Graphic rendering of proposed court expansion in Maricopa.

Despite the lack of a quorum at Thursday’s meeting, the Heritage District Citizen Advisory Committee heard a presentation on the expansion of the courthouse in Maricopa.

The courthouse at 19955 N. Wilson Ave. has expansion plans. The court serves as justice court for Western Pinal and magistrate court for the City of Maricopa.

The courthouse will experience a 41,000-square-foot expansion. Many satellite county offices will be included in the expansion, including the planning department, recorder’s office and several other county functions.

A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office satellite is expected to be part of the expansion on Wilson Avenue.

The county is hoping to break ground on the expansion by the end of 2019, hopefully in October or November, with completion of the project in 12 to 14 months.

The project consists of two buildings. One building is the Community Services Building for county services, like the county assessor, recorder, supervisor’s office, planning and development services. The second building is built around the existing justice building. Another courtroom is to be added. The Sheriff’s Office satellite will be located on one end of the building, and probation will be added to the other end of the building.

The project is designed to stay within the historic parameters of the Heritage District and be a government building that doesn’t look like a strip mall.

Also presented was information about Amalia Clark’s proposed two-story daycare known as Molly’s House of Little Feet at 19909 N. Justin Drive. The facility would be more than 7,000 square feet. The presentation was given to members of the city’s planning and zoning commission on Monday.

The committee also looked at architectural elevations for restaurants, automotive center and self-storage building center at 20215 N. John Wayne Parkway.

A retail center has been proposed in a lot north of the current Maricopa Self Storage. As proposed, it would include two drive-thru restaurants, 6,000 square feet of retail space, an automotive center and 94,000 square feet of self-storage. The lot sold in October for $1.25 million to PH Maricopa LLC of Chandler.

There was also a presentation about recent clean-up efforts inside the Heritage District. Flor Brandow, neighborhood program specialist, said three 40-foot roll-off dumpsters were filled with close to 11 tons of trash by volunteers.

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