What is being proposed for sale on the primary election ballot?
Parcel No. 304-55-011R totaling 36.66 acres is proposed for sale on the ballot for the Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
Where are the parcels located?
The 36.66 acres of parcel 304-55-011R is located south of the 202 freeway, north of Germann Road, east of Gilbert Road and west of Lindsay Road. A legal description (Exhibit 1) and parcel map (Exhibit 2) are included below.
Exhibit 1 – Legal Description:
A portion of the Southeast quarter of Section 6, Township 2 South, Range 6 East of the Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian, Maricopa County, Arizona, more particularly described as follows:
COMMENCING at a Maricopa County Engineering Department brass cap in handhole marking the South quarter corner of said Section 6, from which a brass cap set flush marking the North quarter corner of said Section 6 bears North 00°04’11” East, a distance of 5268.79 feet;
Thence North 00°04’11” East, along the mid section line of said Section 6, a distance of 95.79 feet;
Thence South 89°59’49” East, a distance of 40.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
Thence North 00°04’11” East, a distance of 1046.13 feet to a point of curvature, concave Southeasterly, whose radius is 360.00 feet and whose chord bears North 09°07’57” East a chord distance of 114.28 feet;
Thence Northeasterly along said curve to the right, through a central angle of 18°15’53” an arc length of 114.76 feet to a point of reverse curvature, concave Northwesterly whose radius is 440.00 feet;
Thence Northerly along said curve to the left, through a central angle of 18°15’53” an arc length of 140.26 feet;
Thence North 00°04’11” East, a distance of 272.30 feet to a point of curvature, concave southeasterly, whose radious is 17.50 feet and whose chord bears north 25°12’51” East a chord distance of 14.87 feet;
Thence Northeasterly along said curve to the right, through a central angle of 50°17’35” an arc length of 15.36 feet to a point of reverse curvature, concave Southwesterly whose radious is 72.50 feet;
Thence Northwesterly along said curve to the left, through a central angle of 173°46’35” an arc length of 219.89 feet;
Thence North 00°04’11” East, a distance of 41.97 feet to a point on the South Right of Way of State Route 202;
Thence South 89°06’34” East, along said South Right of Way, a distance of 0.23 feet;
Thence South 89°05’44” East, along said South Right of Way, a distance of 1056.84 feet;
Thence South 06°03’17” West, along the East line of that property as described in Document 2008-154332, records of Maricopa County Recorder, a distance of 1743.68 feet to a point on a line parallel with and 70.00 feet North of the South line of the Southeast quarter of said Section 6;
Thence South 88°57’14” West, along said parallel line, a distance of 810.30 feet;
Thence North 45°29’31” West a distance of 35.01 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
Said description containing 36.661 acres, more or less.
Exhibit 2 – Parcel Map:
Why is the Town proposing to sell the land?
In February 2008, the Town of Gilbert acquired the 36.66 acre parcel for $14,510,739 with Public Facility Municipal Property Corporation bond money with the intent to develop a Public Safety Training Facility on the parcel. However, the location of the planned Public Safety Training Facility training facility was subsequently moved to a 50-acre parcel of land owned by the Town near the northwest corner of Power and Pecos Roads.
The proceeds from the sale of the land will be applied towards the cost of construction of the Public Safety Training Facility.
Town Council formally declared the 36.66 acre parcel 304-55-011R as surplus property on March 8, 2018, with the intention that the parcels be sold.
Why are these questions on the ballot?
In accordance with Arizona state law, the question of whether to sell real property valued at more than $1,500,000 must be referred to the voters. The parcel mentioned is valued in excess of $1,500,000, and therefore will be included as a measure to be decided by the voters at the primary election to be held on August 28, 2018.
For more information on the state statute prescribing the sale of real property valued in excess of $1,500,000, refer to A.R.S § 9-403.
You may view the Gilbert Town Council Resolution 3964 calling for the primary election here.
If approved by the voters, what would the proceeds of the sale be used for?
The proceeds from the sale of the land will be applied towards the cost of construction of the planned Public Safety Training Facility to be located on a 50-acre parcel of land owned by the Town near the northwest corner of Power and Pecos Roads.
If approved by the voters, what would the process be for selling the land?
The parcel will be advertised for sale and then offered at public auction. A.R.S § 9-403provides that the Town sell the property to the, “highest bidder for cash, reserving the right to reject any and all bids.”
When would the land be sold?
If the voters approve the sale of the land at the primary election, the Gilbert Town Council would then determine the best timing to sell the land, based on market conditions. It is likely the sale process would begin in late 2018 or early 2019; however, the timing of the sale may be adjusted if the real estate market warrants advancing or delaying the date of sale. The interest of the Town is to maximize the value of the land, and therefore maximize the resources available for development of the new Public Safety Training Facility.