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Public invited to weigh in on plans for Gavilan facility in San Benito County

Jan. 26 meeting in downtown Hollister will discuss proposals at former Leatherback site and land near Ridgemark

The public is invited to weigh in on potential San Benito County options for Gavilan College educational facilities development during a 5:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. The college's Ad Hoc Educational Site Committee is hosting the meeting.

Among the discussion items will be an exclusive negotiating agreement between the city of Hollister and TTI Developers (Ted and Ty Intravia), which proposes a two-story, 25,000-square-foot building for use by Gavilan College on the former Leatherback property on McCray Street. The city's former Redevelopment Agency purchased that land, demolished the buildings, and abated environmental issues there and has been trying to find a developer for it for a number of years.

Hollister City Manager William Avera is scheduled to be at the meeting to discuss the proposal and TTI Developers have been invited as well.

Next on the agenda will be Bruce Lewis, general manager at Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, who will discuss new owner John Wynn’s desire to focus his resources to help establish a base of international students attending Gavilan College at the Fairview Corners site — property owned by Gavilan across Airline Highway from the country club. Lewis is scheduled to discuss the college’s use of various Ridgemark facilities on an interim and long-term basis. 

A representative from Leal Vineyards is scheduled to attend the meeting to discuss setting up a hospitality or culinary arts program at their facilities in the area.

Molly Long, vice president and general counsel with Dividend Homes has been invited to discuss with the committee current and future plans for development of homes and a Gavilan College campus at the Fairview Corners site.

Last on the agenda will be an update on the Coyote Valley Phase 1 Educational Center and the move there by the South Bay Regional Public Safety Consortium.

BenitoLink Staff