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Green Valley Executive Center loan goes before city panel

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January 22, 2014 | 5 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A loan first made by the city redevelopment agency to help finance construction of the Green Valley Executive Center will end, $699,140 in proceeds would be distributed as property taxes and the owner could restructure multiple loans on the three-story office building under a proposal a city panel takes up Tuesday.

David White, deputy city manager, said about 15 to 20 percent of the $699,140 distributed as property taxes would go to Fairfield. The rest would go to other taxing agencies, including Solano County, the Fairfield-Suisun School District and the Solano Community College District.

If Green Valley Executive Center fails to complete the financial restructuring by June, it’s likely the property would enter foreclosure and the successor agency to city redevelopment would lose its entire investment, the city report said.

“That’s what’s at stake,” White said.

The Fairfield City Council, meeting as the successor to the redevelopment agency, takes up the recommendation involving the Business Center Drive property when it meets at 6 p.m.

The former redevelopment agency made a $699,140 loan to help finance the 45,000-square-foot office building constructed in 2006. The loan is in default and the city staff has been negotiating with the property owners over the past two years to resolve the matter, according to the report by White.

A June 2013 appraisal valued the building at $10.7 million but the property has about $13 million in loans – including an $8.2 million construction loan due this June. To obtain permanent financing and prevent foreclosure, the owner proposed the financial restructuring, White wrote in his report.

All creditors, including the successor to city redevelopment, would waive unpaid interest totaling more than $1.5 million. Fairfield is waiving about 10 to 15 percent of $721,858 in unpaid interest.

The executive center opened about when the real estate marked crashed in California. The site along Business Center Drive is now more than 90-percent occupied, White said.

“It’s a Class A property in Fairfield,” White said. “It’s a building that’s been an asset to the community and particularly the Cordelia area.”

If ending the loan agreement wins approval Tuesday, the matters goes to the seven-member oversight board – representing agencies including the city, Solano County, Fairfield-Suisun School District and the Solano College district – and state Department of Finance for approval.

The company representing the Green Valley Executive Center could not be reached Monday for comment.

City Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • The MisterJanuary 21, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Sounds like the people will be on the hook yet again for another failed "redevelopment" project. Who gets held accountable? It was, after all, the City Council in the guise of the Redevelopment Agency who put made the people of Fairfield ultimately responsible for this great debt. And now, people, you are. Don't you think that some or all of your City Council should suffer for their mistake? Or are you going to reward them and reelect them while your children and grandchildren pay your debts?

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  • B. ThiemerJanuary 21, 2014 - 11:59 am

    With the next round of redevelopment on its way, we should have a 'lessons learned' presentation on this bad deal so that similar mistakes are not made in the future. Otherwise, let's just file this in the "reasons not to have government do property management" file.

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  • NormJanuary 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Fairfield's RDA is like a bad case of herpies.

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  • RDA is like BAD MEDICINE....What political hacks need.January 21, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4coXVx8noBA

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  • Pink Floyd-Empty spacesJanuary 21, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnaNu4o91cI

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