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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green decouple from Toluca Lake home

Actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, who are in the process of divorcing, have begun to unload their real estate assets. The estranged couple recently sold a home for $2.6 million in an off-market deal and put another on the market for $1.299 million.

On the sale side, Fox and Green parted ways with their ranch-style house in Toluca Lake that was originally part of an estate owned by crooner Bing Crosby.

Built in 1936 and remodeled in 2008, the home features raised ceilings with exposed beams, rows of skylights, a library and a rec room. A wall fireplace divides the open-plan living room and kitchen, which has a center island topped with Australian opal granite.

The master suite has his-and-hers bathrooms, a pair of walk-in closets and a lofted bonus area. There are four bedrooms and six bedrooms in 6,710 square feet of living space.

Outdoors, mature oaks and olive trees fill the 1-acre setting. A saltwater swimming pool, a spa, a fire pit and a 563-square-foot pool house with a kitchen are within the grounds.

They bought the house two years ago for $3.35 million, records show.

For sale in Sherman Oaks is a 2,500-square-foot home owned by the couple since 2012. The single-story Traditional has an open-plan great room, kitchen and dining area. A den/office, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room complete the floor plan.

A stacked-stone outdoor fireplace, a koi pond and a waterfall highlight the grounds.

Brenda Catalano of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the listing agent.

Fox, 29, is known for the “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” action films. She will reprise her role as April O’Neil in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” due out in June.

Green, 42, starred in the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” series. “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Anger Management” and “Desperate Housewives” are among his other TV credits.

A fashionable look in the Hills

Renowned fashion designer Bob Mackie has put his home of more than a decade in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $2.175 million.

The ranch-style house on a corner lot was built in 1962 and has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in more than 3,400 square feet of living space.

The home features a living room with a midcentury-style rock fireplace, a formal dining room with built-in shelves and an office. A burnt orange backsplash and island countertop lend pops of color to the eat-in kitchen.

One of two master suites has adjacent built-in bookshelves, a sitting area and French doors that open to a trellis-topped sitting area.

A patio patterned in herringbone brick, a swimming pool and drought-tolerant landscaping make up the one-third-acre grounds.

Mackie, 75, is a nine-time Emmy winner and three-time Oscar nominee who dressed such stars as Cher, Bette Midler, Judy Garland and Joan Rivers. He designed costumes for Carol Burnett on “The Carol Burnett Show” during its entire run, as well as its spinoff “Mama’s Family.”

He bought the house in 2005 for $1.695 million, records show.

Greg Harris of Compass and Michael Collins of Coldwell Banker share the listing.

He’s taken his act to a new address

Homes, girlfriends, groups, wet bars — there’s no keeping up with Joe Jonas these days.

The actor-singer of Jonas Brothers and DNCE fame has leased a home in Hollywood Hills West for $40,000 a month.

The Midcentury Modern house, built in 1962 and recently restored, retains its original vibe with a facade done in decorative concrete blocks, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and a circular living room with a hidden wet bar.

Other features include a two-way fireplace and a chef’s kitchen with a chrome-topped island. The master suite features a circular bathroom and soaking tub, for a total of three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,323 square feet.

A swimming pool, a raised deck and landscaping are within grounds of close to an acre. Expansive views take in the downtown cityscape.

Formerly owned by record producer Neil Norman, the house sold two years ago for $1.85 million. It is currently listed for sale at $4.595 million.

Carl Gambino and Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency hold the listing.

The 26-year-old musician formed the pop rock group DNCE last year and has released one extended play album, “SWAAY.” He previously fronted the Jonas Brothers, a band that included his brothers Nick and Kevin.

Breaking even and then some

Emmy-winning actress Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” fame has sold her home in Hollywood Hills for $2 million.

The remodeled Midcentury Modern house, built in 1965, captures Southern California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle with an atrium courtyard, a lounging deck and a black-bottom swimming pool and spa. Sliding glass doors bring the outside in.

Within the 2,447 square feet of open-plan space is a living/dining room with a corner fireplace, an updated kitchen with a center island and a family/media room with wall-to-wall bookshelves. High ceilings and walls of glass highlight the interior details.

The master suite has a walk-in closet and French doors that open to the pool. In all, there are five bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room.

Hedged by mature trees, the one-third-acre grounds contain patios, gardens and lawn. Views take in the Hollywood sign and surrounding areas.

Gunn, 47, twice won Emmys for her supporting role as Skyler White on “Breaking Bad.” Among her other television credits are “Deadwood,” “Criminal Minds” and the miniseries “Gracepoint.”

She bought the house more than a decade ago for $1.775 million.

Terry Canfield Schmidt of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties represented both sides of the transaction.

Desert digs with an Oscar pedigree

A former home of Edith Head, the Oscar-winning costume designer, has come on the market in Palm Springs for $849,000.

Found near the storied Movie Colony neighborhood, the updated 1950s Hacienda-style house is distinguished by its rustic Saltillo-tiled floors, beamed ceilings and an arched front entry.

Within the 2,200 square feet of space are open-area living and dining rooms, an updated kitchen, a breakfast area and an office/bonus room. Large picture windows invite natural light, and a fireplace with artistic tile adds a splash of color. Wood-framed glass doors bring the outdoors inside.

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Starchitect Kengo Kuma’s Ambitious Plans For The Portland Japanese Garden

Architecture critic Randy Gragg takes us on a tour through Kengo Kuma’s designs for the Japanese Garden and the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, as well as his past works.

State of Wonder is starting a new series focused on architecture, design and the changing face of the city with columnist-in-residence Randy Gragg.

Gragg is the executive director of the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape at the University of Oregon. He previously worked as the editor-in-chief at Portland Monthly and as the long-time architecture critic at the Oregonian.

For our first story together, we’re going to look at one of the most significant building projects going on in the city right now: the expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden.

It’s a $33.5 million project that will transform the garden from one of the leading facilities in the country into one of the leaders in the world. And it’s being speared by Kengo Kuma, perhaps the leading Japanese architect of his generation. Kuma recently won the right to design the stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Cultural Crossing, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon (2017)The Cultural Crossing village will deploy a gunkol plan, which translates into ldquo;the flying geeserdquo; mdash; the V formations of migrating birds.

Cultural Crossing, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon (2017)
The Cultural Crossing village will deploy a gunkol plan, which translates into “the flying geese” — the V formations of migrating birds.

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

“This Japanese garden is as beautiful as Japanese gardens in Japan,” Kuma told Gragg during a tour of the site. “More than that, it’s more unique, it’s more strong, because of the landscape.”

According to Kuma, Japanese gardens in Japan are usually built on flat land, which makes the undulating crest of the West Hills a striking feature, one he wanted to emphasize in his design for the garden’s expansion.

As Gragg pointed out, what the Japanese Garden has lacked is an entrance. Up until now, visitors have had to climb a winding hill path to a parking lot with an old gate. Kuma’s plan will build a gate at the base of the hill and then transform the parking lot at the top into a cultural village with a floating, cantilevered cafe hanging over the hill path.

“The landscaping and the architectures are connected in a unique way,” said Kuma. “From here people can see this cafe is floating on the hill. And between the two buildings the people can feel a kind of intimate village starts from here. Basically the idea for those new buildings is creating one village, not a big building. We divide the building into small pieces; we try to create the human scale in this village.”

Gragg will speak with Kuma and well-known Japanese architecture scholar Botond Bognar on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum. The main event is sold out, but there may be overflow seating. 

The Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave., will display “Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma,” a retrospective of the architect’s career, through Feb. 29. 

More Arts Life

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More OPB

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Police Add Warning To Refuge Roadblock

Stars and Starchitects: Todd Hanyes on ‘Carol’ and David Bowie, Kengo Kuma on the New Portland Japanese Garden

OPB | Feb. 06, 2016

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Home & Garden Show marks 44th year

More than 250 exhibitors at Event Center

The Home Builders Association of Lincoln continues a 44-year tradition beginning next week when the Nebraska Builders Home Garden Show comes to the Lancaster Event Center, 84th Havelock Ave.

Hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Saturday, Fb. 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

Admission is $8 per adult ($7 with a non-perishable item for the Food Bank of Lincoln), and children 12 and under are admitted free.

The show will feature more than 275 exhibitors. The Pavilion and Amy Arena at the Event Center will have great ideas for landscaping, decorating, remodeling or building a new home. The Show features the latest products for updating older homes, both for the do-it-yourselfer and for people who want to hire a professional. Many exhibitors are focusing on building and increased energy efficiencies. A list of exhibitors is available on HBAL’s web site at

This year’s show will feature Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener, who is rapidly becoming one of America’s best-known gardening authorities. He’s made ongoing television appearances as a gardening and landscape design expert on HGTV’s “TIPical MaryEllen” and PBS-TV’s “HOMETIME” plus speaking appearances at home, garden, and flower shows across America have placed Don in front of national audiences, and they like what they see. His humorous, opinionated work as a garden writer for national publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Northern Gardener, Garden, Deck Landscape, The Seattle Times and others has also garnered national attention.

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Growing turmeric at home

Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:30 am

Growing turmeric at home

By Bob Beyfuss
For Columbia-Greene Media

A few weeks ago, I was visiting some friends in Mexico and I noticed a rather mundane looking plant that they had growing in their front yard. These folks have beautiful, manicured gardens and almost everything they grow, from Plumeria to hibiscus and Datura, are very showy flowering plants.

I wondered what this nondescript little foliage plant was doing in their front garden, surrounded by much prettier plants. They told me it was turmeric and they used it occasionally in cooking. My hostess, Mimi, showed me a pile of freshly harvested rhizomes that looked a bit like fresh ginger roots, only smaller and with an orange tint, seemingly shining through translucent skin. I immediately recognized the roots as something I have seen for sale in Chinatown and in other Asian markets.

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Seasonal gardening tips for late winter

Lunch and Learn With the Masters

• WHEN: Noon-1 p.m. Monday

• WHERE: Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center

• PRICE: Free

• TOPIC: “Care of Roses” presented by Victoria County Master Gardener Jerome Janak. Bring your lunch.

Time to Prune

• Dormant trees, crepe myrtles – Prune mid- to late January

• Evergreen shrubs – Shear heavily in late January/early February

• Roses – Prune mid- to late February

• Perennials – Shear back in February

• Early spring bloomers – Wait until bloom, then prune what is needed

By late winter, most yards have been cleaned, leaves raked, shrubs and trees pruned, and it seems there is nothing to do but wait for warmer weather. My dream is to wake up the first day of spring and find my yard transformed into one of magical beauty. However, beautiful landscapes do not appear by magic nor are they the result of dreaming, but they are the product of a plan that has long-term results in mind.

Winter is a good time to study the overall design of your landscape and plan improvements that will create a more beautiful yard.

Reposition plants

Since most foliage has fallen, basic shapes are visible.

Have a design plan

Consider the design and placement of plants in the landscape and apply the same techniques as you would with the design and placement of furniture. Does it look like you had a plan or have you ended up with a haphazard effect?

Create a landscape painting

Look at your landscape as you would look at a painting. Is it artistic? Do you have a focal point and are your eyes drawn to that spot? Is the scale correct? Do you have a big house and small plants or a small house with large plants?

Have your plants outgrown their original space? Did you plant too close to the foundation and now find shrubbery and vines doing a “Little Shop of Horrors” act? Any “yes” answer requires digging and moving or pruning.

Reshape trees, shrubs

Once everything is positioned correctly, work on proper shaping. Without leaves obscuring the branches, it is easier to see natural forms.

Reshape smaller trees

Large, mature trees are difficult to reshape, but the smaller ones can still be trained. Prune branches growing at too narrow an angle. Cut lower branches for the first few years before they get too large. A tree grows from the top and the lower branches must be removed to raise the canopy.

Consider mature shrub height

Shrubs should be planted and pruned with consideration of their mature height. If you want a small plant, plant one that will be small at maturity. If you try to make a large plant small, it will be constant work, and the plant will always look a bit awkward. Do you really want to work that hard?

Consider natural shape of plant

Consider the form and natural shape of the plant when choosing one. A yaupon will never develop into a graceful flowing shape and a crepe myrtle will never become a bonsai specimen. Prune weeping or arching forms sparingly. An example of inept shaping is crepe myrtles that are severely pruned without regard to their natural form.

Revitalize the soil

Rich soil is the key to any lush garden. Organic matter matters. Add compost from commercial vendors or use compost created from fallen leaves and grass clippings. It will loosen and add vital nutrients to the soil.

Check or install an irrigation system

Is yours ready for spring or are repairs needed? Evaluate how evenly your existing distribution of water is – and make adjustments. Or if you do not have one, consider having a system installed. For most of us, this is not a do-it-yourself job. Costs can run into the low thousands, but the efficiency and convenience are worth the cost. Since our soil doesn’t freeze, work can be done now while contractors are more available.

More winter activities

There are various other seasonal gardening tips for this time of year.

Plant citrus; check with local professionals for best varieties

If your green thumb is beginning to ache and you must have your planting fix, now is the optimum time to plant citrus.

Remove leaves from lawns to keep from harming grasses

Leaves pack down and suffocate both Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses instead of protecting from cold weather.

Treat weeds when temperatures are more than 55 degrees

Weeds are easier to treat when at a young stage. Even if you don’t see them, they are likely already there.

Continue to water lawns, beds

Though they don’t need weekly watering, lawns and beds need some irrigation this time of year. This will also provide water for birds and squirrels.

Prepare for late freeze

Have protective covering ready for unexpected blasts of cold weather late in the season.

A gardener’s work is never done. There is always something to plan for – even in winter. Making a blueprint now will help insure a beautiful yard later.

The Gardeners’ Dirt is written by members of the Victoria County Master Gardener Association, an educational outreach of Texas AM AgriLife Extension – Victoria County. Mail your questions in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901; or


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More money saving tips for the budget garden

You can never save enough money in the garden. It’s such an expensive hobby. Sure, the actual vegetables are free. Still, it’s not exactly free to grow them, is it? Still there are ways to get around that. Here’s a few more ideas you might like:

Use empty soup cans with the tops and bottoms removed as budget friendly seedling protectors. Insert these free garden helpers partially into the planting hole prior to planting seeds. The protruding part will protect the growing seedling.

Glass jars serve as natural greenhouses for starter pants that need protection. Place them upside down over smaller plants. They double as hail protection in the spring monsoon season too.

Kitty litter buckets make wonderful bucket gardens. Placing them inside your raised beds saves soil without compromising garden space. Keep a few of these on hand for hail protection too. Inverting them over plants takes just a few seconds when a storm rolls in.

If you’re not a coffee drinker but want free grounds for garden compost, collect grounds from the work coffee pot. Just bring in a lidded container with a note attached and place it next to the coffee pot. Some coffee houses also give away free grounds.

Old pantyhose are great for making free green manure tea fertilizer. Just fill the legs with garden compost. Dunk up and down in a bucket of water. This budget fertilizer drink is great for plants.

You can also use pantyhose to store onions. Just fill them up, one onion at a time, knotting in between. Hang them in a cool, dry place.

Don’t want to bring garden dirt inside? Just slip a bar of soap into the cut off leg of an old pair of hose. Tie your free budget “soap on a rope” to the outside garden water tap. It’s great for washing and scrubbing mud caked gardening hands.

Got an old laundry tub hanging around? Attach your garden hose to it for an outdoor garden sink. Use it to wash mud and insects from produce before bringing it in the house.

Laundry tubs make great planters too. They already have drainage!

A discarded or broken kiddie pool or plastic tub makes a free container garden. Just poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage and you’re good to go. You can bury it up to the rim if you’re concerned with appearances.

You should never discard anything in the home or garden until it has outlived its usefulness or can’t be used for another purpose. You just never know when it might save you a dollar or two!

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Visitors swap plant tips, shop vendors at Home and Garden Show

The 28th annual Home and Garden Show attracted visitors Friday to the Pine Bluff Convention Center for educational seminars, exhibits and vendors.

Hosted by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission and the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, the show continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the convention center.

The show expanded to two days this year to accommodate vendors who are coming from far away, master gardener Lloyd Wessels said. He expects 1,500 people to visit the show between Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for admittance.

The master gardeners teach children how to plant and harvest, Wessels said. The show is an annual fundraising event that supports area youth and community garden education programs.

Kathy Ross and Sharon Bearden admired quilts in the hallway of the convention center. Ross said she loves to garden and likes to learn about quilts.

“I’ve always wanted to come and I’ve heard about it for years,” Ross said.

Bearden came to the show several years ago and had not planned to return this year until Ross invited her on Friday morning. Bearden said she wants to learn about gardening too.

“This is much better than staying home,” Bearden said.

Sue Womack and Cindy Barszczewski belong to an organization called Stitching Together and were also admiring the quilts. They welcomed the displays of quilts so other people could appreciate their handiwork.

Womack said many people think needlework is a dead art but that is simply false.

“We wanted to promote community spirit and let people show things they are proud of,” Barszczewski said. “So many homes have items that children might not know exist.”

Womack and Barszczewski bragged on their friend Mildred Morgan, who made a lampshade by hand. Morgan smiled at other people who were admiring her lampshade.

Womack and Barszczewski said Morgan also crafted a quilt by hand and entered it into a competition elsewhere but the judges thought it must have been made by a machine.

“I wanted to see needlework and there is a lot to look at,” Morgan said of why came to the Home and Garden Show Friday.

Visitors shopped from vendors and spoke with representatives of organizations who provided information about gardening topics.

Timothy Wallace, chief executive officer of Wallace Flowers and Gifts, took part in the show to be part of the community. He was pleased with the number of visitors who had arrived during the first two hours Friday and looked forward to a larger crowd in the afternoon.

“This is my first year at the Home and Garden Show,” Wallace said. “We are a full-service florist. You name it, we have it.”

Yong Park, an entomologist and apiculturist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, gave a lecture about backyard beehives. Park said bees do not want to sting people but will do so when they sense their hive is being threatened.

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Chichester garden designer is named national award winner

A CHICHESTER garden designer has been named the joint winner of a prestigious national award.

On Friday, January 29, David Loy was presented with the Future Designers Award by the Society of Garden Designers at an award ceremony held at the Landmark Hotel in London. This event was attended by 400 people from the industry.

David, along with his wife Sarah Loy, set up Your Garden Design three years ago.

Your Garden Design is a Chichester based business which offers a bespoke design, consultancy and build service.

The Future Designers award recognises David’s work on The West House, a large contemporary garden located near Chichester.

Commending David’s work, judges said that The West House’s garden was beautifully build and well cared for, and shows that David has the skills to master a complex site.

David said: “To receive this accolade and be recognised as ‘one to watch’ in the world of Garden Design has been a real confidence boost.”

For more information about Your Garden Design, telephone 01243 532915, visit, or email

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Big things in store for the little park in Esperance

Esperance Park today remains largely unimproved with the exception of the baseball field in the northeast corner. The paved area in the foreground, purchased from the Edmonds School District in January, expanded the park to 9.2 acres. (Photo courtesy Google Earth)
Esperance Park today remains largely unimproved with the exception of the baseball field in the northeast corner. The paved area in the foreground, purchased from the Edmonds School District in January, expanded the park to 9.2 acres. (Photo courtesy Google Earth)

Esperance, the small unincorporated neighborhood in the southeast corner of Edmonds, is about to get some long overdue respect as Snohomish County officials descend on Esperance Park for a Feb. 27 ribbon-cutting ceremony signaling the start of major park improvements.

Formerly owned by the Edmonds School District, 6.2 acres of the 9.6 acre property at 80th Avenue West and 224th Street Southwest were declared surplus in the late 1980s and slated to be sold for housing development (the district retained 3.4 acres in the extreme southwest corner).

But thanks to the efforts of a community activist group, The Action Council for Esperance (ACE), the county instead acquired the site for a community park. But with the exception of a few benches and picnic tables, a play structure, a volleyball court, and a 2009 upgrade to the baseball field, the park has remained largely unimproved since that time. While it is enjoyed by many for sports, dog walks, a playground and other outdoor activities, use of the park has been limited by the lack of parking and other amenities.

The existing baseball field will be improved, adding 25 additional feet of outfield.
The existing baseball field will be improved, adding 25 additional feet of outfield. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

Now all that is about to change.

After several years of discussion and negotiation, and thanks to funding from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures program, a grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, and several other sources, on Jan. 28 the county closed a deal with the school district to purchase the remaining 3.4 acres.

“This purchase feels less like an addition to the park but rather that we’re making it whole,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright. “Esperance Park is a true asset to the county park system.”

But a larger park is just the beginning.

The existing play structure and picnic benches will be reconfigured and relocated to provide better access from the parking area and conform to ADA requirements.
The existing play structure and picnic benches will be reconfigured and relocated to provide better access from the parking area and conform to ADA requirements.

Since 2014, in anticipation of the purchase, the county has worked with stakeholders and the public to gather input and ideas for park improvement. Suggestions include accessible walking paths, an off-leash dog area, a pea patch community garden, expanded playground and parking areas, woodland trails, native landscaping and more.

“We’re still working to finalize the master plan for Esperance Park,” said Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks Director. “We’ll be posting updates to the project website as they happen.”

The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park on Feb. 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright are scheduled to attend.

More information is available at the project website and at the Esperance Park homepage.

— By Larry Vogel

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Another community meeting planned for Durham – Chico Enterprise

Durham Another community meeting is planned in Durham to continue discussing local issues, including the Durham Villas housing project and the idea of a community association.

Organized by Butte County Supervisor Steve Lambert, who represents Durham, the meeting will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Durham Memorial Hall, 9319 Midway.

A community meeting was called in January by the county when questions arose about the Dollar General store scheduled for construction in Durham.

Attendees also wanted more information about the proposed subdivision and Lambert agreed to host another meeting. The planned development covers a 118-acre parcel, in almond orchards and residences, on the south side of the Durham-Dayton Highway, across the street from Van Ness Way. As proposed 67 acres of the property would stay in almond production.

According to the county’s website on the project the site is zoned very low density residential. The project proposes 139 new single-family dwelling, a commercial site, a neighborhood park, community center, landscaping and permanent open space.

At the January meeting, focusing on Dollar General, residents complained about lack of representation, and residents asked for more information about Durham projects and more voice in decisions.

Two ideas coming out of the January meeting included formation of a casual committee that could meet with Lambert, or a more formal municipal advisory council that would be formed through the board of supervisors and require more communication between Durham and the county.

According to Tina Blenn, Lambert’s assistance, the reason for the meeting is “to have a good, open communication for Supervisor Lambert and the residents of District 4.”

Reservations are not needed to attend the meeting.

Contact reporter Laura Urseny at 896-7756.

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