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Renaissance Zone Authority - October 26, 2022 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Renaissance Zone Authority of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

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

Present: Deb Mathern, Reid Middaugh, Prakash Mathew, Chad Peterson, Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, Commissioner Arlette Preston

Absent: Dr. Dean Bresciani, Steve Swiontek

Chair Mathern called the meeting to order.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of April 27, 2022
Member Peterson moved the minutes of the April 27, 2022 Renaissance Zone Authority meeting be approved. Second by Member Mathew. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Review application from EPIC Unite Real Estate Holdings, LLC (New Construction) located at 234 Main Avenue North
Planning Coordinator Maegin Elshaug presented the staff report for a proposal to construct a mixed-use residential and commercial building, and noted staff is recommending approval as the proposal meets the guidelines and all required approval criteria. She stated an updated site plan has been provided as a laydown item to the Board.

Discussion was held on the updates to the site plan, parking ratios, and future parking needs in the Downtown area.

Member Piepkorn moved to recommend approval to the City Commission of the application submitted by EPIC Unite Real Estate Holdings, LLC and to grant the property tax exemption and the State income tax exemptions as allowed by the Renaissance Zone law contingent upon completion of the project and verification of costs. Second by Member Preston. On call of the roll Members Piepkorn, Middaugh, Mathew, Peterson, Preston, and Mathern voted aye. Absent and not voting: Members Bresciani and Swiontek. The motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Other Business and Public Comment
Chair Mathern inquired if scoring criteria would be updated to reflect the rising costs of construction.

Ms. Elshaug stated the Renaissance Zone Development Plan will need to be updated in 2024 and could be review then.

Item 4: Adjourn – Next Meeting: November 22, 2022
The time at adjournment was 8:13 a.m.