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09:09:38 >>FRANK REDDICK: We would like to call this Community

09:09:50 Redevelopment Agency to order.

09:09:52 At this time, I yield to Councilwoman Capin.

09:09:57 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you, Mr. Chair.

09:09:58 I would like to introduce the reverend Andrew Shaunback who

09:10:04 is going to do our invocation this morning.

09:10:07 Reverend Shaunback spent most of his life in the midwest

09:10:13 having grown up in Nebraska and Kansas, served for three

09:10:15 years in Chicago, coming to holy trinity in Tampa in July

09:10:20 2012.

09:10:21 He's a recent transplant to Tampa.

09:10:28 Welcome.

09:10:28 He's a 2009 graduate of Concordia seminary in St. Louis.

09:10:34 Upon graduation, him and his wife Becca spent a year

09:10:38 teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam.

09:10:41 He and Becca were married in January and have three

09:10:44 children, January 2004.

09:10:49 Joanna A and Samuel, one-year-old twins.

09:10:53 Welcome and please stand for the invocation and keep

09:10:57 standing for the pledge of allegiance.

09:10:59 >> Good morning.

09:11:02 Let us pray.

09:11:04 All mighty God, and creator, we thank you this morning for

09:11:08 another day of life, another opportunity to live in your

09:11:12 world, and to serve those whom you have created.

09:11:15 We pray especially this morning for the City of Tampa and

09:11:21 its many public servants, and we know that while your will

09:11:25 is always done, we pray that it be done here among us, and

09:11:31 especially this morning, too, we pray that those in

09:11:34 leadership would seek wisdom as they go about their work.

09:11:37 We pray this in Jesus' name.

09:11:39 Amen.

09:11:40 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]

09:12:01 >>FRANK REDDICK: Roll call.

09:12:02 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.

09:12:04 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.

09:12:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

09:12:06 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.

09:12:07 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.

09:12:08 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.

09:12:09 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Economic administrator.

09:12:15 It's my pleasure as we have custom to have the CRA advisory

09:12:22 boards come and give an update.

09:12:24 Today we are honored with the presence of Mr. Harry hedgens.

09:12:37 >> Downtown CRA.

09:12:38 It is an honor for me to be here.

09:12:40 I have to say after what has gone on with the CRA downtown,

09:12:46 what we have been through when things were slower for a

09:12:50 couple of years, we have been able to assist in bringing a

09:12:53 new awareness to many, many people.

09:12:59 Constantly I hear people say, we didn't know this was

09:13:02 downtown.

09:13:04 For example, we have 22,000 people for skating at the ice

09:13:08 rink this year.

09:13:12 For the downtown on ice.

09:13:13 The cycling is now being nationally recognized.

09:13:20 The art work that you see downtown, we have supported that

09:13:25 with crew.

09:13:29 As a matter of fact, I was in Tarpon Springs not too long

09:13:32 ago and one of these works of art is now been purchased by

09:13:35 the city of Tarpon Springs and has on one of their sites.

09:13:41 The Gasparilla music festival.

09:13:44 Again, I talk about energy for downtown.

09:13:47 I serve on a number of boards, but there are few boards that

09:13:51 I served on that have been so engage in bringing things to

09:13:56 life in downtown.

09:13:58 And it reflects on all of us.

09:14:00 It reflects on the community.

09:14:02 I'm very proud to be part of it.

09:14:04 And just keep that energy going.

09:14:08 Obviously, funding is short this year.

09:14:11 We will not be supplying the support that we normally do,

09:14:20 without some consideration, but the awareness of so many

09:14:22 people, even though just living in Brandon, Riverview --

09:14:27 have no idea what's going on downtown.

09:14:29 So it is exciting, and again an honor to be with you.

09:14:32 Thank you.

09:14:32 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.

09:14:34 Any questions from any member?

09:14:41 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Your last statement that people in Riverview

09:14:42 and Brandon have no idea what's going on, what do you

09:14:46 attribute that to?

09:14:48 >> Again, people become involved in their own community,

09:14:53 absolutely their own community.

09:14:55 The more people that come downtown, as you know, we have a

09:14:58 restaurant downtown and I hear it all the time, I didn't

09:15:05 know there was anything to do downtown Tampa.

09:15:07 I have friends that live in Brandon.

09:15:09 I have friend that live in Riverview.

09:15:11 Wesley chapel.

09:15:13 They get involved in their own community.

09:15:15 You have to draw them into our community, which is all the

09:15:19 communities.

09:15:20 But we have got the river.

09:15:23 We have got the excitement.

09:15:24 The lights on the river.

09:15:28 It's a big draw.

09:15:30 >>YVONNE CAPIN: The amenities are there.

09:15:31 Maybe we need some direct marketing.

09:15:33 >> Well, yes.

09:15:35 And you are exactly right, we need to reach out, because we

09:15:40 have a lot to be proud of.

09:15:42 >>YVONNE CAPIN: We sure do.

09:15:43 Thank you.

09:15:43 >>FRANK REDDICK: Bob, I think that's the shortest

09:15:50 presentation we ever had.

09:15:52 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes.

09:15:53 I wrote it.

09:15:54 [ Laughter ]

09:15:56 This morning we have the pleasure of looking at some folks

09:15:59 to join our advisory board.

09:16:01 So it's somewhat busy so I try to make the rest of my

09:16:05 presentation as short and concise as I can.

09:16:09 Just an update on some of the activities.

09:16:12 I'm going to warn you right now, it's time to go in your

09:16:17 closet and break out your walking shoes.

09:16:19 We have three parade in the next eight days, starting with

09:16:22 the children's parade on Saturday.

09:16:24 We have the MLK parade on Monday.

09:16:26 And then the following Saturday we have the Gasparilla

09:16:29 parade.

09:16:29 So be prepared to do some walking and see lots of folks from

09:16:34 Riverview and Brandon coming to visit our area.

09:16:38 They can find us for that, I think.

09:16:41 We have a couple of construction projects which are well

09:16:44 underway, and it's an exciting time.

09:16:46 Lois Avenue, something that's been talked about for a long

09:16:48 time with Drew Park, and working our way through that

09:16:52 project.

09:16:53 The last leg of the 22nd street that is being performed by

09:16:59 CRT and CRA money is underway, and I am not going to say

09:17:03 that certain word, but a certain turnaround is being

09:17:07 constructed, the same way that I will say it again but, yes,

09:17:13 that segment of 22nd street.

09:17:18 Well, the important thing is that the segment is being

09:17:25 funded by the East Tampa CRA will be complete in August.

09:17:28 And 22nd street is really looking good.

09:17:31 And I think that is going to help ferment and encourage

09:17:35 people to pick up their properties and attract more retail

09:17:40 for the residents.

09:17:45 We started improvements on 12th Street and the Channel

09:17:47 District.

09:17:48 And that will make it a little more pedestrian friendly, add

09:17:51 some more landscaping to it.

09:17:53 And I saw several of the members of the council at an

09:17:57 opening for the restaurant on the Riverwalk.

09:18:00 The convention center is trying to again add another

09:18:03 activity node on the Riverwalk, and they are opening a

09:18:06 restaurant, now open to the public.

09:18:08 And the folks haven't had a chance to go down there, I

09:18:11 recommend it.

09:18:12 It's a beautiful place.

09:18:15 And again another link in the chain on the Riverwalk to make

09:18:18 it more engaging for the public.

09:18:22 I had promised to give the board an update on the facade

09:18:28 improvement program, so hopefully it's loaded on the Elmo.

09:18:38 just a quick snapshot to let you know where we are.

09:18:57 The CRA, the various CRAs have invested $7,350,000.

09:19:02 Private investor is over $3 million so we are getting a 3 to

09:19:08 1 leverage on our dollars which was the intent of the

09:19:10 program.

09:19:11 Give a little impetus for people to fix up their properties

09:19:14 and increases the tax base.

09:19:17 Under construction, we have $292,000 investment by the

09:19:23 various CRAs and by private investor segment, another four

09:19:29 to one leverage.

09:19:30 Again a very positive number.

09:19:34 Quick breakdown for the various CRAs.

09:19:40 Ybor City's investment was $422,000 with almost $2 million

09:19:46 of private investment.

09:19:49 Under construction, 127 with 700,000, again a four to one

09:19:53 leverage.

09:20:00 Drew Park, 56,000, a two to one leverage.

09:20:08 Facade improvement, under construction, another 50,000.

09:20:14 Really that map I think is incorrect, because if we invested

09:20:16 50 into private sector investment, 147, that's a two to one.

09:20:21 And the facade investment of 50,000 and private sector

09:20:23 investment of 100, that's really a two to one investment.

09:20:27 So the point being made here in East Tampa, 269 and a

09:20:40 million dollars invested, we have another 118,000, with

09:20:43 700,000 of private sector investment.

09:20:46 So the projects have worked.

09:20:48 The intent was to put some public money out there, get the

09:20:53 private sector open their wallets, invest in their

09:20:56 properties, give them incentive to do so, and they have done

09:20:59 that.

09:20:59 So it's been a very successful project.

09:21:02 One of the issues that we have, as you well know, our tax

09:21:06 revenues have fallen somewhat.

09:21:08 And the kitties are getting lower, close to dry, but

09:21:14 conversations with folks over in Hillsborough County, I

09:21:16 think we are going to see a kickoff in property values this

09:21:21 year so some of the CRAs will be a beneficiary of that.

09:21:24 A very interesting statistic was that I was looking at

09:21:28 permits, and two years ago, to last year, we had about a 10%

09:21:34 increase in the number of residential permits and the number

09:21:37 of commercial permits.

09:21:40 A modest increase.

09:21:42 There was a 63% increase in value.

09:21:44 Last year, we permitted over a billion and 600,000 worth of

09:21:50 property.

09:21:50 And so maybe not this year but the following year, those

09:21:54 investments will start to find themselves on the tax rolls.

09:21:56 And again, increasing the amount of money and tax revenues

09:22:00 both the city and the CRA will see.

09:22:02 So hopefully, we have seen our way through the worst of the

09:22:05 dip, and we can begin to replenish some of those kitties,

09:22:10 and again continue on with the projects that we have.

09:22:13 I would commend each of the managers of the CRAs because

09:22:18 all of them have been very careful with their boards about

09:22:21 expending money to make sure that they have enough money in

09:22:25 reserves to continue the program that they do and so on.

09:22:28 I'm very happy to report that.

09:22:32 Following in that, to be received is the quarterly report,

09:22:36 for the quarter from October 1st, 2012 to December

09:22:40 31st, 2012.

09:22:45 I'm available for any questions, if you have any concerning

09:22:48 that.

09:22:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Any questions from the board?

09:22:56 Okay.

09:23:08 No questions.

09:23:09 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Good.

09:23:11 The next part of our agenda is to -- excuse me, Michael?

09:23:19 >> Michael hatchet, manager for the Central Park CRA.

09:23:29 At last month's meeting you asked me to appear this month to

09:23:32 provide a status report on the community advisory committee

09:23:36 for Central Park.

09:23:37 As you know, this is one of the committees that was

09:23:39 established when you created the community advisory

09:23:43 committee policy a number of years ago.

09:23:46 That committee operated for a number of years.

09:23:51 And last year I had made a recommendation to you to suspend

09:23:55 the activities of that committee until such time as there

09:23:59 were discretionary TIF revenues available in the

09:24:02 neighborhood for the committee to have a vehicle to help

09:24:08 make recommendations and then have meaningful discussion

09:24:13 with staff and review with the board and implementation of

09:24:17 the CRA plan.

09:24:18 You adopted that, my recommendation in February of last

09:24:22 year, and we have held that position since that time.

09:24:27 And keeping an eye on TIF revenues, and hoping that in years

09:24:33 to come that we would be in a position to receive

09:24:36 discretionary revenues so that a committee would have

09:24:41 something substantive to participate in.

09:24:44 And that's the position that we held since that was passed.

09:24:48 And I would be glad to answer any questions or receive

09:24:50 further directions.

09:24:52 >>MARY MULHERN: I think we were all wondering about this,

09:25:01 because while I realize that the revenue has not gone up in

09:25:06 the last year, the actual development is actually happening.

09:25:14 We are having groundbreaking, ribbon cutting, very exciting.

09:25:18 >> Absolutely.

09:25:19 >>MARY MULHERN: So I think it's not just about whether we

09:25:22 are bringing in revenue, but whether the redevelopment

09:25:26 community is involved in the redevelopment areas.

09:25:31 So we are developing it.

09:25:43 We are using TIF dollars from former years.

09:25:47 We are going to have residents there.

09:25:50 So I think it's time to do that.

09:25:52 So I would like to then make a motion to the CRA board that

09:25:58 we advertise for applicants to be on that -- on the Central

09:26:05 Park, if we are still calling it that.

09:26:07 That's another question.

09:26:08 I guess that's what it's called in the CRA.

09:26:13 I would like to make a motion that we readvertise for

09:26:17 community advisory board for the Central Park.

09:26:23 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I'll second that because I do agree with

09:26:25 that.

09:26:25 That is very fast becoming a community, and people moving in

09:26:30 as we speak, into the buildings there, the buildings that

09:26:36 open and the other groundbreakings and will be open within a

09:26:41 year.

09:26:41 So I agree.

09:26:42 I second that.

09:26:43 >>FRANK REDDICK: Any discussion from board members?

09:26:50 We have a motion by Councilwoman Mulhern, seconded by Mrs.

09:26:55 Capin.

09:26:55 All in favor of the motion say aye.

09:26:57 Opposed?

09:26:58 Motion carried.

09:26:58 Thank you.

09:27:06 All right.

09:27:06 We have public comments.

09:27:07 Three minutes for anyone who wishes to speak on items on the

09:27:13 agenda.

09:27:14 Please state your name and address.

09:27:16 You have three minutes.

09:27:19 And we are requesting people to speak on items listed on the

09:27:24 agenda.

09:27:24 Three minutes.

09:27:25 >> Good morning, board members.

09:27:30 Councilman -- chairman Reddick and the rest of the board.

09:27:33 Pastor Simms, East Tampa chairperson.

09:27:37 I stand before you this morning in support of the board.

09:27:42 I brought a couple of people from our community to come out

09:27:44 and show support as well as we move through 2013.

09:27:49 We want to be more engaged in the process.

09:27:53 As far as CRA dollars are concerned, I'm pleased to hear

09:27:55 from Mr. McDonaugh that we will have some TIF funding

09:27:59 possibly in the near future.

09:28:00 Because when I asked that question a week ago, it was very

09:28:04 disheartening to know that may be another year that we have

09:28:09 to fund it in CRA for East Tampa.

09:28:11 And with respect to that, we are definitely looking to this

09:28:16 board and the agency to work with us as we move forward in

09:28:19 2013 to see how we can be more creative in meeting the needs

09:28:23 and the challenges that we have in East Tampa.

09:28:25 I know we have had some challenging times.

09:28:29 In 2012.

09:28:30 And there are going to be some other issues and agendas that

09:28:32 will come before you.

09:28:34 Now we are just looking for your support, because we want to

09:28:39 leave East Tampa better tomorrow than it was yesterday.

09:28:42 So I stand before you as a community leader and support is

09:28:45 behind me to say that we thank you for all that you do and

09:28:49 we are looking forward to your guidance and help as we

09:28:52 navigate through 2013.

09:28:54 Thank you very much.

09:28:55 >>FRANK REDDICK: If you will stand and be recognized.

09:28:59 >> Yes.

09:29:00 Residents from East Tampa.

09:29:01 We have put out a plea for many others to show up, but maybe

09:29:05 it's due to other obligations.

09:29:07 But what we want to do going forward, how do we get more

09:29:10 engaged in the process?

09:29:12 And so we hope to see more residents of the community not

09:29:16 only at the CRA meeting but as well as City Council, and as

09:29:19 far as what we want to do as far as being in the process.

09:29:23 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, sir.

09:29:25 And thank the supporters from East Tampa for being here this

09:29:30 morning.

09:29:30 >> Ed Tillou from north Tampa.

09:29:38 I guess I would be addressing item 8.

09:29:44 I'm following up on, you know, I often come and speak about

09:29:47 global warming.

09:29:49 An article here in Wikipedia on adaptation to go over

09:29:54 warming.

09:29:58 They don't address methane for Perma--

09:30:05 >> Excuse me --

09:30:05 >> adaptation through --

09:30:11 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mr. Tillou, you said number 8.

09:30:15 >> Okay.

09:30:16 I'm coming to that.

09:30:17 But you're taking my time.

09:30:21 Drew Park.

09:30:21 Drew Park was originally military air field.

09:30:27 What might be called here is to have some military people on

09:30:30 that planning board, like, in other words, if you have to

09:30:33 solicit people from the Air Force.

09:30:34 There was an article in the paper recently about how, in

09:30:40 government, there is next to no representation of people

09:30:43 with military experience.

09:30:44 Now, I called out on that.

09:30:47 I don't have military experience.

09:30:49 I was preparing for a military career.

09:30:51 I fell in with the religious society of friends, and that

09:30:56 was my military career there.

09:31:00 I never became a conscious -- conscientious object or but

09:31:07 St. Augustine Christian to be focused on just war.

09:31:10 A war has to be just and Vietnam did that meet that for me.

09:31:15 I circulated the importance of this.

09:31:17 I don't know if you can zoom in.

09:31:21 The importance of people with military background is they

09:31:32 are forced to address specific situations.

09:31:36 What's forced is electronic ignition is out.

09:31:41 So in other words you have an emergency scenario when you

09:31:43 don't have any vehicles.

09:31:44 You don't have police.

09:31:45 You don't have fire department.

09:31:47 You don't have -- recently changed from diesel to gasoline.

09:31:56 The trucks that bring food to the grocery stores.

09:32:00 Are they immune to EMP?

09:32:03 That is stuff to be addressed on this level, on the level of

09:32:08 cities and counties, because uncle is not involved in that.

09:32:16 The Mormons, and recently they turned down the possibility

09:32:19 of a Mormon president.

09:32:21 Then you say -- I don't know whether it food for two weeks

09:32:25 or two months.

09:32:26 But the reason for that is that uncle will not hip.

09:32:29 You are on your own for two weeks.

09:32:31 But I think it's two months.

09:32:33 Get your own food and things like that.

09:32:36 All this is on the local level.

09:32:38 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, sir.

09:32:40 >> So you have four years.

09:32:46 Four to eight years to get all of this in order.

09:32:49 >>FRANK REDDICK: We got it, sir.

09:32:51 Thank you.

09:32:53 Next.

09:32:53 >> Members of the community, I'm Al Davis.

09:33:11 I'm the community at-large citizen partner.

09:33:23 There are two things.

09:33:24 And I commend this agency for reactivating the citizen

09:33:31 advisory committee.

09:33:38 And speaking about citizen advisory committee, and as the

09:33:47 East Tampa early representative, I had no better sense then

09:33:50 to look at this fourth quarter TIF report that the finance

09:34:01 department and the community economic department put

09:34:06 together.

09:34:11 I would recommend, if it had not been done, be sure that

09:34:18 portion of that report with respect to the CRAs, that is

09:34:24 the community redevelopment area, community advisory

09:34:33 committee, and I would recommend that would be done for each

09:34:37 of the quarterly reports.

09:34:40 I wanted to wish you all well during this calendar year,

09:34:43 2013.

09:34:44 But we operate on two calendars -- a fiscal calendar, and

09:34:51 the regular calendar.

09:34:57 This quarterly report for the first quarter of 2013, I wish

09:35:08 that the community advisory committee, with respect to the

09:35:19 CRA, that is the community redevelopment area.

09:35:24 I know there's some confusion sometimes on the CRA as to

09:35:29 what it means.

09:35:30 But your CRA is very clear.

09:35:35 You are the Community Redevelopment Agency.

09:35:40 And someone put a B on there and that's the acronym for

09:35:48 crab.

09:35:48 I don't think you all are crabs.

09:35:50 Again I would recommend changing it from board to what you

09:35:53 are, that is the Community Redevelopment Agency.

09:35:57 I am going to come back next month.

09:36:01 I enjoy coming back, interacting with you and one way you

09:36:05 can get the word out to the community, each month, the

09:36:11 finance, that is, you get a water bill and a light bill.

09:36:15 The water bill put a notice about what's going on in the

09:36:20 community.

09:36:20 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

09:36:20 >> Thank you, Mr. Davis.

09:36:24 Some days we feel like crabs, though.

09:36:28 [ Laughter ]

09:36:49 >> Good morning, council members.

09:36:50 My name is Victoria Vitane, a homeowner of several

09:36:57 properties in the East Tampa CRA and also Tampa Heights CRA,

09:37:00 and I would like to present along with my husband what we

09:37:02 call an 85-5 initiative, a community development area

09:37:06 initiative that we believe will help revitalize many

09:37:10 dilapidated and blighted homes in the Tampa CRA in an effort

09:37:14 to preserve an historic term of Tampa.

09:37:17 And we presented this paper.

09:37:20 We tried to get it out to many people as possible.

09:37:24 We sent to the all the council members, Mr. Pardo, Mr.

09:37:26 McDonaugh, Thom Snelling, Mr. VILLA, and representative

09:37:33 Betty reed and senator Joyner.

09:37:37 And we have not yet sent it to the mayor or Kathy Castor.

09:37:40 We believe while there's a lot of great work being done in

09:37:43 the CRA, one area of focus still needs to be the individual

09:37:47 properties.

09:37:52 And we are homeowners and a local builder, and what we have

09:38:02 seen as a builder and homeowner that many of the builders

09:38:05 that come in, investors, buy properties, and they don't add

09:38:10 any useful life to the properties.

09:38:12 And many of these homes are very old and historic homes, and

09:38:16 they require expensive renovation, and can gain more than 50

09:38:23 years of life for properly renovated homes, and we believe

09:38:26 these renovated homes will attract more urban professionals

09:38:29 and families.

09:38:33 And what exactly do we mean by 85-5?

09:38:37 Basically, it's a mathematical formula, we believe for the p

09:38:42 value of 85,000, a home can be properly renovated and add 50

09:38:47 years of life to it, and a 5% mortgage, and you are looking

09:38:50 at approximately $616 a month for your payment, which is

09:38:55 probably a lot less than what most people are paying in

09:38:57 rent.

09:38:58 The result, you get affordable, what we call new home that

09:39:02 we think will inspire this urban living Renaissance.

09:39:07 So it would be restored pride of home ownership and

09:39:12 homeowners will have a legacy for future generations.

09:39:15 (Bell sounds)

09:39:23 Oh, dear.

09:39:24 Recently there was the federal $25 billion settlement.

09:39:28 Florida's portion was 334 million.

09:39:30 What we would like Tampa to do is solicit 20 million of

09:39:33 those funds and focus them on neighborhood revitalization.

09:39:37 In fact, Pam Bondi has said much of that money should be

09:39:41 used in foreclosure preference, neighborhood revitalization,

09:39:44 affordable housing, and home buyer assistance.

09:39:50 I'll just skip ahead here.

09:39:54 And how it works, we believe --

09:40:01 >>FRANK REDDICK: That will be your last slide.

09:40:02 >> Let me jump ahead then.

09:40:05 What we would like is for the City Council in concert with

09:40:08 the city to try to solicit these funds to bring them to

09:40:10 Tampa and earmark them for neighborhood revitalization.

09:40:14 And we have an example of one home that we have done this

09:40:16 with, and my husband the builder will show you some of that

09:40:20 process and how we added 50 years of life to this home and

09:40:23 it's now being rented.

09:40:24 It's a rental, unfortunately, for 1200 a month to an urban

09:40:29 professional who work at high tech examine Tampa companies

09:40:31 and they live and work in Tampa and they have great pride in

09:40:34 doing so.

09:40:34 Thank you.

09:40:35 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.

09:40:36 >> That three minute went fast.

09:40:39 >> I'm the other part of this presentation.

09:40:43 I'll walk you through a quick three minutes, the renovation,

09:40:49 at $85,000 of an 85-year-old home.

09:40:52 The home presented first of all, that's the presentation

09:41:02 covered in vinyl, underneath it real historic wood.

09:41:06 As you will see later that wood was not salvageable.

09:41:10 It has a nice bungalow look.

09:41:13 It has a nice cortico.

09:41:15 This is located at east 24th Avenue.

09:41:17 And now you see the rear portion of the house.

09:41:21 And you can see it's rentable but it's not that -- we begin

09:41:28 the process by tearing off the sides and the siding, and our

09:41:32 first discovery is the extensive termite damage

09:41:44 The decay continues on that side.

09:41:46 And you can see how extensive it is.

09:41:49 That's going to collapse eventually, a few years down the

09:41:53 road.

09:41:54 And that continues.

09:41:59 The rot on the right side.

09:42:00 Now gets you to the front bedroom.

09:42:02 And that was the interior presentation.

09:42:04 The termites had actually infiltrated from the outside to

09:42:07 the inside.

09:42:08 All the wood was basically spongy and flawed.

09:42:15 The right interior corn of the house, that's what you saw,

09:42:23 outside views.

09:42:24 And then as we move up that same wall, at the same point,

09:42:28 termite damage.

09:42:32 The upper termite damage.

09:42:35 Then this is bedroom number 1 and this is how it exists now.

09:42:39 That's the floor and the finished product.

09:42:45 Continuing that.

09:42:48 I'll skip the bathroom.

09:42:50 I'll go back to bedroom number 2.

09:42:52 You can see they are not the best of conditions to rent but

09:42:55 that was a rentable condition.

09:42:57 It's accessible for not for long.

09:43:01 We took the process, and developed that trey ceiling, put

09:43:06 some character back into that house.

09:43:09 There's the tray ceiling.

09:43:13 (Bell sounds)

09:43:15 The long view of these very typical homes is a living room

09:43:18 entry, leading to a dining room with a kitchen behind it.

09:43:21 We gutted that.

09:43:24 The end product of that gutting was to have a kitchen that

09:43:28 would present like this.

09:43:31 And like this.

09:43:33 And like this.

09:43:36 And then the final product was take the back, take off that

09:43:41 back structure.

09:43:45 The last slide --

09:43:48 (Bell sounds)

09:43:49 The back structure, produced two grand porches.

09:43:54 We landscaped it.

09:43:55 It's livable.

09:43:57 It will increase TIF funding.

09:43:59 Its value will increase everybody's investment, potential in

09:44:03 the neighborhood.

09:44:04 It's the only way to reclaim out of the CRA.

09:44:09 >> Go ahead and show the one with the restroom.

09:44:12 >> What was that?

09:44:14 [ Laughter ]

09:44:14 >> Show the restroom.

09:44:16 The bathroom.

09:44:18 I've seen it.

09:44:18 >> Oh, the bathroom.

09:44:19 >> Yes, show the bathroom picture.

09:44:23 It's the only one you missed.

09:44:25 Let's see that one.

09:44:26 >> The bathroom was in miserable shape.

09:44:31 People falling through.

09:44:33 And water damage.

09:44:35 You can see on this particular slide that was not evident to

09:44:38 anybody else, it was behind some fiberglass, and with about

09:44:42 a week's worth of time in that little hobble of a bathroom

09:44:45 we turned into a very presentable nice bathroom.

09:44:48 And there's a beautiful shower with all sorts of marble in

09:44:51 it as well.

09:44:52 85,000.

09:44:53 >> That's why I wanted everybody to see that.

09:44:57 >> And we appreciate you.

09:45:02 >>MARY MULHERN: My question was the 85,000 but you answered

09:45:05 it.

09:45:05 But my other question is, I wanted to see the landscaping

09:45:08 but I guess you don't have a picture of that.

09:45:10 >> I do.

09:45:11 >>MARY MULHERN: Can we see that?

09:45:12 I like to see the final after picture.

09:45:16 >> Okay.

09:45:16 There's the beginning of the landscaping.

09:45:18 We took out part of that portico and some concrete and

09:45:22 grafting and all that stuff.

09:45:24 For $100, a very local company, we produced that paver look

09:45:30 and then brought in some sod on Kathleen street for the

09:45:37 front.

09:45:37 And then the back, we brought in some more grasses, and some

09:45:43 very minor plantings.

09:45:45 And then we built a little workshop back there.

09:45:47 And it's an unbelievable presentation.

09:45:50 And we would invite each and every one of you to come by.

09:45:54 I would love to give you a tour.

09:45:55 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.

09:45:56 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.

09:45:59 You fit it all in 12 minutes.

09:46:04 Councilwoman Montelione.

09:46:05 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, Mr. Reddick.

09:46:08 I did review the information that you had sent over.

09:46:16 I reviewed the information that you had sent over and very

09:46:19 intrigued by it.

09:46:22 What's possible, it's impressive, but I think the core of

09:46:26 the issue here is additional funding.

09:46:29 And I'm looking at my economic development folks that are

09:46:32 there.

09:46:32 Because we are in dire need of additional funding for the

09:46:36 CRAs.

09:46:37 It's going to take a couple of years as you heard Mr.

09:46:40 McDonaugh say before our TIF revenues come back because of

09:46:43 the slow recovery of the real estate market.

09:46:46 So, you know, we have talked many times about alternatives,

09:46:51 and where are we going to find this funding?

09:46:54 Because the federal funding that we receive as a city and

09:46:57 any city across the state is shrink.

09:47:01 The federal government isn't spending the dollars that they

09:47:03 used to spend.

09:47:05 So I would encourage, Mr. McDonaugh, or appropriate member

09:47:11 of the staff, to meet with you to discuss that particular

09:47:16 85-5 proposal, because there is money on the table, and if

09:47:21 we don't act quickly, we have the chance of, you know, being

09:47:27 passed over for some other area in the state.

09:47:29 And I think what benefits us is that attorney general Bondi

09:47:35 is a local girl, woman, and I think maybe we have some

09:47:43 inroads to get her ear and to talk to her directly.

09:47:47 So I would strongly encourage that we seek, if possible

09:47:55 through the help of our legislative legislators in the

09:47:59 Senate in the State of Florida to see how we can access some

09:48:03 of those funds.

09:48:04 >>BOB McDONAUGH: The city is actively doing that.

09:48:06 And if you recall, with the City Council meeting recently,

09:48:10 we had similar proposals from willie Dixon and Diane Hart,

09:48:16 and you recently approved a couple of projects that Rus

09:48:20 Versaggi did.

09:48:22 So, yes, we do recognize the value of the existing housing

09:48:25 stock, and the value of trying to save it to build these

09:48:30 neighborhoods.

09:48:30 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Oh, sure.

09:48:33 I'm talking about the funding, the brand new one.

09:48:36 >> About the exact same ones.

09:48:41 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay, anyone else?

09:48:44 Thank you.

09:48:46 I appreciate your coming in.

09:48:50 Enjoyed your presentation.

09:48:51 >>> Good morning.

09:48:52 You are being asked today to consider some appointments for

09:48:55 various boards.

09:48:57 We have three seats up for the Channel District, five for

09:49:01 downtown, Drew Park has two seats, and the Tampa Heights

09:49:04 riverfront one seat.

09:49:06 And so first you have the people's resum├ęs in your folders.

09:49:12 But I would like to invite first, there are several members

09:49:15 that are applying to the Channel District.

09:49:17 I would like to ask them up, please, to give a brief

09:49:20 presentation to the board and tell them a little about

09:49:23 themselves.

09:49:23 >>> Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

09:49:39 My name is Norman Stewart.

09:49:42 I live in the Channel District.

09:49:43 I have lived in the Channel District since 2011.

09:49:47 And I have lived in Tampa Bay since 2008.

09:49:54 My career has been as a college president.

09:49:57 I served for more than 20 years as a college president at

09:50:02 several institutions, and then as a consultant to

09:50:09 universities.

09:50:11 I have done a lot of work with universities in this country

09:50:13 and overseas.

09:50:16 I have served on many boards of universities, of charitable

09:50:21 institutions, hospitals, community organizations, both in

09:50:25 this country and overseas, and Britain, in Japan, in the

09:50:31 central Asian country of Kyrgyzsstan and the war torn

09:50:40 country.

09:50:46 When I lived in Illinois, in Rockford, Illinois, I served

09:50:50 for seven years on their development agency, primarily

09:50:56 working to redevelop a blighted downtown area.

09:51:03 I have done a great deal of property work for campuses.

09:51:08 I have been involved in, and mostly in campus development,

09:51:13 from beginning to end, and funding, and planning, and

09:51:17 construction.

09:51:20 And worked with cities in those activities.

09:51:24 I'm very interested in the Channel District.

09:51:28 My wife and I not only live there but much of our social

09:51:36 life evolves around the Channel District.

09:51:38 We are very pleased with the things that are happening.

09:51:42 There's a great deal of work to be done in that district.

09:51:45 And I would be very interested in being involved in

09:51:48 assisting with that.

09:51:49 Thank you very much for your time.

09:51:50 >>> I'm Ed Busanski.

09:52:02 I have been a citizen of Tampa for over 25 years and

09:52:04 recently moved to the Channelside district in 2011 also.

09:52:09 A little bit about my history.

09:52:11 I have been in real estate, finance for the last 25 years.

09:52:14 The majority of my time, the last 12 years, being in

09:52:17 affordable housing.

09:52:19 My job is as an underwriting where we evaluate projects for

09:52:24 the state.

09:52:25 A lot of projects in the city get funding from the state

09:52:29 like Central Park.

09:52:33 I really enjoy living in Channelside.

09:52:36 I think I have a lot of experience dealing with

09:52:39 redevelopment areas, dealing with affordable housing, which

09:52:42 is my passion, and I think I could be a real asset to the

09:52:45 Channelside district CRA and ask that I be a part of that.

09:52:52 Thank you.

09:52:52 >>> My name is Jim English.

09:53:02 I'm originally from upstate New York.

09:53:04 And I have lived in Tampa for the last 22 years.

09:53:07 I have a degree in civil engineering, and I currently work

09:53:11 for a large engineering firm here in Tampa.

09:53:15 I have one son and two beautiful grandsons that also live in

09:53:18 Tampa.

09:53:19 I currently serve on the board of the children's aids

09:53:23 foundation, which is a local nonprofit agency to help

09:53:27 children and families that are affected with HIV or aids.

09:53:31 I have lived in the Channel District for since 2007, bought

09:53:37 a condo in Grand Central and have lived there ever since,

09:53:40 and we love living in the Channel District.

09:53:43 The last few years have been an exciting time to live

09:53:46 downtown and in the Channel District.

09:53:47 We have the new park on 12th street, a the monthly food

09:53:52 truck rallies, the beginning of retail, finally.

09:53:55 We are looking forward to the future in the Channel

09:53:58 District.

09:54:01 There's the new apartment complex on Meridian.

09:54:03 Hopefully some new retail.

09:54:05 Maybe one day we'll get a grocery store.

09:54:11 And then have some kind of resolution with the plaza and see

09:54:17 what we can do with the streetcar system.

09:54:18 I guess in summary we are living in the Channel District and

09:54:22 it would be an honor to serve on this board.

09:54:24 Thank you.

09:54:24 >> My name is rod Patel, a recent move to Tampa Heights, two

09:54:36 weeks ago from Brandon after living there for 26 years.

09:54:40 And graduated from USF.

09:54:43 And after that I did some small commercial and office

09:54:46 projects in east Hillsborough.

09:54:49 Right now I'm working on three warehouse projects I have in

09:54:52 the Channel District, trying to convert them to office and

09:54:55 retail use from the existing warehouse which has been vacant

09:54:59 for the past couple of years, as well as a couple of

09:55:02 residential redevelopments in Tampa Heights near where I

09:55:07 live.

09:55:07 And in Channel District, the buildings that we have, we were

09:55:13 close to getting a small grocery store, 10,000 square feet,

09:55:17 but that fell apart.

09:55:18 But hopefully we can bring them back to the table in a

09:55:21 couple of months.

09:55:22 But I can assure you all my friend and my friend's friends,

09:55:28 making the move from Brandon back to the city.

09:55:31 Thank you.

09:55:31 >>> My name is skip Harvey.

09:55:43 I'm certainly glad to have the opportunity to connect and

09:55:46 put a face with a name here this morning.

09:55:49 I'm a relatively new resident of the City of Tampa.

09:55:51 I have been here about two years.

09:55:55 I'm the branch manager of a local engineering consulting

09:55:58 firm, has an office in this area, about 15 years.

09:56:02 I .really my entire career serving city and county

09:56:09 government.

09:56:12 Three unique things that I would like to bring to your

09:56:14 attention this morning.

09:56:19 First of all, I have submitted my name for both the channel

09:56:21 and the downtown district.

09:56:24 We don't have an office here in this area yet.

09:56:28 It's located in Temple Terrace.

09:56:30 We tried moving downtown area last year, and the plan is to

09:56:35 relocate our office to downtown area of Tampa next year.

09:56:38 So I'm looking forward to that, either being in the downtown

09:56:43 CRA or the Channel District.

09:56:47 So because of that, I submitted for both CRA committees.

09:56:52 >>FRANK REDDICK: Which one is your preference?

09:56:58 >> It really makes no difference to me.

09:57:00 Probably channel would be first, downtown second, but it

09:57:05 really makes no difference.

09:57:06 >>HARRY COHEN: Mr. Chair, because we have five applicants

09:57:11 for five spots on downtown, you are going to get on that

09:57:14 one.

09:57:17 So --

09:57:19 >>FRANK REDDICK: That was the point.

09:57:20 >>HARRY COHEN: That was the point.

09:57:22 >> I wasn't aware of the numbers.

09:57:28 I would be equally honored to serve on either one.

09:57:33 The other point I would like to make is that I have been

09:57:35 involved in my career in CRAs throughout Florida.

09:57:40 And I would love to bring that technical and engineering

09:57:45 expertise to one of the CRA districts here.

09:57:50 I have been involved with public infrastructure.

09:57:53 I know how CRA works.

09:57:54 I would love the opportunity to bring that to you all.

09:57:57 Thank you very much.

09:57:57 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I believe you already have ballots for

09:58:07 those folks, the Channel District.

09:58:08 >>FRANK REDDICK: Are we going to select all four of them?

09:58:16 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Three choices.

09:58:19 For the Channel District.

09:58:19 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.

09:58:39 and while you are tallying it, Bob, while the clerk is

09:59:09 tallying those up, we have five for downtown.

09:59:11 Could we just move all five?

09:59:14 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes, sir.

09:59:15 I would like to ask first if there are any representatives

09:59:18 here.

09:59:18 I know I recognize at least one, if they could just come up

09:59:21 for a second to say hello.

09:59:24 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.

09:59:27 >> Were there any other folks that were on for downtown?

09:59:36 >> Good morning.

09:59:37 My name is Adam Barkley, currently serving as the co-chair

09:59:41 of the downtown CRA advisory committee, the past few years.

09:59:47 It's been a great experience.

09:59:48 I have lived in Tampa since 2002, moved down to Harbor

09:59:52 Island 2010, and love seeing the continued growth downtown,

10:00:00 something going on he have week.

10:00:02 I work for Publix supermarkets.

10:00:03 I do site selections.

10:00:07 My territory unfortunately is not downtown Tampa but I do

10:00:13 have the opportunity to travel to Charlotte and Atlanta and

10:00:20 Charlotte, and I think Tampa does a great job competing with

10:00:23 those cities.

10:00:25 And I think the more people that live downtown are going to

10:00:27 invite their friend that live in Riverview and Brandon, and

10:00:31 I guess is going to be a good way to spread the word of what

10:00:35 going on in downtown Tampa.

10:00:37 Thank you.

10:00:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: We still need to check.

10:00:46 >>SAL TERRITO: You can do it by checking the ballot or do

10:00:52 it by unanimous consent as well.

10:00:54 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I move all five applicant to the downtown

10:00:57 CRA.

10:00:57 >> Second.

10:00:59 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And ex-officio.

10:01:04 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion by Mr. Suarez.

10:01:07 Second by Mr. Miranda.

10:01:08 All in favor of the motion?

10:01:09 Opposed?

10:01:10 All right.

10:01:10 >>BOB McDONAUGH: We have two available seats for Drew Park

10:01:16 and I think we have a couple people that would like to

10:01:18 introduce themselves to the board, please.

10:01:20 >> I'm Marissa Sharkeza, and, well, if you want me, I'm

10:01:39 back.

10:01:40 [ Laughter ]

10:01:42 >> Even if we don't want you, you're still back.

10:01:46 [ Laughter ]

10:01:47 >> I mean, I have been volunteering -- eight to ten years in

10:01:53 Drew Park.

10:01:58 So the opening is there.

10:02:00 I have applied.

10:02:00 If you accept me, I'm back.

10:02:02 Thank you very much.

10:02:03 Thanks for all you do.

10:02:11 >> Good morning.

10:02:12 I'm George Adams, Jr., and I was born and raised in Tampa,

10:02:19 lived here most of my life.

10:02:27 If I say something in this brief discussion or talk, please

10:02:29 stop me and I'll do my best to clarify.

10:02:32 In January of 1970, my dad took the big leap and opened a

10:02:40 small business in Drew Park.

10:02:43 I was fortunate enough that he invited me to come to work

10:02:47 for him.

10:02:49 And I'm not sure he would say he was fortunate, but we had a

10:02:53 great run together.

10:02:58 It was really an honest to get to work with him for many,

10:03:02 many years.

10:03:04 Aside from a couple of years, in the U.S. Navy, I have spent

10:03:09 43 years working in Drew Park.

10:03:15 For most of my adult life, I have been a property owner and

10:03:20 a business owner in Drew Park.

10:03:28 One thing my parents taught me aside from the real strong

10:03:32 work ethic is to serve the community to try and help it get

10:03:37 better.

10:03:41 Since my mid 30s, I have served on either as a volunteer

10:03:46 for local agencies, or served on boards or advisory

10:03:51 committees.

10:03:55 And if I have the opportunity or the honor to serve on this

10:03:59 particular board, I assure you I will do my absolute best to

10:04:05 put all the stakeholders in Drew Park.

10:04:12 Certainly I have a vested interest in what goes on in Drew

10:04:15 Park.

10:04:17 But we have quite a diverse group there, and make certain

10:04:29 that it a good place to live, a good place to work and a

10:04:31 good place to run a business as I do.

10:04:35 Thank you very much.

10:04:36 I really appreciate what you all have done for our area, and

10:04:41 hope to have an opportunity to serve.

10:04:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I move the nomination as an applicant on

10:04:55 the ballot sheet with the two officials for ratification of

10:04:59 appointment.

10:04:59 >>FRANK REDDICK: Any discussion on the motion?

10:05:02 Moved by Councilwoman Montelione -- I mean, moved by Mr.

10:05:08 Chairman and seconded by Mrs. Montelione.

10:05:11 All in N favor?

10:05:14 Okay.

10:05:14 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Tampa Heights riverfront.

10:05:17 Again you are being asked to choose one person as a regular

10:05:20 board member and then between two people for an ex-officio.

10:05:33 >> My name is Shana.

10:05:36 I'm a resident of the Riverside Heights neighborhood.

10:05:40 I have lived there since 2004.

10:05:42 My background, I have a masters degree from the University

10:05:44 of Florida in anthropology, specifically trained as an

10:05:50 archaeologist.

10:05:52 I worked in that field for a number of years.

10:05:54 And I hold a position on the historic preservation committee

10:05:56 as the archaeologist.

10:05:58 I currently work as a certified general real estate

10:06:02 appraiser holding a license with the State of Florida, and I

10:06:05 appraise commercial properties.

10:06:06 That's my profession.

10:06:08 I'm interested in working as a committee member on the CRA

10:06:15 Tampa Heights riverfront area to be involved in the

10:06:19 development of the area, and it's going to impact the

10:06:23 neighborhood, and I have a vested interest in that area and

10:06:26 seeing it grow and develop in a way that's compatible for

10:06:29 the residents and the district.

10:06:32 So I ask that you consider my appointment to the position.

10:06:36 Thank you.

10:06:36 >>BOB McDONAUGH: That is all the applications.

10:06:49 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Being that she serves already on the

10:06:56 historic preservation as an appointed person to the HPC, is

10:07:03 there a conflict serving on two boards at the same time?

10:07:07 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I believe not, no.

10:07:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.

10:07:13 Please cast your ballots.

10:07:31 >>SHIRLEY FOXX-KNOWLES: City clerk.

10:07:35 The individual selected for the channel seat -- individuals

10:07:39 selected for the Channel District CRA include Edward

10:07:44 Busanski, Roger Patel and Norman Stewart.

10:07:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.

10:07:55 And congratulations to those selected to serve on

10:07:59 Channelside CRA.

10:08:04 Anything else, Mr. McDonaugh?

10:08:07 >>BOB McDONAUGH: That conclude my presentation.

10:08:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.

10:08:20 As she counts the votes for the last one, new business.

10:08:23 Mr. Suarez.

10:08:23 >>MIKE SUAREZ: None today, sir.

10:08:28 >>YVONNE CAPIN: None today.

10:08:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: No, sir.

10:08:33 >>MARY MULHERN: I just wanted to mention that I visited the

10:08:39 Ybor grill in Ruskin yesterday.

10:08:47 And I sampled their Cuban sandwich.

10:08:52 It was really good.

10:08:53 And they make their own -- not French fries, potato chips,

10:08:59 which is awesome.

10:09:00 I do have to report that I had to specify I wanted mustard,

10:09:04 not mayonnaise.

10:09:07 It was great.

10:09:09 And I believe it's a family business that the son opened

10:09:19 after his father had a grill in Ybor.

10:09:21 Was that right?

10:09:23 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Was that on your way to the Tampa regional

10:09:26 airport in Brooksville?

10:09:28 [ Laughter ]

10:09:29 >>MARY MULHERN: You mean that Hernando airport?

10:09:33 That's what I call it.

10:09:35 >>HARRY COHEN: Nothing.

10:09:50 >>LISA MONTELIONE: No new business, sir.

10:09:52 >>FRANK REDDICK: Madam clerk?

10:09:59 >>SHIRLEY FOXX-KNOWLES: City clerk.

10:10:01 The individual selected for the Tampa Heights riverfront CRA

10:10:08 is Mishana Duega.

10:10:15 >> All right.

10:10:16 Congratulations.

10:10:18 All right.

10:10:19 At this time --

10:10:23 >> If I may, to revisit the Tampa Heights riverfront, I do

10:10:27 need the select to -- board to select one of the ex-officio

10:10:30 applicant.

10:10:31 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Your selection was proper.

10:10:39 Now select between one of the two people who were listed

10:10:42 under the ex-officio on the ballot.

10:10:44 >>FRANK REDDICK: That's what we did.

10:10:47 >> We don't have the ballots anymore.

10:10:58 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: There's only one on the top.

10:11:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: Just ratify it.

10:11:18 >>MARY MULHERN: I want to thank everyone who applied, and

10:11:22 especially the people, if you weren't selected today, we

10:11:25 really appreciate your taking the time to apply and being

10:11:29 involved, and please come back and we hope you will continue

10:11:32 to serve and apply to be on these boards.

10:11:37 >> The appointment that you made is correct.

10:11:43 That is good.

10:11:44 I thank you for that.

10:11:46 The two names on the bottom, pick one of them.

10:11:51 One of those two.

10:11:58 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Why don't we just initial?

10:13:22 >>FRANK REDDICK: Anybody out there who wants to speak who

10:13:25 hasn't spoken today?

10:13:28 We have to waste two minutes.

10:13:33 >>YVONNE CAPIN: That we'll never get back.

10:13:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I move that we receive and file all the

10:13:40 documents received at this CRA.

10:13:41 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.

10:13:43 >> Second.

10:13:46 >>FRANK REDDICK: All in favor?

10:13:47 Okay.

10:13:53 Anything else you want to tell us?

10:13:55 >>BOB McDONAUGH: If you hum a few bars I can fake it.

10:14:04 I do have a couple of things.

10:14:06 The courthouse is in permitting and you all should receive

10:14:11 an invitation shortly for a groundbreaking in February.

10:14:15 The crescent project on Bayshore is getting ready to go

10:14:18 vertical.

10:14:19 It's just about completed.

10:14:20 The foundation on that, which is the same thing that's going

10:14:23 on with the -- we are in communication right now for the

10:14:28 people for the aloft hotel at the corner of Kennedy and

10:14:31 Ashley, and they have received corporate approval from aloft

10:14:35 that they can move forward with that project.

10:14:37 And they should be in for permitting, I believe, next month.

10:14:41 And there is actually quite a bit of activity going on.

10:14:45 And we met yesterday to short-list architectural engineering

10:14:51 firms who design the last section of the Riverwalk,

10:14:55 extending from behind the Straz center to Waterworks Park.

10:14:59 And so that should be awarded shortly with construction

10:15:02 following later this year.

10:15:04 So there's a heck of a lot of stuff going on.

10:15:07 And a reminder for folks to go visit the new facility at the

10:15:13 convention center.

10:15:16 It's open on the water and they are also talking about

10:15:18 changing the menu, and adding a shrimp boiler and on the

10:15:22 things to keep people there on the water.

10:15:23 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.

10:15:25 >>SHIRLEY FOXX-KNOWLES: CRA members, the individual

10:15:32 selected to be ratified is Mr. Anthony Creto.

10:15:41 Thank you.

10:15:41 >>FRANK REDDICK: Anything else before us?

10:15:45 We stand in recess for five minutes.

10:15:49 (The CRA meeting adjourned at 10:16 a.m.)


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10:16:37 Special called City Council meeting.

10:16:56 Thursday, January 17, 2013


10:26:45 [Sounding gavel]

10:26:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: City Council is called to order.

10:26:48 Roll call.

10:26:49 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.

10:26:53 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.

10:26:55 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.

10:26:56 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.

10:26:57 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

10:26:59 All right.

10:26:59 This is a special called meeting.

10:27:02 And this meeting today, we are going to go, item 1 and 2 are

10:27:07 both the same.

10:27:09 They are about a resolution, discussion of real estate

10:27:12 matters in the downtown area.

10:27:13 So anyone in the public, we are going to start with anyone

10:27:16 in the public who would care to speak on 1 and 2 together at

10:27:21 this time can certainly come forward.

10:27:23 Three minutes each.

10:27:23 >> Pete Johnson, 510 Harrison street.

10:27:42 Obviously, this is a great deal for the city.

10:27:45 This is a piece of property we can't use for anything else.

10:27:48 We get the tax revenue and we get 4 million bucks.

10:27:52 Problem is what are we going to do with the 4 million bucks?

10:27:55 I heard that it goes towards infrastructure.

10:27:57 Well, if you look at what I just handed out, some of it

10:28:03 needs to go to code enforcement.

10:28:05 And in changing the policy itself and procedures of code

10:28:08 enforcement, and giving them finance income where they can

10:28:12 help the poor people that need diversion rather than just

10:28:18 volunteers.

10:28:19 But we have got to stop stuff like this trailer park that we

10:28:22 just recently closed down.

10:28:24 We have got to stop it in the beginning.

10:28:27 And that takes funding.

10:28:29 So when you consider this deal, which obviously it's a great

10:28:32 deal, consider where some of this income has got to go.

10:28:40 We have got to support the code and the regulations that

10:28:43 City Council passes, at least when it comes down to minimum,

10:28:51 severe minimum house standards.

10:28:53 Thank you.

10:28:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.

10:28:55 Next.

10:29:00 >> My name is Lauren Shepherd, the chief operating officer

10:29:04 at the Straz center for the performing arts and I'm here to

10:29:07 support this project today and report that our Board of

10:29:09 Directors just unanimously voted in favor of this land

10:29:13 transaction that you will face this morning.

10:29:17 I just wanted to tell you for me, this is a culmination of

10:29:20 about seven or eight years of hard work on how we could make

10:29:24 improvements to the streets particularly, and as well as the

10:29:29 arrival sequence to the Straz center for the perform arts.

10:29:33 The design, which was executed in 1987, hasn't anticipated

10:29:44 the success that the Straz center is experiencing now, and

10:29:47 this project is a terrific way to realize three primary

10:29:53 aspect that we have identified as need.

10:29:56 One, the expansion of our arrival to accommodate guest,

10:30:01 pickup, drop-off, emergency vehicles, as well as the

10:30:04 disabled in a better manner than we do now.

10:30:10 The realignment of the streets to make them more localized.

10:30:14 There's a lot of effort now that accommodates passing

10:30:21 through, and get mixed up with the arrivals, those that are

10:30:24 coming to the area, both the library and the performing

10:30:28 arts, and this would nicely manage that aspect as well.

10:30:32 And then the other component of the project that we look

10:30:36 forward to is a more direct connection to the other arts

10:30:39 aspects and the museum park as well.

10:30:46 We currently feel that there's a divide between the Curtis

10:30:50 Hixon park and the museums and the design is a more direct

10:30:56 connection between those facilities.

10:30:58 I encourage you to vote in favor of this transaction and we

10:31:01 look forward to the improvements.

10:31:02 One last thing I'll say.

10:31:04 The identified cross of the three aspects that I just

10:31:08 mentioned have been somewhere in the region of $4 million --

10:31:12 $3 million, and the project nicely manages how to identify

10:31:17 those funds and bring them to bear in a time when fund are

10:31:21 difficult to find.

10:31:22 Thank you.

10:31:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much, sir.

10:31:26 Next, please.

10:31:27 >> My name is Mickey Jacobs, Tampa, Florida.

10:31:36 I stand before you today as a downtown resident and as a 31

10:31:41 year downtown business owner and I'm in support of the

10:31:43 proposed downtown residential tower adjacent to the Straz

10:31:45 center.

10:31:46 This project represents another step in what our city has

10:31:49 continued to do for the last several years, make our city a

10:31:52 better place to live in and improve the quality of life of

10:31:55 what Tampa represents to its residents.

10:31:57 Increasing our downtown density, I think we have all seen

10:32:01 the results of what that has done for the amenities of our

10:32:05 city, the people downtown, the activities, the benefits to

10:32:09 our businesses, by bringing this project to bear, we are

10:32:12 going to do several things.

10:32:13 One, we are going to create jobs in the city, which is

10:32:16 really the number one focus of what we are trying to do to

10:32:19 really jump start this economy.

10:32:21 Number two, with the new downtown residence, the density

10:32:24 that it creates, it creates a more walkable community for

10:32:27 those people.

10:32:28 It creates more business for our downtown businesses, in

10:32:32 particular small business people, businesses, restaurants,

10:32:37 services.

10:32:38 It creates an opportunity to create a vibrancy especially on

10:32:42 the Riverwalk, our downtown parks.

10:32:43 And it gives an opportunity for people to live close to

10:32:46 where they work.

10:32:47 This project is another step in the evolution of what makes

10:32:51 Tampa a great city.

10:32:52 I strongly support this, and I certainly urge you to support

10:32:55 it as well, because I think this will help make our city

10:33:00 looked upon across the country as a great place to live and

10:33:03 work, and for people to come here and be a part of our

10:33:06 community.

10:33:07 Thank you very much.

10:33:09 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.

10:33:10 Next, please.

10:33:10 >> Christine Burdick, the president of the Tampa downtown

10:33:17 partnership.

10:33:18 And while we as an organization do not support specific

10:33:22 projects, I think you know that for 26 years we have been an

10:33:26 organization that has supported very positive development

10:33:29 and helped bring that to downtown Tampa for the benefit of

10:33:33 the city and its citizens.

10:33:35 And for the last eleven years we have specifically come

10:33:37 before you a number of times to support the development of

10:33:40 good residential development in downtown, to make downtown a

10:33:44 much more diverse and active place.

10:33:47 This project brings the opportunity of what was mentioned,

10:33:50 the improvement in circulation patterns which have been

10:33:53 challenging there.

10:33:54 It helps support some of the existing arts and cultural

10:33:59 institutions.

10:34:00 It creates a neighborhood of very diverse attractions and

10:34:03 uses.

10:34:04 And it really -- it adds overall to the positive support of

10:34:10 downtown and the benefit and creation of wealth for the

10:34:14 city.

10:34:14 So we are very excited about this proposal and I hope it

10:34:18 comes out.

10:34:18 Thank you.

10:34:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anyone else?

10:34:24 Next, please?

10:34:25 >> Thurman, 777 north Ashley drive.

10:34:36 As a downtown resident, I have to say I am really excited

10:34:40 about more projects coming downtown.

10:34:42 It's been a few years increasing this kind of economic

10:34:44 development and building this kind of density, and it's the

10:34:47 kind of thing that it sound great when we talk about jobs

10:34:50 and density, but the most important thing as a resident is

10:34:54 also the ability for making it a more vibrant place for

10:34:57 people that come downtown.

10:34:58 We have the pioneers of people who live here, and I think

10:35:01 the thing that I really love about this project is that I

10:35:05 use that area on a regular basis.

10:35:07 I walk up and down the Riverwalk all the time.

10:35:10 And Tyler going into the dangerous turn, and this will help

10:35:17 car circulation but make it safer for pedestrian.

10:35:19 And no matter how many more people are living there it's

10:35:22 going to be safer, and hopefully walking by some nice local

10:35:25 restaurants and shops.

10:35:26 So I'm very excited about this and I hope you do vote for

10:35:29 it.

10:35:30 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.

10:35:31 Anyone else in the audience care to speak on this matter?

10:35:34 Yes, sir?

10:35:37 >> Bob McDonaugh, administrator for economic opportunity.

10:35:44 The process again this morning, you are being asked to

10:35:46 consider the sale of approximately an acre of land

10:35:52 immediately west of the John Germany public library.

10:35:56 I am going to go through a slide presentation to show you

10:35:59 some renderings of the building, the reallocation or

10:36:03 realignment of the street work and then invite the folks who

10:36:07 are developing the building.

10:36:09 The developer is here, the contractor is here and the

10:36:12 architect is here, to answer any questions you might have of

10:36:14 them.

10:36:15 Just as a reminder, the existing site is here, immediately

10:36:27 west of the library.

10:36:28 You can see the intersection of Tyler and Cass Street.

10:36:33 And it has been broached by several of the folks already,

10:36:36 the fact that it is a dysfunctional connection between those

10:36:40 two streets.

10:36:41 Many of the people who choose to go across the river,

10:36:44 because of the way the streets are aligned right now, are

10:36:47 forced to go down Tyler street past the Straz center, again

10:36:54 creating a pedestrian hazard, whereas, by two laning Cass

10:36:59 Street, they can avoid that area and have a more natural

10:37:02 flow of traffic.

10:37:11 This is a view of the project from across the river.

10:37:18 You can see the realignment of Tyler street.

10:37:23 There is a proposed road that would be constructed

10:37:26 perpendicular to Tyler and perk Dick lar to Cass Street,

10:37:30 which would again offer a reintroduction of the street grid,

10:37:39 a pedestrian connection to the Riverwalk.

10:37:45 Again you can see the Riverwalk right now.

10:37:54 >> Mr. Suarez just came up on all of our monitors.

10:37:59 Please back it up

10:38:04 >> Mr. McDonaugh, I have a question here.

10:38:11 The two-way from the bridge, which would be Cass, then

10:38:15 Tyler -- and then you would have to turn right, if you were

10:38:24 coming down Tyler.

10:38:24 >> That's correct.

10:38:26 You would turn left to go to Cass Street.

10:38:29 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Where would you turn -- you turn left?

10:38:32 >> In front of the building.

10:38:34 Let me see if I can get the pointer there.

10:38:37 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I wanted to see the street.

10:38:38 I didn't see that.

10:38:39 So it does not stop there.

10:38:41 You turn left or right.

10:38:45 Turn right onto the street here, or left.

10:38:49 >> The blue --

10:38:52 >> Oh, there it is.

10:38:53 >> You see that street that's now created.

10:38:57 One of the things that comes is that now we have a physical

10:39:00 connection between the Riverwalk and the Straz center.

10:39:03 And one of the things that we have been encouraged to do in

10:39:07 the envision plan is to increase public access to the river,

10:39:12 maintain it, enhance it, actively engage the Riverwalk

10:39:16 through placement of retail restaurants and on the

10:39:18 compatible uses along this link.

10:39:21 So here is a building that's proposed to face the Riverwalk,

10:39:24 to face the river.

10:39:25 One of the comments that we had before is the fact that

10:39:29 buildings developed in the past have turned its back on the

10:39:31 river.

10:39:31 This is a building that faces the river, engages the

10:39:35 Riverwalk, and adds an activity node along the Riverwalk.

10:39:42 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Okay.

10:39:43 The Riverwalk is going to continue understood the bridge and

10:39:46 around?

10:39:48 >>BOB McDONAUGH: No, it's not.

10:39:51 The issue is that that railroad bridge is very slow.

10:39:55 We would have to go almost out to the middle of the river to

10:39:57 get to do that.

10:39:59 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So the connection is this boardwalk?

10:40:01 >> That's correct.

10:40:02 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I just want the public to be very aware that

10:40:04 we are not closing off the river.

10:40:08 That that is there.

10:40:09 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Okay, correct.

10:40:12 >>YVONNE CAPIN: That is how it's going to connect.

10:40:14 Okay.

10:40:14 >>BOB McDONAUGH: And a better view of the new roadway that

10:40:20 would connect both Cass Street and Tyler and the

10:40:23 enhancements to the arrival plaza.

10:40:30 One of the questions that people have is --

10:40:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Just a second.

10:40:34 Ms. Mulhern.

10:40:35 >>MARY MULHERN: Can you back up to what you had before?

10:40:39 I just want to follow up on what Councilman Capin is asking.

10:40:45 So we can see where the crossing of Cass Street, and then

10:40:56 once you have crossed --

10:41:01 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes, going north.

10:41:02 You see that meandering path that goes toward the river?

10:41:06 >> As it goes toward the river, continuing up the Riverwalk.

10:41:13 So basically the only break from the river --

10:41:16 >>BOB McDONAUGH: We have to traverse the bridges, correct.

10:41:19 And I mentioned in the CRA meeting earlier --

10:41:24 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Montelione.

10:41:24 >>LISA MONTELIONE: When we met and discussed this, there

10:41:28 was one thing that wasn't pointed out.

10:41:31 The improvements to the area that is south of the bridge

10:41:36 that's shown, the green space there.

10:41:42 We just talked about the Riverwalk connection.

10:41:44 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Okay.

10:41:45 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And west of that sidewalk, south of the

10:41:51 bridge.

10:41:52 The big green spot right there at the bottom of the screen.

10:41:56 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Okay.

10:41:57 >> That is all newly created park space, pocket park space?

10:42:08 >>BOB McDONAUGH: There is green space right now and it

10:42:10 would be improved.

10:42:10 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Not a whole lot?

10:42:15 >>BOB McDONAUGH: No.

10:42:16 There were more and it became a camping ground for urban

10:42:19 campers which is why some of the foliage in the back.

10:42:23 >>LISA MONTELIONE: So the budget for the Parks Department

10:42:28 would have to be expanded to do something very nice, or seek

10:42:31 public-private partnership to improve that space, because

10:42:35 with the museum adjacent to it, the new proposed development

10:42:40 adjacent to it, and the Riverwalk going by it, that would be

10:42:45 a natural space for an active park, for an active spot for

10:42:55 people to, you know, enjoy the river.

10:43:00 The museums, the restaurant that exist there right now, cafe

10:43:04 Sono, because I see a lot of people who go to cafe Sono, and

10:43:10 to Curtis Hixon park, walking that way.

10:43:13 So they are coming from the Straz.

10:43:17 So they are coming from maybe the hotel those on the other

10:43:20 side of Ashley street, and they are walking up that way.

10:43:23 So improvements to that park would be, I think, a prudent

10:43:27 thing to plan for.

10:43:28 >> One of the things that I mentioned in the meeting, the

10:43:33 CRA meeting that we just had, is that we had a CCNA meeting

10:43:37 yesterday to charges architect engineers for the next

10:43:40 connection for the Riverwalk.

10:43:42 And this is one of the areas.

10:43:43 >> That will be part of that?

10:43:45 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Correct.

10:43:47 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Excellent.

10:43:49 Thank you, Mr. McDonaugh.

10:43:51 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Continue.

10:43:56 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Again this is a visual connection.

10:43:58 One of the questions that people had was will I be able to

10:44:01 see the museum?

10:44:02 Will I be able to see the Straz?

10:44:04 And so what we have is a visual, a physical link between

10:44:09 Curtis Hixon park, the museums, and the Straz, with a very

10:44:14 much improved pedestrian connection.

10:44:40 The lesson here, never trust somebody with a flip phone for

10:44:58 a presentation.

10:44:59 [ Laughter ]

10:45:03 I want to take you down to ground level and show you the

10:45:17 connection.

10:45:18 From Curtis Hixon park.

10:45:21 To the museum.

10:45:25 To the building.

10:45:30 Anyone who has walked around this area right now knows what

10:45:33 it's like now.

10:45:34 So again we are talking about building a building.

10:45:36 But it's also creating an atmosphere and an area around it

10:45:40 which is woefully inadequate right now.

10:45:43 I have worked for the city for about five years.

10:45:47 I have been in conversation with the Straz for all five of

10:45:50 those years about what can we do to make it safe for

10:45:53 pedestrians?

10:45:53 So this is looking at Cass Street.

10:45:55 You can see it's two-way.

10:45:57 That pedestrian bridge is still in place because those a

10:46:00 long traverse of people coming from our garage.

10:46:05 It would terminate at the colonnade.

10:46:08 People would be kept out of the weather along an area of

10:46:11 retail.

10:46:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Montelione.

10:46:17 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Again, this is going to be tough to

10:46:20 navigate.

10:46:21 Can you go back?

10:46:24 Michael, you might want to stand by.

10:46:27 Keep going.

10:46:27 To the railroad crossing is where I want to go.

10:46:32 Okay, right there.

10:46:34 CSX operates the railroad?

10:46:37 >>BOB McDONAUGH: That's correct.

10:46:39 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And past experience has it that they are

10:46:41 not the most cooperative entity to work with.

10:46:45 >> We currently have a crossing there.

10:46:47 We have an existing crossing there.

10:46:48 >> We do?

10:46:51 >> Yes, we do.

10:46:53 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And talking about pedestrian safety?

10:46:56 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes.

10:46:57 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Are there going to be enhancements to

10:46:59 the crossing since we are going to have pedestrians right

10:47:03 alongside those very dangerous railroad tracks?

10:47:09 >>BOB McDONAUGH: The railroad track is operated once a day.

10:47:12 Again, there is a crossing there right now.

10:47:14 And it's a lighted intersection.

10:47:18 >>LISA MONTELIONE: There's a crossing there right now but

10:47:20 we don't have the numbers of people we anticipate.

10:47:22 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Right.

10:47:24 >>LISA MONTELIONE: In that space at the time the railroad

10:47:26 is going by I mean, I have sat at the elements, is it, and

10:47:36 been by there when the train goes by and it pretty massive.

10:47:40 And when we are having numbers of people like we are talking

10:47:42 about, which is a great thing, a wonderful thing, and I'm

10:47:45 very happy about this, but I just want to also look out for

10:47:49 our pedestrians.

10:47:51 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Absolutely.

10:47:52 Because really one of the driving forces about this location

10:47:55 is pedestrian safety, and the reconnection of the street

10:48:02 grid.

10:48:02 So, yes, obviously we would be looking at that.

10:48:13 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Just to point out --

10:48:15 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Capin.

10:48:17 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you, sir.

10:48:18 That railroad track goes all the way to downtown and is at

10:48:21 every cross street heading east.

10:48:23 So people traverse that every day.

10:48:26 >>BOB McDONAUGH: We have one, and occasionally two trains a

10:48:30 day.

10:48:31 Much to the delight of some of the downtown residents.

10:48:34 And they don't really care about the fact that Teddy

10:48:37 Roosevelt and Rough Riders rode that same train during the

10:48:41 Spanish American war.

10:48:42 They just want to get some sleep.

10:48:47 again taking a look at the connection between the street.

10:48:58 the reinstitution of the street grid.

10:49:01 What we have now is very confusing and unsafe for PEDS and

10:49:05 the people who want to go east and west across now have an

10:49:10 opportunity to do that safely.

10:49:13 This also gives a more dramatic entry to the Straz

10:49:29 And talking about that connection.

10:49:31 Again an aerial perspective of the project.

10:49:45 A question was raised about will City Council have the

10:49:51 opportunity to opine on the design of the building?

10:49:55 Because this building is more than 120 feet in height, they

10:49:57 will have to do a rezoning.

10:49:59 And so at some time in the future they will come with more

10:50:02 advanced plans to City Council about this specific project.

10:50:06 And so this is not the only time City Council will have a

10:50:09 look and an opportunity to discuss this project.

10:50:13 What we are talking about today is the opportunity to enter

10:50:17 a land contract with these folks.

10:50:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any other council members who have not

10:50:24 spoken?

10:50:26 Ms. Capin?

10:50:27 Well, Mr. Suarez first because he has the floor.

10:50:30 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you.

10:50:31 Quick question.

10:50:32 You made a comment right now about if they build this, it

10:50:35 would have to be, if it's over 120 feet, we would have to be

10:50:39 involved in the rezoning of it.

10:50:42 I know that they have -- obviously this is a wonderful kind

10:50:46 of rendition -- is this -- where are they in terms of the

10:50:51 design of the particular building?

10:50:53 Because obviously once we sell it, we are out of the

10:50:55 business of being a property owner at that particular

10:50:58 location, and I think you just mentioned that when we get

10:51:03 final plans, or --

10:51:07 >>BOB McDONAUGH: For the rezoning they come back to you

10:51:09 with some plans.

10:51:10 I would rather have them --

10:51:14 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I was asking if I could ask them.

10:51:18 >> My name is Philip Smith.

10:51:21 I'm the president of framework group and a partner in Intown

10:51:25 framework.

10:51:25 To answer your question, we are in the preliminary stages of

10:51:28 design.

10:51:28 The reason that this has been advanced to this point, which

10:51:31 is a little premature than what typically would take place

10:51:34 prior to the land transaction occurring, is that existing

10:51:38 grid of the streets and situation of that property is very

10:51:43 difficult to visualize when you walk down there.

10:51:47 The first impression and the impression of most people that

10:51:50 we have spoken with is, how does this fit down here?

10:51:52 So we have had to advance the design to a point where we can

10:51:56 at least show some massing and some architectural detail and

10:52:00 choose a direction with that just for the purposes of having

10:52:02 a discussion.

10:52:03 And so I would say to answer the question directly we are in

10:52:08 the preliminary stages of design.

10:52:09 When we come back to you, we will have much more detail in

10:52:12 terms of how the building and circulation works, specifics

10:52:16 on the architecture, exact Heights and dimensions.

10:52:20 But this is just going to give you an idea of what we are

10:52:22 proposing in general today.

10:52:23 >> What's the time frame?

10:52:26 I don't know your business.

10:52:27 You understand once you purchase a piece of property, you

10:52:30 know, the clock starts to tick in terms of all the other

10:52:34 things you need in order to build the building.

10:52:36 How soon do you think that we'll have a groundbreaking,

10:52:40 we'll have a building built?

10:52:43 What's that time frame?

10:52:44 >> The clock is ticking already, and immediately we would

10:52:50 proceed to advance the design in order to prepare for the

10:52:53 rezoning application as soon as possible.

10:52:57 And assuming that that goes well, we would like to be

10:53:02 understood construction, in the first phases of this which

10:53:05 is the infrastructure piece of it by midyear.

10:53:08 >> And the reason I'm asking this question is because

10:53:11 obviously we are going to have a basic framework of where

10:53:15 the grid is at, but the building may look different than

10:53:19 what we are seeing here in this particular schematic.

10:53:23 I mean, this is just a preliminary kind of idea.

10:53:26 It looks very similar to one of the other buildings in

10:53:28 downtown.

10:53:29 And it doesn't mean that that's what we are going to get.

10:53:31 But we are going to get those same elements and that's kind

10:53:34 of what I am getting at which is those pedestrian elements

10:53:36 in which we are looking at will essentially be the same,

10:53:40 although they may have different architectural parts of

10:53:43 that.

10:53:44 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I would say the massing, the location, the

10:53:48 circulation of this will be largely the same as what you see

10:53:50 here, because it is a tight site.

10:53:54 Once this parcel is identified, and the surveys are

10:53:58 completed and we can tend the corners it property, so to

10:54:03 speak, the building has limited area to move so the mass is

10:54:07 where the mass is proposed.

10:54:08 In terms of the details, that will be advanced although I

10:54:11 can tell you that we have chosen a conceptual direction in

10:54:13 terms of style which we can talk about in detail.

10:54:16 I think you will find that as we move along there will be

10:54:18 substantial differences between this building, and I assume

10:54:22 you are referring to SkyPoint and Element downtown.

10:54:26 I think we can show you that those will be distinctly

10:54:29 different, and they should be.

10:54:30 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And I have one on the question for our legal

10:54:32 department, if that's okay.

10:54:34 Either Mr -- Jim, if you want to do it.

10:54:39 In terms of our agreement, obviously it's a sale of land.

10:54:43 These architectural elements grids are not part of the

10:54:47 contract per se, are they?

10:54:49 Or are they?

10:54:52 >>JIM SHIMBERG: No, this is a contract to sell land.

10:54:54 There are things that have to happen in order for the

10:54:56 closing to take place.

10:54:57 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I just want to make sure, because I actually

10:55:00 like the layout in terms of the connection to the Riverwalk,

10:55:04 and to how it feeds in to Straz, and then onto the rest of

10:55:09 the Riverwalk.

10:55:12 Obviously, the guarantee is the physical act of where we are

10:55:17 locating, meaning that you can't just kind of put any shoe

10:55:21 horn any kind of building in there in order for them to make

10:55:23 the investment, make sense for them.

10:55:27 In addition, make it make sense for us.

10:55:30 Obviously, the land is the land.

10:55:32 That's our contract.

10:55:33 And then all the other elements of it are going to come back

10:55:36 for our zoning aspect.

10:55:39 >> Again, this is a little different from a normal city

10:55:44 block which is already configured.

10:55:46 That's why the grid will be what the grid is, because it's

10:55:49 part of what this parcel is, is dictated by how we recreate

10:55:53 our street grid.

10:55:54 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Sure.

10:55:56 That's my whole point, which is once the purchase would go

10:56:00 through, then we start the plans for the grid itself, and

10:56:02 then their plans are -- I won't say separate, but, you know,

10:56:09 concurrence of what we are going to plan in terms of that,

10:56:11 too.

10:56:13 >>JIM SHIMBERG: It's really all going to happen together.

10:56:15 It's going to work together.

10:56:16 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I just wanted to get kind of the legal

10:56:19 aspect of it because obviously this is a sale for land.

10:56:21 But because the way the land is situated, it essentially

10:56:25 forces it to go into the grid process.

10:56:29 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Correct.

10:56:29 It's all going to be done really concurrently.

10:56:32 Right now, we mentioned the key right now is to actually

10:56:35 legally define the parcel that we are creating, a vacation

10:56:39 of the road in the middle.

10:56:40 There's a lot of things that have to all come together and

10:56:44 we really want to be cautious to not have the rezoning

10:56:46 hearing right now.

10:56:47 >> And that's my whole point, the sales of the land is one

10:56:51 aspect of it but because of the shape, and what we are

10:56:54 selling, it essentially forces into that grid system anyway.

10:56:58 Thank you.

10:56:59 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I am going to go to council members who

10:57:01 have not spoken.

10:57:02 Mr. Reddick, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Capone, then Ms. Mulhern.

10:57:06 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, Mr. Chair.

10:57:09 I didn't know I was coming that close.

10:57:14 You know, I think it's a wonderful project.

10:57:18 And I do plan to support the sales agreement today.

10:57:23 But I want to be honest and up front with the developers,

10:57:28 and that is -- and maybe you can speak to this.

10:57:33 When it comes down to a development agreement, and when it

10:57:37 comes down to the zoning and other aspect of this project, I

10:57:41 want to make sure you understand my position, because I am

10:57:45 going to put forth this today, the land sale.

10:57:49 But if you are not committed to meeting the MB and WMB of

10:58:00 the percentage, if that's not included as part of the

10:58:02 development agreement, then I will not be voting for the

10:58:05 other part.

10:58:06 So if you are going to be doing this project, you don't have

10:58:13 to say today, but when I look at that development agreement

10:58:16 and I look at other aspects of the zoning when we start

10:58:18 voting, that you meet the city MBE and WMBE program goals.

10:58:30 And that's going to be very, very important to me.

10:58:33 And I hope you just will keep that in mind as you go forward

10:58:38 with this process.

10:58:39 But today, I am going to support this as we move forward.

10:58:43 I just want to make sure that applies to the development

10:58:49 agreement, and that you adhere to the city guidelines and

10:58:54 threshold.

10:58:54 I just want to put that on the table.

10:58:57 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen.

10:58:58 >> Thank you for that comment.

10:59:04 And the answer is, yes, absolutely, I can tell you it's

10:59:08 already been part of our discussion with the Beck room, and

10:59:12 he can tell you more details about programs that he's

10:59:16 implemented in the past, can attest to the fact that we have

10:59:18 had that conversation already.

10:59:19 We understand and appreciate that that is a part of the

10:59:23 process.

10:59:23 Thank you.

10:59:24 >> I'm Mark Housen with the Beck group, contractor and

10:59:31 architect for the project.

10:59:32 We are very familiar with the city policy and part of our

10:59:36 architectural engineering team will have a significant

10:59:40 participation.

10:59:41 We are currently out at the Tampa International Airport on

10:59:43 air side F, and we also completed air side C, and the

10:59:49 parking garage that was there, in the neighborhood of 20 to

10:59:52 25% of MBE participation.

10:59:55 We plan on utilizing all the city and the county's

11:00:00 registered MBEs and also solicit some additional folks.

11:00:05 This is about a lot of things.

11:00:07 But for the city the creation of jobs.

11:00:10 We anticipate between 500 and 600 new jobs created in the

11:00:14 construction process, about 22 months.

11:00:17 In creating those jobs also creates people with an

11:00:19 opportunity to come live downtown.

11:00:21 And the only way we have a successful enterprise downtown is

11:00:24 to have a mix of everybody, that that makes our city and our

11:00:30 neighborhood, so we are very, very committed to that.

11:00:34 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen?

11:00:35 >>HARRY COHEN: Thank you, Mr. Chair.

11:00:39 I want to start out by saying to my fellow council members

11:00:42 that I have the benefit of hearing this presentation on

11:00:45 Monday, in my role as your representative on the board of

11:00:50 the Straz center.

11:00:51 And I think it's important for the public to know that City

11:00:55 Council has an interest in this matter in terms of how we

11:01:00 feel about the redevelopment of downtown.

11:01:01 But we also have an interest in this matter because we, the

11:01:05 people of this city, are the owner of the Straz center.

11:01:08 And it's 25 years old now.

11:01:10 It's a wonderful community asset.

11:01:12 But the fact is that it was built with three theaters

11:01:15 originally.

11:01:16 It now has five.

11:01:17 And a very active and bustling conservatory that make it a

11:01:23 destination for people from all over the region.

11:01:26 And these changes to their front entrance and gateway are

11:01:34 not insignificant.

11:01:35 And my understanding is that within this money that the city

11:01:37 is going to receive, there would not be money to actually

11:01:42 reconfigure Cass and Tyler street and take that very garbled

11:01:48 area, and make it much safer and much more attractive.

11:01:55 I also received a communication from the Tampa Museum of

11:01:58 Art.

11:01:59 They are also in support of this project.

11:02:01 And one of the reasons that both of these institutions are

11:02:04 supporting the project is because of the seamless connection

11:02:07 that this creates between them.

11:02:09 Councilwoman Montelione pointed out the challenges that

11:02:13 exist with the railroad crossing.

11:02:15 And one of the things that I was very impressed with when I

11:02:17 saw the presentation on Monday is that this plan really does

11:02:23 the very best that it can with what is never going to be a

11:02:27 perfect situation.

11:02:28 Right now, it is very, very difficult to make that crossing.

11:02:34 And as Councilwoman Montelione pointed out as we were going

11:02:38 through the program, this is a huge improvement over what we

11:02:42 have now.

11:02:44 I also want to point out that in the overall context of what

11:02:48 we have been doing downtown, creating density, creating

11:02:53 life, bringing residents into the center of the city, is

11:02:58 what's going to push us to the next level when it comes to

11:03:00 attracting a downtown, grocery store, additional hotels,

11:03:05 additional restaurants, and that we really confuse this

11:03:09 project with something that is going to put a shot in the

11:03:16 arm to all the other things that we have all been working so

11:03:17 hard on.

11:03:18 Finally, I want to point out that the Poe garage stays the

11:03:22 way it is, and as everyone here knows, we have tremendous

11:03:26 challenges with our parking garages, financially, over the

11:03:29 next couple of years.

11:03:30 This should drive more and more people into that Poe garage

11:03:34 and even improve our numbers over what they are now.

11:03:37 So from that point of view, I think it makes a lot of sense.

11:03:41 For the city.

11:03:41 And I just wanted to point out those couple of things.

11:03:45 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.

11:03:46 Ms. Capin and Ms. Mulhern.

11:03:48 >>YVONNE CAPIN: All right, thank you.

11:03:50 Two parts.

11:03:51 And what I wanted to ask you was, the Riverwalk.

11:03:56 The way it is brought to us today, if this was here, how did

11:04:01 it change -- if this building were not here, the Riverwalk

11:04:07 continuation would be what?

11:04:10 >>BOB McDONAUGH: We haven't drawn it yet.

11:04:12 We are as I mentioned at the CRA meeting, yesterday, city

11:04:16 staff interviewed architects and engineers to design that

11:04:20 last section.

11:04:20 And so this will be done telephonic at the same time.

11:04:23 So we do not have a plan yet.

11:04:24 So how it would vary, whether the building was here or not,

11:04:29 I can't answer that.

11:04:31 >>YVONNE CAPIN: But very clearly it would have to go

11:04:35 across -- they would have to cross the street no matter if

11:04:39 this building were here or not.

11:04:40 >> That's correct.

11:04:43 Because the height of the railroad, which is relatively low.

11:04:48 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Now, my other part is, the $4 million that

11:04:51 is being offered to purchase this property, and it was

11:04:58 stated that it is at appraisal or above.

11:05:05 My concern is that -- and I did ask this question from our

11:05:10 CFO, is this $4 million sufficient to do what the city has

11:05:17 to do, its part in this configuration?

11:05:23 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes.

11:05:24 The engineering estimates around $2.5 million.

11:05:29 The improvements to the arrival court are being paid for by

11:05:34 the developer, not from city fund.

11:05:35 That's an additional $600,000 that are being contributed

11:05:39 towards that.

11:05:40 The developer is also making a contribution to the Straz.

11:05:42 But just again, the contract between the developers and the

11:05:46 city.

11:05:48 The appraisal, which was done based on what is there today,

11:05:54 and again what's there today is very different than after we

11:05:58 change the streets.

11:06:00 At a value of, I believe, $1,448,000.

11:06:05 I was assuming a slightly smaller site because again I think

11:06:10 like everybody in the room including myself, didn't see the

11:06:15 configuration.

11:06:16 But taking the numbers that he did and putting it to a full

11:06:21 acre, it would have been approximately $2 million.

11:06:24 So this purchase price is twice the appraised value of the

11:06:27 land.

11:06:27 >> That's the appraised value.

11:06:30 My other part of my question was, this $4 million is

11:06:34 sufficient to cover what the city is committed to do in

11:06:39 order for this property, for this development to take place?

11:06:43 >> It will be in excess of what is required by the city.

11:06:49 Approximately $2.5 million.

11:06:51 >> Right.

11:06:52 Okay.

11:06:52 >> Again, what this does is it two-ways all of Cass Street,

11:06:57 not just this section of Cass Street.

11:06:59 Again, you know, the city has been working for a number of

11:07:04 years on fixing the street grid to two-way all of our

11:07:07 downtown streets.

11:07:09 And we ran out of money.

11:07:12 Well, here is a source of money.

11:07:13 And so we are going to continue this program.

11:07:15 So the benefit is not just in this area, but will be in

11:07:19 other parts of downtown as well.

11:07:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I know the intersection very well.

11:07:24 I travel it every -- at least twice a month.

11:07:33 So I look forward to this.

11:07:35 I just wanted to be sure that we are covered for all parts.

11:07:44 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Talking about money, we receive no

11:07:48 property taxes on this property now.

11:07:50 When this building is completed, it will yield somewhere

11:07:52 around 900,000 to $1 million a year in property taxes.

11:07:56 Upon stabilization, somewhere close to a million, or 1.5.

11:08:02 So it will continue to pay dividend to the citizens of the

11:08:04 city.

11:08:05 We are creating some value right now.

11:08:09 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you for answering my questions very

11:08:11 clearly.

11:08:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Mulhern.

11:08:13 >>MARY MULHERN: I had a few questions and a few things I

11:08:16 wanted to say.

11:08:16 But first I would rather hear, are we done with presentation

11:08:20 from the developer and architect?

11:08:26 >>BOB McDONAUGH: They are ready for your pleasure if you

11:08:28 have any questions.

11:08:30 >>MARY MULHERN: If you weren't planning on presenting

11:08:31 anything, I will ask my questions now.

11:08:35 I kind of would like to hear what you wanted to tell us

11:08:41 because I think you might answer a lot of my questions.

11:08:44 >> I'll try to keep it condensed.

11:08:51 Been developing in downtown Tampa since 2004.

11:08:56 Excited about the opportunity to be here and talk about a

11:08:58 public-private partnership.

11:09:02 Had the opportunity to work with multiple institutions in

11:09:05 the area, board members of the Tampa Museum of Art, enjoyed

11:09:11 relationship with board members of the Tampa museum arts

11:09:15 back to 2004, 2005.

11:09:18 It's a unique opportunity, and sitting in discussion for

11:09:23 quite some time.

11:09:24 My touching it goes back to around 2006 when the Straz

11:09:28 center identified potential opportunity for reconnecting the

11:09:32 grid of streets, which I have always been a big proponent

11:09:37 of, and since then we have been in on and off discussions

11:09:41 about the opportunity, and the city was obviously very

11:09:47 strong in their foresight to reengage the community.

11:09:52 We are happy to be here in front of you today and glad we

11:09:54 were selected to be part of this process.

11:09:57 There are a lot of things culminating in this location.

11:10:01 And I don't want to steal my partner's wind but to say it's

11:10:04 an interesting cross of a lot of activity, both pedestrian

11:10:08 and vehicular.

11:10:09 And for one of the first times in conversation, the

11:10:12 pedestrian connectivity is the primary focus, which I'm very

11:10:16 happy to here, and because for most of my other experiences,

11:10:22 in development and VRC we talked about moving cars and now

11:10:28 moving people.

11:10:29 And I have been very active in the downtown partnership for

11:10:31 a long period of time, and I know that this is something

11:10:34 that we have discussed, not exactly the project.

11:10:39 We see bringing 500 residents in this area, being a strong

11:10:44 impact.

11:10:46 Both economic and visual, and its compounding effect.

11:10:49 We think that activity, retailers, and we'll continue to see

11:10:57 that flourish.

11:10:59 You spent a lot of money, and the city spent a lot of money

11:11:03 developing a lot of different assets around this project

11:11:07 that make it happen.

11:11:08 The Riverwalk over the years that it's been expanded, Curtis

11:11:12 Hixon park, and additional infrastructure and aesthetic

11:11:18 improvements in the area, and we stand on the shoulder of a

11:11:22 lot of people and a lot of progress.

11:11:23 And we think this is an incremental step, at a very strong

11:11:27 crossroads for planning for the city.

11:11:32 My business partner states some of the design aspect of the

11:11:36 project but the envision plan really starts to talk about

11:11:39 how this connectivity and this location specifically is very

11:11:42 critical to the growth and making the river the center of

11:11:46 the city, and bringing the west bank of the river into

11:11:50 downtown, which is separate from downtown today.

11:11:54 If you haven't looked at that envision lately, please go

11:11:58 back up and you will see independent of our thinking they

11:12:00 found the concept of the building in this location very

11:12:02 appealing.

11:12:03 So with that, he will address some of the architectural,

11:12:11 design aspects.

11:12:11 >> Thank you again.

11:12:14 Philip Smith of framework group.

11:12:16 Two things to talk about the envision plan that really

11:12:19 guided us here.

11:12:21 As you know, a lot of times, city master plans, there's a

11:12:25 lot of hubbub around them and all too frequently they get

11:12:30 after the conclusions are made and never seems to get

11:12:33 momentum.

11:12:33 This plan is different, in my view.

11:12:35 Greg and I both have spent our careers in urban developing,

11:12:40 his primarily in the southeast, mine primarily in the

11:12:43 northeast, been a resident of Tampa for almost eight years

11:12:46 now, and focused here since that time.

11:12:49 But this plan really struck a chord with us.

11:12:53 There are a couple of things.

11:12:54 First of all, it's an incredibly comprehensive and inclusive

11:12:58 and important document that serves as a road map for us, as

11:13:03 developers, as the private part of the public-private

11:13:08 partnership.

11:13:09 And I can tell you that we have reads it, used it, thought

11:13:11 about it and really used it as a philosophical underpinning.

11:13:16 There are two pieces of it.

11:13:17 One, this is a quote.

11:13:20 Downtown should be the sight of significant in-fill

11:13:22 development on opportunity sites around the Straz.

11:13:25 Second, that Mr. McDonaugh mentioned, existing waterfront

11:13:30 development should better engage with active people-oriented

11:13:33 uses, and it calls out the Straz as one of the three best

11:13:37 opportunities for that in downtown Tampa.

11:13:41 Couple that with the difficulties, and just basically the

11:13:43 functional coherence of that road network that exists down

11:13:48 there right now, an extraordinary amount of investment and

11:13:50 effort on the part of the City of Tampa as it relates to

11:13:54 Curtis Hixon park and the Tampa Museum of Art and the

11:13:56 children's museum, a great deal of investment.

11:13:59 And I think everyone has been very complimentary, and

11:14:02 certainly wove all seen the success of that happening.

11:14:04 The Straz, commissioner mentioned seeing great success over

11:14:10 25 years and looking ahead to the next generation.

11:14:13 It has some short-term problems to solve and certainly wants

11:14:16 to grow in the long-term.

11:14:18 The prospects of a property, a project like this introducing

11:14:22 500 new people in downtown, really reintegrating people with

11:14:28 downtown, engaging with retail and restaurant and the

11:14:31 cultural aspect of the City of Tampa, the open green spaces

11:14:35 really makes all the sense in the world to us.

11:14:38 We have obviously come through a dark economic period.

11:14:41 The financial markets have come around, as you know, and

11:14:44 certainly there's a lot of attention on multifamily

11:14:48 development.

11:14:48 This one is holy unique in our perspective and I think it

11:14:51 offers pretty much everything that you could ask for from

11:14:54 the development standpoint, and certainly from the urban

11:14:56 planning opportunity perspective.

11:14:58 I mentioned earlier that we just really scratched the

11:15:02 surface on the conceptual design of the building.

11:15:04 I can tell you we focus stylistically to talk about

11:15:10 surfaces, deco style.

11:15:13 We think that style of architecture is particularly

11:15:16 interesting because there's a real historical aspect to it,

11:15:19 a lot of interesting and powerful architectural precedence

11:15:21 that you can see in on the major cities.

11:15:26 New York has a lot of great examples of it.

11:15:28 But we think it lend itself to this location for a couple

11:15:30 reasons.

11:15:30 One is in talking about other existing towers in downtown, a

11:15:34 little more modern, more contemporary.

11:15:36 I think this one is rooted in the past a little bit.

11:15:40 I think it draws from history and certainly resonates with

11:15:43 the art piece of this puzzle.

11:15:46 The buildings, just in how they are constructed, have clear

11:15:50 pieces, enclosure bottoms, clear middles, clear tops.

11:15:53 There's a great deal of attention on the skyline how the

11:15:56 building looks, how it appears from a distance, but the deco

11:16:01 style is how you interact with the building, where you touch

11:16:04 the building.

11:16:04 An incredible amount of detail taken at the street level,

11:16:08 where you interact directly, and I think we are going to

11:16:11 take that lead from that style as well and pay a lot of

11:16:14 attention to they details.

11:16:15 It's going to matter here that we really want this thing to

11:16:19 integrate well with the existing network and certainly to

11:16:22 expand and capitalize on the momentum that's already been

11:16:27 created as Greg stated.

11:16:29 With that I'll conclude, and we are certainly happy to

11:16:32 answer any questions.

11:16:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Mulhern.

11:16:34 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.

11:16:35 I think this looks like a great project.

11:16:38 I really like the fact that when we first heard about it,

11:16:42 and it wasn't exactly what the Straz wanted to see and there

11:16:47 were a lot of questions about it, that you guys went back to

11:16:51 work with the city and with the people downtown, and with

11:16:57 the Straz, and figured out a solution that would be good.

11:17:01 I think this is a great example of urban design, and I think

11:17:08 it funny because a lot of things that the kind of urban

11:17:11 design that people, including the presenters and a lot of us

11:17:17 people, downtown partnership and architects who are here and

11:17:21 developers have been talking about in Tampa for probably 20,

11:17:25 30 years, and it's almost like, okay, maybe we are finally,

11:17:29 finally getting there.

11:17:30 So the reason that I am going to support this is that it

11:17:35 really is good urban design.

11:17:39 And I think when we talk about urban design here in Tampa,

11:17:43 it's always kind of an odd thing because we have had a

11:17:46 suburban design sprawl mode of development here.

11:17:51 So people here don't quite remember.

11:17:53 Even though we are a very urban city, and an old city that

11:17:58 has a really good pattern.

11:17:59 So I think the best thing about this is the restoration of

11:18:02 the grid starting to do that downtown, and the two-waying of

11:18:07 those streets which, yes, the envision plan recommended

11:18:10 this, but I know I have been talking about it for eight to

11:18:13 ten years, and a lot of on the people, and a lot of cities

11:18:16 have made that a priority and our former mayor made it a

11:18:21 priority.

11:18:21 So those a big selling point for me.

11:18:26 I had a couple of questions for Mr. Smith or Mr. Mendry

11:18:36 either, either one.

11:18:37 You have retail on the first floor and five floors of

11:18:40 parking, and then is it all intended to be apartments?

11:18:44 Or are they going to be condos?

11:18:46 >> They are intended to be apartments.

11:18:50 And the programmatic element are correct.

11:18:54 Unfortunately we can't do underground parking here.

11:18:59 That makes it similar in appearance.

11:19:01 >>MARY MULHERN: Right.

11:19:03 I was thinking about this in the context and I happened to

11:19:07 bring up Chicago, my former home.

11:19:10 An interesting thing about how different parts of Chicago

11:19:15 grew is that they started building on the river, and there

11:19:18 is really a renaissance of architecture on the river as

11:19:23 opposed to north and south along the lake front, with I is

11:19:29 kind of similar to what we have here in Tampa, our downtown

11:19:34 piece hasn't included the river.

11:19:38 And we heard from a few residents that weren't happy about

11:19:41 putting a high-rise on the river.

11:19:44 But I think people need to -- I think you have made good

11:19:48 progress today showing that.

11:19:50 The Riverwalk is going to continue between where the

11:19:55 residential tower is and the river.

11:19:57 So you are not putting it right on the river.

11:20:00 But I also think people need to look at other places, not

11:20:03 just look at Tampa and have this imaginary perfection of how

11:20:09 we can look, but look at how on the cities have developed,

11:20:12 and really that idea of building housing along the river is,

11:20:18 you know, and especially with now going across the river and

11:20:22 redeveloping there, I'm not talking about the park,

11:20:25 Councilman Reddick, but as we move across the river into

11:20:29 West Tampa, that's really how cities that use their river

11:20:37 have worked.

11:20:39 So I think it's great.

11:20:42 My one concern is about affordability.

11:20:45 And I know that's been a big thing for affordable housing

11:20:48 for Mr. Smith and other projects.

11:20:50 And I think for you and yours, too.

11:20:54 So what are we looking at?

11:20:55 >> We don't have a formal model for our unit planning and

11:21:01 price points and other things since we are so preliminary.

11:21:04 I think we still have a lot of work to go back and do.

11:21:09 So in terms of that, we have envisioned we are going to be

11:21:14 at the current market rate for downtown resident, the cost

11:21:18 of a building will drive a lot of that, and this is not

11:21:23 finalized because we don't have our design yet.

11:21:25 Sew but I have to be in front of you and talk more about

11:21:28 that.

11:21:28 >> I think this was our CRA meeting today, and we talked

11:21:32 with the downtown CRA and it was really about making

11:21:35 communities that are blighted affordable.

11:21:39 So I hope that's going to be kept in mind.

11:21:42 And then -- I had one other question but it's probably for

11:21:48 Mr. McDonaugh or -- looking for one of the land use

11:21:55 attorneys.

11:21:59 I was looking at the contract.

11:22:02 And the agreement says this agreement shall be subject to

11:22:08 the grant by the City Council of the seller of a petition to

11:22:12 vacate right-of-ways, Cass and Tyler street.

11:22:17 I'm a little concerned about, you know, pushing this through

11:22:22 like we are doing quickly.

11:22:24 Normally, we get the vacation concept part of the rezoning

11:22:29 application.

11:22:30 >>BOB McDONAUGH: The rezoning vacating will be done later,

11:22:35 yes.

11:22:36 This was basically the first step to see, is this acceptable

11:22:39 to council?

11:22:40 If so, then we'll move on to the other steps in the process.

11:22:43 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

11:22:46 Thanks.

11:22:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Montelione.

11:22:48 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Mr. Chair, respectfully if there's no

11:22:51 further discussion I would like to move the item for

11:22:53 approval.

11:22:55 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Second.

11:22:56 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Montelione on

11:22:59 item -- really it's 1 and 2, doing both the same time,

11:23:04 seconded by Ms. Capin.

11:23:06 Any further discussion by council members?

11:23:10 All in favor of the motion please indicate by saying aye.

11:23:13 Opposed nay.

11:23:15 Motion passes unanimously.

11:23:20 Thank you very much to all for attending.

11:23:22 Not too many handshakes.

11:23:24 This is just the beginning of the crawling.

11:23:25 They are going to have to do some walking and some running.

11:23:29 Let me just say that.

11:23:32 I have a motion by Mr. Reddick to receive and file.

11:23:36 >> Second.

11:23:37 >> I have a comment.

11:23:39 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Yes, ma'am.

11:23:40 >>YVONNE CAPIN: If the rest of the project procedures as

11:23:43 this presentation, you have gotten to a good start.

11:23:47 Keep up the good work.

11:23:48 Thank you.

11:23:49 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion to receive and file by

11:23:51 Mr. Reddick.

11:23:51 I have a second by Mr. Suarez.

11:23:53 All in favor of the motion please indicate by saying aye.

11:23:55 Opposed no.

11:23:56 The ayes have it unanimously.

11:23:58 Mr. Cohen is now the chair.

11:24:01 I pass the gavel.

11:24:03 I need a motion for a welcoming letter to the college bound

11:24:08 summit.

11:24:08 Move that.

11:24:09 I have a second by Mr. Reddick.

11:24:10 >>HARRY COHEN: I have a motion by Mr. Miranda, second by

11:24:18 Mr. Reddick.

11:24:19 All in favor?

11:24:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

11:24:23 I was just trying to facilitate you.

11:24:25 [ Laughter ]

11:24:26 And also I would like to present a letter of support to the

11:24:30 Abilene Trophy for the most Air Force friendly community,

11:24:33 country wide, and see who gets the trophy this year.

11:24:37 >> Second.

11:24:38 >>HARRY COHEN: Motion from Mr. Miranda, second by Mr.

11:24:40 Suarez.

11:24:40 All in favor?

11:24:42 Opposed?

11:24:44 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.

11:24:45 I usually don't speak this much.

11:24:46 The third one is --

11:24:50 >> You have two more minutes.

11:24:51 [ Laughter ]

11:24:54 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I want to thank the Federation of India

11:24:54 association of Republic day, Sunday the 27th, 2013. I can't

11:25:02 make it.

11:25:03 Mrs. Montelione is going to present the letter that we'll

11:25:07 write.

11:25:07 >>HARRY COHEN: Okay, we'll write a letter.

11:25:12 Motion from Mr. Miranda, second by Mr. Reddick.

11:25:16 All in favor?

11:25:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Two quick ones. We need to send

11:25:20 condolence to Pam Bondi for the passing of her father.

11:25:24 >>MARY MULHERN: Second.

11:25:27 >>HARRY COHEN: We have a second by Mrs. Mulhern.

11:25:29 All in favor?

11:25:30 >> And best wishes to Al Steenson who is recovering in the

11:25:33 hospital.

11:25:33 >> Well, we wish him well and look forward to seeing him

11:25:38 back.

11:25:42 Anything further, Mr. Miranda?

11:25:44 We are in recess till 6:00 p.m.

11:25:49 (The City Council meeting recessed at 11:27 a.m.)



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