Bill’s Kiln – Bill Parker, left checks out the historic lime kiln in Marble Valley with Adrea Howard, right, and Tom Howard, next to Parker on one of their 43 site tours over the last year and a half. Lime was quarried extensively in the area as far back as the 1800s. Early mining operations processed the lime onsite in kilns, a process of “liming” which drew off carbonic acid leaving lime in its caustic state. A final “slaking” process turned the lime into a paste used to make bricks, mortar, paint and plaster. It was also a critical ingredient in glass, which is why the Gallo brothers bought the adjoining parcel. Democrat photo by Mike Roberts
Re-purposed golf course – Serrano Westside, a proposed mix of freestanding houses, townhomes, half-plexes, condos and apartments on the former Executive Golf Course, closed since 2007 and owned all along by Serrano Associates was formally unveiled this week after a year and a half of briefings with neighbors, public officials and stakeholders. North of Serrano Parkway, above, includes land for a park or public building. The southern portion, page 1, features a 15-acre CSD park that can be illuminated, plus a footbridge over Highway 50. The Marble Valley, Pedregal and Lime Rock projects were also unveiled this week. Courtesy graphic

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