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Solano fairgrounds plan up for review at Board of Supervisors

August 7, 2011

By David DeBolt, Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — The framework of an ambitious proposal to turn the Solano County Fairgrounds into a “super-regional” destination is before county supervisors Tuesday.

Years in the making, the project at county-owned fairgrounds was originally envisioned as supported by a mix of retail, office and hotel.

But a recent market study by county-hired consultants found that wasn’t feasible in the near term. So consultants recommended expansion of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom or a second theme park to anchor the 149-acre site.

The Solano 360 Committee has developed an initial project description based in part on the market study. The description serves as a starting point from which officials can create a more specific plan.

The committee is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve the project description at its meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield.

The fairgrounds are located in Vallejo south of the Interstate 80 and Highway 37 interchange and adjacent to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Of the 149-acres, 51 acres are proposed for an entertainment park and major entertainment venue, 28 acres for open space, 20 acres for parking and 10 acres for roads and infrastructure. The remaining 40 acres are for the fairgrounds.

A water feature would serve as a gathering point and a thematic “Main Street” would connect to the new theme park and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Exactly what theme park or entertainment venue will go on the site would be determined later in the process.

Restaurants and shops would be built to complement the entertainment and amusement attractions, under he proposal.

Also Tuesday, supervisors will give final approval to a new redistricting plan. The new lines will be set for the next 10 years and are the result of months of planning and meetings.

Some residents criticized the process, questioning if the lines were redrawn to benefits the supervisors politically. Supervisors are elected by voters within their district.

Reach David DeBolt at 427-6935 or ddebolt@dailyrepublic.net.