The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation by the Gold Rush Gardens management team on Tuesday morning on how to utilize the 670 acre Jamestown Mine site.
Gold Rush Garden’s Inc., led by Vincent Estell of Modesto, is proposing that the property be used create a tourist destination similar to Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. The plan is to build tourist activities around acres of garden space, featuring native and non-native plants and trees.
Ron Kopf with the Gold Rush Garden’s management team was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.
Last April, outside entities were given 100 days to submit proposals to the county about the best use of the property. The Board of Supervisors stated that 50 percent of the final decision will be based on potential impact to the local economy, 30 percent on financial remuneration to the county (lease, rent, etc), and 20 percent will be based on the qualifications and strength of the proposal team.
300 acres of the mine site is owned by the county, and the remaining 370 acres are owned by two private citizens. The application allows for a cooperative approval process so that the county’s land and the private land can be used for a single project.
All of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisor meetings are streamed live on www.mymotherlode.com sponsored by Blue Mountain Minerals.
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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