Buellton shifting ahead with a number of plans for Willemsen property

The home on the Willemsen property is situated at 202 Dairyland Highway, Buellton, Calif. The Buellton Library and Zaca Middle Preschool are two organizations competing to be used of the house. (Picture by Serena Guentz)

Agreements in place for horseback driving enterprise, Kids’s Museum occasions

By Raiza Giorgi

The Buellton Metropolis Council hosted a particular assembly to debate and supply route for a number of makes use of and services on the Willemsen Property close to River View Park on Aug. 26. 

“It will permit us to maneuver ahead and get settlement contracts going in addition to RFP’s (Request for Proposals) out to bid for development and reworking of the home,” mentioned Metropolis Supervisor Scott Wolfe after the assembly. 

Situated at 202 Dairyland Highway in Buellton, the 24-acre property was bought by town of Buellton in Could 2020 for $2 million. Town was initially focused on shopping for solely the 20-acre decrease portion of the property to make use of as a reserve to increase town’s wastewater remedy facility if wanted sooner or later. Nonetheless, the Willemsen household didn’t wish to cut up up the property, so the Metropolis Council ultimately purchased all the property.

One of many agreements, which handed 5-0, is for Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Rides, LLC to make use of a number of of the decrease 20 acres of the Willemsen property for its enterprise.

Town can be shifting ahead with a long-term settlement for the Santa Ynez Valley Kids’s Museum, which at present holds occasions for youngsters on the SYV Botanic Backyard on the primary Saturday of the month. A small facility will ultimately be constructed to the east of the barn, Wolfe mentioned. 

The museum has plans for a neighborhood backyard, a recirculating water function, slides taking place the hill to the decrease portion of the property, artwork and constructing stations, playhouses and far more for youngsters and fogeys or caregivers to take pleasure in collectively.

The council additionally obtained to assessment the ground plan of the home and recommend separations of house in addition to how the Buellton Library would possibly progress with shifting their operations to the residence. 

“There’s additionally a possible use for the Pals of the Library to place in a bookstore and generate income,” Wolfe mentioned. 

The RFP for an architect will exit to bid by the tip of the month and Wolfe mentioned one hopefully will likely be chosen to allow them to start the method and get reworking development began by someday in 2022. 

Throughout public remark of the assembly, Library Director Allison Grey offered solutions on the residence, asking for at the very least two bogs, a breakroom and space for storing. 

Santa Barbara resident Clint Orr requested to be thought of for utilizing the barn house to show nation dance courses. 

“Additional makes use of of the home of the way to generate revenue to town are being thought of however nothing has been selected but,” Wolfe mentioned. 

There can even be a car parking zone constructed on the decrease portion of the property so all entry to the Willemsen property and its tenants will go down Sycamore by River View Park and park to stroll as much as the residence and barn in order to not disturb the neighborhood, Wolfe added. 

The Buellton Senior Middle is planning on internet hosting a fundraiser on the barn on Oct. 16, as an introduction to the house for occasions. 

To learn all the assembly minutes or to see future assembly agendas and packets go to and click on on Metropolis Council. 

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