Barn demolition talks heat up
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Nov 27, 2013 | 1357 views | 3 3 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
slideshow
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
slideshow
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
slideshow
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
The Polo Ranch barn. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
slideshow
At its Wednesday, Nov. 20 meeting, the Scotts Valley City Council voted to wait 60 days before making a decision regarding the fate of the Polo Ranch barn.

Located near the former Borland site on Santas Village Road, the barn sits on a 113-acre site owned by Lennar Homes — which has designs on constructing new single-family homes on a portion of that land.

The barn, a Scotts Valley landmark which dates back more than 70 years, has been derelict for years despite sporadic efforts to restore it. The barn was designed by influential Bay Area architect William Wurster.

The developer has offered the city $1 million in exchange for allowing the barn to be demolished.

At the Nov. 20 meeting, several proponents of preserving the barn voiced their protests.

City Manager Steve Ando said that during the 60 days, city officials will meet with the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, representatives from the Scotts Valley Historical Society, and “anyone else who wants to participate” to discuss, with Lennar, alternatives to demolition.
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For the schools
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December 02, 2013
Take the money but not for the general fund. The City Council will just waste it. Have the developer donate the funds to the Scotts Valley middle or high school instead.
Anonamous
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December 02, 2013
Great idea, but if Lennar donates to SVUSD, they'll get an income tax deduction. How about $2 million to SVUSD instead?

FutureformyKids
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December 01, 2013
I've worked in Scotts Valley for 15 years and lived here a good portion of that time. This is the first I've ever even heard about the Barn. If this were such a landmark and important historical artifact for the history of Scotts Valley, it's sure pretty obscure. I'm more interested in supporting the future of the city for my family and kids, and if that means taking the cash to knock down some derelict building that nobody has cared enough to take care of aleady, then I'm all for it.... take the $$$!


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