Council discusses green space and property

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 22, 2014

City council members discussed the demolition of the old hospital site, retiring the Arizona Chemicals building bond and replacement of cast iron natural gas lines at Tuesday’s meeting.

Work to demolish the old hospital building on Goodyear Boulevard is complete. City manager Jim Luke said the building was purchased by the city in August of 2013 for a price of $210,000, with an additional $45,000 spent to demolish the building.

Demolition began the following November and was completed in February of this year.

Mayor Ed Pinero said there is no concrete plan for the site’s use, but it will be some form of green space. The exact use of the lot will be determined after the council receives public comments.

“We want to make sure there’s going to be public input,” Pinero said.

Council member Tammy Valente, who is also a real estate agent, estimates the lot value to be about $60,000 per acre. The lot has five acres. She said an additional premium could be attached to the price since all five acres are undivided.

A matter concerning the donation of a lot on Abrams Avenue was tabled after Farmer advised the council the city already had a lien on the property. Farmer said the property has at least five liens on it, but did not specify where the other four liens were derived.

A municipality places a lien on a property if it is forced to clean it for some reason. Based on the information presented, the council tabled the matter until their next meeting.

In other property matters, the council approved a motion to retire the bond associated with the old Arizona Chemicals building on Beech St. The city sold the building to Huey Stockstill Inc., prior to taking residence in the newly renovated city hall on Goodyear Boulevard in May of last year.

City Clerk Amber Hinton said now that the building has been sold, the city can retire the bond without penalty.

Arizona Chemicals was purchased by a previous administration prior to Hurricane Katrina for use as city hall.

The next council meeting is set for 5 p.m. April 1.