Tentative purchase of potential Marin flood detention site costs $3.8 million

Tentative purchase of potential Marin flood detention site costs $3.8 million By: Richard Halstead (rhalstead@marinij.com) POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – 12:00 a.m. UPDATED: A DAY AGO A closed sign hangs at the entrance to the former growing grounds for Sunnyside Nursery in Fairfax in this photo taken in April. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) County supervisors Tuesday tentatively approved the $3.8 million purchase of the former Sunnyside Nursery growing grounds in Fairfax to help stave off flooding in the region. Completion of the deal is contingent on soil tests to verify the site is suitable for use as a flood detention basin. “As early as this week, we’re going to mobilize a drilling rig on the site and do some soil borings,” said Anthony Williams, a civil engineer with county public works. The county has up to 45 days to complete its investigation and finalize the deal if it wants to avoid losing a $38,000 deposit. County engineers also will be checking the area for hazardous materials. “We were so lucky this property came on the market,” said Supervisor Katie Rice. “I see this as an amazing opportunity. David Nolen Swaim Owner Tam Realty Inc DRE-1070789 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 415-710-5504 www.tamrealty.com

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