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*****Media Advisory*****
Press Release
The City of Brentwood Closes on the Nail Property
6/5/07

Linda Maurer
Economic Development Manager
City of Brentwood
(925) 516-5139
lmaurer@ci.brentwood.ca.us

BRENTWOOD, Calif., June 5, 2007 – The City of Brentwood has completed the purchase of the Nail Property, a 7.26-acre parcel located on Sellers Avenue for the development of an Agricultural Park and History Center concept and to help expand the program and services of the East Contra Costa County Historical Society (ECCHS) museum.

The ECCHS museum has become a beautiful and successful community resource used intensely by Brentwood-area schools, organizations, and individuals. The concept proposes the development of an Agricultural Park and History Center, which will become a vital component to helping preserve and enhance this area’s rich history in agriculture and farming. With the new expansion, the ECCHS can improve its facility and expand its educational work.

“Preserving the agricultural heritage of East County and Brentwood is important and purchasing the Nail Property is the first step towards our goal of creating a place where the community can learn and appreciate agriculture and farming,” said Mayor Bob Taylor. “We look forward to now working with the County and the Historical Society on building the vision.”

Jody Merriam, President of the ECCHS is also pleased to have this first step complete. “There’s still a lot of work to do and we look forward to working with the community through the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to solidify a common vision.”

It is expected that the expansion of the site into the surrounding property at Sellers and Sunset will allow the ECCHS to increase public access and add new amenities such as community gardens, demonstration farms, new classrooms and expanded exhibit space.

The goal of ECCHS is to work with other community organizations to create a living agricultural history center that remembers the past, serves the present, and looks to the future.

Funding for the $1,065,000 acquisition is from the City of Brentwood’s Agricultural Mitigation program. The purpose of the program is to preserve agricultural land through conservation easements and the promotion of farming.

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