Clubhouse, McKaig projects move on to council

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council committees met on Tuesday and will recommend both the McKaig Construction project and the Miami Shores Clubhouse renovation.

The Parks and Recreation and the Streets and Sidewalks committees agreed to recommend to council to authorize to seek bids for both the clubhouse renovation and the McKaig Phase 4 construction project.

The clubhouse renovation is not to exceed $1.71 million. The McKaig construction project is not to exceed $1.875 million.

McKaig Phase 4 Project

The McKaig Phase 4 project starts from Lake Street to I-75 includes $800,000 state grant within the estimated $1.875 project cost. The project includes a roundabout at the Dorset Road and McKaig Avenue intersection.

Chairman Bobby Phillips asked about eminent domain and right-of-way in the area of the proposed roundabout.

Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said city staff does not anticipate having to use eminent domain, but will have right-of way “trade-offs for the improvements that we are making to accommodate the intersection.”

The single-lane roundabout will feature a concrete apron to accommodate large trucks.

The project scope includes roadway reconstruction, utilities, sidewalks, curbs and gutter.

Other features included proposed movement of access and exits in the surrounding quadrants and a school entrance to the west. Titterington said there will be a right-turn-only exit from Troy Christian School onto McKaig Avenue as well as a raised median in the roadway and an extended left turn headed west.

Bill Lutz said he appreciated the effort from city staff to get the word out to inform the residents about the addition of the roundabout to the project.

“I think this project is going to be a win for the property owners, it’s going to be a win for the city and it’s going to be a win for the traveling public, so I’m very excited to see this move forward,” Lutz said.

The majority of concerns regarded ambulance and semi traffic in the area, which residents said was underestimated by the traffic study.

Titterington said the design of the roundabout, the roadway and the intersection can accommodate semi traffic.

“Frankly, if there is some kind of closure on the interstate, they are likely to use Dorset,” he said.

The project was included in the 2018 budget.

Miami Shores Clubhouse renovation

The Parks and Recreation Committee agreed to recommend the $1.71 million renovation of the Miami Shores Clubhouse project on Tuesday. The Board of Park Commissioners approved the project last week.

Robin Oda was not present at the meeting.

The project would be paid through the city’s general fund and was included in the 2018 budget. ALT Architecture was paid $80,000 for design work in 2017.

Committee member Brock Heath asked Titterington what would be needed after the building is renovated.

Titterington said all improvements to the building would be complete after the renovation.

“It all sounds like we are really taking care of the building and all aspects of what we want to do with it and it’s within the budget that we already have set up,” Heath said.

Committee member John Terwilliger asked with the improvements to the building if there would be any consideration of expanding the “season” for rental of the building.

Titterington said the plan is to keep the building accessible all year round once the renovation is complete.

Terwilliger also asked if there could be a space available for school bus parking. Titterington said there is no plan at this time, but city staff could look into it in the future.

Council member Bobby Phillips asked if the clubhouse would expand its food service potential. Titterington said the food and beverage director at Hobart Arena may be an option, but city staff is still considering its options as the project progresses.

President Marty Baker asked Titterington if the proposed miniature golf course that was suggested by council member Todd Severt at its “council goals” meeting was being considered, which he replied with a simple “yes.”

The plans, if approved by council, will be to close the pro shop on Sept. 1 for renovation. A temporary building will be placed by the staging area to continue to serve golfers in the last third of the season. The temporary building would then be used as storage. Construction should take approximately six to seven months.

The project includes a total roofline and truss replacement, upgrading of electrical, plumbing and HVAC and security and IT components, interior renovation to include multi-purpose spaces and new furniture. Design plans also include new landscaping and to expand the porch area. New bathrooms and a smaller locker area is also included.

The design moves the pro shop to the south side of the building, closer to the golf cart barn. The design also includes a bag drop-off area near the carts. A grand opening in April 2019 would open the clubhouse to the public.

The plans also include to expand the outdoor balcony, which holds an estimated 70 people depending on the tables and configuration. The plans include a partition to close off the meeting area if clubs and organizations want a smaller space. The meeting area will hold approximately 30 people and the dining area will hold around 80 people with a total space for around 110 when opened up.

A self-service driving range is part of a separate package and is not part of this bid package. Other alternates would be to repair the course’s parking lot.

The clubhouse was built in 1948 with a pro shop added in 1954. The building size will not increase.

The committee also OK’d overnight camping use of the Paul Duke Park for a mountain bike 24-hour relay race. The event will be held July 13-15.

By Melanie Yingst