“To redevelop this part of town, we’ve been dealing with it for quite some time,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “It is important because this is our front door.”
The extensions are in relation to an agreement made in June 2012 between the city, the city's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Redstar Shores LLC, the new owners of Grand Landing. They signed a memorandum of understanding that set forth an expected development schedule for the property and how special assessments, easements and other project details would be treated.
The extension comes after the developer’s first run-through with the city's Planning Commission. The company submitted plans to the commission, and planners recently acted on them.
The Planning Commission denied the initial request with an 8-1 vote.
Rather than bring that recommendation to the City Council, City Manager Pat McGinnis said the developer will resubmit new plans to the Planning Commission. These plans may address commissioners' concerns.
“I asked the developer, and he just asked to have more time,” McGinnis said. “(The extension) basically adds three months to everything to give the developer time to develop another plan.”
Based on this, the city has extended some timelines that were in the original agreement worked out by the city, brownfield authority and the developers.
“By Jan. 1, they will be submitting final plans (for construction),” McGinnis said. “For now, we’re asking for Jan. 1 for most of the activity.”
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