Another delay in Nevada City’s Sugarloaf Mountain acquisition |

Another delay in Nevada City’s Sugarloaf Mountain acquisition

A critical court hearing for Nevada City’s Sugarloaf Mountain acquisition has been pushed back, further hurting the city’s chance of buying the 30-acre hilltop property as open space.

A probate hearing scheduled for last Friday was continued to Nov. 5, even closer to the spring deadline by which the city must use or lose $379,000 in Prop. 40 park and recreation grant funds from the state.

Plan B is moving forward. If the Sugarloaf purchase falls through, the city will apply the hundreds of thousands of dollars to other projects -first of which is an expansion of the railroad museum.

Nevada City officials want to finish any of the alternate projects by the end of the calendar year, to have paperwork in order by the state’s March deadline.

The property is jointly owned by an LLC and the heirs of Archibald Mull; a probate hearing is required to approve the sale among the various owners.

Owners are willing to sell, and the probate matter is a technicality, Sugarloaf Properties, LLC manager Kriss Halpern has said.

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