An ambitious plan for the former Jamestown Mine, including botanical gardens, a youth baseball complex and lodging, took a step forward this week.
The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to have the county staff negotiate a detailed plan for redeveloping the site.
Vincent Estell of Modesto and his partners have proposed a development expected to employ about 1,700 people and cost up to $250 million.
They plan to do an environmental impact study in advance of a possible 2012 vote on the project, which they call Gold Rush Gardens. They would complete the reclamation of the open-pit mine, which produced gold from 1987 to 1994.