City of Tampa - CRA
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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09:00:17 >> FRANK REDDICK: Good morning.
09:03:30 We're going to call this Community Redevelopment Agency
09:03:33 meeting to order.
09:03:34 And Councilwoman Montelione.
09:03:39 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
09:03:40 I want to introduce Pastor Larry Williams, who is 22 years
09:03:45 old, if you would.
09:03:46 Mr. Williams, Pastor Williams, he will be finishing up his
09:03:50 bachelor of arts degree in organizational communication with
09:03:54 a minorship in leadership studies this summer.
09:03:56 He is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church
09:04:02 He works full time at Victory Tabernacle United Pentecostal
09:04:07 Church under the leadership of Pastor Rashidi Collins.
09:04:11 He has spent two semesters as a corporate intern at the
09:04:14 UACDC, University Area Community Development Corporation.
09:04:19 And has completed the leadership academy under the direction
09:04:23 of my legislative aide, Cesar Hernandez.
09:04:26 He has a beautiful wife named Dania Williams and a child on
09:04:31 the way.
09:04:31 So congratulations, Pastor.
09:04:33 If we would all rise and then remain standing for the Pledge
09:04:36 of Allegiance.
09:04:39 >> Thank you for the opportunity.
09:04:40 If we can all just pray.
09:04:42 Lord Jesus, we bless your name.
09:04:43 We thank you God for bringing us here today.
09:04:45 We thank you for these Councilmembers.
09:04:47 We pray that your hand will be on them, that you will grant
09:04:49 them wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
09:04:52 We pray that you will give them the ability to do a good
09:04:56 job, Lord God, that you will give them the ability to make
09:04:59 the right decisions, O God, according to your word.
09:05:03 We give you the glory, honor and praise in Jesus name, Amen.
09:05:08 [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]
09:05:23 >>FRANK REDDICK: Roll call.
09:05:24 [Roll Call]
09:05:28 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
09:05:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:05:30 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
09:05:31 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
09:05:32 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.
09:05:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
09:05:35 All right, staff reports.
09:05:38 >> Good morning.
09:05:38 Bob McDonaugh, economic development administrator.
09:05:41 As is our custom, we have a visitor from one of the CRAs,
09:05:45 and this morning we're fortunate to have John Tennison, the
09:05:47 chair of the Tampa Heights Riverfront to give an update on
09:05:50 their community.
09:05:55 >> Good morning.
09:05:55 My name is John Tennison.
09:05:57 Address 5102 North Central Avenue.
09:06:00 I have kind of a full report, I guess, to give you.
09:06:07 The least of which is because we are such a currently
09:06:13 underfunded CRA.
09:06:18 It is a very short financial report.
09:06:20 We have $184,000, approximately, on hand to spend for
09:06:23 capital improvements.
09:06:24 And our budget for 2014 and most likely for 2015 is about
09:06:31 The development in the CRA district currently is under way.
09:06:43 I don't have a whole lot to report.
09:06:45 If anything, actually on the CRA property on the north side
09:06:50 of the river, the development that is under way that should
09:06:56 be complete sometime mid summer, is of course the Ulele
09:07:01 restaurant, the Waterworks Park and the spring restoration.
09:07:05 All three of those projects are nearing completion.
09:07:09 And the neighborhood is very excited, particularly about the
09:07:14 I know that most, if perhaps not all of you had have an
09:07:19 opportunity to sample some of the food that Keith Sedita and
09:07:24 Richard Gonzmart are planning on serving there.
09:07:27 But it's really an exciting menu, based, I guess the genesis
09:07:32 of which is from native American foods, which was pretty
09:07:36 interesting concept.
09:07:37 So, we're excited about that.
09:07:39 Last month, the CAC hosted for the first time a coalition
09:07:50 meeting, which will be a quarterly meeting with the various
09:07:54 groups, community groups in the neighborhood.
09:07:56 These included the neighborhood association, the Tampa
09:07:59 Heights junior civic association, the stewardship committee,
09:08:05 which if you don't know, that group, it's a neighborhood
09:08:09 committee that is sustained and tasked with overseeing the
09:08:15 utilization and development of the neighborhood plan,
09:08:20 comprehensive plan, which was put in place a few years ago.
09:08:23 This is an important group.
09:08:28 It keeps us informed of things that are going on, so that
09:08:33 the community at large can take steps if we begin to see
09:08:39 that the plan is not being addressed, or on the other hand,
09:08:42 on a positive note, if the community comprehensive plan is
09:08:48 being followed and steps are moving forward, we as a
09:08:52 community want to be able to support that activity.
09:08:55 In addition, we also had the Tampa Heights community garden,
09:09:03 which for those of you who have been there and some of you
09:09:07 may even be participating in that garden, we have I believe
09:09:11 51 gardeners now.
09:09:14 Original area the DOT had given over for the community
09:09:17 garden is full.
09:09:18 We're completely built out with planting beds.
09:09:22 And our next step is to move south from the community garden
09:09:28 into a additional space with the construction of greenhouse
09:09:35 and other garden facilities.
09:09:37 So this is really an interesting community activity.
09:09:43 Little bit out of the CRA area of responsibility, but
09:09:49 it's -- hosting that coalition meeting gave us an
09:09:54 opportunity as various groups within the Tampa Heights
09:09:57 neighborhood to have a conversation, see what we were all
09:10:02 interested in doing and see where the common ground was to
09:10:04 be able to move together to solve some problems perhaps in a
09:10:12 more coalesce manner.
09:10:18 Just a touch for a few moments on a couple things we
09:10:21 addressed in that meeting.
09:10:22 As I mentioned, we want to do this on a quarterly basis.
09:10:26 We think that there was a terrific turnout.
09:10:28 All of the associations boards were pretty much in
09:10:32 attendance at that meeting.
09:10:33 And had an opportunity to really address issues that were
09:10:38 dear to their hearts.
09:10:39 A couple of items we had a lot of conversation about the
09:10:44 community center, the youth development center and just to
09:10:47 update you a little bit about that.
09:10:48 This of course is the building that's being developed by the
09:10:53 Tampa Heights junior civic association.
09:10:57 Funding for which, some of which has come from the city.
09:11:00 We were able to achieve a large grant from the Sears
09:11:04 foundation, $83,000.
09:11:06 Hillsborough County gave us a pretty large grant.
09:11:12 Various banks have assisted us and we have had private
09:11:15 citizens, the Columbia restaurant, as some of you may know,
09:11:19 is funding and putting in place a full commercial kitchen
09:11:22 for us.
09:11:23 Mechanical contractor CGM has donated almost a hundred
09:11:32 thousand dollars worth of air conditioning equipment.
09:11:34 It's been a terrific effort, a community effort to get this
09:11:44 Right now, we're on schedule to be complete for the school
09:11:47 year, this coming school year in August.
09:11:50 For our afterschool program.
09:11:53 That facility will house junior high school and senior high
09:11:56 school students.
09:11:57 Smaller children, grade school children will remain in the
09:12:02 Mobley Park facility that we're currently using.
09:12:04 So that's a really good piece of news.
09:12:09 Some of the other initiatives that we had talked about in
09:12:12 the coalition meeting were things such as working to extend
09:12:19 the rubber wheel trolley system from downtown into the
09:12:22 Heights area, so we can have that kind of connection.
09:12:25 And long-term perhaps getting, completing the streetcar loop
09:12:29 around, from Ybor City through Tampa Heights into the
09:12:32 downtown area, as a total loop.
09:12:34 Talked a lot about the homelessness issue, which I've spoken
09:12:40 with you before about and some of you have been very kind to
09:12:44 really assist us in that effort.
09:12:47 We're waiting now, I think for the April report to come out.
09:12:55 I'm not sure if it has or not yet.
09:12:57 I haven't seen it.
09:12:58 That the, that HUD had assisted in preparing.
09:13:02 And the New Tampa Hillsborough homeless initiative
09:13:09 organization, and to see what direction those are going
09:13:11 We're hoping that we -- and there's still a lot of anxiety,
09:13:17 I guess I could call it, on the part of the community in
09:13:20 terms of the homelessness issue.
09:13:22 So we're kind of keeping tax of what's going on there and
09:13:28 will continue to work with the Salvation Army, with the
09:13:33 Metropolitan Ministries.
09:13:35 Who the last of which has been a good neighbor, over the
09:13:40 last several years.
09:13:41 We're hoping that the new administration and Salvation Army
09:13:46 will also begin to see the light in terms of what's going on
09:13:49 with the neighborhood and the impact that they're having on
09:13:51 the neighborhood.
09:13:52 This does impact the CRA district very directly.
09:13:59 Once the park is opened, there's a lot of concern amongst
09:14:03 the people, particularly those individuals that currently
09:14:07 are in the CRA district, about what's going to happen with
09:14:12 the homeless issue, with homelessness relative to the park
09:14:15 and people being in the park.
09:14:16 So, whatever we can do to continue to push that forward and
09:14:19 address that situation, it would be enormously helpful.
09:14:24 Spoke to you about the community garden.
09:14:26 And that's about it.
09:14:31 These are issues we want to keep moving the neighborhood
09:14:35 forward on a very positive note.
09:14:37 And to than extent, the last thing that I would like to
09:14:44 speak quickly about is the extension of the CRA.
09:14:49 The Riverfront CRA expires in 1929 (sic).
09:14:53 And I'm told that this is insufficient time to really be
09:14:57 able to float bond issues, to assist in moving that forward.
09:15:01 So I understand that those conversations are in place right
09:15:04 now with the county, to be able to move forward on that
09:15:09 along with Ybor City, I believe, and downtown CRA.
09:15:18 So would encourage you to put pressure on the county and
09:15:21 city staff to keep that conversation moving forward.
09:15:25 So, if you all have any questions, I would try to answer
09:15:31 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you Mr. Chair.
09:15:32 You touched on one of the things I was going to ask you
09:15:35 That is the feelings of the community about the changes that
09:15:41 were taking place with the Salvation Army and with our
09:15:45 homeless population that is in Tampa Heights.
09:15:48 And if you had seen any difference in Bacardi park or if
09:15:54 there are additional meetings that were going to be held.
09:15:56 Because I know we had the one and then the second one got
09:15:59 So wasn't sure if we were going to have that.
09:16:02 And do I have the draft report that the Tampa Hillsborough
09:16:06 homeless initiative has come out with.
09:16:09 But again, it's addressed, but I can provide you with that
09:16:13 if you like.
09:16:14 >> That would be terrific.
09:16:15 Thank you.
09:16:15 The, I guess the mood of the neighborhood is cautiously
09:16:22 optimistic, if I can put it in those terms.
09:16:25 There is clearly evidence that there's a lot of effort going
09:16:30 into this problem.
09:16:31 And it's a complex problem, as everybody knows.
09:16:35 It's not easily solved.
09:16:37 One of the things that we have been talking about, and I
09:16:41 don't know and not sure that maybe anybody does at the
09:16:45 moment, whether or not Salvation Army is, will be moving
09:16:50 some facility out to Orient Road.
09:16:54 I don't know what the status of that situation is.
09:16:57 We hope that that might -- if that were to happen, that that
09:17:01 would be a good sign.
09:17:02 The possibility of actually moving their facility out in
09:17:07 that area of the county, would be wonderful.
09:17:13 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I had some preliminary discussions with
09:17:15 Doug Belden, our tax collector, who is involved with that
09:17:19 and Sheriff Gee from the Hillsborough County sheriff's
09:17:24 And I'll check back and update you.
09:17:26 >> Thank you.
09:17:26 That would be helpful.
09:17:29 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Capin?
09:17:31 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Do you know the amount of money that the
09:17:32 city contributed to the junior community center?
09:17:36 >> I don't.
09:17:37 It's come -- it's typically, what we have achieved through
09:17:44 the cities is CDBG dollars.
09:17:47 And I believe there is a current application in right now,
09:17:52 and I can't give you the amount that we have asked for on
09:17:55 Apologize for that.
09:18:02 We'll take any amount of money you're willing to give us.
09:18:04 [ Laughter ]
09:18:06 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Very successful in your projects in that
09:18:11 Very diligent and the progress is very evident.
09:18:20 >> Thank you.
09:18:21 We're really excited about getting that opened.
09:18:24 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Very optimistic.
09:18:25 >> I would invite any of you and all of you to come and
09:18:29 visit on a Saturday morning, I'll take you on a personal
09:18:32 tour through the building.
09:18:33 It's coming along quite nicely.
09:18:37 A month or so ago when Sears had their national conference
09:18:43 here in town, they sent about 80 volunteers over and --
09:18:50 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Most of us were there.
09:18:51 >> What a great day.
09:18:52 That was a lot of fun.
09:18:54 >>YVONNE CAPIN: It was.
09:18:55 Very neat.
09:18:56 Thank you, that was all I have.
09:19:00 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:19:00 I just want to compliment you and the neighborhood, all the
09:19:04 Tampa Heights, all the different organizations that you
09:19:06 mentioned, including the CAC of the Community Redevelopment
09:19:15 And I'm just -- it's wonderful for me to hear because over
09:19:18 the last, I guess 7 years, all of the projects you talked
09:19:22 about got started.
09:19:25 And they're coming to fruition.
09:19:27 It's just fantastic.
09:19:28 The garden, the building, the junior civic association
09:19:35 building, it's incredible the amount of money you've been
09:19:38 able to raise from private sources.
09:19:41 I'm curious to hear how much, and from the county,
09:19:44 apparently -- how much we got from them.
09:19:46 And I just wanted to mention if anyone doesn't know how much
09:19:50 you personally and your wife have done in Tampa Heights, the
09:19:55 fantastic historic preservation projects you've done and
09:20:00 it's just because of you and a number of activists, Lena
09:20:06 Young-Green and Carol Joseph Marshall and people that have
09:20:11 been working on this for years.
09:20:13 But this is becoming just a wonderful historic and vital
09:20:19 urban neighborhood.
09:20:20 And thank you for everything you've done.
09:20:22 >> Thank you very much.
09:20:23 I appreciate that, but I have to tell you, it's an
09:20:27 incredible neighborhood.
09:20:28 The people that live there, work there, are extremely
09:20:33 interested in their neighborhood.
09:20:35 They are willing to step up and do a whole lot for it.
09:20:39 And I think it's a model that any neighborhood around the
09:20:43 country could kind of take to heart, because it really is an
09:20:50 example of what can be accomplished if collectively a
09:20:54 neighborhood steps up and says let's try and do something
09:20:57 So, it's -- it's all of the things that we have talked about
09:21:01 this morning, have been an enormous collective effort by the
09:21:06 entire neighborhood.
09:21:07 One last thing, and I almost forgot.
09:21:11 And I'm sure all of you know about this.
09:21:13 On May 15th through the 17th, the Florida trust is having
09:21:23 their annual conference in Tampa.
09:21:25 One of the areas they're going to be touring is Tampa
09:21:28 They're going to be at the sanctuary to tour through some of
09:21:31 our new apartments, which is a lot of fun.
09:21:33 And Ulele and the trolley barn.
09:21:37 So, that's going to be an interesting tour through there.
09:21:43 And would certainly encourage all of you to attend this
09:21:48 conference, if you can, because there's a lot of
09:21:51 conversation that goes on and seminars that are geared to
09:21:56 community development.
09:21:57 And the impact that the preservation of historic buildings
09:22:00 has on that development.
09:22:04 >>MARY MULHERN: I was just going to say that I'd like to see
09:22:07 Tampa Heights get some recognition, some media attention and
09:22:11 national attention, the kind of attention that Ybor City has
09:22:14 been able to get.
09:22:15 And so the conference might be a really good opportunity to
09:22:19 really show the neighborhood off.
09:22:22 >> We hope it will be, yeah.
09:22:24 We really do.
09:22:24 Because I think it's -- it's an interesting group of people
09:22:29 from around the state.
09:22:30 And they're always looking to find out how other people are
09:22:33 doing it better.
09:22:34 And I think if you go to Tampa Heights, you'll find that for
09:22:38 So if there are no other questions, thank you very much.
09:22:42 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Just very quickly.
09:22:44 One of the things that was very evident from when the
09:22:46 downturn and when it was at the lowest point as far as the
09:22:51 foreclosures and all that that happened, the neighborhood
09:22:54 never, ever gave up.
09:22:57 It just kept moving and pushing and that is what brought it,
09:23:03 the neighborhood to the point where we're at now.
09:23:06 And I want, I want to know, did -- the last I checked, the
09:23:11 city had not participated in the, in contributing to the
09:23:17 Florida trust, to the conference.
09:23:23 >> The conference?
09:23:24 >>YVONNE CAPIN: You don't know?
09:23:25 The last I checked, we not.
09:23:27 And I was hoping we would, because it is very important to
09:23:29 our city to show off what, which is what the neighborhood is
09:23:35 doing for the City of Tampa.
09:23:39 >> I think that supporting the trust for historic
09:23:47 preservation the state of Florida is a good thing for all of
09:23:50 They do -- it's a whole lot like Tampa Heights.
09:23:54 It's a lot of people putting in a lot of hours for free, and
09:23:58 voluntary effort and supporting that issue.
09:24:03 As you know, historic preservation brings a lot of dollars
09:24:09 into a community.
09:24:10 As a construction guy, I can tell you that preservation of
09:24:16 historic buildings on a ratio of labor to material is about
09:24:21 60% labor, 40% material.
09:24:23 New construction, it's the other way around.
09:24:27 So what that's doing, those projects are heavily impacting
09:24:32 the labor market in a community.
09:24:35 And for large projects like the courthouse, for instance,
09:24:40 bringing an awful lot of local labor into that project.
09:24:43 And the cost of the project is weighted to the labor side.
09:24:48 So just from that point alone, it's beneficial.
09:24:52 Forget, you know, the green footprint idea and all of the
09:24:56 other kind of benefits that you get out of that.
09:24:58 If you just look at the labor-material ratio of construction
09:25:03 projects, better to do preservation than it is new
09:25:06 For the local market.
09:25:08 >>YVONNE CAPIN: The return on investment is quite high.
09:25:11 >> It's terrific.
09:25:12 It really is.
09:25:12 You asked a moment ago, maybe it wasn't really a question,
09:25:17 but you were kind of wondering how much the county had given
09:25:19 to the community center.
09:25:23 Was $69,000.
09:25:25 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
09:25:26 >> As a grant.
09:25:27 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
09:25:28 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:25:28 Any other questions?
09:25:29 We thank you.
09:25:31 >> Thank you very much.
09:25:40 >>MR. McDONAUGH: I know from experience, if you can't find
09:25:42 John or Vivian at their offices in the sanctuary, go across
09:25:46 the street to the youth center and usually they're there
09:25:50 with either a hammer or a paint brush in their hand.
09:25:52 Just an update on some of the activities in our various
09:25:58 Right now we have 6,000 people from around the world
09:26:00 attending a geographies conference at the convention center.
09:26:04 And they're going to be spending a lot of time in our
09:26:07 Another great opportunity for people to see exactly what
09:26:09 Tampa is all about.
09:26:10 We had a successful visit, co-visit between the thespians
09:26:17 and the downtown crick. [ Laughter ]
09:26:25 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Everybody is happy.
09:26:26 I assume you've marked your calendars for the Bollywood
09:26:30 invasion from April 23rd to the 26th.
09:26:33 Will be a variety of things going on here.
09:26:35 Anything from a free show in Curtis Hixon to a very large
09:26:39 formal opportunity at the stadium as well as the business
09:26:43 forum at the convention center.
09:26:45 So lots of organized events here for that.
09:26:48 Last weekend, I didn't think it was possible to pack more
09:26:53 people into Festa Italiana than they did last year.
09:26:57 But they managed to do it this year.
09:26:59 So even more people.
09:27:00 A very successful festa again.
09:27:03 And there are some very unhappy people because the bocce
09:27:09 tournament has been -- we're not naming any names, but
09:27:14 there's a certain person in this room who was backing two
09:27:16 teams that won both the morning and evening.
09:27:19 So, if they say in Ybor City the fix is in, apparently.
09:27:25 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Unfortunately, Mr. McDonaugh, my team
09:27:27 was not one of them.
09:27:28 >>MR. McDONAUGH: I understand that tomorrow at 4:30, there
09:27:30 will be a ribbon cutting in Ybor for Cristino's, which is an
09:27:35 Italian restaurant on 8th avenue.
09:27:38 If you haven't eaten there, go.
09:27:40 Homemade sauce, homemade pasta, homemade gelato.
09:27:44 It's a great place.
09:27:45 And we're going to do a ribbon cutting there tomorrow at
09:27:48 In East Tampa, we are starting work now on the lighting
09:27:53 installation at the Cole Community lake.
09:27:58 Next week they'll be doing installation of underground
09:28:01 wiring and poles should be delivered later this month.
09:28:03 So that's a big plus.
09:28:04 Another one of those community lights getting nighttime
09:28:08 activity with lighting.
09:28:09 And in Drew Park, we are drawing to a close on a couple of
09:28:13 the project.
09:28:14 Making progress, never fast enough I know for some of the
09:28:17 businesses there, but we are making very good progress and
09:28:21 Hillsborough is opening for both of those streets right now.
09:28:25 So, that sums up my report.
09:28:29 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Montelione?
09:28:30 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
09:28:31 I have a few questions, Mr. McDonaugh.
09:28:35 There was a update on community -- with the community on
09:28:41 current projects to solicit input on future priorities and
09:28:45 to develop goals and priorities for fiscal year '15.
09:28:49 Can you tell me a little bit about what the priorities that
09:28:54 came up were?
09:28:56 >> I don't think all of the various CRAs and the CACs
09:29:01 have compiled their list yet.
09:29:02 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Well, this was -- I'm looking at the Ybor
09:29:05 City report.
09:29:08 >>MR. McDONAUGH: It has not been presented to me yet.
09:29:10 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Okay.
09:29:11 >>MR. McDONAUGH: It's being again assembled and I'll get
09:29:13 that to you.
09:29:14 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Okay.
09:29:15 And we have a full slate of nominations that are for the
09:29:22 vacant seat that are on the YCDC application.
09:29:27 I want to mention it to the public.
09:29:28 Applications are due tomorrow in case you haven't gotten
09:29:31 your application in.
09:29:32 But the -- there is an opening on the YCDC board due to
09:29:37 recent resignation.
09:29:39 So if you're interested to the general public, you can --
09:29:44 yeah, tomorrow at 5:00 is the deadline, so you can contact
09:29:48 the clerk here at city hall for submitting an application.
09:29:54 The last thing on the Ybor City report was that, it
09:29:58 mentioned several properties were acquired this month by
09:30:01 Can you tell me which properties those are?
09:30:04 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Frankie's patio for one, which was -- has
09:30:07 sat vacant for several years right on 7th avenue, and the
09:30:10 new owner is trying to determine right now exactly what that
09:30:13 is they're going to do.
09:30:15 If you recall, several months ago, we went out for an RFP
09:30:20 for a, an apartment developer.
09:30:23 And they're getting closer to an agreement with the diocese.
09:30:28 And so, hopefully we'll be coming back to the board in the
09:30:32 not too distant future with a contract for sale, close to
09:30:36 adjacent properties, to develop an apartment complex.
09:30:39 And there was a conversation on a hotel, and the developer
09:30:46 that had originally spoken to us is talking to another
09:30:49 landowner in Ybor City for the development of a hotel.
09:30:53 A larger site than what the city could offer.
09:30:56 And actually I'm pleased because the whole idea behind
09:31:00 putting out a RFP was to attract interest and we were
09:31:04 successful in that.
09:31:06 >>LISA MONTELIONE: That's good news.
09:31:07 The Channel District, there's a master plan in the works for
09:31:13 the port property?
09:31:15 >>MR. McDONAUGH: That's correct.
09:31:15 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And I'm hoping that before this gets too
09:31:18 far into the planning stage, there's going to be public
09:31:22 forums to solicit community input on the port master plan,
09:31:26 which is what it says in the report.
09:31:28 >>MR. McDONAUGH: They're coordinating with Michael Hatchett
09:31:30 to have a meeting with the CEO at the monthly meeting at the
09:31:35 So yes, it will be a public forum.
09:31:37 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Well, I want to be sure that we get here
09:31:39 in this forum a report on that master plan, so -- all of our
09:31:47 members are fully aware of what the port has planned.
09:31:51 And I think, the East Tampa CRA -- this might be for Ed.
09:31:59 The SBIC business assistance program, which started in 2013,
09:32:05 the statistics here on the outreach numbers, they have
09:32:07 conducted 66 hours of counseling, to 45 clients.
09:32:12 Shared business resources through 75 visits to businesses
09:32:16 and provided 240 points of assistance.
09:32:19 What I'm interested in knowing are the outcomes.
09:32:21 So all the contact numbers are great.
09:32:23 That they're out and they're doing things and how much time
09:32:25 they're putting in.
09:32:26 But for me, it's the, what the deliverables have been and
09:32:33 the measurement of the accomplishments.
09:32:35 So if maybe next month we can get some information on how
09:32:40 many -- how many businesses were able to either hire someone
09:32:45 or save money in a different area or be connected with
09:32:48 resources and that sort of thing, rather than just how many
09:32:51 people they talked to.
09:32:53 >>MR. McDONAUGH: As we have done, I think on an annual
09:32:55 basis, was invited are somebody from the SBIC in here to
09:32:59 address the board and I will do that again.
09:33:02 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
09:33:03 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mr. Suarez?
09:33:06 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, chair.
09:33:07 Bob, I wanted to find out the markers in Drew Park.
09:33:13 I know that we're working with consultants.
09:33:15 What's the timeframe in terms of when we think we'll have
09:33:18 the markers up and running?
09:33:21 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Let me ask Jeanette.
09:33:25 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I figured you knew everything.
09:33:27 >>MR. McDONAUGH: What I don't know, I make up.
09:33:28 [ Laughter ]
09:33:30 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I figured you'd make something up.
09:33:32 >> Thank you for asking.
09:33:34 We are working with our designer on the material.
09:33:36 The original materials that we thought were going --
09:33:40 >>FRANK REDDICK: Identify yourself, we know you.
09:33:41 But identify yourself for the record.
09:33:43 >> Sorry.
09:33:44 Jeanette LaRussa Fenton, Drew Park CRA manager.
09:33:48 That's been creating a little bit of a holdup.
09:33:50 But we're at the final stages now and should be going out to
09:33:53 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Is it still because of the reflective type
09:33:56 I know we talked about that before.
09:33:58 Is it just the cost?
09:34:00 >> No, it's the type of material and the way it would be
09:34:04 aged, a long time, that we felt would cause maintenance
09:34:08 So we're looking at a different type material.
09:34:10 And -- same design, just different materials.
09:34:15 We are expecting samples because I always want to see an
09:34:18 actual before we do finals.
09:34:21 And that's where we're at now.
09:34:22 As soon as we get that question answered, we'll submit our
09:34:25 final to FDOT, because they've to give their final approval
09:34:28 and then woe would be ready to go out to bid.
09:34:31 >>MIKE SUAREZ: So probably after FDOT's approval, probably a
09:34:34 90 day period before we get everything done, awarded and so
09:34:39 >> That's correct.
09:34:39 Our typical timeframe, yes.
09:34:41 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thanks.
09:34:42 Appreciate it.
09:34:42 Thank you, chair.
09:34:44 >> After FDOT approval that would put it sometime in mid
09:34:47 [ Laughter ]
09:34:53 >>MR. McDONAUGH: That concludes my report, sir.
09:34:56 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:34:57 Number three?
09:34:58 Facade grant.
09:35:04 Number three.
09:35:06 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Oh, excuse me.
09:35:08 I'm sorry.
09:35:08 You know, on a basis, we come back and show you some of the
09:35:14 projects that we have had, with the facade grant.
09:35:19 And if folks in the back would be kind enough to load the --
09:35:26 oh, good.
09:35:27 Again, that facade grant program is participating in Ybor
09:35:31 City, Drew Park and East Tampa.
09:35:32 To date, we have invested $749,000 of CRA funds.
09:35:45 The private industry has invested over $3 million.
09:35:47 And so we have got a leverage of a little better than three
09:35:51 to one.
09:35:52 Here are the numbers in Ybor, Drew Park and East Tampa.
09:35:58 Again, the leveraging that -- and this was the whole goal.
09:36:01 It was to take some of the CRA money, invest it in the
09:36:05 community and get private industry to go ahead and invest
09:36:08 money in their buildings.
09:36:09 It has an effect of making the district more attractive and
09:36:14 also makes them more valuable, which increases tax dollars.
09:36:16 Here's one of the, probably more dramatic one, which was
09:36:22 7th avenue.
09:36:23 Again, another project on 7th avenue.
09:36:31 The bottom is the rendering of the baseball museum.
09:36:37 We're not quite there yet, but work has begun on that.
09:36:40 I understand that there's a bust just inside the front door
09:36:44 of Mr. Miranda.
09:36:47 [ Laughter ]
09:36:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: By the toilet.
09:36:50 >>YVONNE CAPIN: He put it there himself.
09:36:52 >> A picture of him playing with Babe Ruth.
09:36:55 [ Laughter ]
09:36:58 >>MR. McDONAUGH: And Drew Park.
09:37:00 Mercedes automotive, in process.
09:37:05 Yes, sir?
09:37:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Do you know whose house that is or was?
09:37:13 >>MR. McDONAUGH: No, sir.
09:37:14 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Well, when you put up the baseball
09:37:17 museum, his name will be in that museum, when he was a
09:37:19 little boy, he used to live upstairs in that building.
09:37:23 And he'll be inducted into a Hall of Fame this year, his
09:37:26 name is Tony LaRussa.
09:37:29 That's where he lived.
09:37:32 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Well, again, this is another one of those
09:37:34 facade programs that's the labor of love.
09:37:38 Someone saw a building, thought it would be really great.
09:37:41 Couldn't make the numbers work.
09:37:43 Came to the CRA.
09:37:44 The CRA has invested money.
09:37:45 They have invested lots of money, lots of time and lots of
09:37:49 And converted something from an eyesore to something that's
09:37:53 very attractive.
09:37:54 That's our summary of projects for right now.
09:37:59 Thank you.
09:38:00 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:38:00 All right.
09:38:01 Public comments.
09:38:01 Anyone wish to speak?
09:38:06 You have three minutes to stand before this body and to
09:38:09 Please state your name and address and you can address any
09:38:14 item on the agenda.
09:38:16 >> Good morning, everyone.
09:38:18 Chairman Sims of the East Tampa partnership.
09:38:21 Good morning to Ms. Shirley Foxx-Knowles, good to see you
09:38:25 I'm here to give you a quick update as to our discussion
09:38:28 that we had the last time came in reference to several legal
09:38:32 opinions about the term limits for myself and Richedean
09:38:35 Ackbar, the vice chair of East Tampa partnership.
09:38:40 We went back to our CAC committee.
09:38:42 We discussed the East Tampa bylaws, as well as the CRA
09:38:48 policy and rendering as to number 7 in your CRA policy.
09:38:53 Given the community opportunity to amend or raise the term
09:39:00 limit for the chair and the vice chair in reference to the
09:39:04 elections that we recently had back in October of this past
09:39:07 You understand that there was some conflict of the term
09:39:11 limit as to where we got voted in, the term of two years or
09:39:15 whether we with are getting out in 2014.
09:39:18 Based on the decision of the CAC executive group, it was
09:39:22 voted 7-2 that we would ask that the community would amend
09:39:27 the term limit for myself and the vice chair.
09:39:32 That we would stay on to 2015.
09:39:34 We then put it in the newspaper, so that it would be a fair
09:39:38 process, that everyone had an opportunity to come out to be
09:39:42 a part of the process to vote and voice their opinions, as
09:39:46 well as a vote of confidence.
09:39:49 We also sent it out to our database, through e-mails, to
09:39:53 give everybody an opportunity to show up.
09:39:55 And we just had that meeting this past Tuesday.
09:39:58 Out of the I think 40, 45 people that showed up, only 21
09:40:02 were qualified to vote, based on the bylaws as far as the
09:40:07 number of meetings you have to make, whether it's a standing
09:40:10 committee meeting or a regular CAC meeting or East Tampa
09:40:14 partnership meeting.
09:40:15 And out of that, the community voted that they would like to
09:40:19 ask this body to wave the term limit for myself and our vice
09:40:24 chair, Richedean Ackbar to extend this out to 2015.
09:40:30 I'm back here to give you an update as to what the community
09:40:35 has decided as well as the executive group.
09:40:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:40:38 Thank you for the report.
09:40:40 What I'm going to ask you to do is get with our attorney on
09:40:44 staff and see if they can work out the language.
09:40:46 Can I get a motion from someone to, for Sam to bring a
09:40:52 report back to us.
09:40:52 >> So moved.
09:40:53 >> Second.
09:40:54 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:40:54 Motion made by Ms. Capin, seconded by Mr. Cohen.
09:40:58 Any further discussion of the motion?
09:41:00 All those in favor, say aye.
09:41:01 Opposed? Thank you.
09:41:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: Just bring it back to our next CRA meeting
09:41:11 on May the 8th.
09:41:13 All right.
09:41:15 Thank you, sir.
09:41:23 >> Mr. Chairman, I'm Al Davies.
09:41:28 And I'm one of the persons that seek to find the answer to
09:41:38 life's persistent question.
09:41:42 First of all, Mr. Chairman, did I see -- I'm 3717 East
09:41:46 Wilder Avenue, and part of the East Tampa Community
09:41:50 Redevelopment Area.
09:41:51 And I'm real concerned about the proper procedural that
09:41:59 needs to be followed when we make some exceptions to our
09:42:07 It's a complicated document.
09:42:10 If you don't know how to read it, you will be confused.
09:42:13 So much for that.
09:42:15 I want to give kudos though, Mr. Chairman, to some people
09:42:20 that have been very helpful, such as Jim Cruz out of the
09:42:25 clerk's office and Viola Luke, who is also there.
09:42:32 And Ms. Sue lean is in the other clerk's office.
09:42:39 In the chamber's office.
09:42:41 And also Michelle Dan Lou, who is part of Ed Johnson's staff
09:42:52 in the East Tampa redevelopment area.
09:42:55 The thing that I find interesting, Mr. Chairman, in my
09:43:01 attempt to be better informed and understand clearly the
09:43:08 role of this agency and its mission of redeveloping the City
09:43:17 of Tampa with the various community Redevelopment Areas,
09:43:25 managers and volunteers that's trying to rid this area of
09:43:31 some blight and deterioration.
09:43:34 I'm looking forward, Mr. Chairman, and I continue to try to
09:43:38 be as informed as I can, to continue to rely upon this
09:43:45 agency for its most sophisticated guidance.
09:43:50 So that when, what they call it, at the day's journey, end
09:43:55 of the day's journey, we will be very pleased at our
09:44:00 Thank you Mr. Chairman.
09:44:01 And I'll be back at the next CRA meeting because I did get a
09:44:07 chance, Mr. Chairman, to look at the first quarterly report.
09:44:12 Some interesting information is contained therein.
09:44:15 And I like to comment upon that, upon the opportunity to
09:44:20 review it and compose my comments.
09:44:22 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
09:44:26 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, sir.
09:44:33 >> Okay.
09:44:48 I'm Ed Tillou from Sulphur Springs.
09:44:51 On that note, it might be good for that Sulphur Spring to
09:44:59 have a CRA.
09:45:00 Sulphur Spring and south Castle Heights.
09:45:03 Anyway, just touching on Ybor City quickly, that was
09:45:06 mentioned in item one.
09:45:08 The Cuban sandwich festival, I'm running a little behind on
09:45:13 They mentioned the Italian festival.
09:45:14 But I'm hoping that this traditional Cuban sandwiches one
09:45:22 without ham.
09:45:25 And sausage.
09:45:26 Here's another potential consideration for Ybor City.
09:45:30 Like solar -- little solar carports on the roof, like USF
09:45:38 put in about 12 or 14 years ago.
09:45:43 That's how behind this is.
09:45:45 And cars can park there and the problem with these panels is
09:45:51 that they don't follow the sun.
09:45:53 So you need half again as many.
09:45:56 And at $40 a square foot, it might be better to get by on
09:46:00 two thirds as many.
09:46:01 But the thing of it is, you'd have to put in four dollars a
09:46:07 day to charge as opposed to 75 cents, seven quarters
09:46:16 downstairs to use regular power.
09:46:19 Just real quick this is a good thing.
09:46:22 We left off and I also wanted to talk about item two.
09:46:28 This was in the paper a few days ago about MacDill.
09:46:34 And the tanker planes there.
09:46:36 But those are older tanker planes and apparently MacDill
09:46:39 isn't going to get the newer ones.
09:46:41 And this bears on item two.
09:46:43 And this, there should be an economic development zone and
09:46:48 the person behind this is Neil Costatino, resultant of whom
09:46:54 the hundredth anniversary of the Jannus flight was
09:46:58 He did a lot of work on that and if it hadn't been for that,
09:47:02 it never would've been celebrated.
09:47:04 Now the 50th was mentioned on the sign down by Gaslight
09:47:08 So, it was an important event and thanks to him it got done.
09:47:12 And maybe more progress could be made on a, I guess we would
09:47:17 call it a technology corridor.
09:47:21 That's what he uses.
09:47:23 The term he uses.
09:47:25 And here, you have MacDill and the north border of it is
09:47:33 where this would be.
09:47:34 And for instance, the ferry across to Gibsonton and Apollo
09:47:37 beach could take place here.
09:47:40 Land here.
09:47:41 And all this, they have to relocate this runway, but maybe
09:47:45 they wouldn't even bother doing that.
09:47:47 The point is that there's a real need for technology.
09:47:50 You I've put a lot of things in there.
09:47:53 Is very important for the future.
09:47:56 So, a lot of technology could bring jobs here.
09:48:01 Not so much for people here, but a lot of people --
09:48:06 >>FRANK REDDICK: We thank you.
09:48:08 >> Studied chemical engineering at USF.
09:48:10 In ten or is a years, there would be jobs.
09:48:14 >>FRANK REDDICK: We thank you.
09:48:17 >> Thank you.
09:48:26 On the agenda, we have a resolution authorizing the
09:48:31 conveyance by the City of Tampa to Bible truth ministries
09:48:34 international, some property that the East Tampa CRA has
09:48:36 assembled on 34th street.
09:48:39 And Ms. Dean is here from Bible Truth Ministries to talk a
09:48:43 little bit about the project.
09:48:50 >> Good morning, Mr. Chairman.
09:48:55 My name is Suzette Dean, and I'm the wife of Pastor Daniel
09:49:01 He wasn't able to make it today, so he asked me to come and
09:49:05 basically tell you a, just a small amount about the project
09:49:08 we're about to do on 34th and Chelsea.
09:49:11 Basically we're partnering with the neighborhood association
09:49:18 and when we do build the building --
09:49:21 >>FRANK REDDICK: Could you pull that mic up a little bit?
09:49:24 >> Is that better?
09:49:25 Thank you.
09:49:26 We're going to be using it to partner with the neighborhood
09:49:30 association, a section of it will be for them so they can
09:49:35 We have other portions of it we're going to be using for
09:49:38 office rentals for the community.
09:49:40 As well as an afterschool program for the -- we have,
09:49:45 there's a couple schools in the neighborhood.
09:49:50 So we're going to do some afterschool program there as well
09:49:53 as create employment for individuals in the community.
09:49:56 That's basically it.
09:50:00 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Capin?
09:50:02 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I have another question.
09:50:08 >> Just a brief note.
09:50:10 If you recall, we had neighbors from the Rainbow Heights
09:50:14 neighborhood group come here couple years ago and said hey,
09:50:17 we would like something in our community.
09:50:19 And this is a direct result of that.
09:50:20 We spent some time assembling a little bit more of the land
09:50:24 and did an RFP.
09:50:25 And Bible truth ministries operates a similar facility not
09:50:29 too far from here.
09:50:30 And has been successful and we have been fortunate in our
09:50:35 dealings with them in the past, is that when they say
09:50:37 they're going to do something, they do do it.
09:50:40 We have an agreement that they would be required to
09:50:42 construct this within three years.
09:50:44 And it's a deferred payment mortgage.
09:50:47 And also create three jobs as a result of this project.
09:50:52 Yes, Ms. Capin?
09:50:54 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Yes, in my conversation, when we had a staff
09:50:59 report on RFPs and properties that are sold or leased by
09:51:03 the city, it came, what came of that was a meeting with
09:51:08 Julia Mandell.
09:51:10 And what I found out was that the Mayor does not have to --
09:51:16 he is not obligated to put out an RFP for properties that
09:51:20 are in the city.
09:51:21 But if they are in the CRA district, it is required.
09:51:26 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Yes, ma'am.
09:51:28 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Way would like to see in the backup material
09:51:30 when we get these is the RFP.
09:51:32 A coast RFP.
09:51:33 And there will be more to come later.
09:51:36 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Certainly.
09:51:37 And actually I think that -- excuse me for not doing, but
09:51:42 every time we're getting ready to issue an RFP, I am pledged
09:51:46 to tell you as well as provide you copies of it.
09:51:49 Not after the fact, but as it's going forward.
09:51:53 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Well, I'd like to see it in the backup and
09:51:55 of course, up front.
09:51:56 And if it's -- that is a CRA requirement?
09:52:01 To have that up front?
09:52:05 >> No.
09:52:06 >> I think you made, a motion was made a month or two ago
09:52:09 asking for the information to be up front.
09:52:10 This may have occurred before that motion was passed.
09:52:13 I don't know the timing.
09:52:14 It's not a requirement of the CRA.
09:52:16 It was a pledge that the administration and your staff made
09:52:20 that they would do that in the future.
09:52:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Then we need to make a motion that that is
09:52:24 required for the CRA.
09:52:27 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Just as a note, Mr. Johnson did supply it
09:52:30 prior to the issuance of the RFP and it was circulated to
09:52:34 all of the members.
09:52:35 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And as part of the backup.
09:52:37 >> Certainly.
09:52:38 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So that's my motion.
09:52:39 >> Second.
09:52:40 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:52:40 Any discussion of the motion?
09:52:42 >> If I could make a clarification.
09:52:44 Don't mean to make it more complicated.
09:52:47 The requirement for doing RFP in CRA area is if property was
09:52:50 acquired for development purposes or is being disposed of
09:52:53 for development purposes.
09:52:54 And there are some instances that that isn't the case, so
09:52:58 it's not a requirement to do RFPs for those.
09:53:00 But the staff is telling you that they will supply with you
09:53:02 an RFP any time one is done.
09:53:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So the motion is for all the RFPs on the
09:53:08 CRA properties.
09:53:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:53:11 Any discussion on the motion?
09:53:13 All right.
09:53:14 Motion by Ms. Capin, seconded by Ms. Montelione.
09:53:17 All those in favor of the motion, say aye.
09:53:19 Opposed? Motion carries.
09:53:21 >> Mr. Chairman, Jim Crew, city clerk's office.
09:53:24 Could I ask that motion be formally stated for the record,
09:53:28 >>YVONNE CAPIN: That the RFPs, when they are, at the
09:53:34 beginning, brought to city -- to the CRA, and that they also
09:53:43 be included in the backup of the resolution that come forth.
09:53:49 Is there anything else?
09:53:52 That's it.
09:53:53 >> Thank you.
09:53:55 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
09:53:55 Let me just say this.
09:54:00 Ms. Dean, good to see you.
09:54:02 I've had the pleasure of knowing pastor dean for quite a few
09:54:08 And I will tell you, if you go on 22nd Street and look at
09:54:13 the facility that he built, you'd be proud.
09:54:18 You go on 29th and lake, you look at the facility, he built,
09:54:23 you'll be proud.
09:54:24 And I tell you, the good thing about it, he never asks for
09:54:28 any government money.
09:54:29 He never asks for any government money.
09:54:34 He will do it and he'll do it for the good of the community.
09:54:38 And I mean, Ms. Dean talked more than Pastor Dean.
09:54:42 [ Laughter ]
09:54:46 >> That's why you came.
09:54:47 Pastor Dean would've said what's taking so long?
09:54:50 I'm ready for it.
09:54:52 >>FRANK REDDICK: Right.
09:54:52 Pastor Dean is a good person and he really, really concerned
09:54:56 about the community and he would think, if he can help turn
09:55:00 a blight to something good, he's always willing to do it and
09:55:05 this is a great opportunity because if you know, there's
09:55:09 other improvements that are going to be made on 34th and
09:55:13 Chelsea from the transportation department.
09:55:15 And it's just, this is just built into that corner because
09:55:22 that used to be a liquor, a bar, a watering hole
09:55:27 establishment on that location.
09:55:28 Many people there killed and if you pass by there now, they
09:55:32 still got the memorial of flowers and things sitting out
09:55:36 And it's been a high crime area.
09:55:38 So, if Pastor Dean is willing to do this and he's, every
09:55:43 time he sees me, you want to see Pastor Dean, you just go on
09:55:47 the corner of 29th and lake.
09:55:49 He's the only person I know that put a table on the sidewalk
09:55:53 and put checkers on top of it and they play checkers on the
09:55:57 Every day.
09:55:58 But he's a good person and I think this is good for our
09:56:02 community and the neighborhood is happy about it.
09:56:05 So, I hope this board here will support that resolution.
09:56:10 Yes, Mr. Suarez?
09:56:12 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, chair.
09:56:13 You know, what you stated is exactly what we were talking
09:56:16 about earlier in terms of Tampa Heights.
09:56:18 When we talk about these type of redevelopment projects,
09:56:21 it's so much easier to have the neighborhoods decide if they
09:56:25 want to do it.
09:56:26 And our part in it in terms of the CRA and in the city and
09:56:30 other areas, where we say we have got peeves property that
09:56:33 we want to help you develop it and this kind of project and
09:56:37 this type of setup financially is perfect for them to be
09:56:41 able to put it together.
09:56:43 The project we were talking about earlier, Tampa Heights and
09:56:45 the junior Heights community center is great example, the
09:56:53 partnership between FDOT and them in terms of the community
09:56:56 garden, everything else.
09:56:57 That property was going to be part of the easement, not
09:57:01 going to be used, tear it down.
09:57:03 And now we're re-purposing it for something we really needed
09:57:06 in that neighborhood.
09:57:06 This is what, this is why this is important.
09:57:09 She's already bored with it.
09:57:10 She just left.
09:57:11 [ Laughter ]
09:57:14 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And it is interesting that, we talk about
09:57:18 other projects, that you know, this is exactly like the
09:57:22 Tampa Heights project, except that, instead of them having
09:57:25 the FDOT as a partner in terms of letting them have that
09:57:29 building and that property, it is us that is allowing us to
09:57:33 get some money back for something that we purchased and now
09:57:38 is going to be reused and it's going to become a more useful
09:57:42 place for people.
09:57:43 Mr. Reddick, who is so familiar with that location, I
09:57:47 remembered from when we were running, we talked about that
09:57:50 bar many, many times at forums.
09:57:52 So, it's one of those situations where it is a perfect
09:57:56 marriage between what we try to do in government and what
09:57:59 people are trying to do in their neighborhoods.
09:58:01 I do have one question about the way that the, our process
09:58:06 in terms of when we look at properties that are either owned
09:58:10 by CRA -- let's just say owned by CRA, when we partner with
09:58:15 another entity, whether it's a non-profit or when we look at
09:58:18 other development entities, do we -- I talked privately with
09:58:23 Mr. Johnson yesterday about this.
09:58:25 Do we try and leverage other governmental entities in terms
09:58:28 of what they're able to do, such as HART or any other
09:58:34 entities in terms of providing, let's say an opportunity for
09:58:38 them to put into the project for their own purposes that are
09:58:42 also dual purposes for us?
09:58:44 Such as, you know, transit stops and other facilities that
09:58:48 might be useful at that particular location.
09:58:50 And I'm not talking about this project per se.
09:58:53 Just the process.
09:58:53 Do we ever communicate with the other entities and say hey,
09:58:58 listen, we think this might be a good place for us to put X?
09:59:02 Are you willing to be involved in this?
09:59:04 And help us make that happen.
09:59:06 >> Yes.
09:59:06 An example would be the Le Meridien Hotel.
09:59:11 Hillsborough County is actually a partner in that as well.
09:59:15 Because it's a historic structure, they have contributed
09:59:17 >> Yes, we do talk to people about leveraging assets and
09:59:20 leveraging government money to help get a project done.
09:59:24 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And that part of the process is when you're
09:59:27 at the beginning and you're starting to put the deal
09:59:30 I mean, you're a consummate deal maker, as we all know, in
09:59:34 your career in commercial development and also in terms of
09:59:37 what you've been doing on government.
09:59:39 So, I mean, you try and get as many stakeholders as possible
09:59:43 in the room to try and talk bolt, I assume, correct?
09:59:46 >> Yes.
09:59:47 We also look at adjacencies, because it's important that you
09:59:50 don't just look at the property by itself.
09:59:52 It has to be something that works for the neighborhood as
09:59:55 I think this is an excellent example of that.
09:59:59 Something that's going to complement and build on the
10:00:02 >>MIKE SUAREZ: One last question.
10:00:03 I apologize for be laboring this.
10:00:06 In this process when you do it, is it, you know, how
10:00:09 formalized is it?
10:00:11 I go he is in terms of what you're looking at when you look
10:00:13 at properties.
10:00:14 You know, and I'm trying to think like a commercial
10:00:17 developer, which is almost impossible because I know nothing
10:00:20 about that business.
10:00:23 But do you say all right, we have got a parcel here, what
10:00:27 can we do with it?
10:00:29 What's the best use of it?
10:00:32 In this area, and how many partners can we get when you look
10:00:35 at the adjacent property, you look at all these other
10:00:38 partners or other entities?
10:00:40 Is it just kind of a fluid discussion that you all have?
10:00:42 Or is it?
10:00:43 >>MR. McDONAUGH: A lot of times it depends on who is the
10:00:45 best partner.
10:00:46 Another example, excuse me for taking your time, but I've
10:00:50 had discussions with Habitat For Humanity.
10:00:53 And one of the things that they will do, they will pick a
10:00:56 street and say we would like to make improvements on the
10:00:59 houses on the street, tie them all together.
10:01:02 And when there are properties on there that probably should
10:01:06 be condemned or something should happen, we go out and look
10:01:08 at it with them to see if it is something the city can do.
10:01:12 Because if you have seven or eight houses that are nicely
10:01:14 re-done, the exteriors and then you have a vacate house
10:01:19 that's boarded up and dilapidated in the middle of it, it
10:01:22 doesn't do any good.
10:01:23 Kind of like what we're doing in Sulphur Springs as well,
10:01:25 with rebuilding Tampa Bay.
10:01:27 Doing nodes of development, because one by itself isn't
10:01:31 You really need to have three or four a street.
10:01:34 So yeah, depending on whether it's residential or
10:01:37 commercial, we try to do that, yes.
10:01:39 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Okay.
10:01:40 Thanks, Mr. McDonaugh.
10:01:44 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Capin?
10:01:45 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I've already spoken.
10:01:47 I'm sorry.
10:01:50 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay, Ms. Montelione.
10:01:52 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, vice chairman.
10:01:54 I appreciate that.
10:01:54 I had a lengthy discussion about this with Mr. Johnson.
10:01:59 About a week or so ago.
10:02:01 And I do have reservations.
10:02:04 I understand the reasoning behind it.
10:02:08 And I support economic development activities and city
10:02:13 investment for the rejuvenation of neighborhoods.
10:02:16 I mean, that's why we're here.
10:02:18 That's why the CRA exists.
10:02:20 That being said, I do have reservations about this agreement
10:02:27 and how it's structured.
10:02:28 And I would hope that going forward, that we, that we work
10:02:36 to incorporate some of the concerns that I have.
10:02:38 I mean, lot of our agreements in the past, I've been
10:02:42 familiar with some of the deals even before I was on
10:02:44 Council, was that there was an inclusion of a reverter
10:02:47 That if a, if the mission of the reason, or the reasoning
10:02:56 behind why we were basically subsidizing this sale and
10:03:01 purchase of this property, not this, but any property, would
10:03:06 cease to be, then the property would revert back to the
10:03:09 It was either done as a condition of the note and mortgage
10:03:14 or it was a deed restriction.
10:03:16 So that there was some guarantee that this property would
10:03:20 always be used for some kind of public purpose.
10:03:24 Now, we can get into philosophical discussions, which I've
10:03:30 done with Mr. Johnson, about whether or not the
10:03:34 establishment of an office complex or retail is a public
10:03:38 purpose when you're speaking about an area that's so
10:03:42 desperately needs development and investment.
10:03:44 I just feel that it needs to be more -- further identified,
10:03:53 I guess, in the documents as to what the public purpose is
10:03:58 for this investment.
10:04:00 >>MR. McDONAUGH: If I might answer in this specific case, as
10:04:02 Mr. Suarez was saying, do we look at each deal differently?
10:04:05 And we do.
10:04:06 This --
10:04:08 >>LISA MONTELIONE: That's why I'm going to support this
10:04:10 But those, I just want to put on the record, those are my
10:04:14 >>MR. McDONAUGH: I'm going to explain why there's not a claw
10:04:17 back provision in this particular agreement.
10:04:19 There was a bar which was a blight for the neighborhood,
10:04:23 which the CRA bought, demolished.
10:04:26 We have had a vacant piece of land sitting there for a
10:04:30 number of years.
10:04:31 Our goal is to get something back on the tax roll to.
10:04:34 Get something built, to provide some jobs and whether at
10:04:37 some point down the road, Pastor Dean decides to sell that
10:04:42 property to someone else, then our goal has been achieved.
10:04:47 The building has been, the -- the property has been
10:04:51 It's been put on the tax rolls.
10:04:53 Jobs have been provided and so, we see that our goal has
10:04:57 been achieved.
10:04:58 There are other properties, probably the best example would
10:05:03 be where the Hillsborough educational organization is on
10:05:08 Howard Avenue, that if they cease to use it for that it
10:05:13 comes back to the City of Tampa.
10:05:14 They have basically a lease as opposed to a sale.
10:05:16 So we do look at each one differently and I'll be more than
10:05:19 happy to talk with you each and every single one to see
10:05:22 which is appropriate and not appropriate.
10:05:24 But in this case, we felt that it was appropriate that there
10:05:28 was language in our agreement that they'd build this
10:05:30 facility, that they employ people for a certain period of
10:05:34 time and after that, achieved our goal.
10:05:36 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Right.
10:05:37 And I said that I would support this today.
10:05:39 But clarification for the public, this is going to be in,
10:05:44 transferred to the Bible Truth Ministries.
10:05:46 So, your statement that there would be some portion of this
10:05:50 property put back on the tax rolls.
10:05:55 >> Where it's used for office and retail will be taxed by
10:05:59 had Hillsborough County tax assessor.
10:06:01 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I wanted to make that clear.
10:06:02 Because sometimes we get phone calls after our meeting and
10:06:05 questioned about the transaction.
10:06:07 So I wanted to make sure that that was clear, that nobody
10:06:10 was confused about the statement you made about taxes.
10:06:14 And I'd love to engage in that discussion with you,
10:06:17 Mr. McDonaugh at some other date.
10:06:21 >>FRANK REDDICK: Please, not today.
10:06:22 [ Laughter ]
10:06:23 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Capin?
10:06:27 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
10:06:28 Yes, I meant to say after I made that motion, that this is a
10:06:32 lovely project for that property, considering what was there
10:06:37 And it's really brings back, when we talk about -- and I'm
10:06:44 tieing this in because when we talk about alcoholic beverage
10:06:47 permitting and the reason that we could not close this bar
10:06:50 down, the CRA had to buy it in order to close it, so we need
10:06:56 to pay attention what we do going forward, how we manage
10:07:02 what we have granted.
10:07:05 And that's, you know, just keeps coming back to us.
10:07:11 So, I do -- I am of course going to support this I think
10:07:15 this is a like planting flowers where there were weeds.
10:07:19 And definitely a wonderful addition to the community.
10:07:26 Thank you.
10:07:28 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
10:07:29 We have a motion.
10:07:31 >> Move the resolution why.
10:07:33 >> Second.
10:07:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: Moved by Mr. Miranda, second by Mr. Suarez.
10:07:36 Any further discussion.
10:07:37 All those in favor say aye.
10:07:38 Opposed in motion carries.
10:07:40 All right.
10:07:41 Number 5.
10:07:43 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Yes, sir.
10:07:43 You have a number of prospective board members for the Tampa
10:07:50 Heights river front.
10:07:51 We are looking for a person.
10:07:52 And I am happy to offer this slate of candidates.
10:07:56 All of whom are eminently qualified to take a position in
10:08:02 Michael, is there anyone here?
10:08:05 We do not have any of the candidates here.
10:08:27 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Chair, what was fascinating.
10:08:29 I saw two people from Louisiana state of university in their
10:08:32 architecture and design program, which I thought was very
10:08:35 They have a tremendous program over there.
10:08:38 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
10:08:47 [ Laughter ]
10:08:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I thought you went to LSU.
10:08:57 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Chair, I wasn't sure if Mr. Miranda was going
10:09:00 to mentioning the babe team at LSU.
10:09:02 They won an national championship a few years back.
10:09:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Very good players.
10:09:07 >>FRANK REDDICK: What is going on?
10:09:08 You got other business you need to bring before us?
10:09:12 >>MR. McDONAUGH: I do have -- did you make a selection?
10:09:15 There is one more thing.
10:09:17 And it's not on your agenda and I apologize.
10:09:20 It happened at the last minute.
10:09:21 There was a change in the board membership at the Ybor
10:09:26 Chamber of Commerce.
10:09:26 And the chair stepped down from his ex-officio seat and they
10:09:30 have offered up a new one.
10:09:32 And that is a, Mr. John Trujillo.
10:09:36 And what I need from Council is an approval for him to be
10:09:41 the ex-officio for the seat at the YCDC, representing the
10:09:48 Ybor Chamber of Commerce.
10:09:49 >> So moved.
10:09:50 >> Second.
10:09:51 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion from Ms. Capin, seconded by
10:09:53 Mr. Miranda.
10:09:54 Any discussion on that motion?
10:09:55 All those in favor, say aye.
10:09:58 All right.
10:09:58 Motion carries.
10:10:00 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Mr. Reddick, that concludes my business,
10:10:04 >>FRANK REDDICK: While we are waiting, we can do
10:10:06 information, new business.
10:10:07 Mr. Suarez?
10:10:09 >>MIKE SUAREZ: No, sir.
10:10:11 >>FRANK REDDICK: Are you ready?
10:10:13 We'll stop then and come back to you.
10:10:31 >>MR. McDONAUGH: The board's pleasure is a Ms. Margaret
10:10:34 Whitmer, a landscape architect, has been chosen as the board
10:10:37 member for the Tampa Heights Riverfront.
10:10:40 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
10:10:42 >>MR. McDONAUGH: Thank you very much.
10:10:43 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
10:10:44 All right, Mr. Suarez?
10:10:45 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Nothing, sir.
10:10:46 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Capin?
10:10:48 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Nothing.
10:10:49 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: None.
10:10:50 >>MARY MULHERN: None, thank you.
10:10:52 >>HARRY COHEN: None.
10:10:53 >>FRANK REDDICK: Ms. Montelione?
10:10:54 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Mr. Chair, I was advised by there Territo
10:10:57 to make two motions to support what I had mentioned earlier.
10:11:04 One is that Mr. Johnson appear may 8th at 9:00 a.m. to
10:11:09 report on outcomes of the small business information center
10:11:13 activities in East Tampa regarding the outcomes and
10:11:17 deliverables and request a representative of the SBIC to be
10:11:24 here to deliver that report.
10:11:25 >> Second.
10:11:26 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
10:11:26 Motion from Ms. Montelione, seconded by Mr. Suarez.
10:11:29 Any further discussion of the motion?
10:11:32 All those in favor say aye.
10:11:34 Opposed? The motion carries.
10:11:36 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
10:11:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: That's it?
10:11:38 >>LISA MONTELIONE: No, the second one is -- I'll have to
10:11:42 defer to Mr. McDonaugh to see whether may 8th or June 12th
10:11:48 is a better date.
10:11:50 But also I ask that the firm and I don't have the name of
10:11:52 the firm right handy.
10:11:55 Who is preparing the master plan for port Tampa Bay deliver
10:11:59 a presentation to Council.
10:12:03 >>FRANK REDDICK: You want to put a time limit on the
10:12:05 >> Make a motion of the CRA.
10:12:08 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I'm sorry.
10:12:08 To the CRA.
10:12:09 I meant to say CRA.
10:12:10 Thank you, Mr. Territo.
10:12:12 >> I will forward a request to them today.
10:12:14 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Okay.
10:12:15 So, you want -- is it May 8th or June 12th?
10:12:20 >> June 12th because that would give them a little more time
10:12:23 to field some more of the background information.
10:12:26 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
10:12:26 That would be for them to appear June 12th.
10:12:29 >>FRANK REDDICK: How much time?
10:12:30 >>LISA MONTELIONE: 9:00 a.m.
10:12:32 >>FRANK REDDICK: How much time?
10:12:32 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Ten minutes?
10:12:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
10:12:35 So you got a motion for the representative from port of
10:12:38 Tampa to appear before the CRA on June 12th.
10:12:42 >>LISA MONTELIONE: It would be Port Tampa bay and the firm
10:12:45 that is preparing the master plan.
10:12:47 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
10:12:47 All right.
10:12:48 Got a motion by Ms. Montelione, seconded by Ms. Mulhern.
10:12:52 Further discussion of the motion?
10:12:53 All right.
10:12:54 All those in favor say aye.
10:12:56 Opposed? We have motion to receive and file.
10:12:58 >> So moved.
10:12:59 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
10:13:00 Moved by Mr. Miranda, seconded by Mr. Cohen.
10:13:03 Any further discussion?
10:13:04 All those in favor say aye.
10:13:06 Any new business?
10:13:07 All right.
10:13:08 We stand adjourned.
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