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  13.       
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 06/07/2022  

BACKGROUND
The Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to add parking at Thulemeyer Park. As part of that effort, they are proposing to replat the park as a single lot. To do that, they need to first have City Council abandon the existing right-of-way within the park. Thulemeyer Park is located within a portion of the larger Aviation Heights Subdivision which was platted in 1928. 

The sections of right-of-way that is proposed for abandonment is a portion of Aviation Avenue Right-Of-Way approximately 918 feet east from Farm to Market Road (FM) FM 1518 to Oak Street a portion of Mitchell Avenue Right-Of-Way approximately 857 feet east from FM 1518 to Oak, and approximately 806 feet of Poplar Street Right-Of-Way north of Aero Avenue extending 161 feet north of the intersection of Aviation Avenue and Poplar Street. 

The request is to abandon the right-of-way in order to continue the use of the public park but also to construct a new parking area for the baseball fields. The right-of-way that is being requested to be abandoned is not currently developed / constructed as roadways. Additionally, the City of Schertz owns the adjacent land to the requested right-of-way to be abandoned. This means that the abandoned right-of-way would remain under the City of Schertz ownership as the City is the "abutting property owner". 

A public hearing notice was published in the "San Antonio Express" newspaper on May 18th, 2022 in preparation for the City Council meeting.  Additionally, 39 public hearing notices were mailed out to the property owners within 200-feet on June 1, 2022.  
GOAL
Request that the unconstructed right-of-way, already being utilized as part of the Thulemeyer Park and the baseball fields, be abandoned in order to continue the current use but to also allow the potential development of a parking lot expansion.  The City has the goal to increase the benefits that the park and baseball fields currently yield to the residents of Schertz but also working to provide for the future. 
COMMUNITY BENEFIT
The abandonment and release of the right-of-way would allow the City to develop the area for additional parking spaces to meet the needs of residents that visit the park and attend games for their children at the baseball fields. 
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED ACTION
The primary reason for the abandonment and release of the right-of-way is in order to continue providing the residents of Schertz the ability to play and enjoy the park and baseball fields.  In addition, the right-of-way abandonment would also allow the City the opportunity to provide ample parking spaces to meet the needs of the residents that come to enjoy the park and attend the baseball games.  

If the right-of-way abandonment were to be granted by the City Council, the next step would be to go through the replat process in order to bring all of the City owned property (Thulemeyer Park/ the baseball fields) into one lot. In completing this replat process, it would then allow the proposed parking lot expansion to occur including being able to obtain all necessary building permits. 
FISCAL IMPACT
Due to the requested right-of-way being owned by the City of Schertz and the abutting property also being owned by the City of Schertz the abandonment would have no fiscal impact. However, the purpose of the abandonment is to then complete a proposed parking lot expansion which would have a fiscal impact
RECOMMENDATION
Staff is recommending approval of Ordinance No. 22-S-24, to close and abandon to the abutting property owners a portion of Aviation Avenue Right-of-Way, approximately 918 feet east from Farm to Market Road (FM) 1518 to Oak Street, a portion of Mitchell Avenue Right-Of-Way approximately 857 feet east from FM 1518 to Oak Street, and approximately 806 feet of Poplar Street Right-of-way north of Aero Avenue extending 161 feet north of the intersection of Aviation Avenue and Poplar Street. 
Attachments
Ord. 22-S-24
Aerial Map
Right-of-Way Abandonment Area
Public Hearing Notice Map
Engineering Department Letter of Recommendation

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