The Enos Ranchos house will be moved when the property it stands on is developed into a mixed-use commercial complex.
Alex Posada, Recreation and Parks Department director, told members of the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission on Tuesday that the house would be relocated to a park site within the project.
The house needs to move in order for the 113-acre property it sits on to be developed into the new home for Costco, other businesses and restaurants.
Developers also plan to include a residential component to the Enos Ranchos property near Betteravia Road and Highway 101 in Santa Maria.
Posada said there will be a lot of behind-the-scenes movement during the next 30 to 45 days.
“You won’t see a lot of things happening on the site, but (we're) in the process of getting things moving, so things will happen,” he said. "The developer will take possession of the property in May."
Once the developer officially owns the land, things will start to get going.
“That will allow things like the house to be moved," Posada said. "We are trying to identify the spot on the park site where the house will actually be located.”
The development agreement includes space to be aside for a park. The house will become a part of that park area.
“A foundation has to be built,” the Recreation and Parks director said Tuesday. "I am in the process of securing some architectural services to try and design the foundation the house will sit on."
Posada said the park space is, from his perspective, his department’s biggest issue.
“It is roughly seven and a half acres,” he said.
Four of those acres will be a water retention basin.
“We are trying to get a design that we can live with and still give us some good open space to use,” said Posada. “The design and the theme for the area, I think everyone will be impressed with.”
The impact to the general fund from moving the house and maintaining and operating the park space will be minimal, according to Posada.
“Moving the house is on the developer," Posada said. "They will be required to move the house to the location.
"The renovation of the house will be paid for through funds generated through the residential part of the development with their park fees," he said.
"The park site itself will be developed with park development fees that we will collect from the project.”
Posada added, “Those businesses and residential units going up in that area will pay the lion’s share of the maintenance and operation of the park site, basin and the landscaping.”