REGULAR MEETING OF THE
MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010, 3:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Jon Lynch, Clifford Miles, and Christine Rapanos
MEMBERS ABSENT: Clinton Struthers
STAFF PRESENT: Keith Baker, Director of Planning & Community Development; Cindy Winland, Contract Planner; Cheri King, Community Development Specialist; and Jason Geer, Chamber of Commerce
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Deming and supported by Miles to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2010 meeting. Motion was unanimously approved.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
4. OLD BUSINESS
a. CCA Development Plan – Plan Update/Adoption
Cindy Winland presented the final draft of the Center City Authority Development Plan. The Center City Authority was established in May, 2008. Its purpose was to improve the economic viability of the district. The Development Plan is the first step. The Tax Increment Financing Plan is the next step. The Tax Increment Financing Plan is not included with the Development Plan at this time due to economic conditions. Adoption of the Development Plan allows the project planning to begin. The Tax Increment Financing Plan can be adopted separately at a later date.
Key Components of the Development Plan include:
· Designation of the boundaries of the plan
· The existing land use improvements in the development area
· Open space, public and authority land
· Zoning and street changes
· Development costs and financing
· Residential displacement
· Evaluation of effectiveness of the plan
· Amendments to the Development Plan
Project Identification Process
Prioritize projects within categories, including:
· Transportation enhancement
· Building renovation, acquisition, resale, reuse
· Promotion, marketing branding
· Aesthetic enhancement
· Public realm improvements
· Resident engagement
· Other programs
Proposed projects included the following:
o Close driveways
o Pedestrian scale lighting
o Façade improvements
· Public Spaces
o Add public art
o Public gathering space
o Change sign regulations
o Prohibit new parking lots in front of structures
o Manage the retail mix
o Promotional activities
o Improve pedestrian crossings/crosswalks
o Construct roundabout
Public input opportunities have been offered at all meetings of the Center City Authority. There were two separate open houses held for property owners and members of the public. The first one was held at the Law Enforcement Center on May 24th. An open house for the public was held on May 25th.
Next steps include making a recommendation on the Development Plan today. Then the Plan would be sent to City Council for approval at their meeting.
Gary Hurand, property owner in the CCA District, of 4100 Pier North Blvd, Flint, Michigan, stated he is in favor of walkable communities. However, the first time he was made aware of this plan was a week ago. He is concerned about being able to reuse his buildings in the future. If the new plan restricts the use of buildings, and it is not flexible enough, he is afraid it will create more vacancies rather than fewer vacancies. He thinks all four of his buildings are tied into this new plan. He would like the flexibility to be able to use his property.
Keith Baker explained that there have been a number of efforts to contact property owners within the district. There was a Midland Daily News press release, notices were sent to property owners, and notices were sent out about today’s meeting. There have been notices on the Chamber website as well as the city’s website. The Chamber has used their newsletter and e-mail blasts. In the Center City Newsletter, there is always a Board Activity section that describes what the Board has been doing with the development of this plan. Jon Lynch explained that, should this Board choose to adopt the plan, they would only recommend approval of the document to City Council. It would still be a draft document until the City Council had the opportunity to review the plan and adopt it. It would most likely go to City Council in November or December. There would still be an opportunity for public input at that time.
Mr. Lynch stated he thinks the plan is very well done. It is a prescriptive plan rather than a plan setting forth mandates. The plan indicates a need for businesses to come together and make positive improvements to the district. The process has been transparent and has allowed for input along the way. He is very comfortable where the Board is now with the plan.
Mr. Deming agrees with Mr. Lynch. He is prepared to recommend the plan to City Council for approval. Mr. Ginis stated that this plan has been the culmination of a number of studies and the results of those studies have been taken into consideration when writing this plan. This plan is not meant to be restrictive, it is meant to help the businesses in this corridor.
It was moved by Miles and supported by Deming to recommend adoption the CCA Development plan to City Council. Motion was unanimously approved.
5. NEW BUSINESS
a.. Organizational Development committee status report
b. Marketing committee status report
They have 24 advertisers on the coupon card. They have made 5000 of these cards. The Santa Parade is coming up on November 20th. They have all ten tents spoken for by businesses.
Christine Rapanos stated some of the other groups she works with have purchased a page in the Great Lakes Bay Magazine and sold smaller portions, approximately business card size, to businesses within the district.
Mr. Ginis stated that, previously, the Circle Business District did that kind of thing and it worked well for them.
Economic Sustainability committee did not meet in August or September.
7. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON
8. REPORT OF THE STAFF
Mr. Baker reported there are a couple buildings who may be having new occupants in the future. There will also be some physical improvements to some of the buildings in the district. The city did some sidewalk enhancements in front of Mancino’s Pizza. They are now going through the Engineering Priorities process for future infrastructure projects in this area. If there are certain sections of sidewalk or certain sections of road in this area, please forward these along to the Engineering Department.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.
Keith Baker, AICP, CFM
Director of Planning & Community Development
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED
BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY