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City Outlines Next Steps for Pillsbury Commons

The city releases its tentative schedule for the project review process.

While city staff is still in the process of reviewing Ron Clark Construction & Design's for the proposed Pillsbury Commons development, the city has outlined a tentative schedule for after its review is complete.

All the following information was taken from a Richfield City Council memo, dated May 10, 2012 and signed by Richfield City Manager Steve Devich.

May 21

The Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) will consider a motion to schedule a public hearing to consider the sale of the mortuary site, 211 76th St. W.

May 29

The Richfield Planning Commission will hold two public hearings, one regarding the rezoning and planned unit development application and the other to determnine if the modification of the redevelopment plan and the project's TIF () plan is consistent with the city's comprehensive plan. In addition, the commission will vote on whether the additional land sale is consistent with the comp plan.

June 12

The Richfield City Council will consider the purchase agreement for two city-owned properties not included in the option agreement. This could prompt a closed session and contiunance. The first readings of the ordinance to sell city land and the rezoning of the property will also be held.

June 18

The HRA will consider the development agreement and TIF plan. In addition, the public hearing for the consideration to sell the city-owned land will be held.

June 26

If all other dates line up with the above schedule, this is the night where final approvals can be granted. The city council will hold two public hearings, one regarding the adoption of the TIF plan and the other for the final plat. Second readings of the ordinance to sell the additional city land and the rezoning of the property will also be held. The final plat approval is contingent on the approval of the rezoning. If discussions about the purchase agreement are continued from the June 12 meeting, the item will be discussed here.

Devich made sure to note that this is a tentative schedule and subject to change. The memo is attached to this article as a PDF.

Of course, Richfield Patch will continue to follow this project and update readers as more information becomes available.

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Ghislaine Ball May 22, 2012 at 09:13 PM
We got the first taste of the latest spin last night - here are some thoughts on the RCC attorney's presentation: 1) 'fills an identified housing gap' - well, parts of the proposed project fill one of several housing gaps that were identified by the Stantec report. But it doesn't take a huge mental leap to realize that instead of building more, Richfield would be better served re-purposing a percentage of our existing 70% affordable housing to meet this need - but then Ron Clark doesn't get his $10 million in gov't subsidies and then that nice little gross $700,000/year nut to line his pockets with. Socialize risk and privatize profit! Apparently the rules of capitalism are just for schmucks. 2) 'high-quality project' - wow. So let's start with what a subjective statement this is. We've already seen how many corners were cut in the building of Casteel Place and that was a market rate development - what's he going to do with a project filled with people who don't have an investment in the building? High-quality?! According to whom?
Ghislaine Ball May 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
3) 'this project is not section 8' - correct - it isn't being built as section 8, it's being built as section 42. Section 8 is a voucher system - it is at the discretion of the property owner whether or not to accept the voucher in lieu or as partial payment - with that said ... On his MHFA score sheet RCC claimed and received 5 points for 4 units for 'Permanent Housing for Individuals Experiencing Long-term Homelessness' AND he claimed and received 4 points for a development that providing and GIVING Rental Assistance to the lowest-income tenants (ex. Section 8). Oooowee there's a devil in those details. 4) 'we've been listening to the community' - sure - but somebody's got a serious case of selective hearing going on. 'Market-rate town homes are heard as 'town homes' - 'high-density AND 100% affordable goes against documented affordable housing best-practices going back forty years' is responded to with 'ooh, I guess we better spread them out a bit - we'll build a park to circumvent that - no? - ok, we'll just spread them out then so that we're just under the official designation and not TECHNICALLY high-density.' ... really ...
Ghislaine Ball May 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
5) 'the benefits to the city will be building fees and putting land back on the tax rolls' - yup - that is true - but that statement conveniently omits a couple of things. 1) we still haven't itemized the costs to the city's infrastructure (we've asked for this but we were told that the city didn't have the resources to do a full cost/benefit like what we were asking for - so with a little help from industry professionals - we'll be presenting one of those ourselves). 2) according to the Regulatory Cost Avoidance/Cost Reduction of his MHFA score sheet Richfield will be a) donating or waiving project specific local government development fees and b) donating or waiving project specific assessments or infrastructure costs and c) WAC/SAC reductions and 3) the estimated yearly taxes on the property will be $3,900 ... $3,900 I have to say that again ... $3,900 ... a year ... I paid about $2,100 last year for my place ... $3,900 is less than twice that for a piece of land 1500% larger with infrastructure needs that will exceed 3500% of the population of my house.
Richfield Commoners United May 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Pillsbury Commons Process Hits Another Snag, So lets drag the city residents around and around, Thank you for being the developer you are. My be the city of Richfield will name a gift shop after you like they did in EDINA. for " AN excellent way to win hearts and minds developer" here in Richfield...oh yea we dont have a Art Gift shop but if you have your way we will have the very first SECTION 42 Shelter..Please visit http://ci.edina.mn.us/content/facilities/art_center/facilities/clark_gift_shop/index.htm
Richfield Commoners United June 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
So now we need to ask if TIF sheds some tax dollars to the school system. In all Ron Clark will only pay $3900. per year in taxes on the land for 30 years, what will the school get in cash for the next 30 years? The next question that should be asked is this, Kennisington Place on 76th and Lyndale was given $500K in up front TIF but now the courts have decided that Richfield was a second mortgage and we not getting one cent back ? How much did the school system loose on that one? Ron Clark is the only one walking away with the cash in hand!

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