December 20, 2004
Present: Sean Wherley, Arthur Knowles, Melinda Ludwiczak, Niki Valens, Sam Zordich, Lisa Rudy
Absent: Barb Chung, Wayne Anderson, Natalie Lenz, Rolf Johnson,
Also Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director
Knowles moved to accept November’s minutes. All agreed.
Wherley and Linnes-Robinson updated the group on site issues at 23 W. 38th Street. The firm cost for increased support to build the duplex came in just over $66,000. Dolata, (following conversations with Wherley, Linnes-Robinson, and Motzenbecker) expressed preliminary support to MPHA and CPED of $10,000 of NRP funding toward the project. CPED, based upon this, approved to cover the remaining costs. The Steering Committee discussed the strategy related to this project, and Knowles moved that the committee approve the commitment of $10,000 toward the project. Zordich seconded. All other voted Aye, with no abstentions.
Wherley then provided the committee with an update on the Theisen site. The billboards seem to be the item holding up the closing of the deal. Lander will be providing an update to the Redevelopment Committee at their meeting later in the week. If any one is interested they are welcome to attend. Upon questioning, Linnes-Robinson reiterated that no money has been requested or committed to this project yet. She stated that if the deal closes, she would expect that the neighborhood needs to see what Lander’s proposal looks like before a determination can be made about if, or how, NRP funding can be used in the project to further any of the neighborhood’s goals. Besides being used to increase affordability of units, she also thought money could be partnered to increase access to services, business façade improvements, greening, or improvements of a targeted property of the Kingfield Redevelopment Zone.