Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

County wants to transform fairgrounds

By
From page A1 | April 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has some big decisions to make in coming years on how to redevelop its 149-acre fairgrounds property in Vallejo, with a $94 million, 25-year plan on the table.

The county is thinking big. It wants to transform an aging, underutilized fairgrounds into what a county report calls “an iconic, region-serving public entertainment destination.”

At one time, the annual fair used much of the property. People came for such events as horse racing. But horse racing is gone and much of the land now sits unused.

Solano County’s plan calls for renovating 35 acres for the five-day, annual Solano County Fair. Existing buildings would be improved. A 20,000-square-foot exhibition hall would be replaced with a 72,000-square-foot hall, with the idea of attracting more events and revenues year-round to the property.

The county also has plans for the remaining 114 acres. A Main Street, USA-style area with shops and restaurants would be created along a creek flowing through a park-like setting. Visitors might be able to use pedal boats in the creek. An amusement park could offer rides year-round.

This reborn fairgrounds would be a mix of public development and private development on leased land, with the county remaining the landowner.

A financing plan calls for the county to issue bonds in phases to pay for renovations and for new roads, sewer lines and other infrastructure. Fairground revenues, property taxes and development are to ultimately pay for the bonds and turn the venture into a money-maker, if all goes as envisioned.

Solano County could lose $3.3 million over the first five years of the project, a county report said. But it should make $7.1 million from years six to 15, the report said.

When completed, the project is to bring in $3.7 million annually for the county while costing $500,000 annually. Vallejo could net $1.7 million annually, the report said.

The county has used $4.4 million from its general fund to plan the venture. This money is to be repaid when the project begins making money.

Whoever is elected to the Board of Supervisors will have a major influence on what happens next. The county has finished the major planning for the project and will turn its attention to financing initial phases.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 7 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Dr RussApril 13, 2014 - 9:29 am

    I can just see the advertisements now. "Solano County Fairgrounds, come for the fun, but stay for the armed robbery". No one goes to Vallejo voluntarily. Why not appropriate those funds to building a decent middle school or high school in Fairfield? Instead of the future felon factories we have now. Good schools attract quality residents and capital to an area.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • oh pleaseApril 13, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Just what we need,more retail. I'm sure this Amazon thing isn't going to last and all the shopping centers within sight of the Fairgrounds, and the commercial space on Sonoma Blvd and the commercial space in Vallejo's neighboring cities are all going to be leased to capacity. Right?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • BrandyApril 14, 2014 - 11:32 am

    sounds like an opportunity...for change! More Jobs for struggling unemployed productive citizens of Vallejo.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George Guynn, JrApril 15, 2014 - 9:55 am

    As presently planned, this project is a $94 million dollar black hole! With plans like this, taxes can only go up! It sure would be nice if new blood at the Board of Sups changed this direction.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Questions ?April 15, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Please..... "The Report" where is the report? Is it available for public review and analysis? Seems much money has already been spent on Consulting Fees... Projections we don't need no Stinking Projections... they are just that... wishful thinking... You can not shop and party your way out of recessions. Maybe we should look at Vacaville's Adventures in Babysitting the Nut Tree Complex... is this making money or losing money... was a BOND taken out to finance this... Seems lots of retail space is empty there... just asking... County Supervisors please make the distinction between "Wants" and Needs... " Solano County’s plan calls for renovating 35 acres for the five-day, annual Solano County Fair. Existing buildings would be improved. A 20,000-square-foot exhibition hall would be replaced with a 72,000-square-foot hall, with the idea of attracting more events and revenues year-round to the property." People all this money for 5 Days and most of the population of Solano does not attend... so a lot of money for a small percent of the population using the venue.... Just move the Fair to Dixon and save the money... Common Sense... What is wrong with Common Sense?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://politicalvelcraft.org/2009/11/24/harry-reids-acorn-executive-off-to-jail-oh-what-a-surprise/April 15, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Google... Harry Reid’s Acorn Executive Off To Jail – Oh What A Surprise!!!! Posted on November 24, 2009 Good Diagram of election fraud connections... YOUR SIDE CHEATS ALSO MICHAEL

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • NEVERMINDApril 15, 2014 - 10:43 am

    I did not put this in the correct place.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Crime key topic again at Fairfield candidates night

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Pair testify in Laurel Creek shooting case

By Jess Sullivan | From Page:

 
Dixon corn maze breaks own world record

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A5 | Gallery

PAL center seeks volunteers

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A5

 
Police Department hosts employee recognition event

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A5

.

US / World

Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Yosemite proposes raising entrance, camping fees

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Surfer fends off shark attack with fist, board

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

WWII airman to be buried in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Brown: California needs long-term vision on water

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Youths, tech workers duel over San Francisco field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Nigeria declared Ebola-free; ‘spectacular success’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Urgent-care clinics ill-equipped to treat Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

British royal couples’ 2nd child due in April

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Opinion

Spering kept youth league going

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
Day, Blankenchip good for respective cities

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

‘Misleading’ mailer sent to residents

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Yearwood, Santana to perform at World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
San Francisco radio stations ban hit song ‘Royals’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Pitbull to host American Music Awards on Nov. 23

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor arrested in Idaho

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

NBC’s Snyderman faces credibility issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
Not so fast cordcutters – cable’s not going anywhere

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

TVGrid Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Local Report: Armijo boys soccer team falls to Vintage

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Bumgarner against Shields in World Series opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Raiders plagued by 3rd-down defensive woes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Champion drag racer Raymond Beadle dies at 70

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Stiviano lawsuit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

With TD mark in bag, Manning can set more records

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers lose center Daniel Kilgore, needs surgery

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Giants-Royals: A capsule look at World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Belichick, Brady praise Manning on TD record

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Penn State board to meet on disputed Freeh Report

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
McIlroy to skip 2 events to focus on lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Giants rely on core of 4 relievers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Voynov suspended on domestic violence suspicion

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

US regulator: Fannie, Freddie in deal with banks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Sears plans to raise more cash via rights offering

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

 
US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Pickles Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baby Blues Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C. Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Frank and Ernest Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Garfield Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Beetle Bailey Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6