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City hosts workshop to discuss Westside Revitalization Plan
A workshop to discuss the Westside Revitalization Plan will be hosted by the Turlock City Council at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. - photo by Journal file photo
The community will have a chance to learn more about a Westside Revitalization Plan and share their opinions about the project during a special city council meeting on Thursday.
The Turlock City Council will be reviewing the concept for the Westside Revitalization Plan that was prepared by city staff at the behest of Vice Mayor Andrew Nosrati and Councilman Gil Esquer. Both men see the plan as a method to address the homeless issue in Turlock, particularly on the westside of town.
“(The document) looks not just at immediate mitigation factors, but a 10-year plan on how to change a part of our community that has been most neglected and most affected by homelessness and the blight from it and crime,” Nosrati said in a previous interview with the Journal.
The primary component of the plan is to identify and secure multiple sites for homeless mitigation efforts. It would include a spot to be used as a tent city for about nine months before transitioning into a tiny home community of about 10 homes. The third prong of the plan calls for the creation of the First Street Homeless Intervention Center. This new center would have a social worker and health care worker and offer workforce training and personal finance support. The site would also be used to provide services like showers, laundry, and some storage.
The plan also has a beautification and quality of life improvement components that would include graffiti abatement, trash pickup, walking/biking path, improved lighting, installing cameras and launching neighborhood watch programs. There are also suggestions of a community garden and public art projects.
The workshop to discuss the Westside Revitalization Plan will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Because of COVID-19, the meeting is not physically open to the public, but is available via streaming.  The meeting will be streamed on the City of Turlock website at and broadcasted on Spectrum Channel 2. Members of the public may also participate in the meeting by clicking on the meeting link at or access the zoom website at Webinar ID: 849 2462 9186  or join by telephone at 669-900-6833 Webinar ID: 849 2462 9186.

The plan can be viewed in its entirety at