Site of a multi-use center proposed at Brookside Avenue and Eureka Street.

The site of the Redlands City Center is where Safety Hall and a county courthouse once stood.

The Redlands City Council on Tuesday approved an application by Vantage One Real Estate Investments, requesting the proposed mixed-use project on vacant properties (former Safety Hall and San Bernardino County Superior Court site) at 212 and 216 Brookside Avenue is exempt from the provisions of Measure U.

Councilman Paul Foster was the only dissenting vote.

“I don’t believe staff is interpreting the language correctly,” he said.

“I have doubts whether this is legally correct and appropriate. I think it puts the city at risk.”

The City Council unanimously passed a second application by Vantage One Real Estate Investments, requesting the proposed 149-unit multi-family development project at the northeast corner of Eureka Street and Redlands Boulevard is exempt from Measure U.

“I will support this exemption because this site does qualify for it regardless,” said Foster.