|Don't miss the camas!|
A RDURA Project Grant is paid solely from the tax increment revenues generated from the new construction of the Development...
Because a Project Grant is paid from the tax increment revenues of a single project, it will not be paid if the project isn't completed, or if the project is completed but later proves unsuccessful, is abandoned, or destroyed.
|Proposed Marquis Care Facility on Boise Site|
There's a slightly amended purchase amendment for the park parcel at Boise. Previously we highlighted the way the project bond/grant provided an out, but it's also striking that difficulty in negotiating the pathway connection could provide an out (which was discussed in the paper a little):
6.4 Pedestrian Connectivity. The Seller's agreement to sell the Premises is expressly conditioned on the parties' execution of a binding agreement setting forth the extent and scope of the pedestrian connectivity work, and the necessary cost sharing for this element on the redevelopment of the Remainder property. If the Parties are unable to reach agreement on the extent, scope and cost sharing on terms deemed adequate by Seller, then Seller may, on written notice to Purchaser terminate this Agreement and it shall be null and void for all purposesNote that the cost sharing arrangement talks about the seller rather than the City making the call. Considering the City is making a number of concessions through tax abatements and other subsidies, it seems like the City ought to be able to ask of the seller a fair bit, and I worry that the seller will not invest adequately in this quasi-public space. Hopefully this is just a formality in the contract terms.
As far as changes from the first agreement go, in addition to the ones called out in the amendment, which concerns the shift from "project bond" to "project grant," I see two more that don't seem to be called out: The non-refundable earnest money goes up from $200K to $400K, and the temporary construction easement goes up to two years from one year. I believe the construction easement has already been discussed at Council (but I can't find that link at the moment), but I don't remember seeing anything about the change in the earnest money amount. Just something perhaps to file away. I didn't read the whole contract closely, though, and maybe you will see other items of interest.
The City also published the site/design review for the first phase apartments at Boise on the south block. (Earlier notes on it here.)
Also on the agenda is adoption of the Morningside Neighborhood Plan. (See here for some thoughts on an earlier draft.)
Behind the Park and Ride lot at Wallace and Brush College, the Tom Moyer Theaters LLC wants to donate a land ort left over from other development. The report calls it an extension of an existing riparian zone, and the City will use it as undeveloped park land it looks like - perhaps for stormwater filtering. There's not much in the staff report about how or why this makes good sense.
There's stuff about annexation policy. I really don't get annexation, so maybe readers can chime in? Some people say annexation is almost always bad and that the cost to extend services is almost always greater than the incoming property tax generated by the parcels annexed. But how is it that urban and suburban development on unicorporated county land is paying its way anyway? How does all that unincorporated county land on the east side around Lancaster, how does all that work, since it's virtually indistinguishable from city land? It has seemed to me that the problem is less with annexation and more with how much development we permit on unincorporated land in the first place, before annexation becomes a relevant possibility.
Finally, Councilor Bennett asks for a review of lighting policies and dark sky guidelines.
I am not asking for any limit on commercial lighting or street lighting. I am particularly concerned about developing a set of standards for residential area lighting similar to our ordinances on noise in our neighborhoods. As we have worked toward greater and greater density in our inner city neighborhoods, we also have to recognize that issues like noise and lighting can have real impacts on people's quality of life, particularly when they become intrusive.Eek, we live in a big town with other people! It will be interesting to see what comes of this - and what are the real problems. Is this about inappropriate and unwanted 24/7 grow lights or something? What's going on here? I worry this could be or become a screen for attempts to keep Salem low-density with car-dependent development, less about dark sky than about expanses of dark space between buildings. "Intrusive" should not be code for "not suburban."
The Urban Renewal Agency lists administrative purchases, and in it are "Consultant of Record" contracts, by which work on the Civic Center/Police Station project was likely farmed out. The architectural firms are: Arbuckle Costic, Carlson/Veit, CB|Two, DLR Group, Pivot, and Studio 3. (There are several traffic engineering firms as well, of course.)
Work Sessions and Budget Committee
WORK SESSIONS – Held in the Library Anderson Rooms unless otherwise noted
- Joint Work Session with Salem Public Art Commission (CD) ~ Monday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.
- Police Facility / Civic Center Concept: Next Steps ~ Wednesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.
- Budget Committee Review of FY 2014-15 Budget ~ Wednesday, April 16, 23, and 30, 6:00 p.m.
- Budget Committee Recommends FY 2014-15 Budget to City Council ~ Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 p.m.