The Santa Cruz county Board of Supervisors held a meeting late yesterday afternoon to vote on approval of the final Aptos Village map. Yesterday’s meeting was reportedly well attended by vocal and spirited opponents of the plan, but nevertheless, the board of supervisors did unanimously vote approval of the final map, as had been widely anticipated. The Aptos Village Redevelopment project is moving forward.
A meeting was held on Wednesday morning at Cantine Wine Pub in the Aptos Village Square shopping center, to update local merchants on the plans for construction. Presenters included Mary Gourlay from Barry Swenson Builder, Jack Sohriakoff (a senior traffic engineer with Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works), and Patrick Mulhearn, aide to Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend. An audio copy of the conversation is embedded here for those who would like to hear about some of the construction details that were shared at today’s meeting.
Audio Recording of the Merchant’s Meeting
Barry Swenson Builder now plans to actually break ground on the project within the next several weeks – before the end of the year. Phase 1 will include erecting security fencing, building the pads where the historic Hihn Apple Barn will be moved, and cutting the interior roads for Aptos Village. While there will be several phases of construction, both by Barry Swenson Builder and the Santa Cruz county department of Public Works, it is expected that the new Aptos Village will begin to receive its first occupants within the next two years.