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Homewood still eyeing Loomis site

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Homewood Lumber continues to work with Loomis on its move to a new location, despite legal threats from Rocklin. The store, currently located on Rippey Road, is hoping to build at the corner of Sierra College Boulevard and Brace Road. “We are looking at all of our options, but I’m hopeful we can work something out. I’m encouraged by the support we’ve received from the old council and now the new council,” said Hamid Noorani, Homewood owner. According to Noorani, he is “cooperating with the town,” but is keeping open other options. He also said that his present location on land leased from Doupnik Manufacturing will have to be downsized to accommodate Doupnik’s business. He said he plans to relocate a part of his operations to Homewood’s Marysville location and will be in discussions with Doupnik during the next few months. Noorani said that negotiations with the Town of Loomis were nearly completed when the City of Rocklin and legal counsel for Rocklin Crossings objected to the development agreement between Loomis and Homewood. “It became apparent there might be legal problems with Rocklin that could involve us in a lawsuit that we didn’t want to be a part of,” Noorani said. According to Loomis Town Manager Perry Beck the Homewood project was approved in 2007. However, Beck added, “Homewood needs certain approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers,” which they’ve been working on for some time and are required before the town can issue a building permit. Beck said he and his staff were scheduled to meet with Noorani to discuss tree mitigation and development fees on Tuesday, Dec. 30.