Fresh Choice restaurant site sale wins panel’s OK

By March 3, 2014

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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • S KMarch 04, 2014 - 6:45 am

    What difference does it make. Whichever restaurant opens up there, will more than likely close. And if Vacaville doesn't yet have one (Of whichever), it will move there like so many other businesses. After our businesses move there, I refuse to go up there. I recall awhile ago, a long while ago, outside of town off I-80 was a bill board that said about doing business in Fairfield, "Red carpet, not red tape." YEAH RIGHT.

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  • P.J.March 04, 2014 - 9:03 am

    I am upset and confused about the number of businesses that have closed here and moved to Vacaville. Is it because of a newer style of shopping center with highway exposure? Fresh Choice, World Market, what next??? I noted that Michael's has a new Vacaville store. Will ours now close? WHAT is the attraction? Yet....there is Panero's, Mimi's, Red Lobster and Chevy's just chugging away!!! Well...my favorites are downtown, Evelyn's, Chez Soul!

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