Our Last Chance to Save Martinez Natural Beauty:
Let's preserve the City of Martinez historic and tallest ridgeline, owned by John Muir in 1894, and preserved for centuries by Native Americans.
We are an organization whose goal is the acquisition of the Alhambra Hills as open space for perpetuity. Our purpose is to inform the public about this valuable land, and act as a center for citizen information, education and involvement. We will act as a resource for environmental and land acquisition groups, land owners and others.
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Martinez to ask residents for thoughts on whether to save Alhambra Highlands
The Martinez City Council is asking residents whether they want the city to pursue buying the Alhambra Highlands to keep it from being developed — a decade after the council approved a plan to build on 109 hillside lots.
“The development is not a proposed development — it actually has entitlements and, so, they have a right to build if they want to, but we are trying to purchase this property and keep it forever as open space,” Mayor Rob Schroder said.
Martinez: Push to acquire Alhambra Hills property for preservation
The City Council unanimously directed staff to appoint a project manager and create an action plan for public acquisition of the 297-acre Alhambra Highlands residential development property. The Sept. 21 vote signaled the crack of a political logjam, under the weight of public opinion.
Martinez joins forces with residents to save a swath of the Alhambra Hills from development
Efforts are under way to preserve a pristine ridge in the Alhambra hills, but supporters have a long way to go before they can buy the property.
To avoid a costly lawsuit, the City Council in July approved the Alhambra Highlands project of 112 custom homes to be built on 72 acres of a 297-acre parcel near Wildcroft Drive and Alhambra Avenue.
Could the ghost of John Muir save Alhambra Hills from development?
Between Mount Wanda and Briones Regional Park, on a ridge surrounded by patchwork housing and home to the odd ranch or two, lies the Alhambra Hills.
Just minutes away from the Muir homestead in Martinez, it is easy to imagine John Muir himself traversing these undulating hills. And according to recent first hand accounts, it’s likely that he did.