FAIRFIELD — One of Pam Bertani’s campaign promises was to bring an anchor store to downtown Fairfield. More specifically, she wanted to bring it to the empty lot at the corner of Texas and Taylor streets.
A group of volunteers will spread bark Saturday over the lot and put up a fence around the property. That group includes members of Opertion THUGS – The Harvest Unit Gathering Souls – and the Matt Garcia Foundation, Bertani said.
Elimination of redevelopment by the state placed plans for the property in a state of limbo. Bertani wants to at least clean up the lot until the future of the site is known.
“Your front yard has to look good before you invite people over to dinner,” Bertani said. “It’s not a permanent fix on that lot. At least it can look better while we get started on procuring a long-term retail establishment.”
The lot is actually three properties, Bertani said. The city owns two of those and the private owner of the third piece OK’d the improvements.
“We’re going to facelift that lot. It’s at the gateway of our city and it’s an eyesore,” Bertani said. “We’ve just got to make it look better. We want it so you look out and see a beautiful lot. Not a vacant lot with graffiti, cigarette butts and beer bottles. It’s the first step.”
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