“The impact of the Georgia-Pacific saw mill to the cultural landscape of Fort Bragg and Mendocino County cannot be over-estimated,” the proposal reads. “Not only was the framework of the community shaped and built upon by the mill but the very materials used to build the plant were taken from the fabric of the land surrounding the mill.”
“We paid a hefty price for it,” he said, noting while the venture is for profit, he wants the community to retain some of the mill’s history.
“I know firsthand that many of the residents of Mendocino County would be grateful to have the opportunity to keep locally some of the resources of this important site that has been so influential to the community for many years,” Wotila’s letter to Sabre stated.
As of Tuesday, TLC was planning to rent a local property in order to create a retail site but was working out insurance and certification issues.
“We hope to have people out there stockpiling wood Wednesday,” he said.