Oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the North State, says Oroville Mayor

Oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the North State, according to the city's mayor, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 10:11 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 10:11 PM

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oroville could be the next fastest growing city in the north state, according to the city's mayor, but it doesn't come without its challenges. action news now reporter laura eng went to oroville tonight to learn more. mayor: everything is lining up, this is a very strong economy. oroville mayor chuck reynolds says his city is on its way to becoming the fastest growing city in the north state. mayor: if that's what it takes to take care of our citizens, then yes we're going to have to become the fastest growing city. he says the strong economy, along with plenty of job opportunities in the city lay down the foundation for the growth. mayor: we had a budget of $13 million and now we are over $18 million. but the big challenge oroville is facing is the housing shortage. the city grew from 19-thousand to 23-thousand people overnight from the camp fire. teachers, lawyers, county workers, department workers, department heads... they have no housing. laura: all of these houses you see just off of oro dam boulevard did not exist before the camp fire. the city of oroville issued 58 building permits in this area alone to meet the housing needs. camp fire survivor nancy panattoni is still settling into her new home in oroville. we lost everything. my husband, there was two motorcycles in the garage, his truck, everything was gone. for months panattoni and her husband searched for a house in the oroville market. anything, a motel was even hard to find because of the influx of people that came into oroville as well as chico. she's watched the city grow over the past nine months and she says that's what makes her excited to stay. coming here and shopping here and meeting the people here, people want to work. laura: currently, the mayor of oroville says there are 10 housing projects underway in different stages of development. reporting in oroville, laura eng, action news now. of those 10 housing projects laura mentioned, the mayor said 500 households will be added to oroville when they're finished. ###
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