We’re Making Progress!
There’s good news regarding both property acquisitions now being sought by BVAS. The California Wildlife Conservation Board has advanced the proposed purchase of the 3.5-acre Buena Vista Lagoon parcel for funding. Following review and approval of the property appraisal by the State Department of General Services, the project would be placed on the WCB agenda for final funding. This final step is expected to take place at the WCB meeting in November, with escrow to close by yearend. With respect to the 31-acre parcel adjacent to the San Luis Rey River, WCB is currently still reviewing the proposal. The project was recommended for approval by local staff, and WCB is expected to advance this project for funding as well, possibly within the next month or so. A review and approval of the appraisal by the State would then follow, before the project would be returned to WCB for final funding. If all goes as expected, this acquisition would close escrow during the first quarter of 2016.
The wonderful support received by BVAS from its membership and the community at large has been a tremendous help in advancing these acquisitions through the State funding process. BVAS continues to seek funds to support the acquisitions and help meet future expenses associated with the restoration and on-going management of these properties. If you haven’t yet made your donation and become a member of the Ridgway’s Rail Society, please consider joining now. There’s still time for you to become a part of this historic effort to help preserve the natural heritage of our community!