TAMPA CRA Meeting
Thursday, December 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. session
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09:01:11 >> Good morning.
09:03:59 We'll now call the CRA meeting to order.
09:04:02 I will yield to Mr. Curtis Stokes.
09:04:08 >>CURTIS STOKES: This morning, we have Dr. Kevin James
09:04:10 Senior, pastor of the Palma Ceia United Methodist
09:04:14 Church to give the invocation.
09:04:15 >> Please stand and remain standing for the pledge of
09:04:18 >> Good morning.
09:04:19 Let us pray.
09:04:20 Holy one, we thank you for this advent Christmas
09:04:25 season, the season of hope, peace, love and joy.
09:04:29 We thank you for this City Council, and ask your
09:04:33 continued blessings be felt upon each and every
09:04:36 Councilmember, who have dedicated themselves for the
09:04:39 betterment of the City of Tampa.
09:04:41 Grant them wisdom and courage for the facing of the
09:04:45 tasks that are set before them.
09:04:47 We ask in your son's name, Amen.
09:04:55 [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]
09:05:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
09:05:15 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Here.
09:05:18 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
09:05:19 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Here.
09:05:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:05:23 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
09:05:23 >>CURTIS STOKES: Here.
09:05:24 >> And Miller.
09:05:24 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.
09:05:26 >> Mark Huey.
09:05:28 >>MARK HUEY: Good morning.
09:05:28 Mark Huey, economic development administrator.
09:05:30 Wanted to start our meeting, as is typical, having one
09:05:35 of our Community Advisory Committees come and share
09:05:39 with you what's going on in their Community
09:05:42 Redevelopment Area.
09:05:43 And this morning, we have Steve Yturriaga, who is the
09:05:47 vice chair of the YCDC of the Ybor City advisory
09:05:54 Steve, welcome.
09:05:54 Glad to have you here.
09:05:56 Come on up.
09:06:01 >> Good morning.
09:06:02 My name is Steve Yturriaga.
09:06:05 I'm vice chair of the YCDC.
09:06:07 Thank you for allowing me to speak to you this morning.
09:06:10 On behalf of the YCDC, we appreciate your support of
09:06:14 the Ybor two CRAs in the district.
09:06:18 And thank you for this opportunity.
09:06:22 Ybor City is continuing to make great progress, despite
09:06:26 the difficulties in economic times and reduction in our
09:06:29 TIF budget for fiscal year 2011.
09:06:32 We have had a 25.9% reduction in the Ybor City CRA-1,
09:06:37 and a 52.3% reduction in the Ybor City CRA-2.
09:06:41 These budget cuts resulted in reduction in services in
09:06:45 our Ybor ambassador program, reduced marketing and
09:06:50 elimination of one of our Ybor staff members.
09:06:53 In spite of these budget reductions, we are still proud
09:06:57 of Ybor's progress and our accomplishments this year,
09:07:01 that include approved six applications under the new
09:07:04 CRA facade grant program, with one coming before you
09:07:08 today that will hopefully be approved.
09:07:10 Funded seven special events for physical year '11
09:07:15 through the YCDC special events co-sponsorship program.
09:07:21 We completed the amendment to the Ybor City vision
09:07:24 plan, or Ybor CRA-2.
09:07:28 We funded and promoted district's holiday decorating
09:07:32 We developed a new publicity campaign, cigars for
09:07:36 soldiers, and partnered with the Ybor City heritage and
09:07:40 cigar festival to promote it.
09:07:42 We air our monthly Ybor flavor shows.
09:07:46 We have launched a new revised web site,
09:07:51 We have initiated Ybor City small business assistance
09:07:55 We have improved signage, sidewalks, red brick
09:07:58 crosswalks and landscaping.
09:08:00 We have improved parking strategies and parking lot
09:08:04 We have installed new bicycle racks throughout the
09:08:08 We have completed stage and landscaping in Centennial
09:08:15 We maintain a clean space and friendly attractive
09:08:19 historic district for all our benefits.
09:08:21 Assisted in stabilizing and restoring the Ferlita
09:08:26 Macaroni Factory, which is on your agenda today.
09:08:30 Our future challenges and opportunities include TIF
09:08:33 revenues and expiration of the Ybor 1 TIF in 2015.
09:08:37 The retail development for grocery store and business
09:08:42 incubator project.
09:08:44 New RFPs for district marketing to include
09:08:47 residential marketing.
09:08:48 21st and 22nd Street improvements and transfer to
09:08:53 the city.
09:08:54 And a future third parking garage to support future
09:08:57 We want to thank you for giving us representation on
09:09:02 the streetcar board.
09:09:04 And once again, I'd like to thank you for your support
09:09:07 of Ybor City, and we hope to see you Tuesday at our
09:09:10 evening holiday party.
09:09:11 Thank you very much.
09:09:24 >>MARK HUEY: Thank you, Steve.
09:09:25 We appreciate all the hard work of YCDC throughout the
09:09:28 year and it is not only just an important redevelopment
09:09:34 area, but it's part of what we market for our whole
09:09:36 city, to tourists and visitors.
09:09:39 And we just appreciate all you do there.
09:09:41 Monthly reports, you have a copy of the monthly report;
09:09:46 again, a busy month.
09:09:48 Lots of things going on, from high-speed rail to
09:09:51 holiday events.
09:09:52 And if you look at downtown, a lot of people have
09:10:00 noticed the crane in our downtown.
09:10:02 There's not many cranes around these days.
09:10:04 But, we do have 510 metro under construction,
09:10:11 affordable housing project, that also involves the
09:10:13 historic preservation of the Saint James AME Church.
09:10:22 Curtis Hixon Park has been active.
09:10:25 Seasonal ice skating rink has attracted a lot of
09:10:29 attention and visitors to the park.
09:10:30 The multispace metering program was launched in
09:10:35 And seems to have launched successfully.
09:10:37 A lot of activity in November.
09:10:41 Regarding high-speed rail, there was a large conference
09:10:44 in Orlando.
09:10:45 And we were able to participate in that and the mayor
09:10:47 as well.
09:10:48 The CAMLS project continues to move forward.
09:10:52 Closing on the site is scheduled for tomorrow or first
09:10:56 part of next week.
09:10:58 That continues to progress well downtown.
09:11:00 In the Channel District, the Washington Street
09:11:05 improvements are moving forward.
09:11:08 The bidding process for the new park is underway.
09:11:11 And we continue to work with Stage Works about how we
09:11:14 might be able to assist them in their ongoing efforts
09:11:17 to establish a home for their community theater in the
09:11:21 Drew Park, we have plans under way for a major road
09:11:26 resurfacing project.
09:11:27 You'll be dealing with that a little bit later.
09:11:30 Code enforcement initiative, the Mercedes-Benz
09:11:36 dealership on Dale Mabry is imminent to open.
09:11:38 And launched a new bike patrol with TPD yesterday.
09:11:41 East Tampa, the 22nd street beautification project
09:11:45 moves along well.
09:11:46 Ed's been working with our enterprise zone and small
09:11:51 business information center to enhance the work that we
09:11:55 do there.
09:11:55 We have our holiday tree lighting on Friday and we hope
09:11:58 some of you, if not all of you, will be able to be a
09:12:01 part of that on Friday.
09:12:02 Great annual event in East Tampa.
09:12:04 This will be the third one.
09:12:05 Central Park, the infrastructure, I don't know if
09:12:10 you've had a chance to go by there, but it's amazing
09:12:12 the work that's going on on that site to get the
09:12:16 infrastructure in.
09:12:17 They're in permitting for their first vertical
09:12:19 development, the Ella, and expect to pull that permit
09:12:23 in January.
09:12:23 Perry Harvey Park, we continue to work with the Parks
09:12:29 Department and contract administration to work toward
09:12:33 finding a design building to help us complete Perry
09:12:36 Harvey Park.
09:12:37 Our work in The Heights is right now focused around
09:12:41 Waterworks Park.
09:12:42 And whether we can use some of our remaining TIF
09:12:45 dollars or available TIF dollars to put some
09:12:47 enhancements into the park and open it up to the public
09:12:51 Overall, I'll be updating you in a minute on the CAC
09:13:00 We are working hard on the annual report.
09:13:03 Web page enhancements are ongoing, and in November, we
09:13:06 added a page for the high-speed rail.
09:13:08 And we are still continuing to be favored by facade
09:13:13 grant applications.
09:13:14 And we have two for you, for your approval later today.
09:13:18 A lot of things going on, and I'd be glad to answer
09:13:22 questions about any of these things.
09:13:25 Your management team is here as well to answer any of
09:13:27 your questions.
09:13:30 >>GWEN MILLER: None.
09:13:31 So continue on.
09:13:34 >>MARK HUEY: The next item on the agenda is the
09:13:39 discussion about annual meeting, or our community
09:13:49 Last month, we had the meeting in downtown related to
09:13:53 high-speed rail.
09:13:54 According to your policy, your next community meeting
09:13:58 would occur in January.
09:14:00 And so I wanted to bring that to your attention, and
09:14:03 see if there was a preference by the board for a
09:14:07 community meeting -- first of all, if you'd like to do
09:14:11 one, and secondly, if you had a preference for where
09:14:13 that might occur, in which of the redevelopment areas.
09:14:16 And your policy spells out four specific meetings a
09:14:21 And the months those would occur.
09:14:24 So, open it up for your consideration.
09:14:30 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Have we been in all of the CRA areas?
09:14:33 Have we had meetings in all those areas?
09:14:35 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, over the course -- you have four a
09:14:38 year typically.
09:14:38 So, the last four, last January, you were in Drew Park.
09:14:44 Then you went into the Heights.
09:14:47 These occurred during 2009.
09:14:49 In East Tampa, you were there in 2009.
09:14:53 In 2010 last year, you did Ybor City and the Channel
09:14:58 And then downtown most recently.
09:15:01 So yes, you have been getting to all of them over the
09:15:05 course of the past couple of years.
09:15:12 >> What was the first one we did?
09:15:18 >> I think it was East Tampa.
09:15:20 >> I mean according to my schedule, the oldest one I
09:15:23 think is Drew Park.
09:15:24 The one that's been the longest since you have been to.
09:15:28 I'm not aware that you've done one -- I need to go
09:15:32 Has there ever been one in Central Park?
09:15:35 Okay, so Central Park would be the one area.
09:15:38 And that could be an appropriate one to do, given
09:15:40 what's happening with Encore.
09:15:43 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Let me raise the question though.
09:15:45 The question is, is anyone there that's going to come
09:15:53 out in Central Park?
09:15:55 >> MARK HUEY: I think that's why you haven't had one
09:16:01 >>THOMAS SCOTT: You know pretty much everybody's moved
09:16:04 out pretty much.
09:16:07 Few businesses still there.
09:16:10 >>MARK HUEY: Limited.
09:16:11 >>THOMAS SCOTT: In terms of the neighborhood and
09:16:12 community, maybe Michael or somebody can answer that.
09:16:14 I don't know.
09:16:15 That would be the question.
09:16:17 The reason you have these, because you want them to be
09:16:19 productive, you want to hear from the community, want
09:16:21 to hear from the neighborhood.
09:16:22 You don't want to just go and just have a meeting and
09:16:26 nobody show up.
09:16:28 >>MARK HUEY: Yeah.
09:16:30 Do you have anything to add to that, Michael?
09:16:34 >> Michael Hutchin, manager for Central Park.
09:16:38 I think that's a very valid concern.
09:16:40 Over the number of the years I have been working in the
09:16:42 area and hosting public meetings, the attendance has
09:16:45 been slim, just due to the low nature of residents in
09:16:48 the neighborhood.
09:16:54 >>GWEN MILLER: So what suggestions, Council, do you
09:16:57 Do we need to have one and wait for the new Council to
09:17:01 start off?
09:17:02 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I'd just as soon start the process
09:17:04 I thought the first was East Tampa and Drew Park.
09:17:07 I thought.
09:17:08 I could be wrong.
09:17:10 >> MARK HUEY: I only have my records going back to
09:17:13 January '09.
09:17:14 And the order was Drew Park, then the next one was
09:17:18 Then East Tampa.
09:17:19 Then Ybor City.
09:17:19 Channel District, downtown.
09:17:22 So, according to my records, that's the last two years.
09:17:28 >>THOMAS SCOTT: You may want to check that.
09:17:29 I'm not sure you're quite accurate.
09:17:31 It may have been reverse, as I recall.
09:17:41 Let's do it.
09:17:44 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Are we talking January?
09:17:46 >>GWEN MILLER: Yes.
09:17:48 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Being as I was appointed in July, I
09:17:50 have been to one.
09:17:51 I'd like to attend another if possible.
09:17:58 >>MARK HUEY: Drew Park then, is that what I hear you
09:18:00 want to kind of approach it in the cycle?
09:18:04 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's fine.
09:18:06 >>MARK HUEY: Okay.
09:18:07 We'll be glad to set that up.
09:18:12 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I would prefer East Tampa.
09:18:15 >>MARK HUEY: You prefer East Tampa?
09:18:17 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I would.
09:18:18 And I'll tell you why.
09:18:19 Because so much has happened there.
09:18:21 That, you know, during this -- the development and all,
09:18:29 that would be my preference.
09:18:31 But whatever Council...
09:18:32 >>MARK HUEY: You all want to talk again?
09:18:35 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's fine with me.
09:18:38 >> East Tampa.
09:18:39 >>MARK HUEY: Your momentum for East Tampa.
09:18:41 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Maybe we can do maybe East Tampa, Drew
09:18:43 Park and then, the third one is the Heights you said?
09:18:48 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.
09:18:48 You're thinking about the order for next year?
09:18:52 The next one would occur in April.
09:18:54 Would be the next scheduled one.
09:18:59 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So East Tampa, okay.
09:19:00 East Tampa is fine.
09:19:04 >>MARK HUEY: All right.
09:19:04 The next thing I wanted to do was update you on the
09:19:10 advisory committee appointment process that is
09:19:13 We started that cycle in November.
09:19:17 We have been soliciting applications from November 4th
09:19:20 through the close of that period, December 3rd.
09:19:24 We did receive enough applicants in most of the CRAs
09:19:29 to be in a good position to come to you in January with
09:19:32 a slate of candidates.
09:19:34 With the exception of three areas.
09:19:36 The Channel District, downtown and Tampa Heights.
09:19:40 We didn't have enough candidates to fill all of those
09:19:43 Here's a little review of sort of where we are.
09:19:47 And you can see we are lacking in a couple of areas in
09:19:53 the Channel District.
09:19:54 One in downtown.
09:19:56 And one in the Heights.
09:19:58 So, what we did was extend the application process, and
09:20:02 we have noticed that.
09:20:04 The respective CRA managers are working hard to get
09:20:07 applicants in.
09:20:08 And we're confident that by your January board meeting,
09:20:11 when you will consider the candidates, that we'll have
09:20:14 enough candidates to fill all the positions.
09:20:17 But we, again, we'll be monitoring that and if
09:20:20 necessary, we'll extend the application process again.
09:20:23 To be well prepared as best we can for the January
09:20:27 board meeting.
09:20:28 Any questions about that process?
09:20:31 Very important.
09:20:32 And anyone listening out there in the community, who is
09:20:35 a part of the Channel District or has an interest in
09:20:39 downtown or the Heights, would welcome your
09:20:43 Now public comment section.
09:20:53 >>GWEN MILLER: We now go to public comments.
09:20:55 Anyone in the public would like to speak, please come
09:20:57 up and speak.
09:21:14 >> Promise made, promise kept.
09:21:17 Madam Chairman, other members of the CRA, I'm Al Davis,
09:21:23 3717 East Wilder Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33610.
09:21:29 I'm going to join the angelic choir in their
09:21:40 pronouncement of glory to God in the highest, peace on
09:21:48 earth, goodwill toward all men.
09:21:52 And I modified that just a little bit, Madam Chairman,
09:21:58 to include women and children.
09:22:01 So I hope that we do have peace on earth.
09:22:09 There's a couple of items, Madam Chairman, on this
09:22:12 agenda for your approval that I would like some
09:22:15 additional information on.
09:22:18 I believe it's item 7 on the land acquisition of the
09:22:23 resolution concerning the purchase of some land in East
09:22:27 I know since the creation of the East Tampa Community
09:22:33 Redevelopment Area, there has been a tremendous amount
09:22:38 of dollars spent to purchase property.
09:22:47 Okay, I think we are in about our sixth year of
09:22:49 existence, and I would, if there's some way I can find
09:22:54 out or learn the total inventory of land that we have
09:23:01 used TIF dollars to purchase, how much each partial was
09:23:08 and have we expended any money -- recovered any money
09:23:18 from our purchase?
09:23:19 In other words, I'd like to see the amount of TIF
09:23:24 dollars that has been spent to purchase the property
09:23:29 and if indeed we have, if you will, disposed of any of
09:23:36 the property and we have recaptured some of that money.
09:23:40 I don't know who to turn to, Madam Chairman.
09:23:48 I don't know whether or not it is the season or not.
09:23:54 But I called the East Tampa office, you know, they got
09:23:57 this electronic thing, voicemail.
09:24:01 I leave a message, and sometimes I don't even get a
09:24:08 And then when I do get a response in terms of
09:24:13 subsequent call, what you call for, they'll say.
09:24:17 Well, I don't get the kind of information that I'm
09:24:25 For an example, I understand there was an emergency
09:24:30 meeting held with the Citizen Advisory Committee
09:24:36 concerning this purchase of this item today, according
09:24:42 to -- I don't know what the emergency was, but other
09:24:44 than the fact that the perception is, and according to
09:24:49 your operation policy, you know, whatever the CAC does
09:24:55 is what you accept.
09:24:57 Whatever decision they make, you don't override it or
09:25:04 you don't have any say.
09:25:06 That's the impression that I am given.
09:25:10 And one last one, madam, and that's item number -- is
09:25:14 that 8?
09:25:15 Where we talk about hiring someone to do something.
09:25:20 I'd like an explanation on that too.
09:25:22 I want to understand this operation.
09:25:26 >>GWEN MILLER: After the meeting, Mr. Davis, get with
09:25:28 Mr. Huey.
09:25:29 He'll tell you which direction to go.
09:25:31 Mr. Mark Huey.
09:25:33 >> Do I have to get on his calendar?
09:25:37 >>MARK HUEY: I can answer the question very quickly on
09:25:39 the land side.
09:25:39 I can't tell you the total amount we have been
09:25:42 A million three we have invested in land acquisition in
09:25:45 East Tampa.
09:25:46 None of that land has been, as you are aware as a
09:25:49 board, because you will be involved in the disposition
09:25:51 of any land in East Tampa.
09:25:54 Most of that has been spent on 22nd street.
09:25:57 And as the board is aware, we are doing a major
09:26:00 enhancement along 22nd street.
09:26:02 So we have been investing to acquire land that would be
09:26:05 complementary to the infrastructure investment that
09:26:07 we're making.
09:26:08 And it is our belief that in time, the right kind of
09:26:12 project will come forward that will allow us to
09:26:15 redevelop that land.
09:26:16 Second point I want to make, we did not acquire the
09:26:19 land to make a profit.
09:26:21 We are in the redevelopment business.
09:26:23 And we don't really know how the final economics of
09:26:26 that plan will play out.
09:26:28 But I just wanted to remind the board that we may in
09:26:31 fact take a loss on the land if it helps move a good
09:26:36 project forward.
09:26:36 So, hope that helps answer your question.
09:26:40 >> I would like to get an inventory of the number of
09:26:45 And how much each of those parcels cost.
09:26:47 From our TIF dollars.
09:26:51 >>MARK HUEY: Be glad to do that.
09:26:53 We don't need to meet.
09:26:55 We'll just get you a report on that.
09:26:56 >> And the last one has to do -- I got it circled.
09:27:02 >>MARK HUEY: We'll get to that.
09:27:03 I'll be glad to answer that question when we get to
09:27:06 number eight.
09:27:07 >> Thank you.
09:27:08 >>GWEN MILLER: Anyone else like to speak?
09:27:10 Mr. Huey, back up.
09:27:14 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, boss.
09:27:15 [ Laughter ]
09:27:17 >>MARK HUEY: We have a number of approvals and a
09:27:20 walk-on in a minute.
09:27:23 All positive things, part of the work that we're doing
09:27:26 in the Channel District.
09:27:27 We are moving funds around to support the redevelopment
09:27:31 of the new park.
09:27:31 So that is item number five.
09:27:34 I'll put up for your approve.
09:27:44 >> Motion and second.
09:27:45 All in favor of the motion say aye.
09:27:46 Opposed nay.
09:27:48 >>MARK HUEY: Item 6, similarly is an item, budget
09:27:53 approval item.
09:27:54 And there we were reallocating budget items to, in
09:27:59 particular, support a large street resurfacing project
09:28:03 that is underway that will benefit the, in particular
09:28:07 Lois Avenue and other major roads there, and the
09:28:10 neighborhood is very excited about those going forward.
09:28:14 And will also help us do some beautification projects.
09:28:16 This is money associated with the stormwater work that
09:28:19 we have been talking about doing in Drew Park for some
09:28:21 And, because of, for a variety of reasons, that
09:28:25 project's been delayed.
09:28:27 And so we want to put these funds to other good and
09:28:30 appropriate uses.
09:28:31 And this recommendation comes to you with the support
09:28:34 of the advisory committee.
09:28:36 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I'll move that.
09:28:37 And so the total would be 495,400?
09:28:45 >> Yes.
09:28:46 >>THOMAS SCOTT: For the storm water and for light
09:28:51 >>MARK HUEY: That's right.
09:28:59 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and a second.
09:29:00 All in favor of the motion say aye.
09:29:04 Opposed nay.
09:29:05 >>MARK HUEY: Item 7 is land acquisition.
09:29:07 Mr. Davis was talking about East Tampa land
09:29:10 And this is another one that we're doing.
09:29:12 It's in the 22nd street corridor.
09:29:14 And it's coming to you.
09:29:19 You've got a letter I think from Miss Best, the chair
09:29:22 of our advisory committee there.
09:29:24 In support of this.
09:29:25 And so it's recommended for your approval.
09:29:28 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Does the clerk -- [inaudible] for the
09:29:32 record, on the advisory committee.
09:29:33 On this property, this property start at 26th and
09:29:43 encompass, I guess, that old service station and all
09:29:47 How many parcels?
09:29:51 >> One large parcel.
09:29:53 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Come to the mike.
09:29:55 How much property is that?
09:30:03 >> Ed Johnson, CRA manager for East Tampa.
09:30:06 It's listed as one contiguous property, but it's
09:30:09 actually three lots.
09:30:11 Starts on 26th street.
09:30:12 On the corner of 26th and goes south down to the red
09:30:16 brick, to the south side.
09:30:19 So pretty large piece of property.
09:30:28 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So in the back of it, it says it was
09:30:31 appraised by our department, so the price is in line
09:30:34 with the appraised value.
09:30:35 >> That's correct.
09:30:36 We are purchasing it at appraised value, providing that
09:30:39 the environmental testing that's ongoing right now
09:30:43 meets the requirements.
09:30:44 We'll not close on the property unless we have a clean
09:30:51 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Now, is this in line with redevelopment
09:30:54 or is this in line with the widening or whatever we're
09:30:57 doing on 22nd street?
09:31:00 >> Redevelopment.
09:31:00 The property was purchased for -- the potential of it.
09:31:07 Some type of commercial retail on that corner to go
09:31:10 hand in hand with the similar purchase that we
09:31:14 purchased about a year ago.
09:31:15 Property on the other side of that red brick home, that
09:31:19 we already have an RFP out for development of
09:31:22 multifamily development along that corridor.
09:31:24 And this would give -- this property would enhance that
09:31:27 development, hopefully with building some commercial
09:31:30 retail on that corner.
09:31:32 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So are we pursuing, I guess, purchase
09:31:36 of these properties to compile them for development or
09:31:41 are they pursuing us?
09:31:43 >> No, we have actually pursued them.
09:31:45 We actually are, have been pursuing these properties
09:31:50 for retail commercial development opportunities.
09:31:53 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Have there been any thought given to
09:31:57 going north on 22nd, that same side, where the
09:32:01 cleaners and all that?
09:32:02 >> Very much so.
09:32:03 We have been working that area for well over three,
09:32:06 four years.
09:32:07 Trying to work with --
09:32:10 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So no movement then?
09:32:11 >> No movement yet.
09:32:13 But we're hoping that when the phase two of 22nd
09:32:16 street starts, and folks see the improvements that
09:32:20 happen in phase one, that it will entice either folks
09:32:23 that own those properties to fix them up or consider
09:32:25 selling them for future use.
09:32:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Move approval.
09:32:30 >> Second.
09:32:33 >>CURTIS STOKES: Question, Mr. Johnson.
09:32:34 Mr. Johnson, this part of existing RFP goes out for the
09:32:38 multifamily development down 22nd street?
09:32:40 >> It was mentioned as a possible consideration when we
09:32:42 had the prebid conference for the RFP.
09:32:45 We asked all of the potential developers, even though
09:32:49 we had not purchased this property yet, to really take
09:32:51 it under consideration as a possibility for future
09:32:55 development that could go hand in hand with their
09:32:58 And two of the responders did include that as a
09:33:02 possibility of development within their project.
09:33:07 >>CURTIS STOKES: This core will be exclusively for
09:33:10 commercial development?
09:33:11 >> That's correct.
09:33:12 It's zoned right now commercial mixed use.
09:33:15 So it could be commercial, retail and could also
09:33:18 include a housing component if you do a mixed use
09:33:22 >>CURTIS STOKES: Thank you, sir.
09:33:25 >>GWEN MILLER: Miss Mulhern.
09:33:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Madam Chair.
09:33:28 This has been part of a larger plan for developing that
09:33:31 commercial area.
09:33:32 Did the Citizens Advisory Committee, the CRA advisory
09:33:39 committee, were they part of the approval for this?
09:33:43 >> Yes, very much so.
09:33:44 As a matter of fact, Ms. Best is a stickler for detail
09:33:49 when it comes to these measures.
09:33:51 As a matter of fact, the emergency meeting that Mr.
09:33:53 Davis spoke to, the advisory committee had yesterday
09:33:58 because they did not have their typical monthly meeting
09:34:02 because of the celebration that we're having tomorrow
09:34:05 Though we had no meeting scheduled.
09:34:07 So she asked the advisory committee to meet
09:34:10 specifically to discuss this transaction and also for
09:34:13 me to give the new members of the advisory committee an
09:34:16 update as to what our strategy has been along the
09:34:20 22nd street corridor.
09:34:23 >>MARY MULHERN: And they approved it?
09:34:24 >> Yes, ma'am.
09:34:25 That's what the letter that Ms. Best signed that you
09:34:27 have in front of you this morning.
09:34:29 >>MARY MULHERN: Thanks.
09:34:29 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to approve
09:34:31 the resolution of number seven.
09:34:32 All in favor of the motion say aye.
09:34:34 Opposed nay.
09:34:36 >> Thank you.
09:34:42 >>MARK HUEY: All right, item 7 -- 8 is star grant
09:34:52 We have two facade grant approvals today.
09:34:54 The first one is in Ybor 2, and it's the Macaroni
09:34:58 This board has been a part of trying to save that
09:35:01 historic property for the better part of a year,
09:35:05 originally committing a hundred thousand dollars to the
09:35:08 stabilization of that, which the Italian club did.
09:35:13 It's now in the hands of a private owner, who is in the
09:35:16 process of renovating it for their offices.
09:35:19 And this $50,000 facade grant would complement a
09:35:24 project that is almost $600,000 in scale.
09:35:29 So you're facade grant would be leveraged by a lot of
09:35:32 other funds that will turn that into, not just a shell,
09:35:37 but into a working property.
09:35:40 So, we are recommending it for your approval.
09:35:43 >> So moved.
09:35:44 >> Second.
09:35:45 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and second; all in favor
09:35:47 of the motion say aye.
09:35:48 Opposed nay?
09:35:50 >>MARK HUEY: And the last item for approval, other than
09:35:54 the item that, another facade grant.
09:35:57 This is in East Tampa.
09:35:58 Lake Avenue.
09:35:59 One of the strip centers there.
09:36:01 That has been active, but will be spruced up
09:36:06 significantly through this facade program.
09:36:09 And so we are recommending it as well for your
09:36:13 >> So moved.
09:36:14 >> Second.
09:36:14 >>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and second.
09:36:16 All in favor, say aye.
09:36:17 Opposed nay.
09:36:20 >>SAL TERRITO: The item you're talking about is the
09:36:24 Italian Club.
09:36:25 I submitted something to you on Monday, resolution for
09:36:26 subordination of a lien.
09:36:28 Basically what happened, we had a lien on the property.
09:36:35 We were in second place already.
09:36:37 When you do a refinancing, when you refile, that means
09:36:40 that the new loan will come after our lien.
09:36:43 We're putting ourselves back in the same position that
09:36:45 existed prior to the refinance.
09:36:46 >> We're ready.
09:36:47 >> Have a motion and a second.
09:36:49 All in favor of the motion say aye.
09:36:51 Opposed nay.
09:36:52 Any new business information?
09:36:59 >>> Yes, just before we adjourn, Madam Chair, you note
09:37:05 when we come into the building, how beautiful it has
09:37:12 been decorated.
09:37:14 And I believe that they've taken on that responsibility
09:37:17 the last several years, since I have been here anyway.
09:37:19 And that is the person of Mary Bryant, Councilman
09:37:25 Miranda's aide.
09:37:26 I do want to recognize her.
09:37:28 We may want to think about a commendation or something.
09:37:32 I just think that very appropriate, very nice on all of
09:37:38 the floors.
09:37:40 Stairway, the trees.
09:37:43 And so I just wanted to just recognize that.
09:37:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So you're asking me to have her make
09:37:50 her own commendation?
09:37:52 [ Laughter ]
09:37:52 Is that it?
09:37:54 It's going to be very difficult for me to do that.
09:38:02 >>MARY MULHERN: Maybe she just needs a little something
09:38:04 under the tree.
09:38:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'll buy her a commendated Christmas
09:38:10 >>THOMAS SCOTT: This will be our last Christmas with
09:38:13 her, so I thought it would be nice.
09:38:15 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Wait a minute.
09:38:15 It will be our last Christmas together period.
09:38:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'm only joking with you, as you
09:38:20 well know.
09:38:21 We'll get something done, I promise you.
09:38:24 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Caetano?
09:38:26 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: I think she decorated our
09:38:27 commissioner also, because he looks different today.
09:38:30 [ Laughter ]
09:38:30 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: When you went for your hearing aid,
09:38:39 you lost your eyesight.
09:38:44 [ Laughter ]
09:38:47 >>GWEN MILLER: If no information comes before Council.
09:38:50 >> Receive and file.
09:38:51 >> Second.
09:38:51 >> Have a motion to receive and file.
09:38:53 All in favor of the motion say aye.
09:38:54 Opposed nay.
09:38:55 If nothing else, we stand adjourned until 5:01.
09:38:58 >> Happy holidays everybody.
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