Peter Paden, executive director for the Columbia Land Conservancy, addressed the Board of Supervisors County Government Committee on Tuesday night, presenting CLC's proposal for the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area, a plan that would create a network of trails around the base of the capped landfill to connect North Bay to the Greenport Conservation Area and conservation areas farther north along the river. Joe Gentile reports on the meeting in today's Register-Star: "County supervisors look at proposed North Bay recreation area."
An element to be considered in any plan to make the North Bay a recreation and natural area is the presence of the industrial building that was once the Emsig button factory and most recently and briefly the location of Phoenix Hudson, which was supposed to manufacture plastic fencing. At the meeting, Gallatin supervisor John Reilly is reported to have asked Paden if the project could be approached "from both conservationist and commercial angles." Gentile reports that "Paden could not account for the principal property owner's plans." According to LoopNet.com, the building is currently for sale for $1 million.
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