CONCORD -- The City Council has approved the sale of a vacant lot that is an unused portion of the Diablo Creek Golf Course property.

Pacific Ranch Investments will pay the city $42,504 for the 12,075-square-foot property located at 4050 Port Chicago Highway. The company intends to use the parcel for additional parking for the adjacent office building it owns at 4080 Port Chicago Highway.

The property, a rectangular dirt lot, is part of the parcel that includes the back nine holes of the golf course, but is not a part of the course itself. Most of the property sits outside the golf course fence.

"There are no future plans for the use of the property by the city," said John Montagh, economic development and housing manager.

Pacific Ranch Investments, which approached the city about buying the property, plans to develop it into a parking lot with 35 spaces to make the existing office building more attractive to potential tenants.

To do so, the company needs a variance to the existing setback standards in the city's development code, Montagh explained. Without a variance, Pacific Ranch Investments could only install 23 parking spaces.

The company has agreed to develop the parking lot to allow runoff from the golf cart washing barn to flow into the lot's drainage system. Apparently, the Contra Costa Water District does not want the water flowing into the storm drains. The wastewater runoff provision will be included as a condition of approval as part of Pacific Ranch Investments' development application.

Councilman Edi Birsan asked Montagh to explain why the city only entertained one bid for the property.

Montagh explained that the lot's size and limited development possibilities made it attractive only to Pacific Ranch Investments.

"Really, the only likely buyer for that lot would be the adjacent property owner," said Montagh, who pointed out that Pacific Ranch Investments approached the city about buying the property.

Concord will deposit the proceeds from the sale into the golf course enterprise fund for future capital improvement projects, Montagh said.

Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.

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