CANNON BEACH — Less than two months after the Cannon Beach City Council approved the highly contested residential development plan for 532 N. Laurel St., owned by Jeff Nicholson, the property was put on the market.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty listed the property online last week.
Nicholson said he still wants to rebuild the old house and build two other homes on the property, but business circumstances dictated otherwise. He has “no immediate or long-term plans” for building a home on the northeast lot.
“My plans are what is wanted by the city, by the vast majority of the citizens, and is best for the city in that it follows to a (T) the comprehensive plan,” Nicholson said in an email. “My hope is that I can keep the project solvent while I deal with the frivolous appeal and ultimately prevail.”
Ten people, including Friends of Cannon Beach president Jeff Harrison, filed an appeal with the state Land Use Board of Appeals in late March. The petitioners want to reverse the City Council’s March approval, with conditions, of Nicholson’s four-lot residential development plan.
A response from Cannon Beach must be submitted by May 11.
Nicholson said the appeal will “create financial stress,” particularly for the city, and further delay the project.
The best-case scenario is for the appeal to be heard and for the board to make a ruling in five to six months, he said in an email.
“This makes for the building season to be wasted and for incredible costs to be had by holding the property and funding the legal expenses,” Nicholson said.
Individuals “who will build a single, very large home” have shown interest in the property, he said.
The listing describes the 0.57-acre Laurel Street property as a “generational estate with views of iconic Haystack Rock and mesmerizing sunsets,” according to Zillow.
Harrison, who represented the 70-member Friends of Cannon Beach, did not respond to requests for comment.