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New office buildings approved for EDH at Clarksville

By: Roger Phelps, The Telegraph
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An office park of nearly 100,000 square feet is planned for the old Clarksville area south of U.S. Highway 50. A total of 10 buildings will rise on rural land near the intersection of White Rock Road and the Joerger Cutoff Road, about a mile and a half east of Latrobe Road. The project area is surrounded by undeveloped land. El Dorado County supervisors on Oct. 28 approved a rezone from residential to commercial for the 9. 5 acre project property that could break ground next year. “We’ll try to do something in late summer – it depends on the economy,” said Doug Scalzi, whose firm Sacramento Commercial Properties has the project with co-owner Kippey Commercial. The project area lies in the vicinity of a pair of historic sites from the days Clarksville thrived as a farming community and a stop on a major west-east travel route. Hal Erpenbeck, president of the Clarksville Historical Society, said the society urges developers to reflect an historical theme. “The society does recognize we can’t preserve everything,” Erpenbeck said. “It is an historical area, and the society is encouraging Doug Scalzi to maintain as much of the historic character as possible.” Scalzi said the development would reflect an historical theme. “The primary issue regarding the project is the adjacency to the Clarksville Cemetery ... an active, privately maintained cemetery,” wrote Jonathan Fong, project planner, in a report to county planning commissioners. “The preliminary grading plan indicates that a new access road would be constructed to provide access to the cemetery from the proposed parking area.” A letter from the Pioneer Cemeteries Association questioned potential impacts of the project, county documents show. Also in the vicinity is the Old Mormon Tavern Pony Express station. Ultrasound investigations at the site revealed no human remains interred beneath the project area, according to county documents. Joerger Cutoff Road will be widened to 20 feet to provide an access route. Access will also come from White Rock Road. Covenants maintaining onsite parking areas and landscaping must be recorded with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, according to county documents. The Telegraph’s Roger Phelps can be reached at rogerp@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment at edhtelegraph.com.