CENTRAL PARK VILLAGE PUBLIC HEARING, THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2006, Stan Davis
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The Tampa City Council voted Thursday night to rezone Central Park Village for a mixed-use development of 1200 for-sale condos, 800 mixed-income rentals, office towers, and small, ground-level businesses.
Although the vote was unanimous, it wasnâ€™t all clear sailing.
Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
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Out from the ashes of CIVITASâ€¦
â€¦ A new proposal to re-use the land now occupied by 483 below-poverty-level residents of Tampa Housing Authority public housing.
For the time being, itâ€™s still known as the Central Park Village Project. Where those 483 people are going to be put, no oneâ€™s sayingâ€¦
â€¦ although the Housing Authorityâ€”a 50-50 partner with Bank of America on this project â€“claimed under oath last night that if someone wants to live in the new development they can.
The developers were at a public hearing Thursday night, petitioning for rezoning so that they can get started putting the financial package together.
The rezoning waiver issues were read into the record by the office of Land Planningâ€¦
[Actuality 1-Abby Feely tree canopy- â€œThe petitioner is asking for 7 waiversâ€¦ adopted by councilâ€?]
After it was established that the developer had promised to transplant some trees into the adjacent Perry Harvey Park, the hearing moved on.
David Smith, a representative of the developers, presented the grand vision to the Council and public using a Powerpoint slide show. But he didnâ€™t get far. Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena had some questionsâ€¦
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[Actuality 2-Saul-Sena- â€œAs I look at the planâ€¦and I was hoping to regain with this redevelopment opportunity.â€?]
And then up came the cityâ€™s Urban Design Manager, Wilson A. Stairâ€¦
[Actuality 3- Stair 1- â€œâ€¦ for the most part, the petitionerâ€¦ financially why they canâ€™t do it.â€?]
Councilman Sean Harrison, trying to get the Development train back on the track, posed his own question to Wilson Stairâ€¦
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[Actuality 4- Harrison- â€œSo, the grid system, whileâ€¦ thank you, honest answer.â€?]
And Saul-Sena wasnâ€™t about to let go either. This time, though, it wasnâ€™t pedestrian connectivity, it wasâ€”maybe â€“an issue of subtle segregationâ€¦
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[Actuality 5- Saul-Sena- â€œâ€¦Looking at the three high-rise blocksâ€¦ and thatâ€™s not good urban planning.â€?]
No matter what Smith said, he could not satisfy Saul-Senaâ€™s qualms, particularly because he refused to commit to any definite plan until AFTER the Council waived the zoning restrictions.
And that led to a three-way between Saul-Sena, Smith, and Councilman John Dingfelderâ€¦
[Actuality 6- Saul-Sena- â€œâ€¦ Is there accessâ€¦ and thatâ€™s creating a little problem.â€?]
At this point, Bank of America Senior Vice President, Roxanne Amaroso stepped up to plate. She had something to sayâ€¦
[Actuality 7- Amorosa- â€œOur mission is forâ€¦ to apply for financing.â€?]
Saul-Sena had this to sayâ€¦
[Actuality 8- Saul-Sena- â€œâ€¦ this is a huge dealâ€¦ weâ€™re gonna vote on it tonight.â€?]
But apparently, she was willing to compromiseâ€¦
Again, Saul-Sena to Smithâ€¦
[Actuality 9- â€œâ€¦ would you considerâ€¦ client regarding to the commitment.â€?]
And moments laterâ€¦
[Actuality 10- Smith- â€œâ€¦We could commit to lookingâ€¦ opposed, â€˜Nayâ€™â€?]
And thatâ€™s how deals get done at City Hall.
For WMNF, Iâ€™m Stan Davis.