Tuesday night Council considers selling building, traffic signal study
The Merced City Council will consider selling the former Pepsi Bottling plant and funding a traffic signal synchronization study during its Tuesday meeting.
The Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The meeting was delayed one day because of the Presidents Day holiday.
Sun Valley Nut of Turlock has offered to buy the former Pepsi Bottling plant at 1 West Avenue in the Airport Industrial Park for $1.143 million. Pepsi used the property from 1969 through 2010, employing 42 people in the 134,304 square-foot facility. Sun Valley plans to turn the property into an almond processing plant that would employ 75 people.
The Council is being asked to consider a professional services agreement for up to $87,000 to hire Kimley-Horn and Associates to conduct a traffic study of G Street from 16th Street to Yosemite Avenue and 16th Street from G to R streets. The project would also include a traffic signal synchronization element to improve traffic flows along those roadways.
Also on the agenda for the regular meeting, Council will consider reimbursing the Merced Union High School District $283,457 for traffic signal improvements and $337,107 for roadway improvements during construction of El Capitan High School. The district built the improvements on a scale larger than were needed for the high school to accommodate future growth in the area, so it is being reimbursed from a fund of development fees.
There will be a closed session at 6:30 p.m. to confer with legal counsel regarding initiation of litigation and to confer with labor negotiators.
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