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The interchange would be near a railroad underpass at Airway Avenue, which is a Kingman City Council priority because it would improve access to East Kingman.

Bill Nugent, managing partner of Kingman Crossing LLC with the Hub Grounds family, will present a proposal for a residential development between I-40 and Airway Avenue in east Kingman to the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission on July 13.

That subdivision would have lots for 1,196 single-family homes and a community park

A fourth Kingman interchange about a mile and a half east of Andy Devine Avenue would improve access to areas north and south of I-40 east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

"That quadrant of Kingman has been the stepchild for too long," Nugent told the Kingman City Council during a recent budget meeting.

"It must have Airway Avenue access under the railroad to develop."

The council this month approved mixed-use rezoning and preliminary plan for a Campana Family LLC development that extends north from Airway Avenue east of the railroad tracks and Castle Rock Road.

Castle Rock Village will have 289 homes, 236 apartment-type units and 38,000 square feet of commercial use.

New plans for the Bella Vista expansion were approved in 2003.

The second phase of that development extends east out Airway Avenue beyond the planned Grounds and Nugent subdivision.

The proposal for an estimated 2,500 homes included an 18-hole golf course.

If all are approved and built, the three subdivisions would add 4,000 living units in the quadrant of the city east of the tracks and north of I-40.

Airway Avenue is the main east-west road in the area, but it stops at the railroad.

West of the railroad, the road continues from Andy Devine Avenue west to Stockton Hill Road.

Drivers who want to cross the tracks have to drive into neighborhoods south of the freeway, eventually crossing the railroad on Louise Avenue in south central Kingman.

The I-40 traffic interchange could open the door to funds for the Airway underpass, Nugent told the City Council.

The city owns 270 acres south of I-40 that would become valuable commercial property if the interchange were built, Nugent said.

Kingman Developer Dave Hollingsworth told the council that the 270 acres of city property would become worth as much as $25 million with freeway access for a potential shopping center.

The council has begun a search for an independent consultant to be hired to look out for city interests in this process.

"The council wants the best available advice as they gather facts and move through the process," City Manager Roger Swenson said.

Moving ahead with the construction of the Airway Avenue underpass is a top priority for the City Council.

A line item for construction was put in the current budget so it is not delayed.

City Engineer Pete Johnson said the underpass design is 95 percent complete.

The right-of-way has been purchased.

Cost of construction is estimated at $4.5 million, Johnson added.

The City Council has looked at several financial options for the Airway Avenue extension and to finance a portion of the cost of an I-40 interchange.

Nugent indicated that his group and the Campana Family LLC would contribute to the cost of the Airway extension.

"I will front the costs of engineering the interchange," Nugent said.

He suggested a Community Facilities District could be formed to pay for both Airway and I-40 projects.Sportsmen show support for Boquillas Ranch cleanup

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