DISCOVERY BAY -- A property transaction that would provide space for a long-awaited community center may take longer than anticipated -- if it happens at all.
Discovery Bay's Community Services District is asking property owner Pilati Farms to extend escrow for the purchase of a 10.24-acre site on the northeast corner of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Willow Lake Road.
The property owner has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether it will grant a 60-day escrow extension, or the deal is dead, said Rick Howard, the district's general manager.
Discovery Bay has had some "last-minute hiccups" with its proposal to split lot lines on the property with the Delta Community Presbyterian Church, Howard said. A survey map outlining how the property would be divvied up must be accepted before completion of a deal.
The district wants about 7.4 acres of the property, which includes the Discovery Bay Athletic Club building where a community center could be located. But as it turns out, a small piece of the parcel where the district had initially proposed to remove a lot line so it could split the property elsewhere, is not identified by the county.
Now, the district is exploring other options for dividing the property.
Board directors indicated at a meeting last week they don't want to spend extra money and time to go through the process of splitting the property into more than two parcels. They also do not want to manipulate the lot line so there is no property line separation between the future community center parcel and the adjacent district water treatment facility property.
"We must maintain the integrity of that industrial parcel. We have to keep the water separate," director Mark Simon said.
Before escrow can close, the plans would need to be approved by the county and the Hofmann Co. One of the development conditions put on Hofmann in 1991 was that it set aside property for the community center and cover half of the total project cost.
The combined, all-cash price for the deal is $1.2 million. The district's portion would be about $850,000.
Discovery Bay has talked about building a community center for more than 20 years -- though progress has stopped each time.
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