Association approves upgrades for building

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association approved a facelift for the Country Squire Building at 16912 Via de Santa Fe at its March 17 meeting.
It is being prepared for a new tenant, California Bank and Trust, Senior Planner Kirk Dakan said.
“On the front of the building, there will be three, new small, square windows and in the breezeway frontage, two pairs of windows totaling four new additional windows,” he said. “There will be a pair of replacement entry doors to match the new and existing windows. To keep the building’s appearance more consistent with the older, traditional buildings of the village, the frames on the doors and windows will be a darker stain color.”
The Art Jury reviewed the proposal first at its meetings on Jan. 11, Feb. 22 and March 8. It required revisions to the original design to help achieve a more traditional appearance in keeping with the look of the older commercial buildings in the village.
The project, both inside and out, is under the direction of Marion Dodson.
In other Association news, Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, reported that the upgrade of the water line, fire hydrant and driveway at the Osuna Ranch is complete, although it cost a little more than expected.
“I think things went well overall,” Holler said.
Jack Queen, Association director, said he liked the results.
“It looks just like it is supposed to look. Perfect,” Queen said.
The Association voted at its Feb. 3 meeting to approve an additional expenditure of $20,500 to complete the drainage work and establish a contingency to cover any additional project costs at Osuna Ranch. Originally it was estimated that $150,000 would be sufficient.
The Osuna Ranch was purchased several years ago with Open Space Funds for just under $12 million. Its purpose was to be an equestrian facility and historical center for the community.
The Association approved at its Feb. 17 meeting the request by the golf club to allow members in good standing for at least 10 years, who have sold their property and moved from the Covenant to retain their membership in the club.
Now condo owners with in the Covenant who are current residents are asking why they cannot join the club, which had been restricted to them in the past.
Queen said he originally thought allowing condo owners to join the golf club was a “positive move,” but on further thought, there might be complications.
“I think it bears some serious discussion,” he said.
That discussion will take place at a future meeting.

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