Dorsey Marketplace garners response from residents at open house
The applicant of the Dorsey Marketplace project received a lot of nods from residents of the community at a Wednesday open house organized by the project team to offer a better understanding of the history, the city review process, as well as the architectural plan of the multi-use development.
“The purpose of the open house is to provide an informal venue for the public to view the project,” said project representative Katy Schardt. “People talk to me about their experience in Grass Valley, and how this project will fit in with their experience; they will tell me what kind of tenants they want to see.”
The Wednesday event took place from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. It was in the form of an exhibit, with multiple tables set up at corners of a room while attendees mingled and asked questions. It saw more than 100 participants in a little more an hour after it started, said Schardt.
Douglas Sowell, owner of Ernie’s Van & Storage on Spring Hill Drive, said he is supportive of the project because it offers a recreational area for families to enjoy.
“After looking at the artistic rendering in the room and the visual video, I think it lends itself to the Gold Rush era,” Sowell said. “It sits in the right spot; blends itself in,” he added.
Shelly Covert, the secretary for the Nevada City Rancheria, was also among those who attended the open house.
“We want to keep an eye on the project and weigh in on what is good for Nevada County,” Covert said. “Personally, I can’t help but feel a little excited about the project.”
Covert said she has spoken with Schardt about the opportunities to set up communicative art sand depictions about the Nisenan at Dorsey Marketplace, adding that she hopes to see the applicant create a nice design for the project.
“We have seen a lot of clear-cutting when development happens,” Covert said.
Also sharing an enthusiastic response was Jeffrey Philpott, who works near the site.
“I think it will be a great use of the space, somewhere I can go for shopping and lunch,” he said.
Philpott said he hasn’t tuned in to the debate on social media about the potential impact the project will bring to the local economic scene.
“I don’t want it to be Roseville here,” Philpott said, “but as more people are moving here, more housing (needs) are inevitable.”
Dave Koslosky, a resident of Grass Valley for 41 years, said he has concerns about the project’s impact on the economy and environment.
“I live less than a quarter of a mile from the project,” said Koslosky. “I’m trying to remain open-minded.”
“I question the need of a mall structure, when malls are closing down in the U.S.,” Koslosky said.
Koslov also questioned the environmental impact the project will bring to Grass Valley, adding, “My questions will be better addressed by the Environmental Impact Report.”
Schardt said there is no plan for a second open house at this point, but she will consider organizing another if she sees public interest.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236
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