The Garden City Commission on Tuesday moved forward with plans to sell city land on Kansas Avenue and Campus Drive and approved four projects to be authorized in the 2018 general obligation bond issue.

The commission approved the sale of property at 3206 N. Campus Drive through a sealed process beginning Tuesday.

The city purchased the property for the Garden City Recreation Commission in 2005 for $63,000, which the GCRC paid back over a three-year period. According to commission meeting materials, the 0.99-acre property, which includes one round top building, is valued at $63,890, and proceeds from the sale would help fund a centrally located storage and shop facility for the GCRC.

Bids must be hand-delivered to Doering, Grisell & Cunningham before 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and must include an offer of $63,890 or more, a time for closing and basic contact information. All bids will be submitted to City Manager Matt Allen by 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and will be reviewed by the commission on Oct. 16.

The commission also approved the reopening of a bid process to sell two parcels of city land located at 401-403 E. Kansas Ave., after the prior process closed Aug. 8 with no bids.

Assistant City Manager Jennifer Cunningham said after the meeting that during the initial bid process, 15 groups had shown interest in the property, but those she was able to speak with afterwards said they were not able to finalize plans before the bid deadline. She said she expected at least two of the groups to resubmit, but had not heard back from most of them yet.

The new bid process opened Tuesday, giving bidders until 4 p.m. Oct. 29 to hand deliver bids of $10,000 or more to Doering, Grisell & Cunningham. Bids will be submitted to Allen by 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and presented individually to the commission at an 11 a.m. pre-meeting on Nov. 6.

The two parcels of land, once an apartment complex and single family residence, will be combined into one 0.34-acre lot and developed for commercial use.

In other business, the commission also authorized projects tending to the public water system, sanitary sewer system, road construction and parks in the 2018 general obligation bond issue.

According to commission meeting materials, the new projects include over $1.19 million in water system improvements, about $760,000 in sewer system improvements and the construction of Southeast Community Park for $1.03 million. Bond proceeds will cover $500,000 of an approximately $1.6 million reconstruction of Eighth Street from St. John to Walnut streets and $550,000 of a $796,000 construction and land acquisition for the city's new walking trail Pioneer Pathway. Over $6.3 million in water and sewer system projects were authorized in the 2017 temporary note issue, which also will be permanently financed in the debt issue.

In other business:

• Mayor Roy Cessna proclaimed the week of Sept. 9 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week and Sept. 11 as Day of Service and Remembrance Day, following the commission’s approval.

• The commission approved a rezoning property at 1630 E Fulton St. from general commercial district to medium industrial district. Neighborhood and Development Services Director Kaleb Kentner said many properties alongside Fulton Street are in a mixed use area and often change the use of the property from commercial to industrial or vice versa.

• The commission rejected a Pioneer Pathway bid from Aug. 22 after the lone bid for the project exceeded the engineer’s estimate by nearly $80,000. Kentner said his department will revise the plans and timeline for the projects in an attempt to reduce costs and rebid soon. According to commission meeting materials, construction of the project will now likely take place in 2019.

 

Contact Amber Friend at afriend@gctelegram.com.