Two Loomis titans team up
The Train Depot in downtown Loomis Tuesday night was packed as new council members were sworn in and staff announced the teaming up of two of the town’s most successful businesses.
Item 10 on Tuesday night’s Town Council agenda was big. According to a staff report, the town received a proposal in August from High-Hand Nursery & Cafe owner Scott Paris and Loomis Basin Brewing Co. owner Kenny Gowan for a joint venture.
Staff had recommended council award the exclusive development rights to the town-owned property at 3800 Taylor Road up for sale. Council did that Tuesday by unanimously supporting the local businesses by awarding them the development rights. The property was previously the WW (Wood Mill) Molding Plant.
The proposed project will be the Loomis Cannery, according to Gowan.
The joint venture proposes several elements for the Loomis site, which include:
moving the Loomis Basin Brewery facilities to the site
charcuterie and provisions store
Loomis Cannery public stage and beer gardens
Loomis Distillery & Barrel House
Loomis Brewing Co. manufacturing at the Loomis Cannery.
After council awarded development rights to the two business owners, Gowan said, “Now we are ready to hit the ground running and go to work.”
Loomis Mayor Tim Onderko asked Gowan when the Loomis Cannery would be completed.
“One to two years,” Gowan replied.
Newly-elected Loomis Councilwoman Jan Clark-Crets expressed excitement for the project. “This sounds wonderful and I’m really happy for you guys,” she said.
The two business moguls (Paris and Gowan) released a statement about the project: “The High-Hand Nursery & Cafe and Loomis Basin Brewery are excited about this opportunity to work with the town of Loomis on the Wood Mill Project. Our goal is to draw upon the town’s innovative planning concepts along with our own to create a unique regional destination. We wish to create an agricultural urban core with a diverse range of unique elements. We feel this will bolster the demand for other retail opportunities in the downtown core.”
According to a staff report, the estimated annual sales this project could bring into Loomis topples $12.2 million.
In other council news
The town recognized longtime Loomis councilman Miguel Ucovich. Councilman Brian Baker presented Ucovich with a honorary plaque recognizing his achievements.
“I want to thank the residents of Loomis,” Ucovich said. “You’ve been a wonderful group of people. I really, really enjoy serving you and I especially want to thank the three people who voted for me eight years ago so I got on. Every vote counts. So again, on behalf of my wife and me, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve you all.”
Loomis Town Council also unanimously adopted a resolution to allow an amendment to the Loomis General Plan use diagram on the proposed Costco warehouse project site. According to a staff report, the allocated space now amended to include additional commercial space for the project is at the southeast corner of Brace Road and Sierra College Boulevard. This will now effectively change three parcels of land from residential medium/high density to general commercial.