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Orange County Fairgrounds back up for sale

August 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Orange County Fairgrounds is back up for sale despite a preliminary agreement to sell the property to the city of Costa Mesa for $96 million.The State Department of General Services re-listed the property Tuesday, one week away from a deadline for legislation needed to make the purchase possible. A tentative agreement was struck in June to sell the fairgrounds to Costa Mesa, where the property is located. The city planned to hire a real estate firm to run the fair and other events. However, new legislation involving that third-party involvement has not been written.

Costa Mesa city manager Allan Roeder says the city will continue to work with the state on the sale if the City Council approves the plan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.