Russell King and his family have been long time residents and business owners in Grass Valley. They are seeking the approval of the City of Grass Valley to build a 4,000 sq. ft. two story commercial building on their 851 Sutton Way property. CABPRO’s board of directors and staff believe that the King’s have the right to pursue their project even though some oppose it because it will increase competition to surrounding businesses in the area. America was built upon the pursuit of free enterprise, entrepreneurship and the healthy spirit of competition.
On Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 PM the City of Grass Valley Planning Commission will be meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall (125 East Main Street, Lower Level) during which time King’s application to add the new two-story building will be reviewed.
Russell King provided the following “key points” regarding the project at 851 Sutton Way after being interviewed by CABPRO staff:
• The project is a small 4,041 SF, two-story, mixed use commercial project with the downstairs use as retail (small sandwich and juice shops) and the two upstairs units for either office or live-work type residential units.
• The architecture is in keeping with the City of Grass Valley’s mining era style.
• This project is an in-fill development which is an example of good stewardship of property and resources in that it is making use of existing land and infrastructure that is currently underutilized.
• This project will have less environmental impact compared to a similar project on a brand new site which would typically require new road and utility construction to serve it. This results in a project with a smaller carbon footprint.
• Our tenants are existing local members of the community who are also trying to make a living in our local economy, not some large out of town corporation.
• This project will help get local construction people back to work.
• We are pursuing fundamental American principles of free enterprise, competition, and entrepreneurship.
• Customers like to have choices and competition helps us all provide better services to our customers.
• The King family, including my grandfather, father, uncle and myself, have over the past 44 years, owned and operated four businesses and multiple commercial buildings and properties in Grass Valley starting in 1964. These businesses have provided construction, service, recreation, entertainment, and engineering and have brought millions of dollars into the local economy. We have always enjoyed a good working relationship with the City over the years.
For more information on the 851 Sutton project go to the following links:
An article, “Restaurant owners vow to battle new competition” appeared in The Union newspaper on January 27, 2009.
The February 17 City of Grass Valley Planning Commission meeting agenda .
The City of Grass Valley Staff Report Recommendations.
Please voice your support of the King’s right to develop their 851 Sutton Way property by attending Tuesday’s Planning Commission Meeting but if you cannot attend then please contact the Commissioner’s: Rey Johnson, Chairperson, Jason Fouyer, Kateri Harrison, Patti Ingram and Daniel Swartzendruber by telephone ((530) 274-4330) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)