Council to vote on zoning for Villas at the Gin Apartments, presiding judge

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The city has moved Municipal Court out of the building it has shared with Pinal County Justice Court. [Bob McGovern]

City Council on Tuesday will review and hear public comment on three measures relating to the proposed Villas at the Gin Apartment project.

The project, on the southeastern corner of Edison Road and Estrella Parkway, is on a 10.2-acre parcel just south of Estrella Gin Business Park, between Sonoran Creek Marketplace and the Maricopa Fire/Medical Administration Building.

Council will vote on minor general-plan and general-plan land-use amendments and a zoning change, all of which would reclassify the property for high-density residential use and clear the 162-unit, multi-family project to move forward.

The Planning & Zoning Commission approved the measures at its Sept. 12 meeting. The project would be adjacent to the Estrella Gin commercial development at Edison and Loma roads.

Preliminary elevations call for five three-story buildings of about 40 feet in height with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

Two acres will be split into one-acre parcels and rezoned neighborhood commercial, with the intention of using them as commercial pads. One of those is planned to house a business with a drive-through window.

Also on the agenda is a measure to approve an agreement to hire Judge Stephen McCarville as the city’s interim Presiding Judge. The move is part of the city’s transition away from sharing space with Pinal County Justice Court and building its a stand-alone Municipal Court building near City Hall.

The move would enable the city to appoint McCarville to serve the balance of 2022 in an interim role, during which time he would lead the transition to a separate City Court. Council then would appoint McCarville as interim Presiding Judge for calendar year 2023, according to the Council meeting agenda.

Maricopa has handled its Municipal Court proceedings in a shared facility within Pinal Justice Court since the city’s incorporation in 2003.

City Court Magistrate Lyle Riggs will remain with the city through the end of this calendar year when his contract expires.