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Special called City Council meeting.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

10:26 a.m.

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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