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College narrows search

August 24, 2007

Yuba Community College District officials have narrowed their search to three sites for the new Sutter County facility.

The final possibilities are near Highway 99 and Eager Road, at East Onstott Frontage Road and Highway 99 or at Colusa Highway and Royo Ranchero Road.

The new Yuba College site would include district offices and about 15 classrooms.

It will be a long process to get the building up and running, said district spokesman Adrian Lopez.

After reducing the number of possible sites from 12, the district will let consulting firm Eckbo, Dean, Austin and Williams Inc. check the three sites to determine which is the most appropriate for the district’s needs.

Once the final site is chosen, there are environmental hurdles to clear and infrastructure worries.

With all of these concerns, the earliest the facility could open is 2010, Lopez said.

The people behind the scenes of this project have been working hard since funding for the $31 million project was approved with Measure J in the November 2006 election.

Careful consideration was given to make sure the location didn’t cause a massive amount of traffic congestion while still being accessible to residents in the area by bike, bus or car, Lopez said.

Also considered was the safety of the land in terms of earthquakes and floods, pesticides used in the area and potential eyesores that could damage the learning environment, Lopez said.

• Aztec property: 15 to 20 acres near or adjacent to Highway 99 at Eager Road.

• Basrai property: 15 acres at East Onstott Frontage Road at Highway 99, near Eager Road off-ramp.

• Meagher and Tomlinson property: 19 acres at Colusa Road and Royo Ranchero Road

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