City to acquire property for homeless shelter, open space

Santa Clarita City Hall

Santa Clarita is looking to add six acres of property to its portfolio at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

One of those acres is to be added to the homeless shelter property on Drayton Street, which the council agreed to turn over to local nonprofit Bridge to Home at the Sept. 26 meeting.

This extra acre will provide the homeless shelter with needed additional space adjacent to their current property, according to Assistant to the City Manager Jerrid McKenna.

“They’re in need of more space than the current property allows,” McKenna said.

Before the additional property can be transferred to the homeless nonprofit, the city will buy it from the private property owner, who the city would not disclose, first. Council is set to approve the purchase for $511,000.

The city will then go into escrow and be able to turn over the property to Bridge to Home early next year, McKenna estimates.

Additionally, the council will be accepting a donation of five acres of open space, bringing the Santa Clarita Valley’s total open space acreage to 9,319.

“The donation of the real property will enhance the city’s continuous efforts to preserve open space and provide additional recreational opportunities for residents,” the council agenda reads.  

The property, located adjacent to the city’s existing Golden Valley Ranch Regional Open Space and north of Placerita Canyon Road and west of Nadeau Motorway, is being donated by Bob and Wendy Stevenson.

“This is a family that wants to help contribute to open space inventory,” Assistant City Manager Frank Oviedo said. “We can’t thank them enough for providing land that generations of Santa Clarita residents will enjoy.”

For property improvements, including signs, gates and trailhead construction, the council will also approve $30,000 from the Open Space Preservation District Fund.

Santa Clarita residents can start using the space in a matter of months after escrow closes, Oviedo said.

This open space acquisition is one of the last orchestrated before Director of Recreation, Community Services, Arts and Open Space Rick Gould retires, Oviedo noted.

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