Solano County supervisors to consider proposal for fairgrounds
August 7, 2011
By Melissa Murphy, Vacaville Reporter
Vallejo Times Herald
Solano County is moving forward with its plan to rejuvenate the fairgrounds and is considering a proposal for a "framework" for future plans in the project.
Tuesday, the board of supervisors will consider approving an Initial Project Description for the Solano360 project to redevelop the Solano County Fairgrounds property in the city of Vallejo and adjacent to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Initially, the vision included redevelopment of the fairgrounds to accommodate 1.6 million square feet of new public and private building space. Public uses are planned for approximately 58 acres, including a 100,000-square-foot exhibition hall, a 100,000-square-foot events center or arena, and 88,000 square feet of new fairground facilities.
Private uses are anticipated to occupy approximately 71 acres of the new site, including 200,000 square feet of entertainment space, 470,000 square feet of retail space, 284,000 square feet of office space and two hotels, and 375,000 square feet of building space. An additional 17 acres is planned to accommodate internal roadway and space for flex parking.
A recent market study determined that it would be "challenging" for the amount and type of retail, office and hotel uses proposed at the Solano360 Project site to be feasibly supported in the foreseeable future.
An opportunity still exists, however, to create an agglomeration of regional-serving entertainment and amusement attractions that build on the existing amusement park and the fairgrounds, according to staff.
Phase 2 of the Solano360 project is the entitlement phase, which has a budget of $3.1 million and includes approval of the Initial Project Description, which will serve as the framework for the preparation of both the Specific Plan and the requisite environmental documents.
Staff noted that physical and economic constraints of the site and the proposed uses still need to be further identified.
In a report to the board, the next steps are listed in the process are listed.
If the board approves the Initial Project Description, consultants will then solicit input from other agencies on the scope of the content of the environmental information to be included in the Environmental Impact Report. A Notice of Preparation will be posted for 30 days and a public scoping meeting will be scheduled for next month.
A Fiscal Impact Analysis and a Public Facilities Financing Plan are also part of the process.