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Stephen Kessler | Questions for Cynthia Mathews and city leaders

By Stephen Kessler | Santa Cruz Sentinel August 13, 2022 at 7:00 a.m.

"On the council’s agenda, set by the mayor, for Aug. 9, in closed session, was an item concerning the possible purchase by the city of a piece of property owned in part by Mathews. It’s a beautifully restored Victorian with a big magnolia in front, currently a six-unit (residential-commercial) apartment building adjacent to City Hall. I can’t help wondering whether these apartments are “affordable housing” — an important selling point for Mathews’ favorite development project, the mixed-use housing-library-parking complex intended for Lot 4 — or market rate.

The appearance of this item on the City Council agenda raises a number of questions that I hope one of the above-named officials, or Mathews herself, will answer with a response on this page."

Stephen Kessler’s column appears on Saturdays.

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