Developer plans either retail or high-end

condos at ocean site

By Hilary Corrigan

Triplicate staff writer

The Del Norte Healthcare District agreed to sell its 1-acre, oceanside parcel in Crescent City to Randy Baugh, an El Dorado Hills developer, for $1.35 million during a Tuesday meeting.

The board voted unanimously on the move, with member John Alexander absent and Clarke Moore recusing himself because he owns property near the A Street site.

District Chairman Terry McNamara likely will sign the contract today.

About half of the money from the sale will help fund the district's new 28,000 square-foot Del Norte Community Wellness Center under construction on Northcrest Drive. The center could open in late spring.

The contract for the A Street property sale will let the Del Norte Community Health Clinic continue its lease and remain in the existing 9,000- square-foot building at the A Street property until the clinic moves to the new center on Northcrest Drive.

Baugh, president of Development Consultants Inc., is considering retail, commercial projects or high-priced condominiums for the A Street property near the Hampton Inn.

andquot;He's still researching,andquot; McNamara said. andquot;Obviously, he's a businessman to start with, so he'd like to make money.andquot;

The property had drawn interest from other private organizations. Crescent City nonprofit Rural Human Services made two offers, aiming to expand its independent living, adult literacy and emergency care programs to the site.

Local hotel owner Bhanu Patel also made a bid.

The sale to Baugh will close in about 45 days and allow the district to resume other projects, suspended to ensure funding for the new center. Those include resuming annual $10,000 nursing scholarships through the College of the Redwoods, an offer that stalled for the year.

andquot;We're both eager to complete it,andquot; McNamara said.