The on-again off-again on-again business park proposal returns, with scanty detail
By Roberta Millstein
The proposed Mace Ranch Innovation Center (MRIC) is back, now reborn as the Aggie Research Campus (ARC).
In Spring 2016, the developers of the proposed MRIC decided to put the project on hold, citing “higher than expected costs” and a less-than-promising economic analysis. This was actually the second hold on the project, the developers having suspended the project once before, then having brought it back, then having suspended it again.
When the proposal was suspended for the second time, some City analysis had been done, but some commissions were still in the process of analyzing the proposal, such as the Finance and Budget Commission, the Natural Resources Commission, and the Open Space and Habitat Commission (as I noted in a letter to the editor in the Enterprise after the first hold).
Now as UCD and DJUSD let out for summer vacations, the developers have returned to request that the City resume processing their application. See the following letter addressed to the members of the Davis City Council: