County to Pursue Acquisition of Lehigh Cement Plant & Quarry
This month, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in support of Supervisor Joe Simitian’s proposal directing the County to consider options for the acquisition of the Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry property located in unincorporated Cupertino.
The cement plant and quarry are part of the Lehigh property, which encompasses 3,510 acres, 2,656 of which are in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The remaining land is within the cities of Cupertino and Palo Alto.
At Simitian’s behest, the Board directed County Administration and County Counsel to bring a report to the Board within 90 days outlining options for the acquisition and financing of the Lehigh property, along with a discussion of advantages or disadvantages associated with the various financing options.
“We have an opportunity to sit down at the table and say let’s chart a future that ultimately on some kind of a timeline involves the cessation of operations there and public acquisition,” said Simitian, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, and other cities near the site.