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Ron Clark Explains Request for Planning Commission Continuation

Ron Clark appeared before the planning commission Monday night.

developer Ron Clark appeared before the Richfield Planning Commission Monday night asking for extra time to tweak his team's proposal for the affordable housing development.

for residents and also vote on whether to approve a city zoning change from industrial to high-density residential. However, and Clark presented his reasonings for wanting more time before the commission made its decision.

Clark cited the rising of new concerns as a major reason for requesting the extension. He also said he and his team have come up with some new ideas to address some of those concerns.

The Richfield City Council will decide *whether to approve public hearings regarding Clark's request and making changes it the city's redevelopment plan Tuesday night.

Resident Joe Hoover submitted the video above from the meeting. You may need to turn your volume on high to hear clearly.

Editor's Note: The city council is to decide on public hearings, not on the actual distribution of tax increment financing.

Richfield Commoners United May 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
At the May 8th City Council meeting it was revealed that members of the city council & HRA commission had been privately contacted by Ron Clark to discuss his new proposal. The topic was brought up when Fred Wroge announced that Ron Clark had called his private phone to request a meeting. Councilman Wroge declined Clark's request, Tom Fritzhenry also declined saying "If he has something to say he can say it to all of us." , When Wroge's 'outing' of Clark prompted Councilman Elliott's admission that he too had been contacted and met with Ron Clark, saying he would not apologize for behind closed door meetings.
Richfield Commoners United May 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Given that Ron Clark Construction has received ample time to present their plans to the City Council, HRA and the Planning Commission in meeting after meeting it is very suspect that they would want to meet in round robin format with the HRA and City Council and circumvent Minnesota's Open Meeting Law. Where is the transparency with dealing with Ron Clark? Shouldn't his plans be discussed in the open? What does Ron Clark have to say to them about Pillsbury Commons that cannot be said in a public meeting? While it is unknown if Ron Clark Construction violated any laws, the ethics of this matter is certainly not becoming of a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award and someone who says, “Honesty, integrity and fair play have always been of utmost importance to us."
Richfield Commoners United June 01, 2012 at 02:31 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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