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The Ukiah City Council tonight will be asked to approve more preparation work on the proposed site for the new Mendocino County Courthouse.
According to the staff report for the March 2 meeting, that work includes a “wetland delineation study” that will be required before the necessary permits can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The State Judicial Council of California is looking to buy 4.1 acres just south of the Railroad Depot near Perkins Street and Hospital Drive, but the city is carefully preparing all 11 acres of the parcel for future development.
Since the site, which is owned by the North Coast Rail Authority, “borders downtown and sits along the east side of Ukiah’s primary gateway corridor,” city staff have been working closely with the JCC to make sure that the courthouse project supports, rather than precludes, further development on the parcel.
To help with that goal, the city agreed to front the costs of engineering and other design work that extends both Hospital Drive and East Clay Street through the parcel, as well as integrate the build-out of the site with other city projects, such as the Rail Trail and improvements planned for East Perkins Street.
NCRA has agreed to refund the money once the parcel is sold to the JCC. City Manager Sage Sangiacomo said the JCC may be given the go-ahead to acquire the 4.1 acre parcel this month.
In the meantime, the council is being asking to approve paying consultant Rau and Associates another $11,959 to complete the “wetland delineation study,” along with “mitigation drawings and a monitoring plan, as well as an update of the five-year floristic botanical survey.”
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight in the council chambers at 300 Seminary Ave.
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