Item #4 – UCCS North Campus Master Plan – Jim Rees
Jim Rees, CSURA staff, reviewed the process followed in selecting the team for the UCCS North Campus Plan in response to the Request for Proposals released in early 2011. He reported that the UCCS representatives on the selection committee were so impressed with the selected team Ayers/Saint/Gross that they want to expand the scope of services to include a Facilities Strategic Plan. This additional scope will increase the amount of the contract which will be covered by UCCS. Commissioner Olson, also on the selection committee, interjected that the Ayers/Saint/Gross team was very impressive and have extensive experience in campus planning.
Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if the allotted $200,000 for the contract could be used to do planning on the west side of Nevada to the north of UVC up to the I-25 interchange. Both Jim Rees and Dan Hughes, CSURA legal counsel, stated that to do that there needed to be a restructuring of the bond documents as they currently do not include the western side of North Nevada above the phase 1 UVC boundaries.
Mr. Rees stated that he did not have the amended contract in hand as yet. It was decided that this item be put on the June CSURA agenda for consideration.
Item #5 – Statewide Survey of URA’s – Anne Ricker
Ms. Ricker stated that the reason for the survey was literally to infuse reality by making accurate information available to advocacy organization for debate when representing urban renewals before the legislature. Another reason was to quantify the economic impact of urban renewal within Colorado, develop a database of accurate information to better understand trends and to begin standardized reporting.
There are 52 Urban Renewal Authorities with 121 urban renewal areas within Colorado as of the survey with 40 municipalities participating in sharing of information. The survey gathered information such as project size, blight factors, public and private investment dollars, jobs created, original sales and property tax base and current assessed value and sales taxes, etc. There were questions about public reaction to urban renewal, fee schedules, intergovernmental agreements, impact of urban renewal projects on a community, etc. Ms. Ricker shared the results of the survey that showed economic impact of new development market values increasing by $5-5.5 Billion. Construction of new development was valued between $2.5-3.0 Billion; 65,000 to 70,000 people were employed through construction with an estimated 90,000 to 95,000 permanently employed. The results of the survey showed an average public investment of $37,800,000 with an average of private investment amounting to $83,300,000. The survey further showed that there is no standard of reporting for Urban Renewal Authorities and few have their own websites.
Ms. Ricker stated that the next steps will be to finalize the full report and distribute it to legislative representatives and participating entities. The survey will be refined and distributed again in 2011/2012. Also there will be a focus on developing a format and process for standardized reporting.
Item #6 - North Nevada Sculptures – Mary-K. Burnett
Mary-K. Burnett, CSURA staff, stated that there was a need for liability insurance on the four sculptures recently installed at the intersection of Eagle Rock Road and North Nevada Avenue. She explained that there was the option of donating the pieces to the City of Colorado Springs to be included in the City’s public art inventory and the pieces would therefore be covered for liability through City insurance coverage. The City requires 10% of the cost of each sculpture to be put into an escrow account for future maintenance. Mr. Kratt suggested that with the City’s current budget issues that there might be an opportunity to keep the pieces under the ownership of CSURA and have coverage of the pieces along with those from UCCS under a current liability policy for maintenance between UVC and UCCS. He would check into this and contact CSURA staff with information. There was also discussion concerning the need for revocable permits for each sculpture installed within the public easement. Mr. Ryan Tefertiller offered to handle this through the City’s Land Development Department.
Item #7 - Other Matters
Jim Rees reported that the Ivywild Urban Renewal Plan had been approved by the City Planning Commission earlier this morning. He further reported that CSURA Chairman Collins, Mike Bristol, Jim Fennell and himself had met with newly elected City Council member Lisa Czelatdko to update her on the Ivywild project. She was very supportive of the project and later visited the site and sent an email stating that this was the type of project that the City should get behind. The Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan will go before City Council for consideration of approval on June 28th. Anne Ricker will present the plan as well as give a short presentation on the benefits of Urban Renewal to the new City Council members.
Mr. Rees shared copies of a contract between CSURA and the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) for burying major transmission lines along North Nevada Avenue. It was a standard agreement whereby CSU agrees to paying half the cost of burying the lines underground and CSURA would pick up the other half. The project is scheduled to start in June/July 2011 with completion in early 2012.
There being no further discussion Commission Wood-Ellis presented