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Mike Conway

Post Date:07/17/2015

Merced City Council to consider apartment project, police site

The Merced City Council will hold a public hearing on an apartment complex proposed for Pacific Drive and Horizons Avenue and a study session re-evaluating the future site of the police building site at the July 20 meeting.

The Council study session will begin at 6 the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The regular Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Council will consider a proposal that has two options for the 10.42 acre site. One would build 136 units with parking, an office building and a swimming pool, with the parking being located within the flood plain. The second option reduces the number of units to 104 and moves the parking out of the floodway.

The Council will hold a study session re-evaluating the Mansionette and Yosemite Avenue site selected in Mach 2010 as the future home of the Merced Police Department. At the 2014 Policy Planning Session the Council decided to take another look at the appropriateness of that location.

The site had been selected after a citywide review of 26 locations narrowed the search down to three sites. The City paid $1,112,388 for 5.16 acres that would give it room to more than double the number of police officers and administrative staff.

In order to select a new location the City would have to use the same site selection criteria it used in 2008 when it began the process. Among the 21 criteria were property size, traffic congestion,  location, cost, location on major arterial, access points and whether it was adjacent to a railroad.

The Council also will consider purchasing a Pierce Quantum Pumper Fire Engine from Pierce Manufacturing for $575,203.42. The cost includes factory inspection trips, delivery, dealer prep, and 8 percent sales tax.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's home page at The City will also add the Council video to YouTube for people that were unable to watch it live. These services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast's Government Channel 96.

The Council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council.

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