COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING       

              

              A Regular Community Redevelopment Meeting was held on April 24, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. in the Robert H. Johnson Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.  Commissioner Lance Smith called the meeting to order.  Roll call was taken.  Present were members Lance Smith, Charlie Proctor, Alan Knight, Kenneth Compton and Mayor Gene Whitfield. Ken Burgess arrived at 5:30 p.m. City Manager Dr. Spina and City Attorney Matthew Maggard were also present.

            Staff present:  CRA Director Gail Hamilton, Grant Specialist Audrey McGuire, Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc, Building Official Bill Burgess, HR Director Sandra Amerson, Airport Manager Nathan Coleman, City Clerk Lori Hillman, and Assistant City Clerk Jessica Carter.

            Charlie Proctor moved to approve the minutes of the March 27, 2017, Regular Meeting.  Seconded by Kenneth Compton.  Motion passed unanimously.

BUSINESS ITEMS

1.   Consider Reorganization of CRA Commission Officers

            CRA Board President
            Charlie Proctor moved Kenneth Compton be nominated CRA Board President.  Seconded by Alan Knight.  Motion passed unanimously.

            CRA Board Vice President
            Alan Knight moved Charlie Proctor be nominated CRA Board Vice President.  Seconded by Lance Smith.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.   Living Food Bakery Façade Grant Application

            CRA Director Gail Hamilton presented the CRA Board with the Living Food Bakery façade grant application for $2,000.00.  The owners of the Living Food bakery completely renovated their building located at 38201 10th Avenue; the cost of renovating the building to a bakery with a commercial kitchen was more than $118,000.  The business and building are an asset to the City and continue to bring new people to the downtown area.  The Living Food Bakery has already received $500 in grant funds for a new sign which was approved at the January 23, 2017 CRA Meeting.  Currently there is $35,935.94 in the Building Façade Grant budget.
           
Lance Smith moved to approve Business Item 2.  Seconded by Alan Knight.  Motion passed unanimously.

3.   Residential Construction Incentive – 5010 9th St. and 5617 13th St.

            Ms. Hamilton presented a residential construction incentive.  Mr. Robert Starr through a Pasco County Tax Sale purchased two lots, 5617 13th Street and 5010 9th Street.  Mr. Starr has met with CRA and Planning staff and is ready to develop plans for single-family homes, but the cost of the liens for the City and County along with the purchase price of the lots make the project financially unfeasible.  Staff feels the lots will remain empty unless the City provides incentive for construction.  The City will recoup the cost of the liens through property taxes on new homes over time with added benefit of new homeowners in the downtown district.

            Spoke from the Floor:  Building Official Bill Burgess

            Mr. Burgess stated he is in favor of this incentive.  He would like to see an increase in revenue to the City through taxes and property values.  Many times, properties remain vacant because the property owners have passed away and there is no one to handle their assets, which is the case with the 13th Street home.  Mr. Burgess recommends a Sunset Clause to ensure development will start by a certain date.  Ms. Hamilton suggested 18 months.

            City Attorney Matthew Maggard suggested they create a Developer’s Agreement for the City Council to approve stating exactly what the developer will provide in exchange for the City forgiving the code enforcement liens.  The City has done something similar in Zephyr Commons, where the City will require certain items in the house to make sure it is in line with the design standards.
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CRA Meeting
April 24, 2017

            City Manager Steve Spina is not in favor of waiving the cost of the demolition liens, but the mowing and clean-up costs are minimal to the City including administration fees, which are not a direct cost to the City.  The alternative though is the properties stay vacant and there is no additional tax revenue coming into the City.
           
Lance Smith made a recommendation to move forward with a policy and to review it at a Special CRA Meeting on May 8, 2017 at 5pm.  Seconded by Charlie Proctor.  Motion passed unanimously.

4.  CRA Director’s report

      Jeffries House
            Ms. Hamilton updated the CRA Board on the progress of the Jeffries House.  Landscaping is going in and the CRA is slowly moving their office in.  Main Street Director is currently in the Jeffries House.  Ms. Hamilton is still looking for furniture to fill the building.  Once the landscaping is finished, they will start planning the Grand Opening reception. 

      Design Standards
            Ms. Hamilton updated the CRA Board on the status of the CRA Design Standards.  Staff has been working with the Planning Staff reviewing the Design Standards for the CRA District.  Comments from the Planning Staff have been provided to the consultant.  Staff is planning to present Design Standards to the CRA Board in May.

      Herbal Kitchen
            Ms. Hamilton informed the CRA Board of a new business downtown.  The Herbal Kitchen held their ribbon cutting on April 12, 2017.  If you happen to be downtown on 5th Ave, feel free to stop by and check it out.

      Neighborhood Clean-up
           
Ms. Hamilton stated the next community cleanup, is scheduled for May 20, 2017, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm., with hotdogs being served at noon.  Our neighborhood will be Lincoln Heights, the staging area will be located at the Train Depot, on South Avenue.

 

Meeting Adjourned 5:40 p.m.

SPECIAL
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING

              A Special Community Redevelopment Meeting was held on May 8, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. in the Robert H. Johnson Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.  Commissioner Kenneth Compton called the meeting to order.  Roll call was taken.  Present were members Kenneth Compton, Charlie Proctor, Alan Knight, Ken Burgess, and Mayor Gene Whitfield. Lance Smith arrived at 5:09 p.m. City Manager Dr. Spina and City Attorney Matthew Maggard were also present.

            Staff present:  CRA Director Gail Hamilton, Utilities Director John Bostic, Assistant Planner Rodney Corriveau, Grant Specialist Audrey McGuire, City Clerk Lori Hillman, and Assistant City Clerk Jessica Carter.

           

BUSINESS ITEMS

1.   Lien Forgiveness Incentive Program

               CRA Director Ms. Hamilton addressed the Board and reminded them that the CRA Board at the April 24, 2017 meeting requested staff to create a policy for waiving code enforcement liens.  That policy would provide procedures and a clear process to follow for anyone seeking lien forgiveness on residential properties.  Ms. Hamilton provided Board members with a break down on all the liens on 5010 9th Street and 5617 13th Street as well as a site plan and/or concept of the home to be developed on one of the properties.  Also included was a current list of properties that Pasco County has demolished that might require lien forgiveness in order for redevelopment.
            City Manager Steve Spina addressed the Board and wanted to point out that if you look at the administrative fees they escalate each time the City goes out to these properties, no difference in labor on the $100 administration fee or the $500 administration fee.  Waiving the administration fees had no real cost to the City, only the labor and equipment.  If these properties are not developed in one year, the liens will stay in place.  It is a positive approach to getting new houses into our City and turning around the neighborhood, one-step at a time.
            City Attorney Matthew Maggard is going to look into to see whether a developer’s agreement is required or if there will need to be two public hearings prior, but all of these are technicalities.  As far as the policy, we have everything we need.
            Councilman Burgess asked Ms. Hamilton to clarify, the liens will remain on the property until the house is finished and they are requesting a certificate of occupancy, the liens will then be forgiven at that point.  Ms. Hamilton agreed, it is stated in the policy.
            Councilman Compton asked Ms. Hamilton to see an update on the properties we plan to foreclose on before we go down that road.
            Councilman Smith suggested adding in a blurb, “plans and specs for the proposed home to be constructed on said lot to must be approved…..”  Ms. Hamilton agreed and will add that into the policy before it is brought back before City Council.
            Lance Smith motioned to move forward with the lien forgiveness incentive program to the City Council. Seconded by Ken Burgess.  Motion passed unanimously.

 
Meeting Adjourned 5:38 p.m.

 

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