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Buckeye Council could approve $2.9 million parking project Tuesday

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BUCKEYE — A $2.9 million project is on the consent agenda for the Buckeye City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

The council will have the chance to approve a northward expansion of the East Buckeye Park-n-Ride facility at Jackrabbit Trail and Palm Lane.

While a $2 million federal Valley Metro grant will cover most of the expansion, the city will have to make up the difference as part of the its Capital Improvement Program.

Work to be done on the transportation center will include adding asphalt parking areas and drives, concrete curbs and gutters, concrete walks, site walls, drainage systems (including underground storage tanks), furnishing and installing steel canopy structures, furnishing and installing landscape and irrigation.

This expansion will add covered parking to at east 25% of the new parking spaces, a staff report states.

A late-August invitation led to bids from contractors Straight Arrow Contracting, Combs Construction, J. Banicki Construction, SWB Paving and the high bidder, Desert Services International. DSI’s bid came in at almost $8.2 million; Combs Construction was easily the lowest bidder at $2.89 million.

The staff report says the current East Park-n-Ride is almost at capacity, creating the need for expansion. The facility is about a half mile north of I-10 exit 121, at Jackrabbit Trail.

According to Valley Metro, there are 250 parking spaces at East Buckeye Park-n-Ride, 80 of which are covered.

Other items on Tuesday's consent agenda include the purchase of a $160,000 prisoner transport vehicle, a $75,000 contract with Maricopa County Human Service and a prepayment on loans through the Greater Arizona Development Authority that should save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest.

The only hearings on the regular meeting agenda involve a liquor license application and a downtown commercial rezoning application for 29 acres at Monroe Avenue and Miller Road.
Tuesday’s meeting also includes an executive session to address negotiations for city water supplies.

A 3 p.m. workshop will include a presentation on a partnership with Maricopa County to provide social services to Buckeye residents.

There will also be presentations on the Sundance Recreation Center and the programs and services being offered at the new facility, an update on construction at Sundance Park Phase II and a demonstration of LinkedIn Learning, a new career development online learning platform offered through the Buckeye Public Library System.

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