Costa Mesa Makes State a $96 Million Offer to Buy OC Fairgrounds

Costa Mesa Makes State a $96 Million Offer to Buy OC Fairgrounds

The Costa Mesa City Council has made a formal proposal to have the city purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million.

The Daily Pilot has the scoop.

The offer amount is the minimum price state officials had been seeking from a sale of the fairgrounds to help close the state budget deficit.

Councilman Gary Monahan, Councilwoman Katrina Foley and City Manager Allan Roeder made the offer in Sacramento Wednesday during a visit to the governor's office.

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It remains unclear how the cash-strapped city would come up with $96 million for the 150-acre property.

Foley tells the Pilot's Mona Shadia the fairgrounds, under city rule, would be operated by yet-to-be-specified private firms.

The city and county previously put together a bid to buy the fairgrounds in March. A $56.5 million bid from Craig Realty Group, a Newport Beach-based outlet-mall developer, was the highest, however.

The state, which went in expecting $96 million to $180 million, wound up rejecting all bids.

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