Davenport Cement Plant reuse meeting set for Tuesday evening

DAVENPORT, Calif. - The County of Santa Cruz is calling the reuse of the former Davenport Cement Plant one of the most important local land use decisions in a generation. 

A series of proposals for potential uses for the old Cemex site in Davenport will be unveiled Tuesday night. 103 acres of coastal property has sat vacant since the plant went idle back in 2010. The re-use scenarios are based on community feedback. 

"This is a project we got some grant dollars for and it's a real big opportunity to look at how we take a very old industry as cement production and then figure out what the next use will be for the land," said Third district county supervisor Ryan Coonerty.

The davenport cement plant produced cement for more than 100-years. It helped re-build San Francisco after the earthquake and fires of 1906. When it shut down it reduced jobs and impacted the community. The County said they are looking forward to reusing the property in a way that's looks ahead not backward. 

The public meeting is Tuesday night. It will be at the Pacific Elementary School located on 50 Ocean Street. The meeting will run from 6PM-8PM. 

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