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MEETING

APRIL 21, 2011

AGENDA

Date:

April 14, 2011

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Michael Collins, Chair

Subject:

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

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of March 17th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of March 31, 2011

3.

2010 Audit Report – Carrie Bartow

4.

Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan – Anne Ricker

5.

UCCS RFP Update – John Olson

6.

North Nevada Sculptures

7.

Other Matters

8.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

On the 21st day of April, 2011 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:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Jim Kin

Also in attendance:

Ryan Tefertiller

City Land Use Review

Carrie Bartow

Clifton Gunderson CPA

Ron Butlin

Downtown Partnership

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Council

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Chairman Collins called the meeting to order at 11:01 a.m. and thanked Authority members and visitors for attending the regular meeting. He requested that all guests sign in on the sign-up sheet.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Noyes, seconded by Commissioner Harman, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on March17 be adopted as written; the motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Carrie Bartow, Clifton Gunderson CPA, reviewed the income and expenditure financial statement for March 2011. She noted that ServicesGeneral category is over budget due to consulting contracts for Vineyards and the Ivywild projects. Payment from the developers will reimburse much of these expenses. She reviewed the TIF revenue for each Urban Renewal Area and mentioned that there seemed to be a disconnect between the sales tax numbers being reported by the City and those reported by the retailers to the developers. Further investigation will take place once the new mayor is in place later this year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1725

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING MARCH 31, 2011

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 March 31st are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Hente, that Resolution #1725 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Rosemarie Venezia

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – A 2010 Audit Report – Carrie Bartow

The audit report is not ready as yet.

Item #4 – Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan – Anne Ricker

Ms. Anne Ricker, Ricker/Cunningham, presented the Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan. She stated that there were now seven parcels, including rights-of-way, within the boundary area which amounts to 5.13 acres. Dan Robertson will participate in the plan; however the U-Haul site has been excluded.

Almost all of the conditions of blight were found within the project area. Also, the project meets almost all of the criteria set forth in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Some of the objectives of the project are listed below:

  • Renovate a vacant public building into a productive use as a tax generating commercial operation
  • Promote greater neighborhood stability
  • Implement elements of the City’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Improve the public realm through streetscape amenities and public parking
  • Provide financing mechanisms for public improvements
  • Implement demonstration projects that include porous asphalt, greywater reclamation, geothermal heat, solar panels as well as a green roof
  • Facilitate public-private partnerships and investments

The project has been divided into multi phases:

Phase 1 includes significant grading, new out-building for brewery, building additions for bakery, additional parking access and significant urban garden space

Phase 2 is in conceptual state with expansion of western building with upper level residential units

Phase 3 is also conceptual and includes two new buildings to replace the urban garden area, sub-grade parking, lower level office and commercial use with upper level residential

Two additional phases are being considered.

The project area is being rezoned to Planned Use Development (PUD) which will enable the existing gymnasium to be used as a community room for neighborhood activities. The project is also working toward LEED status.

Commissioner Wood-Ellis enters meeting at 11:47 a.m.

Discussion occurred concerning the possibility of changing the project boundaries to eliminate the road right-of-way to the west of the U-Haul site. It was determined that if the reviewing planner, Ryan Tefertiller, deemed that necessary that he would make recommendations to the City Planning Commission in his write up report.

There being no further discussion Commission Olson presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1726

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE IVYWILD NEIGHBORHOOD URBAN RENEWAL PLAN AS PRESENTED BY RICKER/CUNNINGHAM SUBJECT TO ANY BOUNDARY CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY THE CITY LAND USE REVIEW DEPARTMENT

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

A resolution adopting the Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan subject to possible boundary change recommendations is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Noyes, that Resolution #1726 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harmon

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

ABSTAINED:

Susan Wood-Ellis

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #5UCCS RFP Update – John Olson

Commissioner Olson reported that CSURA staff member Jim Rees had issued a Request for Proposals for UCCS arena venue for master planning along North Nevada within the Urban Renewal Plan area. The RFP was released in February 2011 with a budget maximum of $200,000. The boundaries of the project area are yet to be determined. Twelve submittals were received and reviewed by the committee. Committee members consisted of Kevin Kratt, Tom Cone, Jim Rees, John Olson, Gary Reynolds and Carolyn Fox. Four teams were short listed and interviews are set for April 28-29. The short listed teams are Ayers Saint Gross, Norris Design, AR7+NAC Architecture and Cannon Design.

Discussion ensued concerning the level of involvement and commitment on the part of the University for this planning project. Authority members decided that there should not be a contract awarded until further discussion occurred.

Item #6North Nevada Sculptures – Mary-K. Burnett

Ms. Burnett reported that the four metal sculptures selected earlier this year by a jury for display on pedestals at the intersection of North Nevada and Eagle Rock Road are now in place. They were all installed within a two-hour period on Friday, April 22nd. The sculptures are displayed in the public right-of-way and are considered public art. Photos of the installed pieces were shared with Authority members with positive comments from all members.

Ms. Burnett then reported that the Continuum water sculpture in America the Beautiful Park had been severely vandalized by spray paint and scratches during the past weekend. There was also paint on the surrounding brick walls and the sculpture base. She notified the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and they were going to schedule their graffiti team to remove the paint and were expected to contact the fabricator for input on how to handle the scratches on the metal sculpture and base. Authority members requested that photos be shared with them of the damage. This sort of vandalism is becoming more and more evident in the Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal Area due to lack to development.

Item #7 – Other Matters

There were no “other matters” to discuss.

Item #8 - Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Noyes to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

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