Friday, August 15, 2008

Suisun City retail development coming along nicely

Suisun City retail development coming along nicely
By Ian Thompson | DAILY REPUBLIC | August 14, 2008

Mike Rice, left, of Main Street West Partners, talks with Charnjit "Bobby" Singh, owner of Port of Call Grocery, during an open house of Harbor Square at the Susiun City waterfront Thursday. Photo by Brad Zweerink

SUISUN CITY - The scaffolding is now gone from the first new retail building to be built on Suisun City's waterfront in more than a decade.

'This is better than we had envisioned,' developer Frank Marinello said Thursday during an open house at Harbor Square for local community leaders. 'This will be unique in the marketplace. It is a destination residents have previously traveled outside of the county for.'

It has been almost two years since Main Street West Partners broke ground on the two-story Harbor Square project at Main and Solano streets.

Harbor Square is a 40,000-square-foot, two-story building wrapped like a horseshoe around a courtyard with a central fireplace and patio seating.

The building is 90 percent finished and ready for workers to start preparing it for tenants, Marinello said. The work will be complete by the end of October, and the building is expected to open in early 2009.

'We are actively marketing for tenants,' Marinello said.

Bob Tooke, owner of Merchant & Main Bar and Grill in Vacaville, signed a lease in March to open a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the building's first floor.

The building will also be home to a Subway franchise. Marinello said he is in talks with several other eateries, offices and small retail businesses to fill the rest of the building.

Suisun City's Redevelopment Agency hired Main Street West Partners early in 2006 to develop 14 agency-owned sites of various sizes around Suisun City's harbor.

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