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Council Vote Allows Lennar Homes to Demolish Polo Ranch Buildings

In a unanimous decision, the Scotts Valley City Council voted Wednesday night to allow developer Lennar Homes to demolish the deteriorated Polo Ranch buildings in exchange for a $1 million payout to the city.

City of Scotts Valley seal
City of Scotts Valley seal
The lure of a million dollar credit to the city bank account was enough to convince the Scotts Valley City Council Wednesday night to give a homebuilder tentative permission to demolish the buildings of Polo Ranch.

Developer Lennar Homes has been given to permission to demolish the Polo Ranch buildings in exchange for a $1 million payout to Scotts Valley.

However, reports the Press-Banner, the council and Lennar Homes agreed to delay any demolition for approximately a month in order to reach out to the Pasatiempo Golf Course to gauge interest in relocating the barn there.


Peggy Edwards January 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM
The City Council's decision to demolish the Polo Barn brings to mind the last two lines of Robert Burn's poem, Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation: Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame, Fareweel our ancient glory; Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name, Sae fam'd in martial story. Now Sark rins over Solway sands, An' Tweed rins to the ocean, To mark where England's province stands- Such a parcel of rogues in a nation! What force or guile could not subdue, Thro' many warlike ages, Is wrought now by a coward few, For hireling traitor's wages. The English stell we could disdain, Secure in valour's station; But English gold has been our bane- Such a parcel of rogues in a nation! O would, or I had seen the day That Treason thus could sell us, My auld grey head had lien in clay, Wi' Bruce and loyal Wallace! But pith and power, till my last hour, I'll mak this declaration; We're bought and sold for English gold- Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
Diane Bianconi McNiel January 18, 2014 at 01:40 PM
These kinds of decisions are terrible ones to have make in this day and age but totally feel the City Council made the right decision. To keep the barn would have cost millions of dollars to rebuild so people could even go inside and a small park be built let alone the monies to maintain it. The State took away all RDA monies the City is struggling to main the buildings, parks and other City owned properties and cannot afford to keep a barn that can't be used. Very few people even know about the barn and it should have moved many years ago before this even came up for discussion. The money will be better spent helping to maintain parks and schools that are so badly in need of maintainence & repair. Hopefully Pasatiempo where it belongs and will be seen will take it on!!!! A permanent memorial of the history can be developed in a location that more people can enjoy our history where they already go to. I do believe the City Council did there best on this decision and remain financially thinking of our future.

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