Redevelopment Commission 03/28/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Redevelopment Commission met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 AM. Following is a summary of this meeting with full audio (31:26) available at the end. 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Ted Little, Pat Glotzbach, George Roberts, Eric Vaughn, and Mayor Hall. Also in attendance were Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and Payroll Allowance Docket from 03/11/2019 to 03/24/2019 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  4. Old Business
    • Renaissance Project – Jason Sams from ARC presented on the Renaissance Project
      • Mr. Sams thanked the board for the opportunity to present and said that as they’ve worked through steps they are now ready to have the board approve project plans.
      • Visual presentation showed the site rendering super-imposed on the location. The project is in two lots. Lot One is in a U shape with coffee shop and retail below with residential apartments above. Lot Two has about 4,000 sq ft in two buildings fronting Market Street and one 4,000 sq ft building behind. Lot One will have a brick veneer with some sun shades that will be on the windows on the first floor. Mr. Sams brought samples of the brick veneer and hardy siding. He said they give the look of old town but is a new material. Lot Two will have two one-story retail spaces facing Market Street.
      • Mr. Sams opened the floor for questions.
        • Gillenwater asked about the apartments. Mr. Sams said all apartments will be 2-br units.
        • Roberts asked if the parking was on the inside. Mr. Sams said parking is around the sides of the structure and the interior is a courtyard enclosed with an aluminum fence for use by the residents. Mr. Sams said the building is designed with breezeways and gates for security.
        • Little asked how many parking spaces. Mr. Sams said Lot One has 69-70 with 40 on Lot Two.
        • Little asked if the parking is designated for apartment residents. Mr. Sams said no, they do not plan to regulate where people park because market studies show that people will park where they need to park. Mr. Little was concerned about people living there not being able to find parking when competing with people visiting the commercial space. Mr. Sams said most of the commercial is on Lot Two and apartments are only on Lot One.
        • Sams addressed timing. He said he will go to the Planning and Zoning and Board of Zoning Appeals after approval today. Then he will need to start a project design and get permits. He anticipates groundbreaking in July. He said build out on Lot One will be approximately 10-11 months (depending on weather and unforeseen site conditions).
        • Mayor Hall asked if they traditionally apply for a site plan and come back for building permit at another time. Mr. Sams said he usually manages both at the same time.
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to approve the plan as presented
        • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
        • Seconded by George Roberts
        • No additional discussion
        • Unanimous approval
    • Additional Presentation by Mr. Sams
      • Mr. Sams said that ARC has an active development agreement with the city. Next they need to seek approval from the Board of Zoning Approval. He said he needs to extend the agreement so that he can meet these steps.
      • Mayor Hall asked Tony Jackson for a status update. Mr. Jackson said that April 8 is the next meeting.
      • Mr. Gillenwater said if they get the variances then they won’t have to deal with zoning. Mr. Sams said he wants to make sure the entitlements (final development approval and variances) are correct.
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion for a two-week extension of the development agreement (From April 1 to April 15th). (Tony Jackson said they will need to put a 10 day notice in the paper.)
        • Motion to approve extension made by Pat Glotzbach
        • Seconded by Eric Vaughn
        • No additional discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Mr. Gillenwater asked about a timeline for ribbon cutting on Lot One. Mr. Sams said he would need to talk to Marketing people. Mr. Sams said it will be about 10-11 months but they’re still working on how this will be put together.
      • Mayor Hall thanked Mr. Sams for managing the project
  5. Mayor Hall Updates
    • The Board previously released six Springville Manor homes to sell to non-Pleasant Ridge residents. There are currently three under contract at over $104,000. One initial PR residents of that community, Ms. Smith, passed away about two weeks ago and that home is being transitioned. He said that people are realizing about $75,000 in equity right away. He said people are moving in with no payment, or a very low payment for those who have had to take out mortgages
    • Mayor Hall said that the federal judge released the city from two of the charges in the landlord lawsuit. He said that the landlords have resubmitted those charges. He does not think that case will be heard. He said he thinks people running for office are rooting for the landlords and he doesn’t approve of that. He said the landlords are suing for $1 million per house. He said this is a frivolous lawsuit. He said the insurance company has agreed to pay for the legal defense and they will be submitting bills for that.
    • Grant Update – He said they city received a grant for street paving and he thinks it will be 50% of our streets that can be paved with that.
    • Road Opening – Mayor Hall said they held the road opening for Coomer Way, named in honor of Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer.
    • On April 6 at 11:00, Glendale Park will be renamed in memory of Sgt. Ben Bertram.
    • George Roberts asked when the city will get the money for the roads. Mayor Hall said any day. He said they will approve the roads at the Board of Public Works on Monday.
    • Gillenwater said that the Spider TIF of the water lines set in place now that the sale of the utility is over will also provide a source of funding. Mayor Hall said that IAW is active in the community. He said that the first Indiana American Water bill will go out in April and the subsidies from the sale will also be applied so that people will not see a rise in their bills. He said the sale and the TIF of the lines provide a large amount of funds for use by the city. He said that the city did not sell the wells and will not do so without approval of the city council.
  6.  Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • Unanimous approval


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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