Plan to redevelop Central Park Village in Tampa still alive by Mitch E. Perry

06/15/06

The fate of a development plan for Tampa’s Central Park Village and its surrounding neighborhood remains in question after the Tampa City Council today rejected a request by Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott to add 2 elected county officials to the city’s Community Redvelopment Agency board.

The project will now go back before the Hillsborough County Commission next week –but time is running out. That’s because the main developer – Bank of America – says they need a special taxing district approved by June 30th to capture the most potential revenue for reinvestment.

Plans for the redevelopment of the Central Park Village Public Housing project to move forward were dealt a blow last week when Commissioner Scott last week listed a series of demands when the issue of approving the so-called CRA came before Hillsborough Commissioners.

Today Tampa’s City Attorney, David Smith, came before the Council and urged them NOT to support Scott’s request at this time that 2 County Commissioners on the CRA.

But Smith’s legal opinions were questioned by the County’s Attorney, Renee Lee, based on a new bill approved by the legislature this year (roll tape#1 o.q.�can be established�)

To provide legal support for their position, Lee brought another attorney from her staff – Mary Helen Farris – to address the Council. Lee also mentioned that the County currently provides around $11 million dollars to the City already in established CRA’s without any input.

Hillsborough County’s Administrator , Pat Bean, also came before the Council. She made the point that the County also pays for services that the City doesn’t contribute money for. (roll tape#3 o.q.�for courts�)

Commissioner Scott’s proposal is based on a new state law allowing County Commissioners to be included in Cra’s. Though expected to be signed by Governor Bush, it will not become effective until July 1st.

Tampa City Attorney David Smith’s main point was that as of Thursday, June 15th, It would be illegal for the City to allow for such an agreement – a point he continued to hammer to the Council (roll tape#4 o.q.�and as a participant�)

Tensions between the County and City were considered to be a part of why a much more ambitious proposal to redevelop Central Park Village and its surrounding areas died in January of 2004 – the Civitas Plan. Last year similar tensions arose when Mayor Pam Iorio and County Administrator Pat Bean seemingly could not find time to meet together on hurricane preparations.

With that backdrop, City Attorney David Smith said that if the County wanted to work with the City – and he says they should – then it should work with the City after the new law goes into affect and legal challenges have been dealt with (roll tape#5 o.q.�be dubious about that�)

Every council member supported the new Memorandum of Understanding written by Smith, that accepts all of Commisioner Scott’s current recommendations, but not the one regarding adding the 2commissioners to the CRA.

City Councilman Kevin White, who represents Central Park Village on the Council and is running a similar District on the County Commission, praised Commissioner Scott’s suggestions, but said he needed to support Smith’s recommendation. But he said the needs of the citiens who live in public housing in Central Park should be paramount (roll tape#6 o.q.�)

Another aspect of Commissioner’s Scott’s requests include minority owned businesses being involved in the redevelopment – a point Kevin White said he shared.

At the end of the meeting, as a final exchange, County Administrator Bean claimed the City had been inadequate in providing reports on existing CRA’s between the City and County (roll tape#7 o.q.�county dollars�)

City Attorney Smith said the City disagrees with the County on those reports. Councilman Kevin White said he would bring the issue up at the Councils next CRA Meeting.

The County Commission will review the City’s vote next Wednesday.

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CITY COUNCIL

The fate of a development plan for Tampa’s Central Park Village and its surrounding neighborhood remains in question after the Tampa City Council today rejected a request by Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott to add 2 elected county officials to the city’s Community Redvelopment Agency board.

The project will now go back before the Hillsborough County Commission next week –but time is running out. That’s because the main developer – Bank of America – says they need a special taxing district approved by June 30th to capture the most potential revenue for reinvestment.

Plans for the redevelopment of the Central Park Village Public Housing project to move forward were dealt a blow last week when Commissioner Scott last week listed a series of demands when the issue of approving the so-called CRA came before Hillsborough Commissioners.

Today Tampa’s City Attorney, David Smith, came before the Council and urged them NOT to support Scott’s request at this time that 2 County Commissioners on the CRA.

But Smith’s legal opinions were questioned by the County’s Attorney, Renee Lee, based on a new bill approved by the legislature this year (roll tape#1 o.q.�can be established�)

To provide legal support for their position, Lee brought another attorney from her staff – Mary Helen Farris – to address the Council. Lee also mentioned that the County currently provides around $11 million dollars to the City already in established CRA’s without any input.

Hillsborough County’s Administrator , Pat Bean, also came before the Council. She made the point that the County also pays for services that the City doesn’t contribute money for. (roll tape#3 o.q.�for courts�)

Commissioner Scott’s proposal is based on a new state law allowing County Commissioners to be included in Cra’s. Though expected to be signed by Governor Bush, it will not become effective until July 1st.

Tampa City Attorney David Smith’s main point was that as of Thursday, June 15th,
It would be illegal for the City to allow for such an agreement – a point he continued to hammer to the Council (roll tape#4 o.q.�and as a participant�)

Tensions between the County and City were considered to be a part of why a much more ambitious proposal to redevelop Central Park Village and its surrounding areas died in January of 2004 – the Civitas Plan. Last year similar tensions arose when Mayor Pam Iorio and County Administrator Pat Bean seemingly could not find time to meet together on hurricane preparations.

With that backdrop, City Attorney David Smith said that if the County wanted to work with the City – and he says they should – then it should work with the City after the new law goes into affect and legal challenges have been dealt with (roll tape#5 o.q.�be dubious about that�)

Every council member supported the new Memorandum of Understanding written by Smith, that accepts all of Commisioner Scott’s current recommendations, but not the one regarding adding the 2commissioners to the CRA.

City Councilman Kevin White, who represents Central Park Village on the Council and is running a similar District on the County Commission, praised Commissioner Scott’s suggestions, but said he needed to support Smith’s recommendation. But he said the needs of the citiens who live in public housing in Central Park should be paramount (roll tape#6 o.q.�(

Another aspect of Commissioner’s Scott’s requests include minority owned businesses being involved in the redevelopment – a point Kevin White said he shared.

At the end of the meeting, as a final exchange, County Administrator Bean claimed the City had been inadequate in providing reports on existing CRA’s between the City and County (roll tape#7 o.q.�county dollars�)

City Attorney Smith said the City disagrees with the County on those reports. Councilman Kevin White said he would bring the issue up at the Councils next CRA Meeting.

The County Commission will review the City’s vote next Wednesday.

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CITY COUNCIL

The fate of a development plan for Tampa’s Central Park Village and its surrounding neighborhood remains in question after the Tampa City Council today rejected a request by Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott to add 2 elected county officials to the city’s Community Redvelopment Agency board.

The project will now go back before the Hillsborough County Commission next week –but time is running out. That’s because the main developer – Bank of America – says they need a special taxing district approved by June 30th to capture the most potential revenue for reinvestment.

Plans for the redevelopment of the Central Park Village Public Housing project to move forward were dealt a blow last week when Commissioner Scott last week listed a series of demands when the issue of approving the so-called CRA came before Hillsborough Commissioners.

Today Tampa’s City Attorney, David Smith, came before the Council and urged them NOT to support Scott’s request at this time that 2 County Commissioners on the CRA.

But Smith’s legal opinions were questioned by the County’s Attorney, Renee Lee, based on a new bill approved by the legislature this year (roll tape#1 o.q.�can be established�)

To provide legal support for their position, Lee brought another attorney from her staff – Mary Helen Farris – to address the Council. Lee also mentioned that the County currently provides around $11 million dollars to the City already in established CRA’s without any input.

Hillsborough County’s Administrator , Pat Bean, also came before the Council. She made the point that the County also pays for services that the City doesn’t contribute money for. (roll tape#3 o.q.�for courts�)

Commissioner Scott’s proposal is based on a new state law allowing County Commissioners to be included in Cra’s. Though expected to be signed by Governor Bush, it will not become effective until July 1st.

Tampa City Attorney David Smith’s main point was that as of Thursday, June 15th,
It would be illegal for the City to allow for such an agreement – a point he continued to hammer to the Council (roll tape#4 o.q.�and as a participant�)

Tensions between the County and City were considered to be a part of why a much more ambitious proposal to redevelop Central Park Village and its surrounding areas died in January of 2004 – the Civitas Plan. Last year similar tensions arose when Mayor Pam Iorio and County Administrator Pat Bean seemingly could not find time to meet together on hurricane preparations.

With that backdrop, City Attorney David Smith said that if the County wanted to work with the City – and he says they should – then it should work with the City after the new law goes into affect and legal challenges have been dealt with (roll tape#5 o.q.�be dubious about that�)

Every council member supported the new Memorandum of Understanding written by Smith, that accepts all of Commisioner Scott’s current recommendations, but not the one regarding adding the 2commissioners to the CRA.

City Councilman Kevin White, who represents Central Park Village on the Council and is running a similar District on the County Commission, praised Commissioner Scott’s suggestions, but said he needed to support Smith’s recommendation. But he said the needs of the citiens who live in public housing in Central Park should be paramount (roll tape#6 o.q.�(

Another aspect of Commissioner’s Scott’s requests include minority owned businesses being involved in the redevelopment – a point Kevin White said he shared.

At the end of the meeting, as a final exchange, County Administrator Bean claimed the City had been inadequate in providing reports on existing CRA’s between the City and County (roll tape#7 o.q.�county dollars�)

City Attorney Smith said the City disagrees with the County on those reports. Councilman Kevin White said he would bring the issue up at the Councils next CRA Meeting.

The County Commission will review the City’s vote next Wednesday.

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