City Council to discuss construction of new park and raze Hilltop House
Apple Valley City Council will discuss several agenda items on Tuesday, including the construction of a new park and the demolition of the historic Hilltop House.
The board will consider approving a park lease agreement with the Apple Valley Unified School District as the city plans to build Pahute Park on district land.
The state agency has allocated more than $548.3 million in grants to improve 62 existing parks and build 50 new parks across California, according to state officials.
In December 2021, the statewide Parks Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program awarded the city the money to create the facility.
Pahute Park will include a new running track with a synthetic surface, a soccer field with lighting, a baseball field, two soccer fields, a playground and a walkway for all levels.
Also, a small picnic shelter, large picnic shelter, dog park with large and small areas, washrooms, parking with lighting, with landscaping and lighting throughout the park.
Pahute Park will be built east of the AVUSD administrative offices on the Navajo and Pah-Ute roads and on 10 acres previously used by the football leagues.
The new park is expected to open by March 2025.
The council will discuss the current state of the historic Hilltop House, which was built by the late developer Newton T. Bass more than 60 years ago and then condemned by the city.
A proposal under consideration is to demolish the house and build a viewing platform and shade structure that would resemble the profile of the Hilltop House, which the city purchased in 2016.
Bass first used the home – situated on nearly 21 acres with sweeping views – to attract average and famous potential owners such as Bob Hope and Dean Martin.
Over the years, the house along Highway 18 on Bass Hill has been abandoned and has attracted intruders, who have repeatedly broken into and vandalized the aging structure.
On the south and west sides of Bass Hill, the house faces residential Apple Valley, including the historic Apple Valley Golf Course and the former home of the late Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
On the north and east side of the hill, the structure faces the business district along Highway 18, Apple Valley City Hall, Civic Center Park, and Lions Park.
City staff issued requests for proposals for the viewing platform and shade structure and were conducting interviews for project design work when developers said work could not be completed. not be adequately and accurately tendered until the condemned structure is removed.
The estimated price to demolish the Hilltop House is $150,000 to $200,000 using funding allocated from the Community Development Block Grant.
The council will hold a fourth and final public hearing before considering selecting a final electoral map of the four districts.
Council will receive a staff report update regarding the redistricting process and a review of the draft map prepared by the city’s redistricting consultant.
The council is expected to officially adopt the map on April 12.
In January, the city attorney provided an update on the redistricting process.
Meanwhile, council members have asked the prosecutor to give them the opportunity to consider a transition of five electoral districts to a “4+1” system with a mayor at large.
In Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville, voters elect council members in their respective districts, and the councils later vote to appoint one of their own to serve as mayor and acting mayor.
On February 22, the city council voted to move to a four-district electoral map with a general mayoral election scheduled every two years.
Also on the agenda
- Consideration to award a professional services agreement to Michael Baker International for the Yucca Loma Elementary Safe Routes to School project.
- Consideration to award a contract to Onyx Paving Company for the 2022 Pavement Rehabilitation Project is under consideration.
- Consideration to award a Professional Services Agreement to KOA Corporation for the 2022 Engineering and Traffic Study.
- Consideration of changing the job classification of Innovation and Technology Specialist.
- A second reading and review to extend the deadline for draft maps and sections on development permit approvals and extensions.
- Consideration to establish campaign contribution limits under Assembly Bill 571.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Apple Valley Town Hall Council Chambers, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. The full agenda and meeting can also be viewed online at AppleValley.org.