Are The Fairgrounds In Placerville At Risk?

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is located in Placerville, just off of highway 50 at the western edge of the city. But a major construction project adjacent to the fairgrounds could lead to problems for activities at the fairgrounds and the speedway. Scott Russell was recently asked if a proposed low-income housing project is a significant threat to the fairgrounds. “We feel it is,” said Russell, “with the fairgrounds as a whole, not just the race track. “Our state put out SB 35 which states you cannot build projects like this in a high fire danger area,” explained Russell. “The fairgrounds is level one, highest on the list for fire danger. The fairgrounds is concerned that building 83 housing units in the currently planned location could put the fairgrounds and its variety of events at risk.

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