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Purpose of the Commission
The purpose of the Redevelopment Agency under California Redevelopment Law was to remove blight. Generally, the definition includes, but is not limited to, physical deterioration, lack of economic vitality, increase of negative social trends such as crime, aging infrastructure (i.e., street lighting) and high business vacancies. These blighting factors could be addressed and resolved by forming redevelopment project areas within the City and by investing the property tax increment generated by the development activity back into the project areas.

Commerce used redevelopment tools to address the myriad of issues including:
  • Unsafe and unhealthy building conditions caused by long-term deterioration
  • Economic decline
  • Inadequate and aging infrastructure in commercial / industrial districts

The Commerce Community Development Commission adopted the four project areas between 1974 and 1998 to address blighting conditions within the City. Learn more about the project areas.