Wednesday, January 28, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

County cleans up key downtown site

pollutted soil 1_21_14

A worker dumps polluted soil, taken from underneath a building at 701 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield Tuesday. Workers were cleaning out soil polluted with decades-old gasoline from the site. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page B7 | January 26, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Small excavators tore into the earth as deep as 8 feet, removing dark clay soil polluted for decades with gasoline.

In a twist from the usual soil remediation project, the work happened inside a building.

Solano County is cleaning up the soil beneath 701 Texas St., a vacant, two-story building that once housed the county Hall of Records. It’s doing so while the building is still standing.

This is the eastern gateway to downtown Fairfield. That contaminated soil frustrated a 2005 attempt by the county, the former Fairfield Redevelopment Agency and a developer to create a mixed-use development with offices, shops and homes at the site.

Solano County then planned to knock down the building and clean up the soil. But instead, the county has opted to leave the block-like structure standing for possible future use.

“It gives the county the most options, which is key,” Associate County Architect James Bezek said.

Workers weeks ago tore up most of the concrete slab floor inside the building. They are excavating 605,000 cubic yards of dirt, doing so one section at a time to preserve the building’s structural integrity. Large, loud fans at the entrances to the building keep air circulating.

On a recent day, a small hauler ran back and forth out of the rear of the building, carrying the polluted dirt. It deposited the dirt in a pile across the alley in a county-owned parking lot. From there, polluted soil gets hauled to Potrero Hills Landfill.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is overseeing the project and released a report on it.

Workers will bring in cement slurry to reduce potential that hydrocarbon vapors from any remaining pollution can get into the building, the report said. They will put in a venting system that will extend from the new slab floor to the roof of the building.

Then the building will be monitored for a year, Bezek said.

Ultimately, the county will have to decide what to do with a property that anchors the downtown.

“From a foot-traffic perspective, if you’re looking at downtown, that is one of the busiest corners,” Fairfield Main Street Association Executive Director Margaret Manzo said.

Manzo expressed hope that the county will sell the site for retail. All sorts of uses are possible. The site could have a fitness business to serve downtown residents and government employees, she said.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board report described the site’s history.

An auto service and tire store that sold gasoline operated on the site from the 1920s or earlier through the mid-1950s. An office building was constructed there in 1955.

Solano County bought the site in 1998 and turned the office into its Hall of Records. The county no longer needed the space after opening the county Government Center across the street in 2005. The old Hall of Records building has been vacant since.

The county removed a 1,000-gallon underground storage tank in November 2008, the water board report said. The tank was located beneath the Jefferson Street sidewalk near the location of the long-gone gasoline dispenser.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterJanuary 26, 2014 - 7:44 am

    I guess gas was so cheap back then that a little bit here and there spilling onto the ground didn't really matter. Ahhh, those were the days.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • my2centsJanuary 26, 2014 - 8:20 am

    That building being undeveloped is a blight on the downtown scene because it is on such a prominent corner. Apparently the fighting is finally over about who was responsible for addressing the toxic cleanup. It is sad how long it took. I can't wait to see what is done with it. Unfortunately it is across the street from Starbucks. Any new occupant will have to deal with the collection of derelicts who have literally taken over the most important corner downtown.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • AnnonymousJanuary 26, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Fixing up central Fairfield is important to the city's core economic vitality.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Youngster battles brain cancer a 2nd time

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
2 Solano road projects get green light

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

 
Rush Ranch seeks docents

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A2

Health officials report 1st Solano flu death

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Kroc Health Fair offers free screenings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield police to offer parenting class

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

Frazier schedules coffee in Suisun City

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Vacaville police to offer law enforcement academy

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

Vanden to host science fair

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

 
Woman with Solano ties caught up in tax fraud case

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

 
 
 
Coalition members review tobacco control report card

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Vacaville Toastmasters welcome guests

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Chipotle fundraiser to benefit Armijo newspaper

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

 
American Legion Post schedules head-shaving fundraiser

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

 
Dramas, thrillers lead week’s box office openings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B8

 
Fairfield police log: Jan. 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Jan. 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Jan. 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Jan. 24, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Jan. 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Jan. 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Gold nuggets stolen in smash and grab

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
CSU chancellor looks to increase graduation rates

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Officials lose track of billions in funding

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
Bill would treat e-cigs the same as regular cigarettes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Catholic church in San Francisco to phase out altar girls

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

 
Gunmen storm Libya hotel, killing American, 9 others

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

‘Wicked storm': Blizzard drops 2 feet of snow on New England

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
.

Opinion

 
 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Jan. 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscope Jan. 28, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
We live close to my nephew but he chooses to remain distant

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

 
10 Things: 10 fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Common, John Legend to perform ‘Glory’ at Academy Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Katie Holmes to guest on ‘Ray Donovan’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Sports

Lynch at Media Day: ‘I’m here so I don’t get fined’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Falcon boys drop 69-61 SCAC loss to Bethel

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Local Report: Armijo boys roll past Napa 69-41

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

 
Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Golfer Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tony Stewart returns with a swagger not seen in 2 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Shooters find not every basketball is same in college game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Patrick heads into 2015 in final season with team, sponsor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Manfred hopeful of A’s getting new ballpark in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Super Bowl, Tiger make Phoenix center of sports universe

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Long after Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
The distinctive international flavor of Super Bowl Media Day

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Getting fired from New England led to Carroll’s reinvention

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sharks in ‘dogfight’ to secure playoff berth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rio official says there’s ‘no plan B’ for Olympic sailing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Jan. 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

US home price gains slow in November on weaker sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
FTC clears Albertsons’ purchase of Safeway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

Joseph Phillip Raiff

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Clarence E. Morgan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Don Johnson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 11 Comments

 
Dzhon Athanc

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Julia P. Tan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Woodrow Allen Oakley

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Donald Wesley Johnson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6