• Rail to Trail

    by Cameron Douglas

    The blue and white “For Sale” sign with the 415 area code caused quite a stir last summer among those who enjoy the popular walking trail near Asilomar. The Union Pacific Railroad, which technically owns the property, had placed it on the market for $1.6 million. They met with vigorous resistance from Pacific Grove residents and government. Mayor Dan Cort told a standing-room-only crowd at the September 3 City Council meeting that the railroad had already expressed a willingness to negotiate with the City of Pacific Grove. Since then, there has been little progress.
    Looking for an update, Cedar Street Times e-mailed Mayor Dan Cort who responded that the citizens of Pacific Grove still use the trail, as they have for a generation. Cort added that there are very few places to build in the vicinity of the property, and no water, making it less of an issue in that its use to a potential buyer would be limited.
    City Attorney Dave Laredo explained to the Times that on August 8 of last year he sent letters to both the railroad and its broker asserting a prescriptive easement on the property. More specifically, the letter stated, “We assert public recreation and right-of-way.” He received a response on September 22, to which he re-stated the City’s position that public access has been obtained, and invited Union Pacific to show any means to refute that claim. So far, there has been no more word.
    In the meantime, residents continue to enjoy the trail, which has been unused by the railroad for decades.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 17, 2009

    Topics: Front PG News

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