The county is recommending a proposal to sell the HEW building in Nevada City to Bill Litchfield Construction to build a 35-unit senior residential condo complex, as well as 175 residential condo units with “incidental” commercial and retail space on other portions of the property.
But there’s more: Litchfield is offering the county $95,000 for the vast property at 10433 Willow Road. That’s less than a $100,000 study performed three years ago about what to do with the abandoned space.
“Resolution accepting proposals for development of the county’s HEW property and directing staff to schedule a public hearing in furtherance of negotiating a sale of the property to Bill Litchfield Construction,” reads a memo about the plans.
The issue will be discussed at Tuesday’s county supervisor meeting.
Other proposals, in response to an RFP, include:
•Cascade Housing proposes new buildings with a total of 72 rental units in a “village-like” setting. It is offering the county $0 for the property.
•Tsi-Akim Maidu Corp. submitted a letter referencing their Feb. 12 letter requesting that the property be donated for a reservation for the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe.
The proposals were evaluated by a committee that included County Information Officer Steve Monaghan, Community Development Agency Director Steve DeCamp, Planning Directory Jory Stewart, Facilities Program Manager Tom Coburn and Nevada City Engineer William Falconi.
“The Committee found the Bill Litchfield Company proposal to be the preferred alternative and recommends that the county proceed toward negotiating the sale of the property to BLC for the proposed development,” the memo read.
If the board agrees, the county would issue a letter of intent to negotiate a sale of the property to Litchfield and hold a public hearing to consider the sale.
The $100,000 study estimated demolition at $2.25 million and renovation costs of $12 million to $13 million.
Exit question: Could the county courthouse suffer a similar fate if the state abandons it for a new courthouse at the Rood Center?
It’s time for our community to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.