The 20 acres located at the southwest corner of Highway 41 and the entrance to Yosemite Lakes Park in Coarsegold is steadily and methodically taking on a new look. This property, owned by Hershel Noonkester, will be developed in three phases.
“We sent out about 100 fliers to residents in YLP and the surrounding area, seeking what our neighbors would like to see on that corner,” Noonkester said. “We hoped to get at least 30 responses, but got 89. Everyone said they wanted a gas station, along with other needed services like a dry cleaners, dentist, and realtor.”
And so, taking this feedback into consideration, on two acres closest to the highway, work is currently underway to clear land for a mini mart and gas station, which will offer separate bays for recreational vehicles and diesel trucks. If everything goes as hoped, building will begin next month, with a possible opening in April 2016.
An upscale coffee house is planned next to the mini mart and gas station.
During the second construction phase, a business park with a mountain motif is planned, comprised of separate buildings, walkways, waterfalls, and landscaping that will fall into step with mountain terrain.
On the remaining land, in the third phase, senior housing for those aged 55 and older, will be constructed.
This has been an exhaustive process, which began in 2012. The Board of Supervisors approved the project in 2013.