The Maple Grove City Council approved the next steps towards beginning the second phase of the Parkway Transit Station, during its Monday, Oct. 15 meeting.
The council also received an update on road construction projects within the city.
Here some of the meeting’s highlights.
The council authorized the Mayor and City Administrator to enter into an agreement with the Metropolitan Council and LSA Design for phase II of the Parkway Transit Station.
Phase I of the station was completed in February 2011, which included a 498-stall surface park-and-ride lot, dedicated bus way and indoor passenger station.
Currently, 70 percent of these stalls are occupied by commuters because of the strong rider-ship growth on the bus route.
Staff proposed to move forward with the design of phase II, which would include a one-level parking structure over half of the existing lot, providing another 210 parking stalls. The estimated cost of phase II is $3,946,000.
The 2012 State Legislature approved $2.3 million in Regional Transit Capital (RTC) bond funds that the city can apply to the design and construction of phase II of the park-and-ride.
Staff proposed using $421,500 of the RTC bond for a professional services agreement with LSA Design. The Metropolitan Council approved the use of these funds for the professional services on Oct. 10.
The remaining RTC funds ($1,878,500) would be kept by the Met Council for future construction costs until the final amount in the construction funding is identified and secured.
Staff felt the design and bid documents should be completed by March 2013. There is no construction timeline at this point, but a fall 2013 construction start would be possible if funds were to be approved by the 2013 State Legislature.
City Engineer Ken Ashfeld updated the council about several road construction projects within the city that are nearing completion.
First, he talked about the Bass Lake Road project. “We are now just a week or two away from having that project substantially complete and open to all the traffic lanes and turn lanes,” Ashfeld said.
Secondly, he mentioned the Weaver Lake Road project, just east of Main Street. He said they hope to have that project completed in about a month.
Finally, Ashfeld mentioned the future of Hwy. 610. “Hopefully within the next meeting or so, we’ll have for you consideration to establish a public hearing to review the preliminary layout and environmental assessment documents for the trunk Hwy. 610 extension over to I-94.”
In other action, the council:
SET a special council meeting for Monday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the 2013 budget.
APPROVED closing the Maple Grove City offices Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25.
ADOPTED the special assessments for 2012 delinquent weed/trees totaling $10,200 and special assessments for the 2012 delinquent utilities totaling $318,086.