FAIRFIELD — A plan to sell for $1.4 million the vacant Fresh Choice restaurant site that the city’s redevelopment agency bought for $63,706 in 1976 won approval Monday from an oversight board.
The proposed sale now heads to the Fairfield City Council.
“This is a long time coming,” said Curt Johnson, a member of the oversight board. “Fresh Choice was an under-use of an incredibly important corner for the city.”
Mayor Harry Price, who serves on the seven-member board that includes the city, Solano County and the Solano Community College District, said after the meeting that “redevelopment was used very wisely in the city.”
“Fairfield was a very good steward,” he said.
Proceeds from the Fresh Choice property sale would be distributed as property tax to local governments.
The Fairfield City Council, serving as the successor agency to redevelopment, takes up the sale Tuesday. The state Department of Finance would consider the sale if the City Council approves the proposal.
Owners of the Red Robin restaurant building in Vacaville plan to put a restaurant at the 1501 Travis Blvd. site, but a specific business has not been named, states a staff report to the Fairfield City Council. The Fresh Choice site on 1.2 acres is on property that belongs to the city agency established after redevelopment ended.
Fairfield received the property in January 2013 because of Fresh Choice’s bankruptcy.
The interior and exterior of the building would be remodeled if the site is sold, according to city staff.
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