FAIRFIELD — The city would pay $6,300 for conceptual architectural plans of the Pepperbelly’s comedy club site to use as documents in business recruitment if the Fairfield City Council approves the proposal.
Before the Jan. 25, 2013, fire, Pepperbelly’s was an anchor of downtown and provided regional name recognition that created revenue from outside Solano County, according to a city staff report.
“It’s a landmark-type building,” Fairfield Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro said of the 849 Texas St. site. “If the architecture is done right, it could be an anchor again.”
“I’m all for doing something with the property,” he said.
Rejuvenating downtown has always been on the minds of the City Council, Vaccaro said.
Building owner David Wayne Mayhew has agreed to work with the city to market the structure, the city staff report states.
The $6,300 is half of Mayhew’s cost for an architect’s design and marketing documents for rehabilitating the building.
“Successful reuse of the building will provide regional marketing for the city,” the report adds. “Executing the agreement will help to ensure that the building design, floor plan and tenant selection meet the city’s long-term economic development goals.”
Mayhew, when contacted Friday, would not comment on the matter.
The design allows for restaurants or retail in the 4,000-square-foot ground floor and expanding an upstairs 4,000 square feet for entertainment.
Bryan Briggs, senior economic development project manager for Fairfield, said the entertainment reference involves design rather than a specific use.
The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at the Fairfield Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.
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