Dorsey Marketplace applicant hosts walking tour on site |

Dorsey Marketplace applicant hosts walking tour on site

Dorsey Marketplace Project Representative Katy Schardt, left, leads a group of Grass Valley city officials and members of the public in an hour-long walking tour of the site in June 2016.
Teresa Yinmeng Liu/

Grass Valley City Council members, planning commissioners and members of the public gathered at the Dorsey Marketplace project site Tuesday morning for a special excursion.

“The purpose of the tour is to let council members, planning commissioners and members of the public see the property, and be on the property to see what it is that we are discussing,” said Project Representative Katy Schardt.

The hourlong expedition took attendees down a winding path around the 26.9-acre undeveloped property, located on the south side of Dorsey Drive. Attendees stopped at several focal points during the tour where the potential apartment complex, shopping center, and outdoor dining area will be located.

For some in attendance, the walking tour was an opportunity to gather a visual image of the mixed-use development. For others, it was a way to inquire about the history of the site and to understand the process of development.

The visitors were also given a view of the neighboring area and learned how the site connects to adjacent properties.

“It’s nice that we had a very good turnout,” said Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer, adding the walking tour helped him create a concrete overview of the site.

The property was the old site of the Spring Hill Mine, which closed in the late 1940s. All that remains today are fractured stone foundations and mud pits.

The cleanup of the mining site and the attendant contamination will be a prolonged process, Schardt said. The developers will initiate the cleanup after the project is approved by the city.

“We will continue to work with the city of Grass Valley,” Schardt said. “When we get to the point where we get an approved project, we will then put a timeline together to start the remediation plan for the site.”

Schardt said the developers are reviewing the comments that came out of the May 10 Development Review Committee meeting, which focused on the architectural design of the site plan. They will prepare a response to the city, which will discuss how they plan to address these comments.

“We are not yet ready to put pencil to paper and complete any revision,” said Schardt.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email or call 530-477-4236.

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