Effort to save an orange grove in Orange County

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(AP) – A five-acre orange grove in Santa Ana has been designated historic by the City Council. That gives preservationists more time to raise money to save one of the last sizable orchards in Orange County.

Orange County is named after once plentiful groves.

The Los Angeles Times says the Sexlinger family bought the 230-tree grove in 1913. When Martha Sexlinger died in 2006, the untended, fenced-off grove was donated to Concordia University in Irvine and Orange Lutheran High School. They turned it over to a developer who was making plans to cut the trees and build 24 homes.

The historic designation will trigger an eight-month wait if a demolition permit is requested.

Save Our Orchard Coalition wants to buy it. The developer wasn’t exact but says it’s worth millions.

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