Merced Council considers office project, HUD plan
At its Monday meeting the Merced City Council hold public hearings on a proposed office complex on Mercy Avenue and Mansionette Drive near Mercy Hospital and the HUD Action plan.
The meeting will be available on Comcast Channel 96 and also streamed live with a link on the City’s website.
A developer has proposed a 117,800-square foot office complex on the south side of Mercy Avenue. The location had been the site of a previous proposal, but the developer has modified the plans to lower the height of the project to two-stories and reduce the overall size by approximately 15,200 square feet.
Some neighbors are opposed to the project because it is close to a middle school. They also had concerns about traffic from the project and preferred to have houses on the property as originally zoned.
The Council also will hold a public hearing on the Housing and Urban Development Action Plan for the year. The year HUD is requiring the City to submit its action plan even though the department has not to staff how much funding will be allocated to Merced. Staff based the budget on an 8 percent decrease in funding.
The Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in closed session to discuss two cases of existing litigation.
The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards 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.
City Council meetings are now being streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City’s home page at www.cityofmerced.org. The City will also add the Council video the following business day to YouTube for people that were unable to watch it live. These new services are in addition to the live broadcast of the meeting on the Comcast’s Government Channel 96.