FAIRFIELD — Splitting the $12,600 cost of architectural plans to rehabilitate the Pepperbelly’s comedy club site with the property owner won City Council approval Tuesday after a resident said he’d prefer the money be spent to repair potholes on downtown streets.
“I just don’t feel we should be spending money toward that building.” Brian Thiemer said.
The city said sharing the cost of plans allows Fairfield to use the documents for business recruitment and that Fairfield is hiring a crew to fix potholes in the city.
Thiemer said after the unanimous council approval to spend $6,300 that the fate of the property is the owner’s responsibility.
“They should figure out what they want to do on their own dime,” he said.
Building owner David Wayne Mayhew has agreed to work with the city to market the structure, a city staff report states. He did not speak Tuesday and has declined to comment on the city sharing the cost of architectural plans.
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.
The design of the property would allow for restaurants or retail in the 4,000-square-foot ground floor and expand the upstairs 4,000 square feet for entertainment.
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