Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Solano County seeks ideas on whether to sell surplus property

County seeks ideas on whether to sell surplus property

By Barry Eberling | DAILY REPUBLIC | June 21, 2010 12:02

ejo%20copy.jpgSolano County supervisors will be looking into options for 14 properties, including the Vallejo Veterans Memorial Hall in Vallejo. Photo by Adam Smith

FAIRFIELD - Solano County has some buildings and land it just may be willing to sell so it can get rid of surplus property.

Buildings such as the old Dixon Veterans Hall are definitely fixer-uppers.
This structure dates back to the 1920s and needs about $2 million in work to overcome deterioration due to such problems as a leaky roof.

In several cases, the properties are vacant lots.

Solano County supervisors on Tuesday will decide whether to do a market survey to see if there are any opportunities to lease, sell, redevelop or exchange 14 surplus properties. They meet at 9 a.m. at the Government Center, 675 Texas St.

'With the current state of the economy and real estate market, there may be little or no interest in the properties due to their location and condition, the availability of financing and/or physical and restrictive limitations,'
it said.

One property is a grand, historic building -- the vacant Vallejo Veterans Memorial Hall at 444 Alabama St. in Vallejo. Dedicated in 1930, it has a classical facade that makes it look like a monument. This impressive outside is wrapped around an inside that has seen extreme deterioration...

Solano County acquired six of the 14 properties in 1977 because the former owners didn't pay their taxes. Each of these properties is a vacant lot. The largest, at 9,128 square feet, is on Georgia Street in Vallejo and has a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. right of way over the entire parcel. The smallest, at 161 square feet, sits landlocked amid a residential neighborhood on Lighthouse Street in Vallejo.

Some properties, such as 1945 Kidder Ave. in Fairfield, are buildings along city streets. The county for years used this former church for mental health programs. Another property in this category is 228 Broadway St. in Vallejo, the former county mental health building.

County staff would do the market survey to determine the type and level of interest in each property. That means spending no additional General Fund money on the project.

Reach Barry Eberling at 425-4646, ext. 232, or beberling@dailyrepublic.net.