Letter to Editor: Designation ups property values

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Regarding the article published on July 12 about the Big Gun Quarry being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, I would like to address some comments made by Scott Yuill. Mr. Yuill expressed concern about the possibility of this special designation diminishing the value of the property. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This special designation, in fact, makes the property more valuable in two ways. First, a 20 percent tax credit is available to anyone wishing to develop the property. Secondly, the designation is valuable in and of itself. Regarding Scott Yuill?s comment about the public not having any input into the decision, I would like to remind Mr. Yuill that I, as a 30-year resident, am ?the public.? The 500 citizens who signed the petition to save the quarry are also ?the public.? To quote Jay Correia, state historian III with the California Office of Historic Preservation, ?every step of the National Register process is done with public input.? Our vision for this property would be something similar to the Loomis Fruit Sheds, which were developed into a lovely nursery, restaurant and shopping area while preserving its rich historical past. People flock to this place from near and far. It is a thriving, beautiful oasis. The Big Gun Quarry could be the same. Carol Ellis, Rocklin