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Junior college site picked between Aptos & Soquel
Junior college site picked between Aptos & Soquel
TitleJunior college site picked between Aptos & Soquel
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format11w x 17h inches
TextJUNIOR COLLEGE SITE PICKED BETWEEN APTOS AND SOQUEL 126-Acre Campus On Old Highway A 126-acre site for Cabrillo college between Aptos and Soquel was chosen Wednesday morning by the board of trustees. The property is south and east of the Salesian Catholic college and is divided by the old Santa Cruz highway. After two months of study, the 27-member citizens advisory committee unanimously recommended the site, known as the Porter Sesnon property. Seventy-eight acres of the site are on the north side of the old Santa Cruz highway, 48 on the south side between that road and the freeway. The sections will be linked by a footbridge over Old Santa Cruz highway. So far, the board has reached oral agreement on buying the property, an estate owned by several persons in San Francisco. Option to buy was being prepared for formal signing. No price was determined, although it was believed the land would run between $2, 000 and $3, 000 an acre. On suggestion of Robert Swenson, Cabrillo president, the board voted to appoint two appraisers —one from Watsonville and one from Santa Cruz—to appraise the property and report within a month. The board also voted to run a test well to assure adequate water supply for the site, although it was believed there is enough water available for the college. The property lies within the Santa Cruz high school district, and the Soquel elementary district. It adjoins Watsonville high school district and Aptos elementary district. The site is bounded on the west by Porter Gulch road on the north side of Old Santa Cruz highway. Between Old Santa Cruz highway and the freeway, the site is bounded on the west by New Brighton Road. It is bounded on the south by Borregas creek. The site is nine miles from Watsonville and eight miles from Santa Cruz. The board of trustees Wednesday morning decided to have the citizens advisory committee recommend the amount of a bond issue and the date of voting on it, for land purchase and building construction. Board chairman Keith Shaffer said he believes the bond issue should be placed on the primary ballot the first Tuesday in June and that some $5, 000 could be saved by not holding a special election. Trustee Carl Conelly, however, raised the question of whether the bond issue would be de-emphasized because of candidates on the ballot. Dr. Forrest Murdock, chairman of the citizens advisory committee, said his group will begin immediate study to determine how much the bond issue should be, and also recommend a date for holding the election. The board is running a little ahead of its timetable which called for site selection by Dec. 1. Master plan for the college program is to be finished by Feb. 1, and the bond issue will probably be presented for a vote in June. Working drawings, key plans and specifications should be ready by April 15, 1961, and bids are expected to be let two months later, according to the timetable. Barring unforeseen difficulties, the college plant should be finished and in use the fall semester of 1962. Dr. Murdock said plans call for the 48 acres south of Old Santa Cruz highway to be used for physical education and athletic events, along with student and faculty parking lots. The upper section would be used for the main campus. The citizens advisory committee considered seven sites and these were narrowed down to four, Murdock said. "We were told to choose a mid- county site and given certain specifications by the architects and board of trustees, " Dr. Murdock said. "This site came out with a No.1 rating after considering topography, location, accessibility, availability of water, costs of installing sewers, " he added. "It' almost in dead center." Other sites considered by the committee were the Waugaman ranch in the Rob Roy junction area, rated No. 3; the Valencia Creek-Polo Grounds property near Rio del Mar, rated No. 4 and the S & S ranch in the La Selva Beach area, rated No. 2. The board approved the site unanimously on motion of Joseph Chamberlain, seconded by Conelly. The board Wednesday briefly discussed the citizens committee meeting Tuesday night in which the site was discussed and newsmen were barred. Although the full board of trustees was present, none of them took part in the meeting, held at Garbini's restaurant in Soquel. Dr. Swenson said he had been told by the county counsel that no violation took place since the advisory group is not an official body.
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