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The site of the former Royal Valley packing shed, now an open lot, will be turned into a parking lot featuring solar panels.

The Reedley City Council took the next step toward converting the old Royal Valley building site to a parking lot on June 11, authorizing City Manager Nicole Zieba to negotiate and enter into a consulting contract to begin construction of a parking lot designed to hold 75 vehicles.

On a 4-0 vote (council member Mary Fast was absent), the council approved the next phase, which will design and construct the fenced lot that will feature elevated solar structures. Also planned is a secure storage area, security lighting, draining, fencing and other improvements.

John Robertson, city engineer, said a portion of the north end of the parcel is reserved for future expansion of the police department. There will be 54 stalls on site for city employees and police, and at the south end will be an additional 21 stalls for public and general parking use.

Construction and other costs will come between $475,000 to $500,000, and are covered in the 2019-2020 budget by available redevelopment agency bond proceeds. There will be no impact to the general fund.

Robertson said the goal to finish construction is November in order to meet requirements in an agreement with solar company Pacific Power. An electric vehicle charging station will remain in the general area of its current site off of 9th Street. 

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