Homewood Lumber gets the green light to build

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Homewood Lumber will begin grading and clearing at its new location after getting the green light from Loomis officials. Homewood’s 8.84-acre property sits at the corner of Sierra and Brace Road. Homewood is currently located on Rippey Road, on land leased from Doupnik Manufacturing. “They can start grading as soon as their grading plans get the nod from Brian (Fragiao), could be this week,” said Perry Beck, Loomis town manager, after a special meeting of the town council held on Sept. 25. Hamid Noorani, Homewood principal, wasted no time in lining up contractors to ready the property for building. “We want to start construction in early spring, after the rainy season, and open in summer of 2010,” Noorani said. Homewood’s construction will require new right- and left-hand turn lanes from Brace Road to Sierra College Boulevard. Plans are also being finalized between the City of Rocklin and Loomis to widen Sierra College Boulevard up to Taylor Road. According to Beck, Homewood was waiting for the council’s approval of its wetlands restoration plan, and the lumber company received the thumbs up with a unanimous approval from the council. The Wetland Mitigation and Monitoring Plan for Homewood was created by Restoration Resources. The plan was initially submitted for approval at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting, after it had received the all clear from the Army Corps of Engineers. The planning commission approved Homewood’s Tree Mitigation Plan on Sept. 21. The plan allows Homewood to provide more than 1,000 trees over a 10-year period that the town will plant and maintain on town property.