Friday, January 20, 2006

Talks move ahead to raze old Crystal school site

From Daily Republic // Jan. 19, 2006
By Ian Thompson

SUISUN CITY - The Suisun City Council approved entering exclusive negotiations with the local developer Main Street West Partners for plans to raze the old Crystal school site and turn it into residences.

The council, sitting as the city's redevelopment agency, wants the developer to move quickly redeveloping the vacant school into a high quality residential development.

The Fairfield-Suisun School District closed the school a few years ago and moved the students to the new Crystal Middle School which sits across the Suisun Slough.

Main Street West Partners is still in talks with city officials over how to carry out the city's plans for developing several vacant parcels in and around the harbor as part of its campaign to economically revive the Old Town.

Mayor Jim Spering told Main Street West Partners Tuesday he wants to be sure the Crystal School redevelopment plans will include putting in some affordable housing.

Developer Mike Rice of Main Street West told councilmembers he will move as fast as possible and hopes to break ground on the project some time later this year.

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