The government turned down a pre-loan application for $1.1 million for California Organics that would have cleared the way for the organic grocery store to relocate to Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, owner Chris Kysar told me on Tuesday.
Cal Organics will pursue other options, however, including other loans and private investments, Chris said. Though he said the project was on “life support,” he wasn’t throwing in the towel. It has been a long and frustrating experience.
The long-awaited plan is expected to help revitalize the downtown. The organic grocery store is going to be an anchor building in the historic district that once was the site of a furniture and a hardware store.
We depend on our elected officials, such as our Congressmen Tom McClintock and the Rood Center, to help get the ball across the goal line in instances like this. A letter from Cal Organics to McClintock is here.
We are dependent on economic-development loans and grants to help stimulate business in our rural area.
I’m continuing to root for Chris. We just bought a fresh hunk of halibut at his store for dinner last week.
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