A $70K crowdfunding campaign launched to repair sinkhole at Stone House

18208052_1487020181-5225_funddescriptionA $70,000 crowdfunding campaign has been launched to repair the giant sinkhole in the Stone House parking lot resulting from the recent rains.

“Nevada City, CA and surrounding communities have been eagerly awaiting the re-opening of The Stone House, a historic and beautifully remodeled Farm-To-Table restaurant/bar. This family friendly establishent has been under construction for months, employing local crafts people, artists, and construction crews. No detail has been overlooked in the restoration process, and many local and reclaimed items have been used.

“Just as the project was finishing, and preparing to open, the epic rains of 2017 came, and they didn’t stop. The parking lot of the building turned into a massive sinkhole, and unfortunately, neither the City nor the insurance policy covered the costs of the disaster.

“Please join us in helping to fix the sinkhole so thatThe Stone House can open!”

The link to the crowdfunding website is here.

(Photo: GoFundMe website for Stone House)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

15 thoughts on “A $70K crowdfunding campaign launched to repair sinkhole at Stone House”

  1. I don’t get it. Why should the public pay for repair of private property owned by an affluent individual? I can think of so many causes that could use my few dollars. I feel this way about crowd raising campaigns in general that benefit private enterprise although I personally will make an exception for Lefty’s since it is locally owned and has already been in business for some time. I’ve lived here many years and have seen that place flood at least three times .I think it was in 1997 that the deck broke apart and headed downstream. Maybe not such a great place for a restaurant although I’m sure we all agree on the loveliness of summer dining on the deck.

  2. Karla,
    You see this as a “public” v. “private” issue, and a “affluent individual” v. “locally owned” issue. Others see it as a community issue. To each his own, but we’ll make a modest donation to show our support. Like you, we enjoyed summer dining on the deck. We were happy to make a modest donation to Lefty’s too.

  3. Is there any accountability to Go Fund Me or Kickstarter type sites? Any oversight? Is there anyplace to go where these types of sites are compared or reviewed? I am sucker for people in need, but reluctant to carry the weight of businesses or homeowners who fail to be properly insured or who experience difficulties that are not entirely unexpected.

    Jeff- when does one use who versus that in sentences like my last one?

  4. I saw Mimi Simmons interviewed on a Sacramento TV station, and she said that the sink hole at the Stone House might have led to the flooding of her real estate office on the other corner. It ain’t over till it’s over.

  5. I’m surprised that the city isn’t responsible for the creeks all-round infrastructure even if it runs under “private” land. For the most part, Little Deer Creek flows though property that is owned by the city. Does it not? Who, years ago, was responsible for installing the original culvert under the parking lot in the 1st place?

    1. Heard through the grapevine that there used to be a gas station on that parking lot site. The owner at that time installed the culvert on his own without permits. The culvert previously failed closer to the creek and was repaired (without crowd funding, I believe).

      1. Brad:

        Yes, not sure and yes.

        Not sure if the original culvert was installed by the gas station owner or by the person who bought Smokey’s and created the parking lot for the Stone House. So it may well have been installed with appropriate permits. It’s been several years, but a look at the Stone House flat file upstairs at City Hall would likely provide an answer.

        And if you find a date when the work was done, you could check the planning commission minutes that relate to the parking lot approval. I remember that parking for the Stone House restoration was a big deal and that without buying Smokey’s and paving things over, there would not have been enough spaces to do what they did.

        And you’re right: There was a similar sinkhole there several years ago, about the same size as this one, and I don’t recall a fundraiser being organized to help pay for the problem.

      2. The culvert was installed by the person who bought Smokey’s old station and the Old Brewery. I believe it was originally installed without permits and with a much smaller culvert. It closed in the old creek channel that ran between the gas station and the Old Brewery. After it failed sending water over a foot deep through the Plaza, it was replaced with a larger culvert (which I think was permitted). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that unless they install a massive culvert, during storm events with high water flows in Little Deer Creek, the water will not fit in the culvert and will go over, under, around or through or whatever it has to do. They should just open up the creek channel again, put a footbridge over it and have parking on one side (or both without the rock wall blocking the old entrance). They might lose a few parking spaces but that’s better than another sink hole in 5-10 years.

  6. Out of curiosity, what is the difference between Grass Valley taking financial responsibility for their massive sinkhole (on private property) and Nevada City refusing to act like an adult? Other than the later being in the midst of fighting lawsuits and replacingn it’s coffers with only that of everyone’s new high-scaled water bill, it’s a known reality that the city’s largest demon is the huge cash flow deficet going out to both past and present city employees.

  7. Gail – Per the rumor mill, the GV sinkhole was created by failure of a municipal conduit, NV was privately installed. Interesting, but somewhat rough edged, pivot to some beef you have about payroll.

  8. Seems like the responsible party is the one who installed the inadequate culvert without permits. This probably wasn’t disclosed at the time of sale so the present owner might have a case. I’m sure he’s well aware and has his attorney on it.

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