RIO VISTA — The City Council emerged from closed session Tuesday with no news to report on the possible sale of nearly six acres that is currently being leased to California Vegetable Specialties.
Mayor Norman Richardson had no comment about the status of negotiations after Tuesday’s council meeting.
Since 1952, a deed restriction prevented the city from selling or parceling the nearly 100 acres bounded partially by Airport Road and St. Francis Way. The area, dubbed the business park, was formerly the old municipal airport area.
The city opted to lease what land it could, including to California Vegetable Specialties in 1995. The business is located on Poppy House Road.
The recent lifting of the deed restriction now allows the city to parcel and market the land.
Rich Collins, president of the vegetable company, the largest American producer of endive, is the first to negotiate with the city concerning the land it has leased for nearly two decades.
“The lease relationship with the city has worked well and I believe has been beneficial to both parties for nearly 20 years,” Collins said in an email to the Daily Republic. “However, now that the city can finally sell parcels it makes good business sense for us to pursue the purchase opportunity. It will render a cleaner relationship, which will allow for more flexibility, especially with bankers, as our business matures and continues to grow.”
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