Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Vacant Fresh Choice restaurant site could fetch $1.4M

redevelopment, 8/30/13

The former site of Fresh Choice on Travis Boulevard is owned by Fairfield's redevelopment agency and is targeted to be sold. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | March 02, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The vacant Fresh Choice restaurant site on Travis Boulevard would be sold for $1.4 million to the owners of the Red Robin restaurant building in Vacaville under a proposal the Fairfield City Council is expected to take up Tuesday.

Robert Robben and his family plan to put a restaurant at the Fairfield 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.

The Red Robin in Vacaville referred questions about the sale to its corporate offices. A spokeswoman said people who could comment about the matter would be available Monday.

Fairfield received the property in January 2013 because of Fresh Choice’s bankruptcy.

“People have been anxious for something to happen there that would turn that building into a more productive use,” Mayor Harry Price said.

The interior and exterior of the building would be remodeled if the site is sold, according to city staff.

Fairfield City Council members in a separate redevelopment-related matter approved in January the end of a loan first made by the city redevelopment agency to help finance construction of the Green Valley Executive Center. The $699,140 in proceeds are distributed as property taxes, with about 15 to 20 percent going to Fairfield and the rest going to other taxing agencies, including Solano County, the Fairfield-Suisun School District and the Solano Community College District.

Proceeds from the Fresh Choice property sale would also be distributed as property tax to local governments.

A seven-member oversight board – representing agencies that include the city, Solano County, Fairfield-Suisun School District and the Solano College district – takes up the proposed sale when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday in the council chamber at the Fairfield Civic Center.

If the board approves the sale, the proposal goes before the Fairfield City Council, meeting as the successor to the redevelopment agency. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the chambers at 1000 Webster St.

The state Department of Finance would next take up the sale if the City Council approves the proposal.

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

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