Springfield City Council last night unanimously passed a resolution initiating an administrative delay on the acceptance, processing and approval of redevelopment plans submitted through the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority.
The LCRA provides tax abatement incentives to encourage investment in the removal of blight within designated urban renewal areas. Springfield Economic Development Director Sarah Kerner presented the delay in response to requests by council members to adopt a workable program for Chapter 99 property tax abatements authorized under the LCRA law of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
“The need for the administrative delay is to put a pause on development projects while we prepare the workable program,” Kerner said. “A workable program is a tool that’s authorized as part of the LCRA law, and it basically gives cities a way of tailoring the program to their particular needs.”
Furthermore, a workable program would allow council to clearly state all the criteria the governing body would consider in applications for tax abatement projects in the city.
“Currently, we’re using the language straight out of Chapter 99 statute,” Kerner said. “We don’t have anything that’s specific to Springfield.”
The statutory purpose of a workable program, Kerner said, is to deal with existing blight, establish and preserve a well-planned community with residential neighborhoods suitable for family life, use appropriate private and public resources to eliminate and prevent the spread of blight, and encourage needed urban rehabilitation.
Kerner said any new or amended Chapter 99 redevelopment plan would have to meet the workable program requirements, though already approved Chapter 99 plans would not be impacted. The delay also would have no impact on obtaining city permits for demolition or construction.
“This is purely on the economic development incentive side of things,” she said.
Noting Kansas City and St. Louis already have similar workable programs in place, Kerner said Springfield’s economic development office could build a customized workable program in 60 days.
Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. partner Geoffrey Butler spoke on behalf of a client, Roza Homes LLC, following Kerner.
“I support a workable program, but I object to this resolution,” Butler said. “The client that I represent has been working through the process, has been approved by LCRA, should have been heard two weeks ago, and was pulled by the city manager’s office — because of this workable program idea.”
Roza Homes planned to demolish a single-family dwelling and a set of apartments and build a new four-story, 17-unit multifamily residential apartment building at the southeast corner of South Kimbrough Avenue and Harrison Street.
Butler said Roza Homes’ property has been blighted since the 1960s.
“It’s what you call a legacy property,” Butler said. “If you pass this resolution as written, he’s dead in the water until the workable program is figured out. Sixty days is not going to happen, folks.”
Councilman Richard Ollis said it’s important the city expeditiously passes through the new plan.
“I would also support and advocate for an update to our comprehensive plan, which is virtually 20 years old,” Ollis said. “So, I would certainly support this.”
As a result of council’s approval of the bill, Roza Homes was unable to present its redevelopment plan for an area generally located at 600-610 E. Harrison St., which was listed as a public hearing bill on last night’s council agenda.
Search sponsored by:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church is building a two-story addition to connect a worship center and a children’s classroom wing.
How do you create our own legacy when your family name is so well known? Austin O’Reilly, Owner and Founder of Dynamic DNA Labs made his own path by taking his passion for genetics and biology and …
According to Stan Dobbins, Branson City Administrator, ten percent of your employees are excellent performers and require very little management. Eighty percent are good workers, but require a lot of …
When your training needs assessment shows there are gaps in employee performance the next step is to design an appropriate training solution according to Sherry Coker, OTC Center for Workforce …
Interview first for ability to do the job then ask probing questions to see if the candidate will fit with your company’s inclusion policies. Susan Stith speaks from experience as the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving for Express Scripts.
“Whatever that gratitude that is in your head deserves to be in the world. It deserves to have a voice,” says Andrew Horn, Founder and CEO of tribute.co. Horn says it doesn’t matter if it’s friends, family or co-workers, tell them you appreciate them. Gratitude changes everything. Give gratitude a voice.
You might know that whiskey means “water of life,” but do you know the difference between a blended whiskey and a single malt? How about the differences between Irish Whiskey, Scotch and Bourbon? …
Andrew Spurling with GFI Digital dispels five common myths around the selection and maintenance of your office copier from what your machine up-time expectations should be to how you can vet copier …
Jonathan Dodd and Brian Kubik started a partnership many years after they first met in grade school, finding trust to be the most critical piece to finding a business partner. The business plan for …
Be a learner, not a knower. Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions says, “the knower will fall alseep at the wheel and miss some incredible something that’s impacting the world …
“I think that we live in a very unique time. We’ve experienced this information revolution, and now we are inundated with all these options, almost to paralysis,“ says Tez Ward, Financial …