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MEETING

JANUARY 21, 2010

AGENDA

Date:

January 14, 2010

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Clay Benson, Chair

Subject:

Regular Meeting January 21, 11:00 a.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of December 10th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report through December 2009

3.

Broadmoor Gateway Pavilions Conditions Study and Urban Renewal Plan – Anne Ricker

4.

Copper Ridge Conditions Study – Anne Ricker/Leland Consulting Group

5.

Executive Session

6.

Copper Ridge Urban Renewal Plan discussion – Chuck Miller

7.

Project Updates – Jim Rees

8.

CSURA Presentation Update – Chuck Miller

9.

Other Matters

10.

Adjournment

MINUTES

On the 21st day of January, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Regular session at 107 N. Nevada Avenue, at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Rosemarie Venezia

Also in attendance:

Lisa Bigelow

Economic Development

Ryan tefertiller

Land Development Review

Bob Cope

Business Development

Nancy Johnson

Assistant City Manager

Larry Larsen

Land Development Review

Gary Erickson

Northgate Properties LLC

Bill Kenline

Rodeway Inn

Phillip Khyu

Travelodge

Hyun Mi Rhyu

Travelodge

Frances Steinman

Stagecoach Motel

Mark Hauschild

Kleinfelder

Jim Rhue

Broadmoor Gateway Properties

Anne Ricker

Leleand Consulting Group

Citizen

Circle "S" Motel

Jason Dreger

Hoff & Leight, Inc.

Ron Butlin

Downtown Partnership

Rich Laden

Gazette

Frank Kinder

Fort Carson Sustainability

Alex Brown

Citizen

Tom Hoover

Northgate Properties LLC

Tom Hoover

OZ Architecture

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Counsel

Mar-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Benson called the meeting to order at 11:02 a.m. and welcomed Authority members and visitors.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Noyes, that the Minutes of the Special meeting on December 10, 2009 be adopted as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Commissioners reviewed the financial report in detail. Following discussion and review, Commissioner Harman presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1685

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2009

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, THAT:

The financial statement and expenditures of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority for the period ending December 31, 2009 are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Harman, seconded by Commissioner Hente, that Resolution #1685 be adopted.

Upon a Call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scotte Hente

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – Broadmoor Gateway Pavilions Conditions Study and Urban Renewal Plan – Anne Ricker

Jim Rees began the discussion by reminding Authority members that they had approved the conditions study originally in September 2009. Since that time additional parcels have been added to the project area, requiring consideration for approval again. Anne Ricker presented the newly updated condition study; stating there are 12 parcels with 12 property owners that encompasses a total of 10.1 acres. Ms. Ricker covered each of the applicable blight conditions. She reported that 7 out of the 11 conditions were found in the project area. She then went on to state that the Urban Renewal Plan does support the Comprehensive Plan strategies and objectives as well as revitalization of the South Nevada Avenue Corridor. She stated that this is definitely a catalyst project for the corridor area. Detail discussion occurred that centered around coordination between CSURA and the City on this project. The topic of bicycle and pedestrian flow was also discussed. Commission Jim Kin, stated that he felt the project layout is neither new nor innovative. Commissioner Olson asked if the developer would consider eliminating the proposed wall around the development area to enhance the flow for pedestrians and or cyclists. Jim Rhue, project developer, stated that the wall was necessary for security purposes.

Phase I of the project is expected to begin in June 2010 and Phase II could possibly begin in 2011, per Mr. Rhue.

Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if this project created the design standard for the future development in the area. Jim Rees, CSURA staff, pointed out that the Urban Renewal Plan did require design standards. Chuck Miller, CSURA staff, pointed out that there is a definite need for a clear vision for the corridor. Bob Cope, City Economic Development, interjected that the City has begun the process for area design standards.

There being no further discussion, Commissioner Olson presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1686

A RESOLUTION BY CSURA AUTHORIZING APPROVAL OF THE BROADMOOR GATEWAY PAVILIONS CONDITIONS STUDY AS PRESENTED BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, THAT:

The Broadmoor Gateway Pavilions Conditions Study has been approved as presented by Leland Consulting Group.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Collins, that Resolution # 1686 be adopted.

Upon a call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scotte Hente

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

John Olson

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if the developer had control of all properties. Mr. Rhue stated that he had control of all but one property and was in the process of continued negotiations with the property owner. Commissioner Kin shared his concern over the use and implementation of the Urban Renewal Plan.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Noyes presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1687

A RESOLUTION BY CSURA AUTHORIZING APPROVAL OF THE BROADMOOR GATEWAY PAVILIONS URBAN RENEWAL PLAN AS PRESENTED BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, THAT:

The Broadmoor Gateway Pavilions Urban Renewal Plan is adopted as presented by Leland Consulting Group.

Motion was made by Commissioner Noyes, seconded by Commissioner Hente, that Resolution # 1687 be adopted.

Authority members registered their concerns for adequate design guidelines for the entire corridor for future development.

Upon a call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scotte Hente

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

John Olson

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

It is expected that the Broadmoor Gateway Pavilions Urban Renewal Plan will go before Planning Commission in April and City Council in May 2010.

Item #4 – Copper Ridge Conditions Study – Anne Ricker/Leland Consulting Group

Anne Ricker presented the Copper Ridge at Northgate Conditions Study. She stated that 4 conditions for blight were found within the project area. There are four property owners, all in support of the development project. Notices of the public meeting for consideration of the approval of the conditions study were delivered. There was some discussion concerning official support from the property owners; developer Gary Erickson stated that he would provide such a letter in the near future.

Commissioner Harman stated in an expeditious manner that she has concerns over the applicability of blight in this project area. Chuck Miller reminded the Authority members that approving the Conditions Study does not technically commit CSURA to the project. Commissioner Kin asked that Ms. Ricker further explain her findings of blight. She did so in detail, reviewing each finding individually.

There being no further discussion Chairman Benson asked for a motion. Commissioner Hente presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1688

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE COPPER RIDGE AT NORTHGATE CONDITIONS STUDY AS PRESENTED BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, THAT:

A resolution accepting the findings of the conditions study for Copper Ridge at Northgate as presented by Leland Consulting Group is adopted.

Commissioner Kin stated that he is only comfortable in accepting Condition B and not the other three conditions of blight. He therefore amended the resolution to the following:

RESOLUTION 1688 - AMENDED

A RESOLUTION APPROVING ONLY CONDITION B OF THE COPPER RIDGE AT NORTHGATE CONDITION STUDY BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP

Motion was made by Commissioner Kin, the motion was not seconded and the resolution died.

Item #5 – Executive Session

Commissioner Hente made a motion to move into executive session to discuss purchase and/or acquisition of property. Commissioner Olson seconded the motion.

Prior to moving into executive session Commissioner Hente withdrew his original motion to accept the condition study for Copper Ridge. He clarified that executive session discussion would not be about conditions study and he requested that no decision be made about the condition study and urban renewal plan until further discussion took place at a later date.

Commissioner Harman made a motion to come out of executive session. Commissioner Collins seconded the motion.

Commissioner Hente stated that the City had been in discussions with the developer for Copper Ridge for approximately 2 years. City Staff and some City Council members support this project and feel it a critical development to our community. He further stated that the extension of Powers Boulevard is an essential benefit to the City of Colorado Springs.

Chuck Miller stated that there were two issues to be considered:

1) Should CSURA do the Copper Ridge at Northgate project?

2) What will be CSURA’s role if the decision is made to participate in the project?

Chairperson Benson stated that he felt if City Council asked CSURA to be a part of the project then he would support CSURA’s role, once it is defined. Commissioner Wood-Ellis stated that her support of the project is not solid based on past experience with other urban renewal projects. Commissioner Kin stated that he is troubled by supporting this project as it does not fit the fundamental mission of CSURA.

Nancy Johnson, Assistant City Manager, stated that the critical piece of this project is the connection of Powers to Interstate 25, which is a cost of approximately $100 million. She further stated that Powers is a state highway; however neither the State nor of the City have the financial ability to finance the project now or in the near future

Commissioner Noyes stated she is not comfortable with building a road that supports economic development and not redevelopment. Commissioner Collins stated he wanted to hear directly from City Council, stating their support and reinforcement for the project and CSURA’s role in it.

Commissioner Olson stated that he felt this was a good project and that it will be successful but still feels it is not urban renewal; it is a Greenfield project. Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if this project was really feasible considering the current recession. She then asked if Colorado Springs could support this type of high-end retail. She requested direction from City Council specifically asking for CSURA’s involvement.

Chairperson Benson commented that he is proud to sit on the CSURA board and realizes that the Authority members are taking this project to heart; making the appropriate decision is not an easy matter.

Mr. Gary Erickson, project developer, showed Authority members examples of grade issues that make for very difficult development in the project area. He then commented that his development was the best use of the property and would benefit the community in a tremendous way. The connection of the Powers roadway with I-25 will make this project area the most developable in the entire El Paso County for his proposed project.

Bob Cope stated that the City has already involved the school district and the county in negotiations and expects to have documents finalized in the near future.

Chairperson Benson suggested a special meeting be set to further discuss the Copper Ridge project. February 4th was picked as a tentative date for the meeting. CSURA staff to finalize details.

Item # 7 Project Updates – Jim Rees

This item was postponed to a later date.

Item #8 CSURA Presentation Update – Chuck Miller

This item was postponed.

Item #9 – Other Matters

Chairman Benson announced that he had been contacted by Mr. John Q. Hammons concerning the level of interest his company has in building a hotel in the Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal Area. Mr. Hammons stated that he is still very interested in the hotel site and will soon be wrapping up financing on another project and then will start working on developing a project for the Southwest URA. He even stated that he would make a trip to Colorado Springs to discuss the project in further detail in the next few weeks.

Item #10 – Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Collins, to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

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