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McClatchy-Tribune  08/24/2014 2:23 PM ET
Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.. Buzz on the Street column [Redding Record Searchlight, Calif. :: ]

Aug. 24--REDDING, California -- City Manager Jeff Kiser told me last week that things are happening in Anderson.

Maybe so.

A proposal to build an Arco gas station-minimart and Dutch Bros. Coffee kiosk will come before the city's Planning Commission on Sept. 8. The project would be built on the southwest corner of Pleasant Hills Drive and Highway 273 near the Walmart Supercenter shopping center, known as Anderson Marketplace.

It would be Anderson's first Arco and first Dutch Bros., which already has six locations in Redding and one in Palo Cedro. The retail corner also would feature a carwash and room for maybe a restaurant.

Sahota Enterprises of Redding is the project's applicant.

A phone message left at Sahota's office last week was not returned. Chris Resner, who co-owns the Dutch Bros. franchise in Redding, also did not return a phone message.

Meanwhile, around the same area in Anderson, work has started on a new Tractor Supply -- also a first for the city -- that is expected to open in March. Tractor Supply has a store in Redding, across from the Record Searchlight on the corner of Mountain View and Constitution.

The Tractor Supply in Anderson is on Marx Way north of Walmart near the Ace Hardware store.

"We are hoping this is the beginning of some synergy," Kiser said. "Certainly, we are a development friendly city, if you will, our fees are priced right and we like to see businesses come to town and bring meaningful employment."

But while the area around the Walmart Supercenter might be bustling with new development, the Shasta Outlets discount mall off Interstate 5 remains a tough sell.

The outdoor shopping center, anchored by Valley 11 Cinemas and Mary's Pizza Shack, still has large swaths of vacant space.

WILL CHAMBER ENDORSE?

In November, voters will decide whether the city of Redding's sales tax should go up a quarter-cent to fund public safety.

Measure F is on the ballot thanks to the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce. The business advocacy group polled its members last spring on whether they would support a countywide half-cent sales tax hike to pay for more cops on the street. About 20 percent, or 186, of the chamber's 940 members responded and two-thirds of the respondents thought it was a good idea.

The results of that survey received much media attention and really started the discussion on whether a tax increase was needed to fight crime in the area.

So does the chamber favor Measure F?

We still don't know.

The chamber's board took up the subject last week but failed to come to a consensus.

Chairman Tony Jaegel told me there are still questions about whether there currently is money available in the city's budget to help law enforcement. In other words, is a tax increase the last resort? Board members also want to better understand how the funding will be used to get the best results.

The board will meet again Sept. 3, at which time members will query a panel, including Mayor Rick Bosetti, for answers, Jaegel said.

Bottom line, though, Jaegel assured me that the chamber will take a position on Measure F.

"I think we owe that to our membership," he said.

Stay tuned.

'O Christmas tree'

Will this be the year Redding's Christmas tree moves from the top of the downtown parking lot to the Market Street Promenade?

It doesn't sound like it.

To refresh, Viva Downtown in 2012 announced plans for the move. But Viva Executive Director John Truitt said last December that the project was taking longer than expected. Plans had to be revised and the cost to do the job had changed.

I asked Truitt last week if that tree was finally going to light up the Promenade.

Truitt told me the Christmas tree project is kind of like the "downtown family's" trip to Tahiti. It's something they have planned for and want to do, "but then something breaks, or something else suddenly comes up."

Like getting Union Pacific to do something about its rail yard in downtown Redding. Truitt said his organization is very committed at this point to seeing that project come to fruition.

So where does that leave the tree?

"That is still on our wish list; it is going to happen," Truitt said, "but right now there are a couple of things that have moved in front of it. It took us 15 years to get the roof off the mall, but we did it."

Like Truitt said, maybe Santa Claus will swoop down on downtown this year and deliver that tree to the Promenade.

Reporter David Benda can be reached at 225-8219 or dbenda@redding.com. He's on Facebook, and on Twitter @DavidBenda_RS.

 

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