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Vacaville explores Carnegie Library sale

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The Carnegie Library, which is home to the Chamber of Commerce, is one property the city is trying to hang on to after being owned by the now-defunct redevelopment agency. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | March 22, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — The City Council is poised Tuesday to discuss price and terms of payment for the possible sale of the Carnegie Library, which is also the home of the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Creffield, the chamber’s president, said Friday that the investors of the next-door Theatre DeVille had shown an interest in the location, which belonged to the city’s former redevelopment agency.

The 1915 classical revival building is one of the focal points of a battle between the city and the state Department of Finance as the city struggles to hold on to former redevelopment property.

When the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown mandated the closure of California redevelopment agencies – made official Feb. 1, 2012 – the move also called for the sale of agency property not constructed and used for governmental purposes, which was defined as “roads, school buildings, parks, police and fire stations,” according to a portion of the state Health and Safety Code sent to the Daily Republic by H.D. Palmer, a representative of the California Department of Finance.

Agency-owned property that met the criteria and was approved by the finance department would be transferred to city ownership.

Several key city locations were not approved, including the Carnegie Library building at 300 Main St. The city embarked on a battle to keep the properties. As recent as last month, the Carnegie Library location was still one of the locations the city was fighting to keep.

Attempts Friday to reach city staff and Royce Farris of DeVille Enterprises were not successful.

Creffield said the talks to sell the historic library site at this point are informal and nothing is official.

“It’s the hope that when it’s done we will still be a tenant of the location,” he said.

Council members will consider the matter during closed session, which begins at 6 p.m. Open session begins at 7 p.m. at the City Hall council chambers, 650 Merchant St.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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  • The MisterMarch 22, 2014 - 7:48 am

    This is part of the properties that the City of Vacaville put up as collateral for all those "redevelopment" loans that they put the good taxpayers of Vacaville on the hook for. The creditors want their money and selling this jewel of Vacaville's past will help to stave off the loan sharks. People of Vacaville... thank your City Council members (as they were the "Redevelopment" board) for putting you in generational debt without your vote and for hawking the jewels and infrastructure (like the new Police building and various parking lots in town) of Vacaville. Either they were mentally deficient or they were crooked politicians attempting to gain favors and campaign support... either way, they sold the people out. THANK YOU CITY COUNCIL!

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