BriarPatch market breaks ground |

BriarPatch market breaks ground

Nevada County’s first private, commercial building to be certified in the use sustainable construction materials broke ground today on a hill in Grass Valley.

Construction starts tomorrow for the BriarPatch Co-op, which is scheduled to open in one year at the roundabout on Sierra College Drive.

About 100 co-op supporters gathered for a ceremony in which builders and Mayor Gerard Tassone participated.

The plans for the store have been certified by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Construction will include fixtures and landscaping that reduce water and electricity consumption. Many materials have recycled content, are sourced regionally, sustainably harvested or emit small amounts of toxic gases.

The opening comes 30 years after the cooperatively run market first opened with about 200 members as a food-buying club in an unheated warehouse near the Nevada County Airport.

The store will move from its current location on Joerschke Drive into the planned 13,000 square-foot building. The new store will continue its focus on natural and certified organic goods, and include a deli, hot prepared foods and seating, and fresh meat and fish.

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