REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEETING
March 22, 2010
The regular meeting of the City of
Commissioner Gebo moved to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2010, meeting as distributed. Commissioner Troiola seconded; motion carried.
TIF PROJECTS UPDATE
The demolition contract was awarded to John Boettcher Sewer and Excavating for the sump sum amount of $25,000 for the following structures:
Substantial completion of the demolitions is expected by mid-April. With the exception of
Bids for this construction project will be opened by the Board of Public Works and Safety on March 30.
Survey work for this project, which includes modernization of existing traffic signals on
Most interior work on the lift station, which includes electrical, HVAC, painting, plumbing, pumps, etc. is complete. Scheduled completion is April 2010.
Selge Construction has completed all pipe installation via horizontal directional boring. The remaining work includes tie-ins and testing, and is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2010.
HRP Construction has notified residents near the construction site that the 2010 project will resume north on
River Crossing II
The contract for the River Crossing II was awarded to Carson & Roberts Site Construction & Engineering, Inc. of
Demolition was completed on these three structures the week of March 1st. The contractor,
R & R Excavating, will grade the topsoil and seed the disturbed sites within the next few weeks. Tentatively, the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant
Mrs. Timmer said Peter Hunt, NSP Director for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, came for a monitoring visit on March 8th. He went through our files and he was taken on a tour of the target area. Mrs. Timmer said she was pleased to report that he found our program in compliance; we just need to start spending money. Progress in that area is being slowed by the fact that almost all structures in our target area have some historic value. She said we are waiting for clearance from the State Historic Preservation Office to allow us to demolish the properties we’ve identified for removal. If we aren’t allowed to carry out the actions we desire on a particular property, then we won’t acquire it. All of the funds have to be obligated (contracts signed) by September 16, 2010.
Neighborhood Revitalization Project: As mentioned at February’s meeting, the consultant hired to assist us with acquisitions brought in a representative from the Historic Landmarks Foundation in
In the meantime our Construction Manager, Roger Shields, collected samples from throughout the building for asbestos testing. The analysis indicates that there is much less asbestos present than expected. Roger will write the specifications for removal, and quotes will be received by the Board of Public Works and Safety in April.
Mrs. Timmer informed the Commission that the NSP is structured as a reimbursement program. That means the City will have to pay project-related using our own funds, and then IHCDA will reimburse us within 10 days. Since the City doesn’t have a funding source suitable for “fronting” the money, she is working with Mutual Bank to set up a line of credit similar to what we utilize for the First Time Homebuyer Program. We will pay all NSP associated costs out of the line of credit, then pay off the balance when we’re reimbursed from IHCDA. She said she hopes to present a resolution for the line of credit at the April Commission meeting.
Also, Mrs. Timmer said another component of the NSP is the very strict guidelines regarding procurement for contractors. Therefore, she has to publish Request for Quotes for both a Habitat for Humanity-type of builder and First Time Homebuyer program builders. Habitat for Humanity will have to submit their qualifications to us to do marketing, family financial counseling and construction of homes for low-income households. Our current homebuilders will have to submit their qualifications to participate in the Homebuyer program. Those Requests for Qualifications will appear in the South Bend Tribune legal ads on Thursday, March 25th. Qualifications for low-income housing builders will be received by the Board of Public Works and Safety on April 13th. Qualifications for First Time Homebuyer program builders will be received by the Board on April 20th. We will also have to advertise for Qualifications for rehabilitation contractors.
The City acquired
Another property is in the process of being acquired for our CDBG-R Spot Blight Removal program. At the Commissioner’s Tax Certificate Sale, the City bid on and won
Our HUD Community Planning and Development representative from
RELEASE OF MORTGAGE
The house at
The next regular meeting of the Redevelopment Commission will be April 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: Approved:
Lory L. Timmer, Community Development Director