SALINAS, Calif. — The Salinas city council has approved the sale of a 1.6-acre downtown site to Taylor Fresh Foods, which plans to build a corporate headquarters and retail complex there.

The sales price is $1.5 million.

The council voted 6-0 Sept. 27 to sell city-owned land in the 100 block of Main Street after hearing presentations from Taylor Fresh Foods chief financial officer Tom Bryan, among others.

Salinas approves new HQ for Taylor Fresh FoodsThe Salinas-based grower-shipper plans 80,000 square feet of construction in a five-story building. Taylor Fresh Foods will occupy the top floors. The headquarters is moving downtown from a different part of the city. About 150 to 200 Taylor employees will work at the new location.

Construction is expected to begin within a year, city officials said.

The site across the street from the National Steinbeck Center and Maya Cinemas has been vacant since 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake led to condemnation of the historic Cominos Hotel building. In recent years it’s been used as a parking lot.

From the 1920s into the 1950s, that hotel was an informal center of deal making in the agricultural business community.

Some famous politicians, entertainers and sports figures also stopped in from time to time.

City council members, including mayor pro tem Gloria De La Rosa, plus representatives of local business associations, said they expect Taylor’s arrival to revitalize the area.