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The City of Riverside and a developer are working on the details of cost sharing for development of infrastructure on the north side of the city.
The northern development project as it is called is a proposal for 77 new housing units north of Cherry Lane.
“It seems everybody wants to move forward, but we don’t have costs,” said developer Jeff Edberg at the council meeting Monday night.
The city’s engineering firm, MMS Consultant, may work for both the city and the developer to development initial plans for grading the site and the installation of infrastructure such as streets, sewer and water service.
“Basically MMS would be working for both parties on this project,” Mayor Allen Schneider said.
The grading work would be done by Apex Construction based on plans produced by MMS. After costs are determined with the initial engineer plans, a cost split for the site grading and infrastructure development would be determined.
Initial estimates for the street infrastructure are $585,000, which includes building streets, sewer and water service, and engineering costs.
The council approved drafting an agreement with a 50-50 split on the initial engineering costs. The motion was approved 4-1 with Tom Sexton dissenting. Sexton was concerned about a potential conflict of interest if MMS worked for both the city and the developer.
The initial engineering costs would be $15,000.
In another development project, the council set a public hearing for a proposed zoning change on Galileo Drive from agriculture to residential. The land north of Galileo Drive, where a new community center is proposed, would be rezoned from agriculture to public.
The public hearing was set for Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.