THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
AUGUST 27, 2013
THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:43 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Silent
ROLL CALL: Present: Ben Talluto
Chairman Allen Green
Absent: Suzette Blahnik
Also Present: Greg Kisela, City Manager
Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
Donna Steinebach, Asst. to the City Manager
Robin Fenwick, City Clerk
4. Approval of Minutes
a. April 23, 2013 – Regular Meeting
b. June 11, 2013 – Joint Meeting with City Council
Motion to approve minutes of April 23, 2013 and June 11, 2013 was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
5. Authorization to Undertake Building Improvements/Cardwell Funeral Home, 3571 Ridgewood Avenue
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager, provided background on the request. The request is being made by the funeral home. They will be providing approximately $50,000 in repairs. The applicant is fully aware that they are responsible for the repairs and the lease term runs out December 31, 2013.
Chairman Green advised that he spoke with the applicant, who received several quotes for the work.
Member Burnette has concerns with reinvesting in the building. Ms. Steinebach and Chairman Green advised that the CRA is not paying any portion of the repairs. He has concerns that there is no long term lease on the building.
Scott Seiggert, Operations Manager with Lohman Funeral Homes, advised they cannot use the building for funerals right now because of the condition of the building. They understand the risk in making the repairs at this time.
Motion to approve as presented was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Ford. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
6. License Agreement for Atlantic Marine Boat Display
Ms. Steinebach provided background on the request. Atlantic Marine Boat Display is currently paying $181.00 per month in rental payments. They are offering $250.00 per month, which includes state sales tax. They are required to maintain the property and pay the property taxes on the property. She advised that Staff researched comparable properties. It was difficult to find comparable properties. Atlantic Marine has been a good tenant.
Motion to accept the License Agreement with Atlantic Marine was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
7. CRA Activity Update – Third Quarter ending June 30, 2013
Ms. Steinebach provided details on the third quarter activity.
Member Burnette asked about the increase of the debt service. Ms. Steinebach advised that there is a ramping up of debt service based on the increase in the bond issue.
Member Kennedy asked about the lack of mowing expenses. Ms. Steinebach said the mowing is being paid by the City through the Parks Department contract with the vendor.
There were no public comments.
Motion to accept as presented was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Ford. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
8. Riverwalk Discussion
Greg Kisela, City Manager, provided details of the conceptual site plan prepared by the developer and City Staff to open discussions.
Buddy LaCour, Developer, advised that he worked with Staff to incorporate the requests and ideas of the City Council and CRA members. The window to discuss closing Halifax Avenue is now and will be closed once he begins his current project.
Parker Mychenberg, Engineer, provided details of the changes from the direction given by the CRA and City Council.
Member Kennedy asked if the public parking would be in the control of the City. Mr. Mychenberg said yes, they are currently proposed on City owned properties. Member Kennedy thanked him for widening the space in between the buildings. He would love to see the project move forward.
Member Bastian asked if the public would be restricted from the non “public” parking areas. Mr. Mychenberg advised that the parking lots are public for the restaurant and marina.
Member Burnette believes this site plan gives options. He asked what properties would need to be swapped to make this plan realized. Mr. Kisela advised the swap will need to include the Adult Activity Center, along with the piece to the south of the Adult Center, and the funeral home. The developer will also have some properties included, as well as Halifax Avenue.
Member Ford has no problem conceptually, but doesn’t support the high rise buildings.
Member Talluto asked if the City owns Halifax Drive. Mr. Kisela said no, the developer does. Member Talluto asked about the Adult Center. Mr. Kisela said there are some issues to work through with that parcel. Member Talluto would like to know how much the City/CRA paid for the land and what it’s currently worth.
Chairman Green likes the flexibility. He believes it is doable but there’s still a long way to go.
Mr. LaCour asked that the CRA provide direction to Staff and them so they can move forward.
9. Public Comments
Newton White, citizen, agrees with Council that it is a good plan. He would like to see the CRA acquire the existing businesses to pull the parking in closer.
10. CRA Comments
Member Bastian believes they can work through the issues and have a great project. He supports working towards closing Halifax.
Member Kennedy believes it’s a workable plan.
Mr. Kisela would like to bring back a timeline with details of moving forward. The next meeting will be on September 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. to provide a detailed game plan to accomplish the project.
Member Talluto wants to know the costs to the taxpayers. He wants to know what’s going to happen with the existing businesses in the area.
Member Ford asked if additional assistance is needed for the City Manager. Mr. Kisela will include those needs and costs in the details.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:32 P.M.
Chairman Allen Green