COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING
A Regular Community Redevelopment Meeting was held on November 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Robert H. Johnson Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. Commissioner Alan Knight called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m. Roll call was taken. Present were members Charlie Proctor, Ken Burgess, Kenneth Compton, Alan Knight, and Mayor Gene Whitfield. Commissioner Lance Smith arrived at 5:05 p.m. City Manager Dr. Spina and City Attorney Matthew Maggard were also present.
Staff present: CRA Director Gail Hamilton, Airport Manager Nathan Coleman, Main Street Coordinator Amanda Clark, Planning Director Todd Vande Berg, Grant Specialist Audrey McGuire, Fire Chief Brian Swartout, City Clerk Lori Hillman, and Assistant City Clerk Jessica Carter.
Charlie Proctor moved to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2016 Regular Meeting. Seconded by Ken Burgess. Motion passed unanimously.
1. Presentation of Draft Zephyr Park Redevelopment Master Plan
CRA Director Gail Hamilton introduced Bill Waddill and Brian Good from Kimley Horn and C.J. Rhody and Marc Kleisley with Burkhardt Construction.
Mr. Waddill narrated a PowerPoint presentation of the Zephyr Park Master Plan. The presentation provided two concept plans, which include, a dog park, history garden, splash pad, fitness zone, wedding lawn, botanical garden, and event lawn. The proposed Master Plan is a combination of the two concept plans mentioned above with an additional adventure island playground and terraced waterfall. He said in keeping with Zephyrhills, the City of Pure Water, plans include showcasing water in many different forms around the park.
Ms. Hamilton referred to the Zephyr Park Master Plan to explain to the CRA Board how the redeveloped park will activate the surrounding underdeveloped land along C Avenue, residential neighborhoods for redevelopment, and new development. She said the Park would be the attractor for the development community as well as those employees who currently drive home to Wesley Chapel and/or Tampa looking for opportunity in the downtown area. New residents will create the density and higher income levels needed to attract businesses that will help downtown be more successful. The Park plan will also look for ways to connect the Park to businesses along 5th Avenue and the surrounding residential neighborhoods by creating connections to the downtown core and creating a pedestrian-friendly district, easy to navigate by walking, biking, or car. Ms. Hamilton added, redeveloping the Park would increase property value, open up new opportunities for business and residential markets while creating a unique asset using the City of Pure Water theme that connects Zephyrhills past and future.
Meeting Adjourned 6:00 p.m.