That’s because the city’s former Redevelopment Agency owned the 1.25 acres at the corner of Gateway and Travis boulevards, where the 6,808-square-foot restaurant was built in the mid-1990s. Fresh Choice paid $7,350 a month for the ground lease. The agency was to own the building after 2034.
Fresh Choice filed for bankruptcy in 2012. It abandoned the property improvements and personal property in the Fairfield restaurant, a city report said.
But the Fairfield Redevelopment Agency is no longer around to take possession of the property. California dissolved redevelopment agencies in February 2012 to help with its own budget problems. Fairfield formed the Successor Agency to comply with state law and sell former Redevelopment Agency assets, with the money to be divided among local government agencies.
A locksmith will rekey the doors on the former restaurant. The building and land will be sold after the state Department of Finance gives authorization, a city report said.
The Successor Agency’s actions are monitored by an oversight board, which has representatives from local governments and the community. The Oversight Board for the Successor Agency to the Fairfield Redevelopment Agency (one of the longer official names for a government agency) will hear an update on the Fresh Choice situation on Monday. It meets at 4 p.m. at the Fairfield City Council Chamber, 1000 Webster St.
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