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Renaissance Zone Authority - August 23, 2017 Minutes

Regular Meeting: Wednesday: August 23, 2017:

The Regular Meeting of the Renaissance Zone Authority of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 8:00 o'clock a.m., Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

The Renaissance Zone Authority members present or absent were as follows:

Present: Dr. Dean Bresciani, Commissioner Tony Grindberg, Cari Luchau, Deb Mathern, Commissioner Dave Piepkorn,
Steve Swiontek

Absent: Bruce Furness, Chad Peterson

Chair Mathern called the meeting to order.

Item 1: Approve Order of Agenda
Member Bresciani moved the Order of Agenda be approved as presented. Second by Member Piepkorn. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of April 26, 2017
Member Bresciani moved the minutes of the April 26, 2017 Renaissance Zone Authority meeting be approved. Second by Member Piepkorn. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Review application from DFI Dillard LLC (New Construction) located at 223 and 229 Roberts Street North: APPROVED
Planner Derrick LaPoint presented this item for a proposal to construct a mixed-use commercial and residential building at this site. Mr. LaPoint stated staff is recommending approval as the proposal does meet the guidelines and all required approval criteria.

Member Luchau present.

Member Grindberg absent.

Project Manager Mike Zimney, Kilbourne Group, spoke on behalf of the application.

Board discussion ensued regarding the proposed pedestrian connection and future parking plans for residents to the adjacent Roberts Commons Parking Garage, possible impacts on surrounding business owners, and a brief review on the history of the properties ownership.

Member Bresciani moved to recommend to the City Commission approval of the application submitted by DFI Dillard LLC, and to grant the property tax exemption and the State income tax exemptions as allowed by the North Dakota Renaissance Zone law, contingent upon completion of the project and verification of costs. Second by Member Swiontek. On call of the roll Members Piepkorn, Luchau, Swiontek, Bresciani, and Mathern voted aye. Absent and not voting: Members Furness, Grindberg, and Peterson. The motion was declared carried.

Item 4: Other Business
Mr. LaPoint reported on a proposal submitted by the Kilbourne Group to establish a name for a public alley to “Roberts Alley”, between 4th Avenue North and north of NP Avenue. He stated this item will be on the consent agenda for the August 28, 2017 City Commission meeting.

Mr. LaPoint also noted staff would like to organize a tour for Board Members of new projects recently developed in the downtown area. He will work on scheduling a date and time, and will email this information once it is determined.

The time at adjournment was 8:20 a.m.