May 3, 2018 | Stories

Community to Benefit from Attorney General’s 400 Block Decision

Community to Benefit from Attorney General’s 400 Block Decision

After months of uncertainty, our State Attorney General affirms the City’s decision to allow development of a state-of-the-art philanthropic center in Downtown Hollister focused on our local nonprofits.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Xavier Becerra released his opinion that a voter-driven initiative that would have stalled this much-needed development in the heart of Downtown Hollister was invalid and could not proceed. The site of the philanthropic center, known as the “400 Block”, was the home of many businesses before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The Attorney General’s decision was a welcome resolution for the Community Foundation for San Benito County, the lead organization behind this center. “We would like to thank Attorney General Becerra and his staff for evaluating this initiative. We would also like to thank City Council Members and staff for staying the course and Assembly Member Anna Caballero for her leadership in carrying this local issue to Sacramento for clarification” said Gary Byrne, CFFSBC President/CEO. “We hope that we can now put this issue behind us and focus on the needs of our local nonprofits, and the entire community, who benefit tremendously from this project.”

This proposed project will revitalize an underdeveloped downtown. It would not be moving forward without the selfless support from a generous donor, who cares deeply and passionately about our community.