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Sacramento to clean up homeless site as part of property sale

On Thursday, the city announced that it had entered into a lease agreement with a local group interested in the property located on Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After the threat of a potential lawsuit by Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento announced plans to sell property at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue where a large homeless site is located.

According to the city, the move means the homeless site on the property will have to be vacated beginning Monday, April 11.

On Thursday, the city announced it had entered into a lease agreement with a local group that expressed interest in the property located at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue.

“The city has entered into a lease agreement with this group and expects to transfer ownership to them by mid-April once certain requirements are met,” Deputy City Manager Chris Conlin wrote in a blog posted to a city website.

Conlin says the lease is conditional on closing the property and repairing damage to the city’s water, irrigation and sewer systems.

This repair work should begin on Monday, April 11. As a result of this work involving heavy equipment, Conlin says the city’s public works department “will have to designate the property as a work zone and require the property to be vacated for safety reasons.”

According to Conlin, the City and County of Sacramento worked together to provide outreach and support services to homeless people at the Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue encampment.

Conlin says employees of the city’s Community Response Department have visited the encampment about 60 times.

“Along with our counterparts in Sacramento County, we will continue to communicate to those camping there not only about available services, but also about a change in status with this property,” Conlin wrote in the blog post.

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