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EQUAL HOUSINGOPPORTUNITYLic.# 5472013560000127879LIVING HERE COMMUNITIES: TULARELIVING HERE May 21, 2009| 47By Mike Hazelwoodmhazelwo@ visalia. gannett. comHere's a look at some of theprojects that have made bignews in Tulare's economicand development landscape. MOTOR SPORTS COMPLEX: A 711- acre motor sports complex — complete with a racing oval, dragstrip, hotels, condos, shopping and more — was first publicly proposed for southernTulare in 2006. Since then, there has been no short- age of controversy, with supporters lov- ing the idea of tax and employmentbenefits and opponents hating the ideaof added pollution and a scale thatseems unfeasible. Proposed by a team led by Fresno- area developer Bud Long, the TulareMotor Sports Complex has receivedapproval by the Tulare City Council, andannexation has been approved for theproject. But, as of press time, the deal wasstuck on the sale of the land ( which isadjacent to the International Agri- Cen- ter, home of the world's largest agricul- tural trade show in Tulare each Febru- ary). The deal was also facing a lawsuitfrom an environmental group thatbelieves the complex would cause toomuch air pollution and noise. GRADE SEPARATIONSTulare was founded along a railroadthat still today divides the town eastand west. That has always been a prob- lem since most emergency facilities areon the east side of town — and a longtrain can be a safety concern because itwould keep west side residents fromthose facilities. But after decades of trying, Tulareofficials last year finally secured fundingfor overpasses and underpasses. With construction expected to startby 2010, the plans include an overpassat Cartmill Avenue ( in north Tulare) andan underpass at Bardsley Avenue ( insouth Tulare). RAILROAD TRACKS City officials don't only want to buildover and under Tulare's railroad, theywant to build commercial propertyalong them. Work from the Tulare RedevelopmentAgency has brought new businessesalong the railroad, as well as a neededstorm basin to help Tulare's waterneeds. And new businesses, including a gro- cery store, are planned along the rail- road soon, alleviating what had beendesolate eyesores for decades. Projects proposed inTulare include motorsports complexRon HolmanA motorist crosses train tracks on Cartmill Avenue just west of J Street in Tulare. City officials hope to begin work on the Cartmill Avenue overpass in September2010. H

Barbara Summers CRS2008 Realtor of the Year559.280.86050000128254barbarasummers. netWhether you are a fi rst time buyer or an experienced investor, I will work together with you to fi nd the " Right" property. Call me today, I would love to meet and help you with the process. living here SPORTSADULT LEAGUESVISALIA RECREATION DIVISION, adultsports, 713- 4508iSpring, summer, and fall mixedleaguesiFall women's soccer leagueiYear- round co- ed volleyball leaguesiASA softball umpires cliniciSpring, summer and fall adult soft- ball leaguesiYear- round men's basketball leagueiFall adult kick- ball leagueTULARE RECREATION DEPARTMENT, 684- 4310, www. tulareparksandrec. com/ communi- ty/ adultservices. htmiMen's basketballiMen's volleyballiMen's and mixed softballSEMI- PRO FOOTBALLiCentral Valley Outlaws, seasonbegins every March, coach AlexJimenez, 802- 7850 or alex@ centralvalleyoutlaws. comSWIMMINGiMt. Whitney Community Pool, Mt. Whitney High School, 900 S. Conyer, VisaliaiRedwood Community Pool, Red- wood High School, 1001 W. Main, VisaliaiGolden West Community Pool, Gold- en West High School, 1717 N. McAuliff, VisaliaRECREATION CENTERSiVisalia Northside Boxing Club, ArturoAlafa, 737- 9873iTulare Athletic Boxing Club, 905- 8933iVisalia Senior Center, 310 N. LocustSt., 713- 4381iManuel F. Hernandez CommunityCenter, 247 W. Ferguson Ave., Visalia, 713- 4374GOLFiValley Oaks Golf Course, 1800 S. Plaza Drive, Visalia, 651- 1441iVisalia Country Club ( Private), 625Ranch Road, Visalia, 734- 3733iTulare Golf Course, 5320 S. LaspinaSt., Tulare, 686- 5300iExeter Public Golf Course, 510 W. Visalia Road, Exeter, 592- 4783iLindsay Municipal Golf Course, 801N. Elmwood Ave., 562- 5544iWoodlake Ranch Golf Course, 21730Avenue 332, 564- 1503iRidge Creek Golf Club, 3018 RidgeCreek Drive, DinubaiRiver Island Country Club ( Private), 31989 River Island Drive, Porterville, 784- 9425 iThree Rivers Golf Course, 4117 SierraDrive, 561- 3133iPorterville Municipal Golf Course, 702 E. Isham Ave., 784- 9468James M. MohsKylie McKay and Nathan Lowder hold on to the pool wall as they do the " spider crawl" tothe ladder. Michael AlvarezFrom left, Frank Gonzalez and Israel " Easy" Morales listen to Tulare Thunderbirdscoach Henry Torres during a game in 2008 against the Sequoia Bark Sales. City leagues, recreation48| May 21, 2009| LIVING HERE