The City of Yuma wants to partner with a developer in a $1.2-million project that will bring road improvements to 8th Street and Castle Dome Avenue, west of the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.

The developer of the proposed The Fields at Castle Dome, which would include a hotel, has agreed to contribute $279,800 towards the cost of the improvements. 

On Wednesday, City Council members will consider a job order with SWP Contracting & Paving for the work. During a Tuesday work session, Councilwoman Karen Watts asked staff to review the project. City Engineer Jeff Kramer explained that, if approved, the job order would require the contractor to relocate a waterline, remove existing pavement, curbing, base and traffic signal at the intersection of Castle Dome and 8th Street/Giss Parkway.

The contractor would also construct a new roundabout, curb, basins, sidewalk and medians. 

Additional work includes street lighting, pavement marking, signing, traffic control and storm water pollution prevention measures, according to a staff report.

In addition, the developer has agreed to construct and dedicate, at its sole cost and expense, the extension of Castle Dome Avenue north of 8th Street, as indicated in a development agreement.

The council has already approved the final plat for The Fields at Castle Dome Subdivision. The developers are comprised of the Nelson Family Trust, the Kerry and Gail Schimpt Trust and Kyle P. Nelson.

The agreement notes that the developer acknowledges that the PAAC is a fully operational public regional park and sports complex with numerous weekly, monthly and yearly events open to, and well attended, by the public. They want to divide the approximate 25 acres into seven lots for the development of retail, hospitality and residential accommodations. 

“Owners recognize the proximity to the PAAC offers unique benefits for the Property and believe a mixed use development is the most appropriate use of the Property,” the agreement states.

The developer previously indicated that Medallion Hospitality wants to build a combined La Quinta Inn and Suites and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. La Quinta Inn and Suites would have 95 standard rooms, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham would have 45 extended stay suites. The hotels would share a front desk, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, a market center and a business center and offer free hot breakfast.

The Fields at Castle Dome would also feature restaurants, stores and high-end apartments.

Kerry Schimpf of Commercial Properties Group of San Diego, Calif., told the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission that he and his partners bought the property from the Peach family with the intention of developing multi-family housing after noticing a need for “newer, nicer apartments.” However, as they got into the market, they found out that 25 acres was too big for just that. Consequently, they decided to divide the property into three components: restaurant, retail and residential.

As they started to market the property, the first to step up was Scottsdale-based Medallion Hospitality, which has built several hotels, the most recent in Flagstaff and Kingman. The group has worked with Holiday Inn, Hilton and other brands, including the Wyndham-owned La Quinta, which “really likes them,” Schimpf said.

He noted that Wyndham picked Yuma for a combined La Quinta/Wyndham hotel and awarded the franchise to Medallion. Wyndham liked the location of The Fields at Castle Dome because it’s close to the Yuma Palms Regional Shopping Center and the PAAC.

The council regular meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza. To view the complete agenda and read staff reports, go to www.yumaaz.gov.

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