested plan could ruin the riverfront ecosystem.
“Every town doesn't have to have a Disneyland,” said Mrjy Cantrell of Redding.
While the decision tonight postponed a future sale, much of the public opinion tonight favored the city keeping the riverfront property.
The future workshops will have presentations from the developers on their plans and information about the process the city would have to go through in a potential sale.
The council will receive a schedule of those workshops at the next city council meeting on Oct. 5.