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PUC Wins Lawsuit Clearing Way for Land Sale


The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College won a legal case that allows the institution to sell its land to a new developer. This comes after legal wrangling with a previous developer after the Angwin land sale fell through. According to the Register:

[Developer] Curt Johansen, had been partnering with PUC for years until a disagreement in 2012 lead the college to break off negotiations. The unhappy developer, operating under the name Sustainable Community Partners (SCP), filed suit to hamper the sale of PUC land to another developer.


The college argued that its opponent’s arguments were not valid, and last week the court decided in favor of the college. The finding will remove a major obstacle to a sale to another developer, still unidentified.


Johansen was the first developer to propose a major project in Angwin after the PUC Board of Trustees decided in late 2002 to sell hundreds of acres in Angwin. He was the front man for a Seattle developer (Triad corporation) which proposed 580 housing units in Angwin. The college was ecstatic over the prospect.


Opposition by County leaders and Save Rural Angwin forced the defeat of that plan and a subsequent reduced proposal for 380 units, but the college and SCP continued working together on concepts until their fall-out.

See previous articles from Spectrum on the sale here, here and here.

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