PITTSBURG -- City council members have formally approved a development agreement for a long-delayed project that would transform an empty five-acre lot next to Pittsburg's civic center into a three-story commercial office building.

Approval of an ordinance that outlined the agreement between the city and Concord-based Garaventa Enterprises clears the way for the project site at Highway 4 and Railroad Avenue to go through a formal approval process before construction begins.

Garaventa Enterprises plans to construct a building between 65,000 and 75,000 square feet in size, a bicycle path, parking lot and a stand-alone full-service restaurant. Whether the restaurant will be included in the final project is undecided at this time.

The agreement calls for the project to be completed by September 2017.

The vote to approve the agreement at Monday night's meeting was 4-0; Mayor Sal Evola recused himself because he is employed by Garaventa. The agreement received tentative approval two weeks ago.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.



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