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Council to Opine on Moraga Adobe Development

Moraga Town Council is due to discuss the 13-home development that includes renovation of the Moraga Adobe, the oldest residential structure in Contra Costa County.

The Moraga Town Council is due tonight (Wednesday) to discuss its posture toward the recent approval of a 13-lot development that includes preservation of the historic Moraga Adobe.

The Moraga Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium, 1010 Camino Pablo.

On Oct. 9 the Orinda Planning Commission approved the subdivision submitted by J&J Ranch LLC on a 20.3-acre site in Orinda on the Moraga boundary, adjacent to Adobe Lane and bordering the 14th hole of the Moraga Country Club. The planning commission found that the project met state environmental standards.

The Joaquin Moraga Adobe, a historic landmark in the state of California, is believed to be the oldest residential structure in Contra Costa County. It was the residence of Joaquin Moraga in the 19th century. He was the grandson of Jose Joaquin Moraga, a Spanish explorer who founded the city of San Jose.

J&J Ranch's plans envision renovations to make it a neighborhood recreation center. For years,

The Friends of the Adobe and the Moraga Historical Society have expressed concerns about the approval with the potential for future private use of the adobe according to a report to the Moraga council by Shawna Brekke-Read, town planning director.

Jose October 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Zzzzzzzzz.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop October 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
As long as the treatment of the adobe structure meets California Historical Society standards and does not contribute to the already constipated Moraga Way commute route, have at it. While potentially controversial, at least this Council is actually doing something!
Don't Tell Me What To Do October 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
An eyesore. Knock it down. Build something better. Move on.

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