Gainesville Daily Register

October 16, 2013

Negotiations continue for Locke Field development

Staff Report

Gainesville — Staff report

A resolution passed during Tuesday’s regular Gainesville City Council meeting brought the multiuse development of property currently occupied by Locke Field to the next level.

Council approved City Manager Barry Sullivan’s negotiation with JaffBeys Properties & Development LLC for the lease and development of the 9.14 acres still known as Locke Field. As reported Tuesday, the company proposes to launch a “mixed use” project on that property that will finally include apartment housing, senior housing and retail shops.

Measuring 140,000 square feet, the development will provide 100 multifamily units, 28 senior living units and 10,000 square feet designated for retail. JaffBeys currently proposes a 52-year primary term lease with two 25-year options to renew at the same price as the primary term. The company also proposes an initial $25,000 payment to the city for the first year of the lease and $100 per year thereafter during the balance of the primary term. JaffBeys was the sole company to respond to a city advertisement for bids — having made contact with city officials on Oct. 2.

Sullivan explained Monday that council’s approval of the negotiation is the beginning of a contract process that may take months before any groundbreaking begins.

Other meeting highlights:

• Gainesville police officer Justin Galvan was named “Employee of the Month” for October 2013 in recognition of dedication to duty and superior customer service. Galvan was cited for multiple occasions. In July, Galvan volunteered to work other shifts during department manpower shortages, in addition to his regular work shifts, so that work objectives could be achieved. In August, Galvan received a “thank you” letter from the Cooke County Attorney for his collection, examination and review of evidence at the scene of a hit-and-run accident. And in September, a motorist wrote to the Gainesville Police Department commending Galvan, whom he had witnessed changing a tire for an elderly motorist in the heat on the side of the road. As “Employee of the Month,” Galvan also received a certificate for one day of paid vacation.

• Council authorized the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA) to execute “Change Order No. 1” to the contract with S & J Construction Inc. for the Gainesville Northwest Water Distribution System Improvements Project. The project with S & J is for installation of new water lines from the Moss Lake Treatment plant and along the west side of Gainesville Municipal Airport to U.S. Highway 82. The proposed change order increases the contract amount by $97,657.60 to a new contract total of $3,104,298.99. The change order modifies three items in the project: 1) connections located on US 82 ($24,305); 2) a line crossing at U.S. Highway 82 ($42,127.29); and 3) moving the water line installation from one side to the other side of FM 1201 (17,239.80) and County Road 404 (13,598.51) as requested by Cooke County. The master agreement between the GTUA and the City of Gainesville requires approval of the change order by both the city and GTUA before it becomes effective.

• Council awarded a five-year contract for Bid No. 2013-15 to Grant Krahl for an airport grazing lease in the amount of $9,292 per year. The Gainesville Municipal Airport advertised for lease of approximately 360 acres of unimproved pasture land to potential bidders in September. Two bids were received, with Krahl submitting the highest bid. The contract begins Dec. 3, 2013.  Staff recommended approval.

• Council approved the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) purchase of approximately five acres adjoining the north side of the 148-acre Gainesville Industrial Park. The parcel is located along the south line of FM 1202, just north of the Gainesville Industrial Park. GEDC will pay $110,000 cash for the land.

• Council approved abandonment of two alleyways in Block Three of the Rice Park addition that have never been utilized by the city. The subdivision was documented at the courthouse in the 1800s before the city regulated subdivisions. The two alleys, a north-south alley between Anthony and Cole streets, and an east-west alley between Cole Street and Rice Avenue, have never been accepted or improved by the city. Staff recommended not developing these alleys so the area can be platted to current subdivision rules.  Abandonment of the alleys will allow the area to be re-platted for six homes to be built in this area on lots that meet current city regulations.

(Sourced from meeting minutes.)