September 5, 2019
Immediately following the 6:00 P.M. City Council Meeting
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
MEDFORD URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY BOARD
The meeting was called to order at 8:10 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
Boardmembers Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Alex Poythress, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski; Boardmember Clay Bearnson was absent.
Executive Director Brian Sjothun; City a
ttorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
20. Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the July 18, 2019 Regular Meeting
There being no corrections or amendments, the minutes were approved as presented.
30. Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
30.1 Bob Shand requested the Board remember the core values.
40. Consent calendar
50. Items removed from consent calendar
60.1 RESOLUTION 2019-005
A resolution adopting findings and setting a public hearing to consider the acquisition of real property located at 703, 727, and 801 Central Avenue (Tax Lots 372W24DD4401, 372W24DD3800, and 372W24DD3700).
Urban Renewal Director Harry Weiss presented the staff report noting this sets the time and place for a public hearing. Boardmember Gordon noted the middle lot is not under contract yet, which is 3800. He stated without the 3800 you can’t do anything with the other two. Mr. Weiss noted this would be more appropriate to discuss at the public hearing. He stated it is owned by Laz Ayala. Mr. Weiss provided information on the two parcels that are set to close.
Motion: Adopt the resolution.
Boardmember Stine questioned if an Executive Session might be useful before the public hearing.
Moved by: Kevin Stine Seconded by: Tim D’Alessandro
Roll Call: Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Alex Poythress, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2019-005 was duly adopted.
Mr. Weiss noted we could ask the seller to extend closing on the two properties.
70. Board Business
80. Director and other staff reports
80.1 Downtown Property Scenarios: Timeline and Process
Mr. Weiss provided a timeline pertaining to Liberty Park projects and downtown property disposition. The Housing Advisory Committee would need to be involved to provide their perspective. The Planning Department has two studies 1) downtown housing market study and 2) downtown parking. Boardmember Stine questioned if MURAAC has met; Mr. Weiss noted they have met and will again shortly. Boardmember Brooks noted she did attend the meeting.
90. Propositions and remarks from the Board members
90.1 Executive Director Sjothun noted a hard copy of the Liberty Park Plan is before the Board and will be emailed as well.
90.2 Boardmember Brooks noted Riverside and Central is not the most pleasing drive and would like to offset it by an urban canopy of heavily plantings in the planting strips.
90.3 Boardmember Brooks noted the seismic retrofit fund has not been used lately. Mr. Weiss noted he could provide a thorough report. We are chasing a series of unknowns, such as public safety and legal threshold.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
The proceedings of the meeting were recorded and are filed in the City Recorder's office. The complete agenda of this meeting is filed in the City Recorder's office.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC