Archive for Monday, April 4, 2011

City commission agenda for April 5, 2011

Tax incentives proposal for Treanor Architects to be discussed

April 4, 2011


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider approving several incentives for a proposed office building project at 1040 Vt.


Lawrence-based Treanor Architects wants to make a $2 million addition to the building and move its headquarters to building. But the company is asking the city to use the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, which would allow a portion of the new properties for the expansion to be rebated back to Treanor. The plan calls for rebates to start at 95 percent and work their way downward to zero over a 10-year period. Treanor also is asking the city convert an existing two-hour city parking lot into a 10-hour lot to accommodate the project. Treanor has proposed buying 50 long-term parking passes from the city at the current rate of $195 per permit. But Treanor would like the city to fix the cost of that permit at $195 for 10 years.

Other business


• Proclaim the month of April 2011 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

• Proclaim the month of April 2011 as Fair Housing Month.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from March 15.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the city clerk’s office.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Initiate text amendments, TA-3-3-11, to the city of Lawrence Land Development Code, to various sections regarding creation of a new multidwelling residential zoning district, RM64.

• Initiate Text Amendments, TA-3-4-11, to the city of Lawrence Land Development Code, Chapter 20, Article 7, regarding revisions to the district criteria and development standards in the Planned Development Overlay District.

• Receive annexation request, A-3-1-11, of approximately 69 acres, located on the south side of N 1800 Rd (Farmers Turnpike) and between the extended alignments of E 900 Rd and E 950 Rd. Submitted by Steven C. Rothwell, for multiple property owners. Refer to Planning Commission for recommendation.

• Receive 2010 annual report for SUP-12-10-10, Lawrence Community Shelter at 944 Ky.

• Authorize acceptance of Federal Aid Safety Funds in the amount of $1.2 million to widen Iowa Street to provide a two-way left-turn lane, from south of Harvard Road to south of Terrace Road, and $150,000 to reconstruct the traffic signal at Ninth and Tennessee streets with a 10 percent city match ($16,666.67) to be paid from the Capital Improvement Reserve fund.

• Authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with CitePayUSA for online, phone and in-house credit card payments for fines and fees for the Municipal Court.

• Approve temporary use of public right-of-way permits for the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market use of city parking lot 8 (800 block of New Hampshire) on Saturdays from 5 a.m. to noon April 9 through Nov. 19, and use of city parking lot 10 (1000 block of Vermont) on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 through Oct. 25.

• Approve as signs of community interest a request from Christina Pyle to place signs at Bob Billings Parkway and Westbrook Drive for the annual Hawk Mudfest Volleyball Tournament. The signs will be placed on April 29 and removed April 30.

• Approve as signs of community interest a request from Eastlake Community Church to place temporary signs in various public rights-of-way from Wednesday through April 24 advertising their Free Love Lawrence community event.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Consider the following items related to a Neighborhood Revitalization Area Plan for 1040 Vt.

a) Consider adopting Resolution No. 6921, adopting a policy for Neighborhood Revitalization Areas in the city of Lawrence.

b) Conduct a public hearing regarding a request from Treanor Architects to establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Area at 1040 Vt. for the purpose of the relocation of the Treanor Architects headquarters facility.

c) Consider request for long-term parking passes and to designate parking lot 10 (1000 block of Vermont) as a long term parking lot.ô


Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

This rebate is far too generous. Tomorrow is election day.

Are we talking 195.00 for a whole year? This is 50 cents a day. This likely does not cover the cost of meter maid time in the lot.

Install 10 hour Parking meters in this lot instead. At 50 cents a day for all day does this cover admin costs?

Where would some of the wealthy be without big government tax dollar welfare programs?

Install 10 hour Parking meters in this lot instead.

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