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Glencree Property to Be Donated to the City of Half Moon Bay

Glencree Property to Be Donated to the City of Half Moon Bay
VandenBerghes Cite Fond Memories in Half Moon Bay

October 14, 2010

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Approximately 12 acres of developable land along Cabrillo Highway will be donated to the City of Half Moon Bay at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  Ronald and Patricia VandenBerghe, the principals in the property ownership Merit Manor, LP, are expected to attend the meeting for the official acceptance of the property by the City Council.

The property, vacant land abutting Highway 1 and often referred to as the “Glencree” property, is located south of Grand View Terrace and immediately adjacent to the Beachwood property.

The VandenBerghes have a great love of Half Moon Bay and have decided to donate the property to the City rather than continue the development process.  Ron began coming to Half Moon Bay with his father in 1947 and the couple has been visiting since 1954 when they were teenagers.  “We have many happy memories here and would like to give back to Half Moon Bay,” says Ron VandenBerghe, “and we believe the land will be a valuable asset to the City of Half Moon Bay for public purposes….”

Mayor Marina Fraser believes this is an extraordinarily generous and exciting gift.  “A land donation provides incredible flexibility for public future uses and we are so grateful to the VandenBerghes.  I love this community and am very happy that others want it to thrive as much as I do,” she says.

“While the City has no immediate plans for the property,” states Interim City Manager Michael Dolder, “it is another positive step moving Half Moon Bay forward.”

The City Council will formally consider acceptance of the property and recognize the VandenBerghes at its next regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, at the Ted Adcock Center, located at 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay.

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Contact:  Michael Dolder, Interim City Manager, Tel: 650-726-8793