GRAPEVINE — The Grapevine City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that will allow the city attorney to utilize eminent domain to acquire about six acres in north Grapevine at it’s May 7 meeting.The land will be used to build a 108,000-square-foot public safety building. The property is east of the Target near Ira E. Woods Boulevard. A city memo said city efforts to buy the property had failed.The public safety building is being built with $38.5 million in bonds that were approved by voters Nov. 6.Staff also reported plans to establish a fee structure for membership at the city’s expanded Community Activities Center, which is expected to open mid-2015, said Doug Evans, Parks and Recreation director.On Nov. 6, voters approved plans to add 60,000-square-feet to the CAC. That $30 million addition will include a senior center, indoor pool, multipurpose rooms, game room, lockers, meeting rooms and other amenities.The fee structure, which is still under development, would offer a “cafeteria plan” of access to the expanded CAC. So, for example, residents and non-residents could pay a separate fee for use of limited areas of the CAC, such as the “wet” aquatics area or the “dry” equipment and track areas.“They are happy” with the development of the fee structure, Evans said Wednesday.Also on May 7, the council discussed plans to welcome the area’s growing number of cyclists in a bike program. The city has agreed to pay a portion of the cost to place bike racks at local businesses that operate within its 35.84 square-miles.As many as nine bike racks have already been placed at local businesses, Evans said.The idea is to promote “healthy people biking and taking short commutes rather than hopping in cars,” Evans said earlier. Baylor Regional Medical Center has donated $15,000 to pay for a portion of the cost of the bike racks. The city is expected to match Baylor's donation over the next two years. Businesses also will pitch in another portion of the cost, or one-third of the cost of each rack, Evans said. The cost of a bike rack is $600 to $850.The goal is to place the bike racks in areas that do not block sidewalks and have easy access, Evans said.Grapevine has spent the last few years paving the way for miles of bike trails throughout the city so the bike racks will be welcome, officials said. Mad Duck Cyclery of Grapevine conducted a survey of city businesses and determined there was interest, Evans said. Many local business owners, including grocery stores and restaurants, said they are bike-friendly, a Mad Duck representative has told the council.
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