Thursday, September 14, 2006

Frontage Buildings Probable

Frontage Buildings Probable
By Amanda Janis/Business Editor

Construction commenced on the first of what will likely be multiple commercial developments along Crocker Drive and East Monte Vista Avenue.
Taking shape is a building for Vacaville Trailer Sales, a cargo trailer sales lot approved last year. So far, that's the only approved development, but preliminary plans have been submitted to develop many of the vacant, grassy parcels parallel to Interstate 505.

Retail centers, fast food, a gas station, convenience mart, and an indoor go-cart facility are among preliminary plans that have been submitted to the city, said Eric Luchini, associate planner.

"When there's a preliminary application, basically what (the developers are) fishing for is feasibility from the city standpoint," Luchini explained. "Once we give them comments, they have to decide if they're going to move forward, then submit a formal application to city."

In February, the city sent its comments to Massie & Co., the developer that proposed a go-cart facility. But the company canceled the go-cart plans, The Reporter learned, due to rising construction costs. "I think (the land) is available for sale," said Jeremy Bangs, a project manager for the firm.

Planners have yet to address two additional development plans that would border Vaca Valley Parkway. Following receipt of the city's comments, "We would move forward immediately with the planning process and construction," said Gary Simning, one of the owners of a four acre-lot on Crocker Drive.

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