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Special called City Council meeting.
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
10:28:19 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.
10:29:00 >> 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
10:31:46 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,
10:32:38 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
10:33:07 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
10:33:18 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
10:34:00 It creates a neighborhood of very diverse attractions and
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 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
10:35:30 >>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
10:36:15 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 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
10:39:48 >>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 >>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
10:41:52 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
10:45:18 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 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
10:46:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Montelione.
10:46:17 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Again, this is going to be tough to
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 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
10:48:31 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
10:50:26 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 To answer your question, we are in the preliminary stages of
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
10:53:29 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
10:53:44 >>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,
10:56:13 >>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 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 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
10:59:41 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
11:01:16 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
11:01:59 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
11:05:48 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
11:06:16 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 >> 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 >> 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
11:08:05 We are creating some value right now.
11:08:09 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you for answering my questions very
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
11:10:46 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
11:12:03 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 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
11:13:09 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 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 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 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 >> 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
11:21:59 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
11:22:30 >>BOB McDONAUGH: The rezoning vacating will be done later,
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.
11:22:47 >>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
11:22:55 >>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 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 All in favor?
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 >>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 >> Well, we wish him well and look forward to seeing him
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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