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Newsfront - October 26, 2007

Builder buys options on Danville orchard

Developer plans residential and commercial use off Camino Ramon near Fostoria

by Jordan M. Doronila

A developer has purchased the option rights to buy nearly half of the last walnut orchard in Danville.

Developer Sid Corrie has the option to buy seven acres on the northern side of Armand Borel's 16-acre orchard on Camino Ramon, across from Costco. He purchased for an undisclosed amount the option in June 2004, and it runs through June 2009, Corrie said. No other buyer can acquire the acres within this time frame except for Corrie.

If he decides to use his option, Corrie plans to develop the land for residential and commercial use. His company, Corrie Development Corp., is located in Dublin.

Corrie is scheduled to appear at the Danville Town Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6.

"He is interested in coming to the town and (giving a presentation) of how he could develop the property under the considerations of the General Plan," said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo.

Corrie also has the right of first refusal on the remainder of Borel's property. This means if Borel decides to sell his the remainder of his acres, Corrie has the right to buy it first.

Borel noted his land is in Danville, but he has a San Ramon mailing address. He said he is OK with the deals.

"I guess," he said.

Many developers have asked Borel, 78, about buying his land.

His mother owned the orchard since 1945, and his family harvested walnuts in the fall and sold them to a food distributor. The ranch had horses, and tractors in the barn are now more than 50 years old.

Still, after decades, his orchard has continued producing, despite his physical disabilities. Borel has hired someone who tends to his orchard and continues harvesting walnuts.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@Danvilleweekly.com

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