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 wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t all clear sailing.
Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
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Out from the ashes of CIVITASÃ¢â¬Â¦
Ã¢â¬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, itÃ¢â¬â¢s still known as the Central Park Village Project. Where those 483 people are going to be put, no oneÃ¢â¬â¢s sayingÃ¢â¬Â¦
Ã¢â¬Â¦ although the Housing AuthorityÃ¢â¬âa 50-50 partner with Bank of America on this project Ã¢â¬âclaimed 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 PlanningÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 1-Abby Feely tree canopy- Ã¢â¬ÅThe petitioner is asking for 7 waiversÃ¢â¬Â¦ adopted by councilÃ¢â¬?]
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 didnÃ¢â¬â¢t get far. Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena had some questionsÃ¢â¬Â¦
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[Actuality 2-Saul-Sena- Ã¢â¬ÅAs I look at the planÃ¢â¬Â¦and I was hoping to regain with this redevelopment opportunity.Ã¢â¬?]
And then up came the cityÃ¢â¬â¢s Urban Design Manager, Wilson A. StairÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 3- Stair 1- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ for the most part, the petitionerÃ¢â¬Â¦ financially why they canÃ¢â¬â¢t do it.Ã¢â¬?]
Councilman Sean Harrison, trying to get the Development train back on the track, posed his own question to Wilson StairÃ¢â¬Â¦
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[Actuality 4- Harrison- Ã¢â¬ÅSo, the grid system, whileÃ¢â¬Â¦ thank you, honest answer.Ã¢â¬?]
And Saul-Sena wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t about to let go either. This time, though, it wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t pedestrian connectivity, it wasÃ¢â¬âmaybe Ã¢â¬âan issue of subtle segregationÃ¢â¬Â¦
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[Actuality 5- Saul-Sena- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦Looking at the three high-rise blocksÃ¢â¬Â¦ and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s not good urban planning.Ã¢â¬?]
No matter what Smith said, he could not satisfy Saul-SenaÃ¢â¬â¢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 DingfelderÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 6- Saul-Sena- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ Is there accessÃ¢â¬Â¦ and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s creating a little problem.Ã¢â¬?]
At this point, Bank of America Senior Vice President, Roxanne Amaroso stepped up to plate. She had something to sayÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 7- Amorosa- Ã¢â¬ÅOur mission is forÃ¢â¬Â¦ to apply for financing.Ã¢â¬?]
Saul-Sena had this to sayÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 8- Saul-Sena- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ this is a huge dealÃ¢â¬Â¦ weÃ¢â¬â¢re gonna vote on it tonight.Ã¢â¬?]
But apparently, she was willing to compromiseÃ¢â¬Â¦
Again, Saul-Sena to SmithÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 9- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ would you considerÃ¢â¬Â¦ client regarding to the commitment.Ã¢â¬?]
And moments laterÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 10- Smith- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦We could commit to lookingÃ¢â¬Â¦ opposed, Ã¢â¬ËNayÃ¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬?]
And thatÃ¢â¬â¢s how deals get done at City Hall.
For WMNF, IÃ¢â¬â¢m Stan Davis.