McCloud mill property may be sold

Shareen Strauss

Excitement and curiosity are abundant in the McCloud community with talk that the mill property, currently owned by Nestle, may be sold.

A representative of the group called McCloud Corp, which has reportedly been working toward purchasing the 275 acre site, said only that they are invested in McCloud and are focused on bringing in sustainable types of green business.

David Palais, Natural Resource Manager for Nestle Waters North America Inc., said, “The property has been for sale for several years. There have been numerous interested parties including one that we are speaking with currently. I cannot comment on any details of that transaction at this point; however, it’s my wish that the eventual sale and future development of the property will be beneficial for the community of McCloud and its efforts towards economic revitalization.”

Since the mill closed, McCloud’s economy has struggled. After the more recent loss of the Shasta Sunset Dinner Train, the bank and restaurant closure, the business community of McCloud has looked to turn the town into a more viable tourist destination.

In recent years, the McCloud Clinic has expanded its services and some retail stores have opened. The McCloud Outdoor and Gear Exchange sporting goods store has been open for two years and has added another store in Dunsmuir. There are now two second hand stores in town, the McCloud Hotel offers fine dining, and Dance Country is adding a museum of its dancing history.