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Redevelopment Authority Board

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The Redevelopment Authority acquires title to blighted properties in the City, either individually by gift or purchase, or pursuant to a plan approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council designed to rehabilitate an entire area. The purpose is to demolish or renovate properties in order to restore them so that (a) they comply with building codes and are no longer a blighting influence in their neighborhoods, (b) they again become economic assets which contribute to the City’s tax base and (c) that they advance the City’s plan for the appropriate development and use of the neighborhood involved.

The work of the Authority is financed by Block Grant Funds made available to the City by the Federal Government and by grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Projects are designed to promote urban renewal by providing housing to low and moderate income families or by providing urban economic development.

Urban Redevelopment Law: Refer to 35 P.S. 1701-1705 et. seq. as amended by Act 137 of 2004 (HB2027/PN4051). Act 137 of 2004 regulates that in the case of a 3rd Class City, a majority of the members of the Authority shall be residents of the city and the remainder may be non-residents who own and operate a business in the city in which the authority operates.

The Mayor appoints the five members to five year terms.

Meetings: Meets 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at 101 S. George St., York, PA, in City Council Chambers.

Contact: Department of Economic & Community Development at (717) 849-2264

Members

1. David Cross, Chair - Term expires 4/28/16

2. Michael J. Black, Vice Chair - Term expires 4/28/15

3. Andrew M. Paxton - Term expired 4/28/19

4. Aaron Anderson - Term expired 4/28/18

5. Melissa Stiles (Filled unexpired term of Adriene McNeil) - Term expires 4/28/17

Staff:

Leonardo McClarty, Director of Economic & Community Development, lmcclarty@yorkcity.org

Shilvosky Buffaloe, Deputy Director of Economic & Community Development, sbuffaloe@yorkcity.org

Nicole Davis, Project Coordinator, ndavis@yorkcity.org

Solicitor: Donald B. Hoyt, 17 E. Market St., York, PA 17401, Phone: (717) 845-3674

For information about properties for sale, contact the Redevelopment Authority at (717) 849-2264

2014 RDA Minutes

Minutes from previous years' meetings may be obtained by completing a Request for Access to Public Records form.

February 19, 2014

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of York
Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2014

 

A duly advertised meeting of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York was held on February 19, 2014 at 101 South George Street, City Council Chambers, York, Pennsylvania 17401.

I. Call to Order / Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m. by David Cross. Present were Michael Black, Andrew Paxton, and Aaron Anderson. Melissa Stiles was absent.

II. Public Comment

There was no public comment.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Michael Black moved to approve the minutes of November 20, 2013 and December 18, 2013. Aaron Anderson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4913

V. New Business/Action Items

g. 424 Lincoln Street. Micelania Acevedo and her husband, Baldwin Almonte are requesting an option on this property. They live at 28 N. Franklin Street. They have made an offer for the subject property of $9,000.00. Staff is recommending denial. Ms. Acevedo appeared and made an impassioned plea for the property. Mr. Cross advised that he believed the property should be worth more. Staff advised the Authority has $3,500.00 in costs acquiring this property. There is an appraisal that was used in the eminent domain case of $4,000.00. Staff advised it is possible we could get some realtor assistance on this matter. Staff advised Ms. Acevedo and her family are much appreciated. She is a good city worker. Mr. Anderson advised that he knows the applicant and confirms their stature in the community. Mr. Cross advised that there is a consensus on the Board to table this for one month to let staff work with the applicant. Ms. Acevedo assented.

f. 468 W. Princess Street. Mr. Marino DeLeon is interested in this property. He appeared at the meeting. Staff is recommending denial of this application because the financial information is not complete. There was consensus by the Board to table it at this time.

c. Pullman Property Management Agreement. Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Tawanda Thomas appeared and requested to serve as property managers for the amount of $800.00 a month for a period of one year. They have good experience. There was a discussion about the status of the building. Aaron Anderson moved to approve the submitted agreement. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4914

The Board advised the Thomases that all existing leases will be extended through December 31, 2014.

IV. Financial Reports

The Authority General Fund Balance stands at $345,469.24.

The CDBG balances (Bureau of Housing Services) are as follows:

Demolition: $ 72,160.22
Acquisition: $ 25,000.00
Stabilization: $ 30,334.58
$ 127,494.58

V. New Business/Action Items

a. 109 W. Gay Avenue and 132-152 N. Pershing Avenue (Keystone Color Works Property). There was a discussion about the consensual drawings submitted by the applicant. The Board consensus was that the conceptual design is agreeable. The Board awaits further details as the option process unfolds.

b. Penn Cinema. This is down to 1.08 acres. The current price is now $45,600.00. Mr. Ketchum will do North Street on his own. He will maintain the Green Space. He will deed back his parking area in the event that the city or any authority affiliated with the city builds a parking garage within 500’ of the property. Andrew Paxton moved to approve the agreement on those terms. Michael Black seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4915

e. 28-30 W. King Street disposition. Staff received a letter from the Fraternal Order of Police requesting the sale of parking lot at 28-30 W. King Street. These are parking spaces. The Board consensus was to table this matter pending further investigation.

h. The position of secretary is vacant and it needs to be so recognized. Andrew Paxton moved to remove Kevin Schreiber’s name as secretary of the Authority and declare the position vacant at this time. Michael Black seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4916

i. The Strategic Plan discussion was deferred due to time.

j. 1521 Devers Road. Mr. McIheny wants this property and was offering $2,500.00 for it and will be responsible for rehabilitation of the property. Michael Black moved to approve the Redevelopment Agreement on those terms. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4917

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
 

March 19, 2014

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of York
Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2014


A duly advertised meeting of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York was held on March 19, 2014 at 101 South George Street, City Council Chambers, York, Pennsylvania 17401.

I. Call to Order / Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by David Cross. Present were Andrew Paxton and Melissa Stiles. Michael Black and Aaron Anderson were absent.

II. Public Comment

There was no public comment.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Andrew Paxton moved to approve the minutes of February 19, 2014. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4918

V. New Business/Action Items

c. 424 Lincoln Street. Ms. Acevedo was present and was looking for action of this property for $9,000.00. Melissa Stiles moved to approve the sale on the usual terms for $9,000.00. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed 2 to 1. David Cross opposing.

Resolution No. 4919

b. Derek Dilks. Mr. Dilks’ experience was discussed. His ultimate goal is to help single-family homes throughout the city. Unfortunately two on the list will have to be multi-family because they have always been that way. He is targeting rentals between $750.00 - $900.00 a month. Plans and financing have been reviewed by staff and the chairman. The Rehab costs range from the low of $40,000.00 to high of $500,000.00. Some selective demolition will be required on some properties. The RDA will sell each property for a $1.00. In addition, the Authority will contribute $20,000.00. Mr. Dilks indicates he will start his rehab for three months and finish within six months. If the RDA will continue to hold title for that time period, he will commit himself to getting the properties sold. His sales strategy is to work with housing organizations to find good purchasers. He will also work with real estate brokers who know the City of York. The Board and Mr. Dilks discussed how the $20,000.00 contribution would be arranged. The details are still up in the air. The money could be used for properties at the front end, or the back end, or some for each property or even using the $20,000.00 as a revolving loan fund. Melissa Stiles moved to approve a Redevelopment Agreement with Derek Dilks or a related entity for $1.00 each and the Authority would contribute the $20,000.00 from its general fund, the details of which are to be negotiated down the road. The properties are 308 South George Street, 312 South George Street, 324 South George Street, 326 South George Street, 353 South George Street, 132 South Beaver Street, and 320 West Princess Street. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4920

IV. Financial Reports

The Authority General Fund Balance stands at $303,971.88.

The CDBG balances (Bureau of Housing Services) are as follows:

Demolition: $ 72,160.22
Acquisition: $ 25,000.00
Stabilization: $ 30,334.58
$ 127,494.58

V. New Business/Action Items

a. 200 & 304 North Broad Street. Graybill KCG Investment, LLC would like to purchase these properties for $65,000.00 for development into a retail store. Andrew Paxton moved to approve the sale. Melissa Stiles seconded. After discussion, all three Board Members voted to oppose the sale. Voted 3-0.

Resolution No. 4921

d. 55 South Penn Street. Mr. Steven Buffington of 2 Sons Mechanical is offering $3,000.00. Staff has obtained additional information from him and is recommending the sale. Melissa Stiles moved to approve the sale on those terms. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4922

e. 416 West Princess Street. Mr. and Mrs. Arias are offering $2,500.00 for this property as well as the lot next door 418 West Princess Street. They will fix up 416 West Princess into a single-family rental. Their budget estimate is $14,000.00. They will be their own contractor. Andrew Paxton moved to approve the sale on those terms. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4923

VI. Staff Reports

a. Gus’ Bar. There has been a groundbreaking. All systems go.
b. Northwest Triangle/RACP. The grant is almost concluded.

It appears that CODO will not proceed with their part of the project.

Penn Cinema. The subject of work by the chairman and the staff is ongoing.
c. Illegal dumping. Staff is purchasing cameras to prove illegal dumping.
d. The Bond Building, 110 South Queen Street. The Board does not want to rent the property except under its own terms. There will need to be a full fledged lease under the terms discussed or a full fledged option. Nothing halfway.
e. Jackson. A letter was sent.
f. Pullman update. The account balance is about $77,000.00. This line item will now be in the financial reports. Discussion about the rentals which are between $475.00 - $525.00 a month an average.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:13 p.m.
 

April 16, 2014

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of York
Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2014


A duly advertised meeting of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York was held on April 16, 2014 at 101 South George Street, City Council Chambers, York, Pennsylvania 17401.

I. Call to Order / Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m. by David Cross. Present were Michael Black, Aaron Anderson, Andrew Paxton and Melissa Stiles.

II. Public Comment

There was no public comment.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Melissa Stiles moved to approve the minutes of March 19, 2014 as distributed. Andrew Paxton seconded with a comment. He believes that under V. b. Mr. Dilks that the $20,000.00 contribution could be in the form of a forgivable debt. There was also a discussion about piece mail payments of the $20,000.00, allocated for each property. The consensus of the Board was that these comments were appropriate. With those changes, the motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4924

V. New Business/Action Items

b. i. Penn Cinema. Mr. Penn Ketchum appeared. He desires to build a twin high end movie theatre in York. He has over the past several months cut down on many variables. Parking will all be on site. The price for the parcel is $70,000.00 an acre. He believes there is a new business model out there and that other theatre owners in the country are interested in the success being discussed. His timeline is variable as well. His best case scenario is an opening in November 2014. If, however, that is not possible, it would be March or April 2015. He is talking to Fulton Bank. There is an SBA 504 Program. He is also talking to Wagman Construction and LSC Site Design. Andrew Paxton moved to approve the Sales Agreement on the stated terms. Michael Black seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4925

b. ii. A partnership agreement with Sweet City Cinemas the form of which is to be subject to solicitor approval. Michael Black moved to enter into such an agreement. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4926

b. iii. A separate buyout agreement with Sweet Penn Cinemas subject to solicitor approval was discussed. Michael Black moved to approve entering into such an agreement. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4927

IV. Financial Reports

The Authority General Fund Balance stands at $305,663.89. The Pullman Building rental account stands at $84,815.69.

The CDBG balances (Bureau of Housing Services) are as follows:

Demolition: $ 65,380.59
Acquisition: $ 25,000.00
Stabilization: $ 63,163.43
$ 153,544.02

V. New Business/Action Items

a. M&T Bank. Aaron Anderson moved to authorize the Board Chairman to execute a letter of agreement on behalf of the Authority to restructure the accounts with M&T Bank and then serve to pay the bond used to finance the Susquehanna Commerce Center parking garage owned by the Authority. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4928

c. 605 Cleveland Avenue. Aaron Anderson moved to sell this property to the Crispus Attacks Association for $300.00. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4929

d. 620 Wallace Street. Michael Black moved to call this property to Helen Thackston Charter School without any deed restrictions. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4930

e. 424 Lincoln Street. The Acevedos are asking to modify the agreement to make the $9,000.00 payment and installment one including a $1,000.00 deposit and $500.00 a month for 16 months. Andrew Paxton moved to approve that agreement. Aaron Anderson seconded. The motion passed 4 to 1. David Cross opposed..

Resolution No. 4931

f. Redevelopment Authority Executive Director. The Redevelopment Authority will fund part of the City’s new Economic and Community Development Director’s salary. Michael Black moved to enter into that obligation. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4932

VI. Staff Reports

a. Pullman Committee Meeting Report. It began with a Board recommendation to approve borrowing costs to finance the improvements and capital expenditures and create a disposition strategy to market rate housing and sell the property at some point in the future. Staff should start looking at the process of bank financing. It was the consensus of the Board to go in that direction.

Michael Black moved to extend all leases in the Pullman Apartment Building from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Thereafter month to month tenancies, all leases to include the ability of the Authority to move the tenants for renovation floor by floor. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4933

d. Bond Project. Lease and Option have been executed by the Redevelopment Authority and the chairman and assistant secretary will also sign.


e. Foodstruck. Staff advised the possible use of the Northwest Triangle for future events.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
 

May 21, 2014

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of York
Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2014


A duly advertised meeting of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York was held on May 21, 2014 at 101 South George Street, City Council Chambers, York, Pennsylvania 17401.

I. Call to Order / Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 4:02 p.m. by David Cross. Present were Michael Black, Aaron Anderson, Andrew Paxton and Melissa Stiles. Leonardo McClarty called in to listen in on the meeting.

II. Public Comment

Josh Hankey advised he will be working on the Bond sales agreement. He would like to settle on the property by the end of June. He has given a packet of information to staff. He would like to start working on the title, etc.

III. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Michael Black moved to approve the minutes as distributed. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4931

V. New Business/Action Items

b. 45 West Market Street. Elliott Weinstein appeared. Mr. Todd Grove of Murphy & Dittenhafer appeared and gave a presentation about the building, the site plan, etc. This is the old Griffin Smith property. It has a two story addition in the back that will need to be removed. It is about 1,700 square feet. It will provide for 5 more parking spaces. There are 12 now. This demolition will get the building back to its original three story structure with a pitched roof. There will be work that needs to be done on the front and rear as part of the demolition and rehab work. They will need to get HARB approval. At this point Mr. Weinstein is contemplating simply a Vanilla Box for now. It will be 1,200 square feet on the first floor. The basement will be used for storage and there will be offices on the second and third floor. He hopes eventually to install a restaurant there. He is not planning on putting in any systems at this point because it will depend on the eventual user. Finances are unknown at this point although a letter from York Traditions Bank will be obtained. The construction project is out for bid. He requested 5 major contractors and expects 4 bids by Friday, May 30. He is also considering LERTA and appealing the assessment to the Board of Assessment Appeals promptly. Andrew Paxton moved to sell the property to Mr. Weinstein and his wife and their LLC Mashugana for $2,000.00 with the usual terms. Michael Black seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4932

g. 1001-1003 South Queen Street. This property intersects at Springdale Avenue at the Southeast corner. Mr. Clair Anderson offered $1,500.00 for the property. It is two units. He intends to demolish the front smaller wooden structure and make it a single-family home. His full proposal was reviewed. He will obtain his financing from Fulton Bank. The renovation cost is expected to be around $65,000.00. Michael Black moved to approve the sale subject to proof of financing. Aaron Anderson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4933

a. 1 East Market Street. This is the old Citizens Bank building. The purchase price will be $515,000.00. We will obtain funds from a benefactor. Marketview Arts exhibit needs a new home as soon as possible. The college and other benefactors will arrange for the utilities to be paid. The Authority will not own the property for a time. We will therefore need an agreement with the bank. Andrew Paxton moved to purchase the property for $515,000.00 subject to staff approval. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4934

c. 343 South Penn Street was removed from the agenda.

d. 345 North Beaver Street. Mr. Gustavo Zabala and Ms. Aguedita Rodriguez appeared. They are offering the property for a $1.00. Mr. Zabala is a contractor and has experience in the city. This renovation cost will be between $25,000 and $28,000 plus his own efforts. Aaron Anderson moved to approve the sale on those terms. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4935

e. 732 South Duke Street was removed from the agenda.

 


f. 734-736 South Duke Street. Mr. or Ms. Arisleidy Calcagno. Her contractor experience was reviewed. Each property will be acquired for a $1.00. The rehab costs are expected to be $45,800.00. Melissa Stiles moved to approve the sale on those terms. Aaron Anderson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4936

g. Pullman Apartments/238 North George Street. There is a Section 8 compliance issue. The front of the building needs to be scraped and painted. Real Services has been at the best bid for this work. It is $17,176.66. Michael Black moved to enter into that agreement to using the Pullman account for the source of funds. Andrew Paxton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4937

i. Declarations of Taking. The following properties have been through the blight process and have been certified as blighted by the Planning Commission and the Vacant Property Review Committee and staff is recommending eminent domain.

701 West Princess
422 Lincoln Street
213 North Hartley Street
337 Smyser Street

Michael Black moved to certifying these properties as blighted and authorized staff to proceed with condemnation. Melissa Stiles seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 4938


VI. Staff Reports

a. 2013 City/RDA Audit. All material has been provided to them.

b. Pullman. Staff met with Core Design Concepts to develop a plan for renovations.


IV. Financial Reports

The Authority General Fund Balance stands at $290,232.32. The Pullman Building rental revenue fund stands at $86,747.84 and the tenant escrow amount fund account is $2,500.20.

The CDBG balances (Bureau of Housing Services) are as follows:

Demolition: $ 49,380.59
Acquisition: $ 25,000.00
Stabilization: $ 61,573.43
$ 135,954.33

V. New Business/Action Items

None.


VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.