It has been the opinion of some that having an extended institutional reminiscence of residing in St. Helena is nugatory. This brings to thoughts a well-known quote: “Those that don’t know the previous are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana.
Town owned property of 5.8 acres subsequent to the library grew to become a battle subject in 1993 when Safeway proposed a brand new mega retailer there. Vehement native opposition made them withdraw their proposal. Town designated the property as ag land. In November 1995 a brand new proposal for “St. Helena Village Sq.” included one other mega grocery retailer. The opposition group “Residents for St. Helena” fashioned and the battle continued till 2000, when the proposal was dropped.
In October 2000, town council reached settlement to purchase the property for $3 million, paying $1 million out of Normal Fund reserves and financing the remainder utilizing metropolis corridor as collateral. The residents applauded this transfer as a result of the promise was the property would serve the neighborhood.
In January 2001, residents have been invited to a neighborhood assembly to debate a want checklist for makes use of. Recommendations included a brand new metropolis corridor, police division, performing arts heart, inexpensive housing, household useful resource heart, neighborhood heart, sports activities subject and farmers market. The Boys & Ladies Membership needed to construct a brand new facility there.
In a Feb. 8, 2001 editorial the St. Helena Star wrote that the various group got here to an vital settlement: we need to see the property serve the neighborhood with multi-use functions. The property ought to be a gathering place encouraging range and preserving open house the place the great thing about the valley is loved.