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March 2017

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Annie Hockins, 3, who lives in Circle G, rides down the slide at Freestone Park.

Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn reflects on 41 years of service

Second parking garage becoming a reality for the Heritage District



Retiring Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn feels blessed on many levels. Dorn, 60, chose two dangerous career paths that he pursued simultaneously for decades. He survived 41 years in law enforcement, noting that he buried many officers who were not as fortunate, including two Gilbert officers killed in the line of duty. Dorn also survived a 36-year-career in the U.S. Army National Guard, including a year-long deployment that included the invasion of Iraq. Following his family’s long history of public service, there was never a doubt that Dorn would pursue both tracks, even after his uncle, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was shot to death see


Downtown Gilbert’s landscape is growing exponentially and finding enough parking for the influx of restaurant patrons, retail and office workers is becoming a challenge for the town. “We know that the market is very positive right now for growth and development,” said Amanda Elliott, redevelopment administrator and Heritage District liaison for the town. To address the situation, the town is working on constructing its second multilevel parking garage in recent years, while the need for a third has also been identified. The first garage, located at Ash Street and Vaughn Avenue, provides 364 parking spots Retiring Police Chief Tim Dorn has been a and is adjacent to the office/retail/restaufixture in Gilbert, with a career that began in rant mixed use space, Heritage Marketplace, the town in 1976 and culminated in him leading completed last year. the police department since 2005. The new garage, to be built on a 1.3 acre

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lot on the east side of Gilbert Road north of Vaughn Avenue (and just east of Hearne Way, which would be a one-way street leading to the garage), is in the master planning stage. “After examining the site and the layout, we realized that we could get up to 583 spaces on the site,” Elliott said. Previously, they estimated 300-400 parking spaces could be constructed by October 2018. The timing and the cost estimates are yet to be finalized and will happen after staff members present the master plan to Town Council in April. The finances are to come from the General Fund. “When we go to Council to share with them the findings and the estimate and ask to proceed with architecture and construction, we would then have the discussion with see


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