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MEETING

JUNE 21, 2012

AGENDA

Date:

June 18, 2012, 2012

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Susan Wood-Ellis, Chair

Subject:

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

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave., Second Floor

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Agenda:

1.

Approval of May 17th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of May 31, 2012

3.

ULI Panel Sponsorship Request – Jim Rees

4.

UCCS Master Plan Presentation – Gary Reynolds, UCCS

5.

Copper Ridge Predevelopment Retainer Agreement – Jim Rees, Gary Erickson

6.

Executive Session

7.

Other Matters

8.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2012

On the 21st day of June, 2012 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

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Judy Noyes

Also in attendance:

Carrie Bartow

Clifton Larson CPA

Sam Sharp

DA Davidson

Bob Cope

City Economic Vitality

Gary Erickson

North Gate/Copper Ridge URA

Walter Lawson

Citizen

Gary Reynolds

UCCS

Rich Laden

Gazette

David Steward

Olson Plumbing

Rich Laden

Gazette

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Counsel

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Wood-Ellis called the meeting to order at 11:10 a.m.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Raughton, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on May 17, 2012 be adopted as written. The motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report as of May 31, 2012

Ms. Carrie Bartow, CliftonLarsenAllen, CPA, reviewed the income and expenditure financial statement for May 2012. She gave a brief overview of the information contained in the financial report including the most current figures for property and sales tax increment received from the CSURA projects, stating that the numbers were tracking well per project. Sales tax numbers are up by 14.7% from this time last year.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Collins presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 1765

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE INCOME AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING MAY 31, 2012

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

The income and expenditures of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority for the period ending May 31st are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Venezia, that Resolution #1765 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – ULI Panel Sponsorship Request – Jim Rees

Mr. Rees stated that Mr. Chris Jenkins from the Downtown Partnership presented the opportunity for CSURA to participate in an Urban Land Institute panel that will result in recommendations for the Downtown of Colorado Springs. Jim explained that he had been approached for a sponsorship of $1,000 to assist with the expenses for the ULI event and beneficial outcome goals. The turnaround time was short so Jim approved the expenditure and was now asking for support of that decision from Authority members. The ULI event is scheduled for June 22-26.

There being no further discussion Commission Raughton presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1766

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF $1,000 AS A SPONSORSHIP FROM CSURA FOR THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE PANEL GOAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS

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

A $1,000 sponsorship donation to the ULI conference for downtown Colorado Springs is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Raughton, seconded by Commissioner Collins, that Resolution #1766 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #4 – UCCS Master Plan Presentation – Gary Reynolds, UCCS

Mr. Reynolds, UCCS Facilities Manager, stated that the results of the Master Plan and Strategic Plan Process have been very beneficial and all involved are very excited with the comprehensive results. He further stated that the AECOM consultant team was very professional, efficient, capable and easy to work with.

The results of the planning process have shown that there will be up to 10,000 students on campus for the 2012-13 school year and 15,000 by 2020. The transition from a commuter campus to a residential environment requires the need for additional student amenities. There is a focus on the wide range of student needs and the integration with the opportunities University Village of Colorado has to offer the student population. UCCS is working towards juggling the needs for class room space, faculty offices, open labs and campus amenities needed for both residential students and those taking classes online and/or living off campus.

There has been a tremendous involvement by the community in this Master Plan process; with parking resulting as one of the main issues that needs to be solved. Overall UCCS is very pleased with the results of the process. They have been respectful of the natural environment. The overall results have come from the fruition of the Master Plan Team, Master Plan Committee, Design Review Board, Focus Groups, Public Forums and an Open House Workshop.

A portion of the campus includes a site that was used by Native Americans as a summer camp site for over 10,000 years. UCCS is being respectful of this area as well as the views of the natural landmarks of the region. Their intention is to preserve and enhance the functionality of the natural drainage corridors as well as preserve the native vegetation. The Master Plan includes criteria for being responsible in building in a manner that will minimize the impact to the environment, protects resources and fosters a sense of place.

The linear campus poses problems for placement of residential housing, classrooms and recreational facilities. There is some consideration being given to implementing a spine for shuttle bus, bicycles and pedestrian traffic and not allowing personal vehicles on campus roadways. The new Master Plan provides for a combination of surface and structural parking as well as connections to the regional multi-use trail system.

The new Lane Medical Center is the future academic health sciences building that will be located on North Nevada to the front and off of Central Green and the multi-use spine road. The building will house a medical clinic for seniors and students, along with a nursing program. The first building is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2013/2014. This new facility will be a community amenity and will ultimately offer 1,350 parking spaces.

The eight-year strategic plan calls for a performing arts structure, a sports arena with an ADA accessible high altitude track. This development is proposed for the area directly east of the University Village of Colorado development. Easy access will be available through the use of the multi-use pedestrian tunnel between the UCCS campus and the retail development. The buildings will all be LEED gold standard certified. Additional parking is also included in this planned development. Funding for this future development will be challenging.

Chairman Wood-Ellis asked about the possibility of retail opportunities for generation of additional sales tax TIF on the UCCS campus. As the Plan progresses City staff will be brought into the fold to discuss the possible options for additional retail opportunities on campus.

Item #5 – Copper Ridge Pre-Development Retainer Agreement – Jim Rees and Gary Erickson

Mr. Erickson started off by saying that the residential growth component for this development is quite strong. The retail portion of the development is progressing fairly well. The Bass Pro Shop is expected to be completed within the next year. There is also a hotel and water park entity that has decided to expand from the original plan. There are 12 other companies, ranging from retail to restaurants, interested in being part of the project. Loaf ‘n Jug and Kum ‘n Go are within that mix.

Mr. Erickson reported that the name of the project may change. There is currently a committee studying various options and will make recommendations for a new name.

The purpose of the Pre-Development Retainer Agreement was explained. The Developer will provide funding in an escrow account to cover administration, legal and other costs incurred by CSURA during the negotiation of the Redevelopment Agreement. Should the funding run out, the Developer will be asked to provide additional funding.

There was a minor change requested by the developer to this agreement under Item #5. It was agreed to delete the second sentence in the third paragraph, “Further, completion of an execution ready draft of the Cooperation Agreement will precede development of the Development Agreement.”

Commissioner Shonkwiler requested that there be a review of the access to I-25 from Powers/Northgate. He also requested consideration of high density housing for the Copper Ridge development.

There being no further discussion Commission Raughton presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1767

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE COPPER RIDGE URA PREDEVELOPMENT RETAINER AGREEMENT BETWEEN CSURA AND THE DEVELOPER WITH MINOR CHANGE

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

The Copper Ridge URA Predevelopment Retainer Agreement with stated amendment is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Shonkwiler, seconded by Commissioner Hente, that Resolution #1767 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Chairwoman Wood-Ellis asked for any comments from Authority members as well as any persons attending the meeting. No comments were made.

Item #6 Executive Session

Commissioner Palermo made a motion to move into Executive Session and 12:20 p.m., seconded by Commissioner Venezia. The motion passed unanimously.

North Nevada Bond issues were discussed.

Commissioner Hente excused himself from the meeting at 1:50 p.m.

Commissioner Venezia made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 1:57 p.m., seconded by Commissioner Palermo. The motion passed unanimously.

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 Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Collins to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:59 p.m.

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