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CASA GRANDE — Residents will see a transit plan underway and a new apartment complex after actions by the Casa Grande City Council.

On Monday the council approved a grant application agreement and the expenditure of $24,500 for the Arizona Department of Transportation to apply for available Federal Transportation Administration CARES Act transit funding to update the city’s Transit Development Plan.

Since the city is not designated by the governor to receive FTA Transit funds, ADOT must apply for the city and the state charges 10% of the grant as a fee.

The transit plan will consider several factors such as the impact of COVID-19 on ridership and a review and update on cost estimates.

“This is a very expensive study for a 50,000- to 70,000-person town,” Councilman Matt Herman said.

“I definitely see that it is a cost that we need to spend,” Councilwoman Mary Kortsen said.

Residents can also expect to see a large apartment complex in the works west of Camino Mercado and south of Florence Boulevard. The council approved a planned area development amendment by increasing residential density from 207 maximum dwelling units to 284.

The mayor and council also authorized a purchase agreement with Desert Golf Cars of Youngtown for 70 golf carts at Dave White Municipal Golf Course.

A contract for parking lot repairs in various parks across the city also was approved.

During the meeting, the council approved the resignation of Fred Tucker and the appointment of Rick Peters to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The term will end in November 2023.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.

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