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>>> >>> OKAY, FOLKS GOING TO CALL TO ORDER AT THIS TIME.

THIS IS THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING. IT IS JANUARY 7 OF 2020 AND I'M CLARK. PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

>> >>> AND IF YOU COULD ALL PLEASE RISE AND DO THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

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WELCOME. >> HI. ILENE FILMCOCK.

JUST AS AN INTRODUCTION, THESE TWO FOLKS WITH US THIS EVENING, THIS IS THE CHAIR OF OUR ECONOMIC VITALITY COUNCIL AND THE MAIN STREET PROGRAM. AND JAY PLAT IS A CITY EMPLOYEE AND HE'S ALSO ON THE ECONOMIC VITALITY COUNCIL. SO THESE ARE THE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT THE MOST TIME LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING OUR BOUNDARIES.

SO THEY WILL GIVE YOU A PRESENTATION. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, THEY CAN RESPOND OR I CAN COME UP, WHICHEVER YOU PREFER. SO WITH THAT, JENICE.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. >> THERE'S TWO SLIDES. THE PROSED MAIN STREET BOUNDARY.

>> NO, THERE'S A WHOLE PRESENTATION. >> I HAVE TWO SLIDES.

11 CALLED VERSION ONE AND ONE THAT'S PROPOSED MAIN STREET BOUNDARY.

>> THE FIRST ONE. >> THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION IS ON THE AGENDA.

>> YEP, THAT LOOKS RIGHT. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. I HAVE A PLEASURE OF BEING ON THE VITAL VITALITY COUNCIL FOR MAIN STREET. SO SEVERAL MONTHS AGO I ASKED THE COUNCIL TO LOOK AT THE POSSIBLE OF EXPANDING OUR BOUNDARIES AND WHAT DO WE -- WHAT DID WE THINK MADE SENSE IN TERMS OF WHERE THE ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IS GOING ON IN THE CITY ADJACENT TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. WERE THERE AREAS THAT MAYBE WERE LEFT OUT OF THE ORIGINAL BOUNDARY DISCUSSION THAT MADE SENSE TO PUT IN ANYAWAY.

SO WITH THAT, JAKE AND I AND THE REST OF THE VITALITY COUNCIL WORKED ON THIS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS WHAT OUR FINDINGS WERE.

SO WHEN MAYBE STREET WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 2015 THE CITY WAS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE RECESSION. THERE WAS STILL EMPTY STORE FRONTS DOWNTOWN, UNEMPLOYMENT WAS FAIRLY HIGH AND THE FOCUS WAS ORIGINALLY A NARROW VIEW OF THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN.

AND RIGHTLY SO IN THAT WE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN OUR FOCUS ON THE HISTORIC GYM THAT IS CENTER STREET. SO TODAY WE FIND A MUCH MORE ROBUST DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR THAT'S FULL OF STORE FRONTS AND BUILDINGS AND NEW RESIDENTIAL INFILL DEVELOPMENT RIGHT BEHIND US AND OUR DOWNTOWN IS ACTUALLY MORE STABLE AND VIBRANT THAN IT WAS A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO, AND WHILE MAIN STREET IS STILL WORKING TO MAINTAIN THAT VIBRANCY THERE'S GROWING OPPORTUNITY THAT WE FEEL LIKE THAT WE CAN HAVE VALUABLE IMPACT ON.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO WHILE THE FOCUS OF THE ORIGINAL BOUNDARY WAS IMPORTANT IN 2015, IT IS NOW RESTRICTING MAIN STREET FROM LOOKING OUT TO THE LARGER DOWNTOWN FOOTPRINT AND BRINGING FOCUS TO PROJECTS THAT ARE CRITICAL. THE NEW BOUNDARIES WILL INCLUDE -- AND JAKE'S GOING TO GO INTO A LOT MORE DETAIL. I KNOW THERE'S A MAP WITH THE PRESENTATION BUT WE HAVE SOME MAPS IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE LOOK AT AND I FINE IT MUCH MORE VALUABLE TO LOOK AT A TACTILE MAP WHEN TALKING ABOUT THESE KIND OF THINGS, SO THE NEW BOUNDARIES ARE GOING TO INCLUDE MOST OF THE CRA PROPERTIES, THE WATERFRONT, IT INCLUDES SEVERAL

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HISTORIC CHURCHES AND BED AND BREAKFASTS AND REALLY EMERGING ACTIVE MAIN STREET CORRIDOR WHICH IS THE GATEWAY INTO OUR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN. THE EXPANSION WOULD ALLOW MAIN STREET TO REACH OUT TO AREAS THAT ARE BEGINNING TO SEE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND HELP US ENSURE THAT THOSE NEW PROPERTY AND BUSINESS OWNERS WITH GROW AND DEVELOP ROBUST AND VIBRANT BUSINESSES IN KEEPING WITH THE HISTORIC LOOK AND FEEL OF THE DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR.

SO WITH THAT I'M GOING TO LET JAKE TALK -- I HANDED THE MAP FOR YOU --

>> I GOT IT ON THE SCREEN HERE. IT'S ON THE PRESENTATION. >> I KNOW IT'S ON THE PRESENTATION BUT SOMETIMES -- I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF YOU CAN MOVE IT OUT IN THE MIDDLE.

BECAUSE THE BULLET ARE HARD TO READ. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> CAN SHE ALSO BRING UP THE OTHER PRESENTATION WHICH IS THE LARGER MAP.

>> THANK YOU. JACOB PLAT. PLANNING FOREMAN AS PART OF THE ECONOMIC VITALITY COMMITTEE. WE LOOKED AT THE CONFINED OF EXISTING MAIN STREET BOUNDARY AND WHERE IT MADE SENSE TO LOOK AT I THINK PANELING THOSE BOUNDARIES TO INCORPORATE MORE OF OUR DOWNTOWN TO JUST OUTSIDE THAT HAVE NARROW CENTER STREET BOUNDARY.

GENERALLY WHAT WE'VE HERE IS ALONG WATERFRONT INCLUDED ARE ALL OF THE CRA PROPERTIES UP TO SOUTH THIRD STREET AND INCLUDED THE MUSEUM AND ADJUSTED THE BOUNDARY TO SHIFT SLIGHTLY TO THE SOUTH AND INCORPORATE ALL OF THE C-3 ESSENTIAL BUSINESS PREDICT PROPERTIES TO BE INCLUDED IN THAT BOUNDARY, WHICH GOING TO THE EAST AND COMES TO CENTRAL PARK, AND THEN THE MINGED USE PROPERTIES AT 14TH STREET 14TH AND ATLANTIC, THAT COMMERCIAL NODE THERE. WE INCORPORATED CENTRAL PARK AND A SMALL AREA OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TO THE SOUTH OF CENTRAL PARK AND CONTINUED EAST TO 80TH STREET WHERE THE CITY INTRODUCED A MIXED USE CORRIDOR ON EIGHTH IN 2016. SO GENERALLY, ENCOMPASSING MORE OF THE DOWNTOWN CORE OUTSIDE OF THAT CENTRAL CENTER STREET BOUNDARY.

LOOKING AT NUMBERS, WHAT WE ACTUALLY ADDED IS 254 PARCELS. IF YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE OTHER

PRESENTATION. >> BEFORE I DO THAT, DO PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MAP WE'VE BEEN TALKED THROUGH? YOU ALL DO REALIZE THAT THE ORIGINAL FOOTPRIT, FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY INCLUDED THE PROPERTIES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ASH STREET. SO THE PROPERTIES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ASH STREET, LIKE THE PATIO, THE HARD HARDWARE STORE THEY WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE

MAIN STREET FOOTPRINT. >> I HAVE A QUESTION. >> SURE.

>> SO JUST WALK ME THROUGH THE CRITERIA THAT YOU USED TO DETERMINE TO DO BOUNDARIES.

>> SURE. IF I CAN GO BACK TO THE OTHER MAP.

HE BRINGS UP A GOOD POINT, I NEED TO CLARIFY WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE.

THE LEGEND IS INCLUDED ON THE MAP. SO GENERALLY YOU HAVE THE HATCHED AREA, THAT'S YOUR CRA PROPERTIES. YOU HAVE THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS, WHICH IS THE BROWN SHADED AREA, THE EXISTINGS MAIN STREET BOUNDARY IN RED AND THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY IN BLUE. I GO I SHOULD HAVE STARTED WITH THAT.

I APOLOGIZE. AND WHAT WE'VE USED IN EVALUATING THAT CRITERIA IS LOOKING AT ONE, WE WANTED FIRST OF ALL TO ALIGN THE BOUNDARY -- THESE PROPERTIES HERE ARE ACTUALLY RESIDENTIALLY ZONED SO WITH THAT RESIDENTIAL NATURE THEY DON'T HAVE A COMMERCIAL COMPONENT TO IT. SO WE SHIFTED THE BOUNDARY TO EXTEND FOR ALL OF THE CENTRAL

BUSINESS PROPERTY. >> SO IF I UNDERSTAND THIS CORRECTLY THAT RED LINE WOULD

DRAW TO WHERE THE BLUE LINE IS. >> YES. >> THANK YOU.

GO AHEAD. >> THE OTHER PIECES WE LOOKED AT WHEN CONTINUING TO THE EAST AND ALONG EIGHTH STREET ARE THOSE COMMERCIAL AND MIXED USE ZONE PROPERTIES SO WHERE YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR BUSINESS AND EXISTING BUSIES BOTH ON ATLANTIC AVENUE, 14TH AND ATLANTIC AND ALSO DOWN SOUTH EIGHTH STREET WHERE WE'RE SEEING A GROWING EMERGENCE, WE ALL KNOW THAT'S

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OUR ENTRANCE FOR MOST PEOPLE INTO THE DOWNTOWN AND WE'RE SEEING REDEVELOPMENT IN THAT

AREA AND WANT TO MAKE MAIN STREET PART OF THAT PROGRAM. >> WE -- TWO THINGS, WE WANTED TO INCLUDE THE CRA BECAUSE WE SEE THAT AS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OVER THE COMING YEARS AGO, AND THAT REALLY IS MAIN STREET'S SWEET SPOT AND WHAT THEY'RE REVIEW FOCUSED ON.

WE WENT OUT EIGHTH STREET TO GUM AND WE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO STOP AT GUM AS OPPOSED TO GOING OUT TO THE CITY LIMITS. FOR ME I ALWAYS THINK OF GUM, WHEN I GET TO GUM STREET I THINK OKAY I'M IN DOWNTOWN AND TO ME THAT'S THE EDGE OF DOWNTOWN VERSUS THE EDGE OF THE CITY LIMITS AND THERE IS AMPLE DEVELOPMENT GOING ON FROM GUM TO CENTER STREET.

SO THERE'S OPPORTUNITY THERE FOR MAIN STREET TO PARTNER WITH AND BE INVOLVED WITH 'EM PROVING ECONOMIC VITALITY IN THAT AREA. WE SO THE CORRIDOR AT 14TH STREET CLEARLY BECOMING A COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR AND SO IT MADE SENSE TO INCLUDE THAT. TO GET TO 14TH STREET WE HAD TO GO ALONG ATLANTIC AND PICK UP A COUPLE THINGS YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY THEY BE PICKING UPPER FOR EXAMPLE THE PARTNERING, BUT YOU CAN ARGUE THE PARK IS ALSO A COMPONENT AND A LARGE FEATURE OF

THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY. >> CAN I ASK A QUESTION? >> SURE.

>> SO YOU SAID GUM. INTUITIVELY THAT WAS THE DEMARCATION, WHAT STOPPED YOU FROM GOING TO THE RED LINE? WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN.

>> WELL FRANKLY WE DIDN'T WANT -- WE HAD BITTEN OFF A BIT CHUNK HERE AND WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH HERE. SO IT MADE SENSE TO STOP AT GUM NOW. WE CAN ALL GO OUT TO LONG STREET -- WE CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THESE BOUNDARIES AGAIN SO THEY'RE NOT IN PERPETUITY AND THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DEVELOPMENT GOING ON THERE WITH A COUPLE MICROBREWERIES AND NEW BUSINESSES GOING IN ON EIGHTH STREET, RESTAURANTS CHANGING. AND THEN THERE'S A LITTLE PIECE OF NINTH STREET I KNOW YOU

TALKED ABOUT COMING IN THERE AND DOING DEVELOPMENT AS WELL. >> YES.

IT DEFINITELY INCLUDED NINTH STREET AND THAT MIXED USE ZONING WHERE THERE'S REDEVELOPMENT

GOING ON. >> WE CAN GO WORKSHOP RULES IF YOU WANT TO AND NOT HAVE TO GO

TO LIGHT BOARD. I SAW A QUESTION. >> I HAD SOME CONCERNS AND MY CONCERNS WERE REALLY A COUPLE OF THINGS, INITIALLY MY FIRST CONCERN WAS THAT CENTRAL PARK WAS INCLUDED AND YOUR APPEARED LACK OF COORDINATION WITH THE PARKS AND REC.

AND THAT'S BEEN ALLEVIATED. I THINK IT'S CRITICAL IN DISCUSSIONS THAT YOU CAN'T JUST TWO OUT AND GRAB THAT STUFF. AND THEN EIGHTH STREET, MY CONCERN IS -- I ACTUALLY WOULD GO TO 19TH STREET BECAUSE, FROM WHAT I -- AND YOU FAILED TO MENTION MORE SPECIFICALLY

WORKING WITH THE BLACK CHURCHES -- >> I HADN'T GOT TO IT YET.

>> SPECIFICALLY WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO, THERE'S TO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE CITY WITH THIS. I WOULD GO UP TO NINTH STREET BECAUSE NUMBER ONE I THINK THE CRITICAL ISSUE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF EIGHTH STREET, IF THAT'S OUR GOAL IS WELL BEYOND WHAT MAIN STREET CAN DO. IT'S GOING TO BE A ZONING ISSUE, AND THAT'S GOING TO CONNECT THE CITY AT SOME POINT. YOU'RE CORRECT, BUT THERE'S ALSO SOME UNDEVELOPMENT HAPPENING THERE TOO. BUT I THINK IT'S FINE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT EITHER ONE OF YOU GUYS DEFINE WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOING, YOU'RE GOING TO BE GOING OUT

THERE AND DOING WHAT. >> WE CAN WORK WITH FOLKS -- I MEAN PART OF THE THINGS WE DO WITH THE ECONOMIC VITALITY COUNCIL, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE WITH UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESSES WITH THE PLANNING AND PERMITTING AND PROCESS.

HELP THEM WITH BUSINESS PLANNING, HELP THEM WITH KNOWLEDGE BASE AND TRANSFER.

WE WERE ESPECIALLY -- WHEN YOU REALLY STARTED LOOKING AT THIS FOOTPRINT YOU REALIZE THERE'S A HUGE PART OF WHAT'S IMPORTANT OF WHAT'S NOT IN THE MAIN STREET FOMENTED, PRIMARILY THE

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HISTORICALLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES. AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF WE CAN DO HELPING THEM MAINTOP THOSE PROPERTIES. IT'S CRITICAL AND MANY IMPORTANT THOSE PROPERTIES WITH MAINTAINED AND PRESERVED AND THAT WE CAN HELP THEM DO THAT THROUGH LOOKING FOR GRANTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESSES THAT WE HAVE.

YOU KNOW, THE -- WE HAVE ALSO PICKED UP ALL THE BED AND BREAKFASTS WHICH END UP OF THEM WERE IN OUR FOOTPRINT BEFORE AND WE EVEN FIGURED OUT HOW TO GO OVER AND PICK UP FAIRFAX HOUSE, SO WE CAN BEGIN THE WORK WITH NOT ONLY THE RESTAURANTS IN THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO WITH THE BED AND BREAKFASTS IN TERMS OF DOING THINGS MORE COLLECTIVELY AND WORKING TOGETHER AS PART OF MAIN STREET. SO I THINK IT'S MP THAT THOSE KIND OF BUSINESSES BE INCLUDED

IN OUR SO THIS WE CAN WORK WITH THEM AS THEY GROW. >>> I MEAN I SUPPORT THIS I WOULD JUST GO FURTHER. IF YOU START PIECEMEAL IT TELL MES TO BE A PROBLEM, AND IT'S GOING TO GET INTO OTHER EASTBOUNDS THAT ARE BEYOND MAIN STREET AND THAT'S GOING TO BE THE EIGHTH STREET CORRIDOR. THE EIGHTH STREET CORRIDOR FROM GUM, FROM SPEED LIMITS.

>> I MEAN YOU RECOLLECT WE CAN GO ALL THE WAY TO -- I MEAN AT THIS POINT WHAT I SAY IS THAT WE ARE MORE THAN DOUBLING THE SIZE OF THE FOOTPRINT AND WE WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN WHAT WE CAN DO

SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO BITE OFF TOO MUCH. >> THAT'S VALUABLE BUSINESSES.

>> I KNOW THERE ARE. >> YOU WANT TO PIGGYBACK ON -- >> IF YOU WANT ME TO TAKE IT TO LIME STREET I'LL BE HAPPY TO TAKE IT OUT TO LIME STREET. IT'S NOT OUR FIRST CHOICE.

>> IT'S FOUR BLOCKS, AND OUTSIDE OF LIME STREET I'M GOING HEY -- WHY ARE THEY BEING EXCLUDED?

>> ALL RIGHT. OKAY, YOU GOT IT. >> (SPEAKING SIMULTANEOUSLY.)

>> IF WE'RE ADDING TO IT I GUESS I HAVE A CONCERN WITH THE REDUCTION BECAUSE THE CITY'S HAD ISSUES IN THE PAST ABOUT LIME DIVIDING THE PROPERTY LINE -- PROPERTIES WHERE THERE IS NO PROPERTY LINE SO THE NEW BLUE LINE BISECTS THE METH METHODIST CHURCH.

>>> YOU'VE KEPT THE PUT PUT BUT YOU LOSE -- YOU'RE CUTTING THAT STUFF IN HALF.

>> THAT'S ALL RESIDENTIAL. >> AS FAR AS I KNOW THERE'S ONLY ONE RESIDENCE ON THE LATCH ET STREET. OTHERWISE LIKE I SAID THE LINE GOES THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH AND THE -- IT'S MORE CONSISTENT TO KEEP IT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF LATCH EASY

STREET. >> OKAY, WE'RE HAPPY TO MAKE IT BIGGER.

>> THAT IS A GOOD POINT ABOUT SPLITTING THE LIBRARY AND PARKS. APPRECIATE THAT.

>> AND ONE OF THE THINGS THE STATE'S VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IS HOW MUCH RESIDENTIAL WE'RE PICKING UP BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT US TO PICK UP RESIDENTIAL, SO PART OF THIS JIGGING AND JOGGING AROUND WAS TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE WEREN'T JUST ARBITRARILY ADDING RESIDENTIAL THAT WAS UNNECESSARY AND TO MAKE SURE THE STATE DIDN'T HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT IT.

BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY MAKE THOSE TWO CHANGES TO THE BOUNDARIES. WE'RE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

>> MAYOR, ARE YOU INVOLVED IN -- >> I HAVE A QUESTION. CAN I GO TO THIS ONE? YES, I DID -- ARLENE REACHED OUT TO ME AND DISCUSSED THE REZONING FOR CENTRAL PARK.

BUT I HAVE A QUESTION, IF WE EXTEND TO LIME STREET WILL THAT INCLUDE

>> YES. IS IT IN THE CITY LIMITS? JUST WANT THE MAKE SURE THAT'S ON THE RECORD BECAUSE THAT IS IMPORTANT. YES --

>> SO WE HAVE NO PLANS TO DO ANYTHING WITH CENTRAL PARK, IT'S JUST WE NEEDED TO GET PAST IT TO GET TO WHERE WE WANTED TO GO ON 14TH STREET AND IT IS PART OF THE -- IT'S INTEGRAL AND A BIG PART OF DOWNTOWN. SO WE HAVE NO PLANS OR CONCERNS ABOUT ANYTHING FOR CENTRAL PARK.

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>> AND WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL BOARD PROPERTY? >> WE DID NOT INCLUDE IT.

>> DIDN'T INCLUDE THE SCHOOL BOARD PROPERTY. I DID INCLUDE THE WATER PLANT.

>> WE HAVE THE WATER PLANT BUT NOT THE SCHOOL BOARD. >> WHAT ABOUT THE PROPERTY NORTH

OF THAT, THE RECTANGLE SHAPE. >> THAT IS A CITY OWNED PIECE OF PROPERTY AS WELL.

>> TALK ABOUTED ABOUT PARKING THERE FOR A WHILE. >> WHICH I DON'T HAVE ANY REAL

ISSUE WITH. >> >> WHICH PIECE OF PROPERTY ARE

WE TALKING ABOUT? >> JUST NORTH OF -- >> IF YOU WANT US TO JOG OUT

THERE WE CAN. >> I THINK -- I'M SORRY, I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THE PAST THAT AMOUNT NECESSARILY COME OUT SO MUCH, BECAUSE WHILE THE STATE LOOKS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, THEY ALSO LOOK FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND HOPE THAT IN DOING SO THAT MAIN STREET CAN HELP IN THE PRESERVATION OF THOSE PROPERTIES -- MAYBE STREET'S MAJOR WORD DESCRIPTOR IS ADVOCACY SO WHILE WOE DON'T DO THE PARK, WE WOULD ADVOCATE FOR THE PARKS. IF THE CITY WERE INTERESTED IN TAKING IN THE SCHOOL BOARD PROPERTY THE CITY WOULD ADVOCATE BUT SO WOULD MAIN STREET FOR PRESERVATION OF THAT PROPERTY.

>> I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA. SO WE WOULD TAKE IN THAT WHOLE

PIECE. >> BECAUSE THAT IS A BUILDING THAT NEEDS HELP.

>> YES. >> AND THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS GIVE IT HELP, TO ADVOCATE --

>> WE CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT. SO I THINK THAT NAN WOULD ALSO AGREE WITH ME BECAUSE WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT IT, SHE DID -- DO YOU REMEMBER THAT? SO WHAT SHE WOULD AGREE WITH ME IS THAT FOR SOMETHING LIKE CENTRAL PARK THAT HAS A PLAN IN PLACE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO MESS WITH THAT. WHAT I DID SUGGEST IS THAT IN THE FUTURE WE WOULD LOOK TO PUT AN HISTORIC MARKER THERE BUT THAT WOULD BE OUR ADVOCACY FOR PRESERVATION AND PROTECTING OUR HISTORY. SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF ACTIVITIES THAT WE HAVE WOULD BE I ENGAGED WITH. THE OTHER THING WE DO FOR THE BUSINESSES IS WE HAVE AN AMAZING SET OF VOLUNTEERS. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AND ARE CONTINUING, SOME OF THEM TO BE EXPERTEDS IN VARIOUS FIELDS SO WE HAVE A BRANDING EXPERT WHO HAS VOLUNTEERED FOR EXAMPLE TO WORK WITH TRINITY CHURCH TO HELP THEM DETERMINE WHAT THEIR VISION IS, AND SHE'S DOING THIS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF MAIN STREETS. WE COULD OFFER THAT TO OTHER CHURCH GROUPS ONCE WE EXPAND. WE HAVE TAKEN A MEMBERSHIP IN FRLA IN ORDER TO GIVE OUR MEMBERS, WHO WOULD BE THESE RESTAURANTS AND HOTEL NOW IN THIS GROUP, REDUCTION -- A DISCOUNTED RATE FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, ET CETERA. SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WE DO ON BEHALF OF THE BUSINESSES. WE CAN MARKET THEM.

WE CAN HELP THEM GET GOING. IF WE WERE TO EVER EXPAND THE WAY FINDING WOULD LOOK AT EIGHTH STREET AND ATLANTIC TO DO SO. THE OTHER THING THAT'S COME UP ON OCCASION AND IT'S ENOUGH OF AN OCCASION THAT I DID WANT TO MENTION IT TO YOU ALL AND I TALKED WITH MR. SPONO ABOUT IT AND I TALKED TO VAL ABOUT IT IN THE PAST, THERE ARE RESIDENTS WHO FEEL LIKE THERE'S NOT AN ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOR THEM. NOW, MAIN STREET CAN'T DO THAT 100 PERCENT.

WE CANNOT EXPAND BEYOND THESE BOUNDARIES AND THERE'S RESIDENTIAL IN THERE AND THERE IS, AND WE HAVE FOR EXAMPLE ADVOCATED FOR THOSE RESIDENCE RS SLUNK FESTIVAL.

THAT'S JUST THE PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT, BUT THERE IS A GAP THERE.

ONE RESIDENT CALLED ME AND ASKEY SIGNS UP ON THE CORNER OF BROOM STREET, BECAUSE THE DISTRICT HAS THEM. SO WHY COMPLAINT THERE WITH THAT KIND OF SIGNAGE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE DISTRICT. SO THE FACT -- THERE'S AN OVERLAP WITH SOME OF THESE

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ISSUES AND IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS SO THE SIGNAGE PROGRAM, THE WAY THE STREETS ARE TAKEN CARE OF THE WAY THAT SIDEWALKS ARE TAKEN CARE OF FLOWS INTO THE DISTRICT AND OUT OF OUR DISTRICT. SO I THINK THAT'S AN AWARENESS THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR HEADS THAT THE HISTORIC DIRECT IS WELL BEYOND WHERE WE ARE AND IT IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE JEWEL OF FERNANDINA. SO THERE THOSE ISSUES THAT RESIS TEND TO HAVE.

THEY FEEL THAT HDLC, AND MIKE AND I TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE IS THAT IT'S NOT SEEN AS AN ADVOCATE FOR RESIDENTS BUT AS AN ENFORCEMENT KIND OF A BOARD SO THEY GET ALL THE -- THIS ONE WOMAN SAID I GET ALL IS THE PAIF AN HOA AND NOT ANY OF THE HELP. SO IT'S JUST FOR YOU ALL THE

THINK ABOUT THAT AS YOU GO THROUGH IN DECISION MAKING. >> WE HAVE ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES

TO GET THROUGH HERE WITH 20 MINUTES TO GO. >> SURE.

>>. >> SO IN TERMS OF NEXT STEPS THE MAIN STREET BOARD APPROVEED THIS APPLICATION REQUEST IN OCTOBER, THAT IS REQUIRED OF THE STATE THAT WE HAVE AN APPROVED MAIN STREET BOARD APPROVAL. WE WANTED TODAY TO REVIEW WITH YOU AND GAIN YOUR SUPPORT.

OUR NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO FOLLOW BOUNDARY APPLICATION CHANGE WITH THE STATE.

AND THEN START OUR PLANS FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND EXPANSION AND YOU KNOW HOW WE GET OUT INTO THIS NEW FOOTPRINT AND GET BUSY. ALL RIGHT? SO I THINK TAMMY HAS A

RESOLUTION THAT WILL COME ALL AE OF THE IN THE CASE SOON TO BE -- >> IT SHOULD BE ON THE JANUARY 21 AGENDA BECAUSE I KNOW I WROTE THE RESOLUTION AND -- YOU CAN'T APPROVE IT AS A CRA BUT THAT RESOLUTION WILL THEN BE AT THE JANUARY MEETING FOR YOUR APPROVAL AND WE'LL BE THERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU WANT ■O ASK. ALL RIGHT.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> COOL. THIS IS A COMMUNITY

REDEVELOPMENT AREA PLAN UPDATE. >> GOOD EVENING. KELLY GIBSON, PLANNING CONSERVATION DIRECTOR AND JUST A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE CRA PLAN ITSELF THAT IS NOW PRETTY STATED. INITIALLY ESTABLISHED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2004 AND UPDATED AGAIN IN MAY OF 2005 WHEN THE FIND AND NECESSITY WAS REUPDATED.

I ENDED SEVEN IN FRONT OF THE CRA BOARD AND ADVOCATED FOR REVIEW OF THAT PLAN, BUT TONIGHT I THINK THAT YOU'RE AT A POINT OF NEEDING TO DETERMINE, ONE, WHETHER OR NOT THE CAA PLANTER STILL HOLDS RELEVANCY. DO YOU SEE THE VISION HOLDING TRUE IN TERMS OF WHAT THIS PLAN IS LOOKING TO ACHIEVE AS WELL AS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES AND FOLLOWING IT A WORK PLAN THAT WILL ACHIEVE THOSE OBJECTIVES AND THE OVER ALL VISION. IF THAT IS DETERMINED THAT YOU STILL SEE THAT THERE'S RELEVANY, BOTH THE VISION AND OBJECTIVES AS THEY CURRENTLY STAND I THINK WE CAN MOVE FORWARD RATHER QUICKLY TO WORK WITH YOU AS A BODY AND DETERMINE WHAT THE WORK PROGRAM LOOKS LIKE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. MANY OF THE ORIGINAL PLANS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED IN DIFFERENT FORMS AND MANNER BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SOME REVISIONS TO WHAT IT IS WE'RE SEEKING TO ACCOMPLISH ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. IF NOT THEN INWE NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT THE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE. IN EITHER EVENT I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME THAT PLAN ITSELF IS NEARING THE END OF ITS LIFE AND WE NEED TO SEE SOME DIRECTION ON HOW WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD.

>> IF WE CAN MOVE FORWARD I WOULD LIKE TO CONCENTRATE THE CITY'S ABILITIES TO EMPHASIZE COMPLETION OF THE EAA AND THE COMP INNS AND THAT WOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY BEFORE WE PICK UP ANOTHER TASK. SO WE GOT LIMITED -- WE ONLY HAVE LIMITED RESOURCES.

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LET'S DO THOSE THINGS, WE GOT THE THREE ELEMENTS OF THE CURRENT PLAN WE NEED TO DO.

COME UP WITH A PLAN AND STAY THERE AND THEN COME BACK AND LOOK AT THIS ISSUE.

OR IT DOESN'T HAVE TO COME BACK TO US. THAT'S MY THOUGHT.

>> IS THERE A DROP DEAD DATE -- YOU MENTIONED KELLY'S CRA REVISIONS.

IS THERE A DROP DEAD ON THAT. >> NO, IDEALLY YOU'RE LOOKING AT THIS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS TO DETERMINE WHICH PROJECTS NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF THE LIST BECAUSE THEY'VE EITHER BEEN COMPLETELIED OR THERE'S NO REASON TO CONTINUE FORWARD. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU WORK WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR TO DETERMINE A WORK PROGRAM THAT MAKES SENSE IN TODAY'S WORLD AND GIVEN SOME OF THE STUDIES THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AT THIS TIME THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK GOING IN TO RESILIENCY AND STANDING WATER IMPROVEMENTS AND TO MAKE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S GOING TO PERHAPS CHANGE THE GAME IS THAT THE PROPERTY IS UNDER CONTRACT, FOR SALE. THE PROPERTY IS THE LARGEST PIECE OF UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY -- IT'S TWO ACRES IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, SO PERHAPS WE SHOULD SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO AND THAT MAY CHANGE THE COURSE NO MATTER WHAT DEPENDING ON WHAT

THEY DO THERE. >> THERE ARE SOME I'M NOT GOING INTO THE WEEDS BUT WHEN YOU GO BACK TO LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT TO IT AND THOSE THINGS WERE NEVER TAKEN OFF THE WEBSITE. SO I THINK ANY DRUTHERS AT THIS POINT WOULD BE TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. THERE'S THE EAR, THE COMP PLAN. WE'RE A SMALL TOWN AND I THINK WE'RE DEPEND

>> WE'RE EFFECTIVELY STRATEGIC PLANNING AND WE CAN'T KEEP GOING OFF ON ALL THESE TANGENTS THAT

WE DON'T GET ANYTHING DONE. >> WE HAVE 12 MINUTES. >> AND JUST AS A POINT OF AWARENESS I THINK IN LOOKING TO POTENTIALLY ALLOCATE RESOURCES FROM CRA FUNDS IN THE FUTURE YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT'S ALIGNMENT WITHIN THIS PLAN. THAT'S ONE OF THE TWO CRITICAL CRITERIA YOU HAVE TO MEET FOR THE USE OF CRA RESOURCES ONE THATST IT'S IN THE CAA AREA AND IT'S IN THE PLAN, SO IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BRING BACK CERTAIN PROJECTS AND THINK ABOUT

WHAT IS THE PRIORITY DURING THAT TIME FRAME. >> IT'S A GOOD POINT.

ANYBODY ELSE? ITEM 4.3 COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT MEET AND SCHEDULE.

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>> WE NEED TO MEET MORE OFTEN. >> THAT'S FOR SURE. IF AND WHEN ACTIVITY RAMPS UP AND WE'RE ACTUALLY -- THE TIFF FUND IS INCREASING AND WE HAVE MORE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO, WILL DEPEND -- NOW WE NEED TO MEET AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT.

I WOULD SAY PREFERABLY TWICE A YEAR EVEN IF IT'S JUST TO CHECK IN AND FIND OUT WHAT OUR BALANCE IS IN THE TRUST FUND. A LITTLE LATER IN THE AGENDA I'LL GO THROUGH SOME NEW STATE LEGISLATURE THAT'S SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CR AS, THE REQUIREMENTS AND

AUDITS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. >> SO WE SHOULD MEET TWICE A YEAR? YOU GUYS OKAY WITH THAT? CITY CLERK IF YOU MAKE THAT ANMENT? ALL RIGHT. ITEM 4.4 FINANCIAL REPORT REVIEW.

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>> PAULINE. PAULINE HAS ALL THE MONEY. WHAT WE CAN DO IF IT'S OKAY WITH MR. MARTIN IS WE CAN SEND OUT WHAT THE BUDGET IS, EXPENDITURES AND ALL THAT.

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>> AND MAKE THAT AWARE TO THE MEDIA AS WELL. >> YEAH.

>> GREAT. SOMETIMES THOSE THINGS DON'T END UP ON THE AGENDA.

[Items 4.5 & 5]

ITEM 4.5 UPDATE ON THE NEW STATE LAW REGARDING COMMUNITY -- WE TOUCHED ON THIS ALREADY.

>> I WANT TO GO THROUGH REAL QUICK THERE ARE FIVE OR SIX BRAND-NEW REQUIREMENTS AND I KNOW THAT -- IS HE HERE? I KNOW HE WANTED TO HEAR THIS. IDENTIFY ALREADY SENT THIS TO STAFF. THIS LAW BUT EFFECTIVE AS OF JULY 1, I BELIEVE.

OCTOBER 1. WAS THE EFFECTIVE DATE. SO SO THIS LAW IS DURHAMER 163 FLORIDA STATUTES THERE'S A STATUTE FOR COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AND THERE IS THERE AND JUST BASICALLY THE FIRST REQUIREMENT IS THAT EACH COMMISSIONER OF A COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY -- NOW, NOTICE ESPECIALLY IN LARGER CITIES, THEY HAVE SEVERAL COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREAS, THERE'S A WHOLE SEPARATE BOARD THAT DOES YOUR WORK, SO IT'S YOU BUT THERE'S NOW A REQUIREMENT FOR CRA BOARDS TO HAVE THE FOUR HOURS OF REQUIRED ETHICS TRAINING THAT ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE. THEY WILL NEED ETHICS TRAINING AND THAT CONTINUING EDUCATION. AND THEN THE SECOND CHANGE IS A CRA MUST PROCURE ALL COMMODITIES AND SERVICES ACCIDENT OCCUR THE SAME EXACT PURCHASING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT THE CITY WOULD AND THAT'S BRAND-NEW TOO. THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE ANYWAY BUT IT HASN'T BEEN ALL THAT ACTIVE. THIRDLY THERE ARE SOME REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WHICH INCLUDE REPORTING DIGITAL MAPS OF THE CRA AREA ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE FOR SURE AND I DON'T BELIEVE THE CRAS HA A SEPARATE WEBSITE. THEY DO? IT'S THERE AND -- OKAY, THAT'S FINE. SO THAT GETS -- AND THEN THERE'S THE AUDIT REPORT THAT'S DONE EVERY YEAR AND A PORTION OF THE CITY'S AUDIT REPORT MUST BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE WITHIN 35 DAYS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY CAN DECLARE A CRA TO BE ENACTIVE IF BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1, 2016 AND LOOKING AT SIX CONSECUTIVE FISCAL YEARS AFTER THAT. IF THERE'S NO ACTIVITY THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN TALLAHASSEE CAN SAY INVOLUNTEER YOUR CR IS NOW ENACT IIVE.

THEY'LL REPORT THAT EVERY YEAR ON THEIR WEBSITE. AND THERE'S A REQUIREMENT THAT AN ANNUAL BUDGET BE PREPARED FOR CRAS AND THERE'S A WHOLE LIST OF THINGS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN IN YOUR ANNUAL BUDGET, AND HONESTLY I HAVE NOT -- I DON'T STUDY OUR BUDGET BUT KELLY, DOES THE CRA HAVE A PORTION OF OUR BUDGET OR IS THERE BUDGETING ACTIVITY THAT GOES ON -- OKAY THAT'S A REQUIREMENT AS OF OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR. SO MY RECOMMENDATION IS GOING TO BE THAT WE GET STARTED ON -- IT'S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF -- BUT WE NEED TO HAVE AN ANNUAL BUDGET AND WE'RE LIKE OTHERS BEHIND GETTING THAT DONE BUT WITH NEED TO AMEND OUR CURRENT ANNUAL BUDGET AND INCLUDE A CRA BUDGET.

>> ACTUALLY CRA IS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET AS A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT.

>> IT IS. SOIVELY TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AND SEE IF I THINK IT COMPLIES WITH THE STATUTE BECAUSE IT MAY NOT INCLUDE ALL THE DETAIL THEY WANT HERE.

SO THAT WILL BE -- I KNOW THIS S IS FASCINATING EVERYBODY. AND THAT'S ABOUT IT.

AND I CAN SEND ALL OF YOU -- IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE BILL TALK TO ME AND ASK FOR A COPY. AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE. I'LL WORK WITH MRS. GIBSON AND

MR. MARTIN ON QUESTIONS. >> MAYOR, DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS OR ARE YOU GOOD TO GO?

>> I'M GOOD. >> MS. GIBSON YOU GOOD? >> YES.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE EXPANSION ON THE 21ST, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO POSSIBLY CONSIDER REUP THE CITY'S COMMITMENT TO MAIN STREET

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AT THAT SAME TIME FOR THREE MORE YEAR? BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME

TIME -- >> BY HOW MUCH? >> REUP -- NOT UPPING THE MONEY.

>> OH, JUST -- >> JUST REUPING THE COMMITMENT. >> I'M GOOD WITH THAT.

YOU GUYS OKAY? >> I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO DO THAT BUT --

>> WE'LL HAVE TIME FOR ANOTHER PARK, THE BOARD DOES NOT WANT THIS.

>> I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES THAT WE'RE

COMMITTED. >> IT HELP US TREMENDOUSLY THAT WE CAN ADVOCATE BOTH FOR THE BUSINESSES AND FOR THE CITY IN THAT ROLE AND WHEN WE CAN SAY THAT WE HAVE THE CITY'S SUPPORT

TO DO SO IT MAKES A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE. >> ABSOLUTELY.

>> THANK YOU. >> AND YOU CAN THERE WAS ONE OTHER THING YOU WANT?

>> THAT'S IT. >> SO IN REVIEW WE DID THE BOUNDARIES AND WE WANT TO EXTEND THOSE. WE DECIDED TO PRIORITIZE THE CURRENT STAFFING REQUIREMENTS ON THE SECOND ITEM. WE'RE GOING TO MEET TWICE A YEAR AND THE CITY CLERK WILL ARRANGE THAT. THE FINANCIAL REVIEW WILL BE UPCOMING IN AN E-MAIL FORM.

ALL RIGHT.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.