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NEW IDEAS SOUGHT FOR OLD WORK CAMP : OLD WORK CAMP FACES DEMOLITION.

Byline: Enrique Rivero Daily News Staff Writer

Lacking the funds to maintain the abandoned Rose Valley Work Camp, the U.S. Forest Service has turned to the public in hopes of finding a workable use for the site rather than simply tearing it down.

``We want any ideas to be pretty detailed,'' said George Garcia, acting resource officer for the Ojai Ranger District. ``At this point we don't prefer any alternative. We're open to whatever comes in the door or comes in the mail.''

The approximately six-acre camp is just south of Sespe Creek in the Los Padres National Forest, about four miles east of state Highway 33 on Rose Valley Road north of Ojai.

It consists of four 1,000-square-foot Quonset huts, a 4,000-square-foot warehouse and shop building, a 6,400-square-foot kitchen and dining building, a 1,700-square-foot shower building and a 3,850-square-foot administrative center.

The compound was constructed by Seabees from the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Port Hueneme in the early 1950s. The Navy used the site for training until 1972.

The facility was subsequently used by the Youth Conservation Corps, the Young Adult Conservation Corps and a Forest Service helicopter crew. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department used the Rose Valley camp as a minimum security jail from 1988 until September 1992.

In February 1993, the Forest Service put out a call for someone to take over the site and later that year received a mutually beneficial proposal from Concerned Resource Environmental Workers, a youth employment service. C.R.E.W. vacated the facility in May and it has remained vacant since then.

Forest officials want to know what the public wants, Garcia said. The Forest Service would even entertain a proposal to tear down the buildings and build a campground if the demand is there, Garcia said.

``We're not going to turn down any other agency that approaches us and says, `We want to use it for this purpose,' like the sheriff's did,'' he said.

The land is not for sale and proposals should not require any Forest Service money for maintenance or administration.

The Forest Service would charge users an annual fee based on the current $230,000 appraised value of the property, Garcia said.

That fee generally runs about $13,000 a year, but the costs of any improvements made by the occupants to the facility could be deducted from that fee, he said.

``Essentially someone can work off that fee by doing improvements at the Rose Valley facility,'' Garcia said.

Ideas should be submitted in writing to: U.S.D.A. Forest Services, Larry Mastic - District Ranger, 1190 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, Calif. 93023.
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