RD Commission Notes, June 2011
BID OPENING FOR CITY-OWNED PARCELS
Last month the Department advertised three (3) vacant lots for sale:
I am asking permission to advertise the lots located at
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE FOUNDATION FOR THE CENTER FOR HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE, INC.
City Planner Ken Prince will introduce the project, and discuss the City’s vision for the development. Mike Wargo from the Center for Hospice will present the development plans. The Commissioners will be asked to consider a Memorandum of Understanding for the project.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH RETAIL PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
City Planner Ken Prince will introduce the project, and discuss the City’s vision for the development. Kevin Novak and Steve Murphy from Retail Property Development, LLC will present the development plans. The Commissioners will be asked to consider a Memorandum of Understanding for the project.
RESOLUTION 2011-07: DETERMINING THE NEED FOR TAX INCREMENT REVENUE AND AUTHORIZING NOTICE TO BE PROVIDED TO THE
This resolution states that all funds to be derived from the City of
RESOLUTION 2011-08: DETERMINING THE NEED FOR TAX INCREMENT REVENUE AND AUTHORIZING NOTICE TO BE PROVIDED TO THE
This resolution states that all funds to be derived from the City of
RESOLUTION 2011-09: APPROVING THE HIRING OF AN NSP COORDINATOR
Mayor Wood has given the Department permission to fill the NSP Coordinator position vacated by Andrew West. This is a 12-month position that started October 1, 2010 and will end September 30, 2011, and it is funded with our NSP1 grant. The Department’s current Program Coordinator, David Thomas, agreed to take the position. He will have the job through the end of September 2011. I’ll present another resolution to you in September to extend the position using our NSP3 grant. That grant extends the position through September 30, 2013. The pay rate is $45,000 annually plus benefits, and comes with the understanding that Mr. Thomas will assist in training the new Program Coordinator. This resolution makes Mr. Thomas’s hire date retroactive to June 13, 2011.
RESOLUTION 2011-10: APPROVING THE HIRING OF A PROGRAM COORDINATOR
This resolution gives the Community Development Department permission to advertise to fill the position of Program Coordinator vacated by David Thomas. Mr. Thomas took the position of NSP Coordinator, and now the department is in need of a staff person to assume the Program Coordinator role. This is a full-time position that starts at $33,615 annually.
Pavement, curb and sidewalks have been replaced on
Rieth-Riley Construction began pavement removal on the east side of
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2012.
Niblock Excavating is the contractor. Sidewalks and curb improvements are taking place on the section that is one-way from
This project will be bid in July 2011.
Bridge footing construction is underway.
Fir Road Expansion, PH. I (Between the
INDOT closed the intersection of
(Projects currently delayed due to strike: Main/Church, Fir/Cleveland,
Demolition of 413 and
This contract was awarded to R & R Excavating of Mishawaka for the amount of $94,910. R & R was not the lowest quoter, but they were deemed the most responsive and responsible quoter. Grade-Rite Excavating of Granger was the lowest quoter, but after reviewing Grade-Rite’s quote, it was determined that because of their lack of experience in large commercial demolitions, their very limited staffing, and concerns about the permitting process involved in a demolition of this size, we elected to award the contract to R & R Excavating. Demolition is scheduled to begin June 28.
Disposition of the Property Located to the North and 10 Feet to the East of 420 Lincolnway West
The Department is preparing to demolish the property recently acquired at 414 Lincolnway West in anticipation of the construction at Mishawaka River Center Apartments. We intend to pull up asphalt on the property owned by the Commission west of the alley. The employees and clients of the business at 420 Lincolnway West currently park on the asphalt. We approached the business about purchasing the property, and they are interested. The property was appraised by two independent commercial appraisers, and the average is $25,000. With the Commission’s permission, I’ll advertise the property for sale and bids will be received at the July 25th meeting. The Commission will have the right to accept or refuse any bid that is below $25,000.
Requests for Pre-qualifications for general contractors were published in the South Bend Tribune and the Mishawaka Enterprise the first and second weeks of June. Requirements for submitting qualifications, as well as preliminary construction drawings were made available on the City’s website. To ensure that we received submittals from the right pool of contractors, we posted insurance and bonding requirements, prevailing wage rate requirements, and we requested experience in multi-million dollar construction projects with an emphasis on historic rehabilitation. Qualifications were received at the June 21st meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety from the following ten (10) companies:
Thompson Thrift Construction
D. J. Construction
Brown and Brown General Contractors Wakarusa
Robert Henry Corporation
The applications are under review by the project architect, Kil Architecture and Planning. All contractors that submitted qualifications and that meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the Request for Pre-Qualifications will be invited to bid on the construction project in September.
PY 2011 CDBG Funding
The Department’s fiscal year starts January 1, but to date we have not received our Community Development Block Grant funds from HUD for 2011. I was not informed of the amount of our 2011 grant until June 10th. Every CDBG entitlement community’s allocation was reduced by 16.5% from the 2010 allocation. In
Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (NSP1)
As part of the City’s first Neighborhood Stabilization Grant, NSP1, we acquired and rehabilitated three (3) houses for use in the City’s Lease-to-Own Self-Sufficiency Program. We have qualified applicants for two of the houses,
The applicant for the house at
*** have them sign the lease ***
Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3)
Our application for NSP3 funds proposed the acquisition of 13 foreclosed, vacant and/or abandoned properties within smaller areas of our NSP1 target area. Twenty-two properties have been identified as meeting the program criteria. NSP Coordinator David Thomas is currently working with our acquisition consultant, Neighborhood Development Associates, Inc. of
Summer of Service Program
The Student Weekend portion of the Summer of Service program took place June 16-19. Over 300 students from local churches participated in City beautification projects:
Painting the warming shelter and gatehouse at George Wilson Park
Painting restrooms at Merrifield, Crawford and
Painting the tool shed at
Mulching at Shiojiri, Beutter and
Cleaning up debris at Prickett Marina
Picking up trash along
Neighborhood parties were held at Parkview Terrace, the Arbors, Townhouse East and Carriage House apartments. The kids also washed cars and handed out water bottles.
FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAM
Construction is underway at four of our five houses: 611 E. 3rd, 311 Cleveland,
YMCA BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Commission approved funding $10,000 to the YMCA’s Before and After School Program for the 2011-2012 school year. However, School City of Mishawaka has opted not to renew their contract with the YMCA. Instead, the Boys and Girls Club’s Compass Club will be expanded to all
ANYTHING BROUGHT BEFORE THE COMMISSION
The next regular meeting of the Redevelopment Commission will be Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205.
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