By Amanda Schwarze
A contract for construction of the Maple Plain park-and-pool site could be awarded next month.
The city is currently advertising for bidders. All bids that are received will be opened at 10 a.m. July 11 at Maple Plain City Hall. The city council could award the contract to a bidder at its July 23 meeting.
The plan is to ultimately bring bus service to Maple Plain and to make the lot on Baker Park Road a Metro Transit park-and-ride site. Metro Transit officials are still seeking money to operate a bus route in the city and until bus service is available, the site will be used as a park-and-pool lot.
City officials began having discussions with Metro Transit officials about placing a park-and-ride in Maple Plain in 2008. By the end of 2010 design work for the project began. Last year the two homes that had once sat on the site were burned and demolished as part of a fire department training exercise.
The city purchased the two Baker Park Road properties with the help of a $460,000 grant from Hennepin County. Maple Plain has also received a $691,600 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to build the site. Metro Transit is paying for the design and engineering of the facility.
The plans call for 156 parking stalls on the lot. Proposed furnishings on the site include light fixtures, benches, trash receptacles and bicycle racks, which will all be painted black.