Home demolished to make way for Olive Grove subdivision

A new housing development, Olive Grove, will be built were the Valadez family farm once stood on Hemenway Street in Winters, CA.

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The weathered and well-loved home of the Valadez family, located on an approximately four-acre piece of walnut orchard property, was demolished on Friday, March 2, to make way for the Olive Grove housing development.

According to Express associate Joe Bristow, Felix and Ambrosia Valadez raised their children in the house and made a living working the orchard. Some may remember their granddaughter, Janet Valadez, as the manager of the Putah Creek Café several years ago.

Following the March 2 demolition, Bristow reports that the remaining walnut trees were knocked down and dug up over the weekend.

When constructed, the Olive Grove subdivision will feature 21 lots, ranging in size from 4,186 to 15,533 square feet. The property is actually two parcels that amount to 4.21 acres total, and extends from Hemenway Street to the Winters Cemetery, beyond the two separated pieces of Apricot Avenue, which dead ends on both sides at the property. It is expected that the two sections of Apricot Avenue will be connected as part of the construction. A new street will be created, and is expected to be called Olive Court.

The tentative subdivision map for the development was approved by the Winters Planning Commission in May of last year. According to Economic Development and Housing Manager Dan Maguire, the final map for the project is expected to appear on the March 27 planning commission agenda.

A construction timeline will be developed after the final map and all other related details are approved by the planning commission. Maguire said he expects the development to be constructed in phases rather than all at once.

The project itself has been under consideration since 2008, and was originally being considered by developers Joe and Karen Ogando. The current owner and developer is Chris Williams, who purchased the property from the Valadez family.

For more information, contact Dave Dowswell, contract planner for the City of Winters, 795-4910

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