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MEETING

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

AGENDA

Date:

September 9, 2010

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Michael Collins, Chair

Subject:

Regular Meeting, September 16, 2:00 p.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of July 15th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of August 30, 2010

3.

Proposed Ivywild School Project Presentation – Fennel Group

4.

2011 Budget Discussion

5.

City Sales Tax Prep Fee Memorandum of Understanding – Jim Rees

6.

CSURA Future Project Parameters – Open Discussion

7.

Executive Session

8.

CSURA Website

9.

Other Matters

10.

Adjournment

MINUTES

On the 16th day of September, 2010 at 2:00 p.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:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Jim Kin

John Olson

Judy Noyes

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Clay Benson

Also in attendance:

Carrie Bartow

Clifton-Gunderson

Ryan Tefertiller

City Development Review

Bob Cope

City Economic Development

Jim Fennell

Fennell Group

Steve Engel

Griffith Blessing

Mike Bristol

Bristol Brewing

Joseph Coleman

Blue Star Restaurant

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Counsel

Mar-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Collins called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. and thanked Authority members and visitors for attending the regular meeting.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Harman, seconded by Commissioner Noyes, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on July 15, 2010 be adopted as written; the motion carried unanimously.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Carrie Bartow, Clifton Gunderson CPA, reviewed the financial statement answering questions from Authority members. She also shared projected tax increment financing from property tax and sales tax on the University Village development.

RESOLUTION NO. 1706

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 31, 2010

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 August 31st are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hente, seconded by Commissioner Noyes, that Resolution #1706 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Jim Kin

John Olson

Judy Noyes

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – Proposed Ivywild School Project Presentation – Fennell Group

Mr. Chuck Miller, CSURA staff, gave a brief introduction to an informative briefing by Mr. Jim Fennel, Fennel Group. Mr. Fennel began his briefing with a reference to the “Dream City” project being spearheaded by the Warren Epstein of the Gazette. He stated the proposed Ivywild School Project implemented many of the results from the communications with citizens participating in the Dream City project. He stated the concept of this project is to develop the Ivywild School site into a neighborhood center with mixed uses such as a bakery, coffee house, restaurant and brew pub. He has designed a sustainability overly that will create viable public space, neighborhood center/square for performances, farmers markets, meeting space and public use of the gymnasium as well as community gardens.

He has incorporated renewable energy into the project maximizing energy savings. Development is expected to happen in three phases. At completion there will be retail/restaurant, residential units and a parking structure along with the community uses listed above.

The project consists of 2.5 acres and is currently under contract with School District 11 with no expected environmental issues on the site. It is expected that the Blue Star Restaurant and Bristol Brewing will move into the renovated school. The partners are currently looking for community beneficial uses for their proposed vacated building on SouthTejon Street.

Discussion ensued around the possibility of stimulus to the surrounding areas that this proposed project might bring. A SBA loan has been approved and the partners are in the process of completing the bank financing. It is anticipated that the project site will be rezoned from R-2 to PUD with minor amendments to the Ivywild Master Plan. Authority members felt this was an exciting project and would be very interested in helping it become a reality.

Item #4 – 2011 Budget Discussion – Jim Rees

MJim Rees reported that staff has started to do some preliminary work on the 2011 budget. He felt there was definite potential for additional revenue but nothing concrete to date. His best guess is that it will take two years to climb out of the current economic situation. Discussion occurred around project fees being equal to staff time spent on each project. Staff will come back to Authority members with project scenarios at the October meeting.

Item #5 – City Sales Tax Prep Fee MOU – Jim Rees

Jim Rees presented a Memorandum of Understanding between the City Finance Department and CSURA concerning fees that will be charged by the City to prepare sales tax reports for the North Nevada Avenue retail project. The MOU was for a flat hourly rate plus benefits for employees preparing the reports.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Wood-Ellis presented the following:

RESOLUTION NO. 1707

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CITY FINANCE AND THE COLORADO SPRINGS URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY FOR FEES TO PREPARE THE SALES TAX REPORTS ON THE NORTH NEVADA AVENUE RETAIL PROJECT

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

The memorandum of understanding between the City and CSURA for sales tax report preparation fees is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Olson, that Resolution #1707 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Jim Kin

John Olson

Judy Noyes

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

Item #6 – CSURA future Project Parameters – Open Discussion

Chuck Miller gave a review of the philosophical stand on green fields held by CSURA members. He stated that future projects could bring similar issues especially when an opportunity for economic development is involved. Commissioner Olson stated that his definition of a Greenfield is a suburban location never having been developed. He stated that if a project area is vacant land with prior use and the proposed project has community benefit and was feasible as an urban renewal area then he would definitely consider the project.

Discussion followed concerning the role of CSURA with determining a proposed project for acceptance or denial. Chuck Miller summarized that it appeared that CSURA members will make decisions on a case by case basis.

Item #7Executive Session – cancelled

Item #8 – CSURA Website

Mary-K. Burnett gave a brief update on the new CSURA website at www.csurbanrenewal.org She encouraged Authority members to visit the site and email any suggestions. The website is still a work in progress with completion probably in October.

Item #9 – Other Matters

Mary-K. Burnett requested that the October CSURA meeting be moved from the scheduled date of October 21st to October 28th. Authority members agreed.

Mary-K. Burnett stated that there were six submittals for the open volunteer CSURA position. She asked for volunteers to conduct interviews. Commissioners Jim Kin, Mike Collins and Rosemarie Venezia volunteered. The interview committee will review the submittals and determine which candidates are most promising. Interviews will be set up within a week or so.

Item #10 – Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Olson, to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 3:42 p.m.

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