Community Development Committee - April 17, 2018 Minutes
The Regular Meeting of the Community Development Committee of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
The Community Development Committee Members present or absent were as follows:
Present: Commissioner John Strand, Linda Boyd, Linda Klebe, Michael Redlinger, Shara Fischer (via conference call), Lynn Fundingsland, Samantha McDonald, Ken Enockson, Sami Eidenschink (FM HBA), Kalley Norr (DCP)
Absent: Thomas Hill (United Way), Mayor Tim Mahoney
Item 1. Welcome
Chairperson Strand welcomed Members to the meeting and introductions were made.
Item 2. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meetings of February 20, 2018 and March 20, 2018
Ms. Boyd moved the minutes of the February 20, 2018 and March 20, 2018 Community Development Committee meetings be approved. Second by Ms. Eidenschink. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 3. City Owned Land Strategies
a. Land Purchase – 708 4th Avenue North
Jim Gilmour, Director of Strategic Planning and Research, presented an overview of the project.
Members Norr and Enockson present.
Ms. Boyd moved to recommend to the Fargo City Commission that the City acquire 708 4th Avenue North in exchange for 11 11th Street North. Second by Ms. McDonald. On call of the roll Members Boyd, McDonald, Fundingsland, Enockson, Norr, Eidenschink, Klebe, Redlinger, Strand, and Fischer voted aye. Absent and not voting: Members Hill and Mahoney. The motion was declared carried.
b. Review Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity request – 810 12th Avenue North
Josh Hoper, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, spoke on behalf of the proposed project and provided a site plan to the Board.
Mr. Fundingsland moved to approve the sale of 810 12th Avenue North to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity for $16,300. Second by Ms. McDonald. On call of the roll Members McDonald, Boyd, Eidenschink, Fischer, Fundingsland, Redlinger, Enockson, Norr, and Strand voted aye. Member Klebe abstained from voting. Absent and not voting: Members Hill and Mahoney. The motion was declared carried.
Discussion was held by the Board Members regarding City-owned lots.
Item 4. Action Plan Amendment for 2017 and 2018
Planning Director Nicole Crutchfield provided a summary of this item. She shared that the public comment period for this amendment is almost completed and this item is scheduled to be heard at the April 23, 2018 City Commission meeting.
Christopher Miller, Beyond Shelter, spoke on behalf of this item.
Mr. Redlinger moved to approve the amendments to the 2017 and 2018 Action Plans. Second by Ms. McDonald. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 5. 202 Broadway North (VFW) – Storefront Rehab
Ms. Crutchfield provided a background on the proposed project and noted that it has been approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Assistant Planner Jasmine Markusen added that updated information was provided in the printed packet reflecting updated project dollar amounts.
Applicant Vic Pellerano, spoke on behalf of the application.
Mr. Redlinger moved to recommend approval of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Storefront Rehab at 202 Broadway North. Second by Mr. Fundingsland. On call of the roll Members Boyd, Fundingsland, Redlinger, Fischer, Enockson, Norr, Klebe, McDonald, Eidenschink, and Strand voted aye. Absent and not voting: Members Hill and Mahoney. The motion was declared carried.
Item 6. Lashkowitz High Rise Update
Planner Tyrone Grandstrand presented a handout to the Board containing an updated history and information about the Lashkowitz High Rise. He shared details about upcoming rehabilitation that is proposed for the facility.
Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority (FHRA) Executive Director Lynn Fundingsland gave a synopsis of the current housing units; the proposed timeline and process of the rehabilitation project; and the relocation plan for current tenants.
Item 7. Global Youth United Soccer Program
Ms. Crutchfield presented information regarding an updated request received from the Global Youth United Soccer Program.
Abdi Jama, Executive Director of Global Youth United, spoke on behalf of the program. He reviewed the purpose of the program, the current needs, and future goals. He made a request of the Community Development Committee for assistance with the needs of the program financially and through social support.
Mr. Strand volunteered to coordinate a meeting of the stakeholders with intent to bring in the support of the Fargo Park District.
Ms. Boyd moved to allocate $3,000 from the Social Service contingency funds for immediate purchase of equipment and uniforms, with an additional $3,000 to be allocated contingent on successfully bringing together stakeholders and formulating a support plan. Second by Mr. Enockson. On call of the roll Members Norr, Enockson, Boyd, McDonald, Eidenschink, Klebe, Fundingsland, Redlinger, Fischer, and Strand voted aye. Absent and not voting: Members Hill and Mahoney. The motion was declared carried.
Member Redlinger absent.
Item 8. Other Business
Mr. Strand extended his gratitude to Mr. Fundingsland for his service and legacy to the Community Development Committee.
Item 9. Adjourn
The time at adjournment was 3:47 p.m.