FELTON -- Mount Hermon Association officials are preparing to unveil plans for a large parcel in Felton that the Christian-based conference center purchased last year, after plans to build an affordable housing complex fell through.
The parcel sits next to the Felton Faire Shopping Center, and the association purchased it, at an undisclosed price, from Gilroy-based South County Housing in May.
Since that time, it has been working to develop a plan that will allow some public use, while simultaneously working out details with the county.
At the time of the purchase, Alden Johanson, Mount Hermon's acting executive director, said the overall plan was to maintain a green, mostly open space suitable for outdoor activities.
Johanson confirmed Friday that plan remains the same, but declined to go into specifics.
Nearby homeowners will get a sneak peak of conceptual drawings at a meeting Tuesday, with a public meeting scheduled for Feb. 12.
"It's taken a long time because it involves all kinds of players," Johanson said. Most of the land will be set aside for use by Mount Hermon guests, but "there will be some public use, definitely." However, the association will charge fees for that use.
Mount Hermon has had a presence in the San Lorenzo Valley since 1906, operating a variety of family-oriented camps, conferences and concerts throughout the year. Johanson estimated it owns more than 200 acres.
IF YOU GO
FELTON PUBLIC MEETING
WHAT: Meeting to discuss plans for a 15-acre parcel in Felton, next to the Felton Faire Shopping Center.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 12
WHERE: 37 Conference Drive, Felton