City, school district complete land swap

By From page A12 | November 21, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The city and the Fairfield-Suisun School District have completed a deal that will allow Laurel Creek Elementary to eventually expand.

The Fairfield City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to trade land with the district, which will use it to build four to six new classrooms over the next four years. Councilwoman Pam Bertani did not attend the meeting.

Council members received a short presentation and made no comment before approving the deal.

The city will give the school district 7.2 acres of Laurel Creek Park that will be used to expand Laurel Creek Elementary to a K-8 school over the next four years. The piece of land is open with no playgrounds.

In return, Fairfield gets the district’s vacant, 7.7-acre site of the former Green Valley Middle School on Ritchie Road near Cordelia. Fairfield will now sell that site to the Solano Transportation Authority to use in the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange renovation project.

A transfer station and high-pressure pipeline for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is expected to be placed there.

The city will use money from the sale to buy other park land, specifically in the area of the planned train station and development near Peabody and Vanden roads. City Manager Sean Quinn said state laws require the money to go toward a new park and prohibits the city from using it on maintenance or expansion of a current park.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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