Lease of city land to Standing Stone delayed

A proposed lease of 265 acres of city of Ashland-owned land to Standing Stone Brewing Co. will be considered on June 7.

The lease item was pulled from the Ashland City Council's meeting agenda on Tuesday because corrections were needed in the lease language.

Standing Stone proposes to raise livestock on the land to supply its Oak Street restaurant. It would pay $50 an acre to lease the land.

That is the highest lease value for the unmanaged hillside land, which has shallow, clay-based soil, according to the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The 265 acres is part of a 846-acre city parcel located across Interstate 5 from town.The city of Ashland bought the land in 1996 for $950,288 with a plan to spray treated sewage effluent there, but later abandoned the controversial idea.

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