Pacific Union College released a cryptic statement Friday about potentially selling land it owns in the Howell Mountain area, with a spokeswoman saying the college is not prepared to divulge more details now.
Last fall, the college listed about 1,500 acres of land for sale around Howell Mountain and adjacent Mill Valley. It’s been analyzing three offers for about 600 acres, including commercial property not involved in the listing that Napa County has approved for 191 homes. About 615 acres included in the listing is plantable to vineyard by right or by permit.
The college’s Board of Trustees met Monday amid speculation that it would select a buyer for the land.
On Friday, college spokeswoman Julie Lee emailed a report on Monday’s meeting to the Napa Valley Register that stated, in part:
“The Asset Management Committee presented its report to the full Board. The Board prayerfully and carefully discussed the top offers again and reviewed comments expressing concern and those expressing support regarding any sale of select PUC assets...
“After much discussion, the Board accepted the Asset Management Committee’s report and voted to affirm its 2002 and subsequent decisions to monetize select PUC assets in order to provide funds to enhance PUC’s economic position and its endowment.”