The northern end of North Texas Street has seen substantial new commercial development over the past decade, including two major shopping centers.
Much of this change can be tied to a long-planned investment in major infrastructure, the Interstate 80/Manuel Campos Parkway/North Texas Street Interchange Project, completed in July 2010.
As part of this project, the city of Fairfield acquired land near the interchange to realign North Texas Street and Nelson Road, and to extend Manuel Campos Parkway. When the project design and construction were completed, the city began marketing the remaining surplus land for highway commercial development.
Last month, the city completed the sale for 2.67 acres of surplus property to Charles Company, a West Hollywood real estate development and investment partnership. The site is entitled for development of a 13,350-square-foot retail center to be located on the corner of Nelson Road and Manuel Campos Parkway, across from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store that opened in 2012.
The Charles Company has not announced its list of tenants, but is working to sign a quick-serve restaurant as part of the development and hopes to begin site improvements before the end of the year.
The 11.05-acre Lowe’s site, formerly owned by the city, was also declared surplus property and sold to Lowe’s in October 2010.
The 2.67-acre Nelson Road site and the Lowe’s property were once contiguous and part of a large hillside, which was flattened and divided to construct the extension of Manuel Campos Parkway. Almost 200,000 cubic yards of dirt were removed from the Lowe’s site to make it suitable for development. More than 100,000 cubic yards of soil were taken from the Nelson Road property to allow for development.
Last year, the city sold a 1.48-acre surplus parcel on the tear-drop-shaped land fronting the freeway across the street from Lowe’s. A new Chevron service station is now under construction (south of its former location). To provide improved freeway presence for all the new commercial development in the area, a local partnership constructed a large Paradise Valley freeway pylon sign, with tenant sign panels available for several area businesses.
While the majority of city surplus parcels have been spoken for, there still remain a few development opportunities in the area. The city still owns one parcel on the Nelson Road cul-de-sac next to the new and very active ARCO service station. The city’s five-acre site includes a portion of what was once the former Howard Johnson’s restaurant parcel. The site is zoned for highway commercial uses.
Within the tear-drop parcel, the city owns a one-acre surplus parcel and the state Department of Transportation owns a 1.3-acre parcel adjacent to the city’s piece. There is also one remaining privately owned parcel that’s suitable for development. The city is working with Caltrans to market its property.
Other changes in the area include a change in ownership for Raley’s Plaza last year when original developer Donahue Schriber sold its property to Gerrity Group. Across the street from Raley’s Plaza, the city has received a conceptual review application to construct a new 5,000-square-foot dental office on the 0.57-acre vacant parcel fronting the motel. The property, at the northwest corner of North Texas Street and Transportation Court, is planned for the new home of Paradise Valley Dental.
Given the area’s location at the gateway to northeastern Fairfield and the significant growth anticipated in the area, including Paradise Valley, The Villages at Fairfield, Goldridge and the Train Station Specific Plan Area, we can anticipate interest in commercial development and leasing of existing spaces to remain high over the upcoming decade.
The city’s goal will remain ensuring high-quality development that meets the community’s needs while strengthening the local tax base and economy.
Economic Notes is an update from Fairfield City Hall written by Brian Miller and Karl Dumas of the Fairfield Planning and Development Department. Reach them at 428-7461 or email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.