Planning commission rules land by complies with General Plan

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The city’s proposal to purchase of a building on Escobar Street that would be demolished so the site could be used for parking complies with the Martinez General Plan, the Martinez Planning Commission decided Tuesday.

The building sits at 821 to 825 Escobar St., and is surrounded by a parking lot. Its owner is the James Davis Revocable Trust, whose acting trustee is Sharon Ellsworth. It houses a dog grooming business, a resale store and a family restaurant.

While the resale store belongs to the property owner, who will handle its relocation, the city must assist Canine Design and Sal’s Family Kitchen in their moves.

The owners approached the city July 2017 with an offer to sell, and the two have negotiated a sale price of $560,000. The Martinez City Council has adopted a property purchase agreement, which gives the city 30 to 60 days to complete its investigation of the property.

Part of the final examination required the Planning Commission’s determination that the project complies with the General Plan, which the panel did unanimously.

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