TURLOCK NOW: $400,000 in park fees to be returned

04/08/2013 6:04 PM

04/08/2013 6:06 PM

The City of Turlock is poised to give back $400,000 in park land fees to the developer of the land for the yet-to-be-developed Ten Pin Fun Center bowling alley.

The city council will vote today to reimburse $267,197 in Neighborhood Park Land Fees and $133,599 in Community Park Land Fees to Genesis Family Enterprises. The give back is the result of rezoning the the property at the corner of W. Monte Vista Avenue and Crowell Road.

In 2005 the land was deemed “High Density Residential” zoning on the subdivision map and Modesto-based Genesis Family Enterprises paid the associated neighborhood and community park land fees.

But in December 2010 the city council voted to rezone the area as “Planned Development.” Non-residential properties do not pay park land fees.

In the two years since funding has fallen through for the proposed center which developers planned to have 34-bowling lane, an arcade, a sports bar and grill, a laser tag area and outdoor bocce ball courts. At the time developer Jim Theis said the center would be open by early 2012 and bring in 70 jobs.

Work has yet to begin on Ten Pin Fun Center and the land near California State University, Stanislaus has sat largely vacant since. In February the Turlock Planning Commission approved the first development on the parcel since, a Prime Shine Car Wash. The car wash will be on an outlying portion of the complex.

The city and Planning Commission both still hope the bowling center can find financing and move forward. But until then, the rezoned property is waiting for its development to come. And the city will spend some $400,000 from its Park Development Tax funds to reimburse developers.

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