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Council Not Scheduled to Discuss Redevelopment Sept. 18

The city has still not received a final proposal from developer Vlass Temple Terrace.

There are several items on the Sept. 18 Temple Terrace City Council meeting agenda, but none of them have anything to do with the downtown redevelopment project.

Although earlier this month Temple Terrace Mayor Joe Affronti and the City Council discussed having a final vote on the residential aspect of the project at the Sept. 18 meeting, the city has not received a final revision from developer Vlass Temple Terrace.

He said he would provide Vlass’ final proposal by the end of last week.

“The Vlass group has not submitted any written revisions/proposals since the Sept. 1 special TTRA workshop, and no TTRA meeting is scheduled for Sept. 18,” wrote Michael Dunn, the city’s public information officer, in an email Thursday.

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At the Sept. 1 workshop, Smith said the council needs to make a final decision on the project, and Affronti agreed.

“We have to decide one way or another,” Affronti said. “We can’t keep going—it’s been almost a year now.”

Both sides have been arguing about the residential aspect of the project since March when . The plan called for several changes to the master development agreement (MDA), a city document that outlines what the developer can and can’t do.

The major contention has revolved around the first floor of the apartment buildings. The council and many Temple Terrace residents have said they’d like to see retail on the first floor. The Vlass group has said obtaining financing for such construction isn’t possible in today’s market.

Both sides have negotiated, making concessions and revisions.

Although council members aren’t scheduled to discuss the redevelopment project Sept. 18, they are expected to take public comment and final votes on the . This is the last opportunity residents will have to speak on each issue.

Also during the meeting, Affronti and the council are expected to:

  • hear a presentation on a SWAT rescue vehicle and decide whether to buy one for $249,883;
  • consider a change order to the 56th Street improvements project in the amount of $95,933.36;
  • hear public comment and take a final vote on an update to the Comprehensive Plan; and
  • proclaim National Plug-In Day.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at . It will be  live on Verizon Channel 39 and Bright House Channel 950 and rebroadcast on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.

Affronti and the council are also scheduled to meet Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall for a work session regarding fire contract negotiations.

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Lucinda Johnston September 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
In my opinion, this is more evidence that we need a new developer. If they can't deliver a proposal on time, how can they deliver a completed project? I am urging citizens to vote for Frank Chillura and Grant Rimby in the November election. BOTH have construction and development experience and I can't imagine either one selling the citizens out just to get "something" going. I REALLY can't imagine these two fine men being intimidated into caving in to Vlass. I admire Cheri Donahue and under normal circumstances she would have my support but these aren't normal times and I believe Frank is the the best person to literally stand up to Vlass. I don't know Eddie Vance and Mary Jane Neale is Affronti lite so I don't know who will get my second counsel vote. But like the presidential election, I think this coming November is crucial to the future of our city.
JS September 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
"He said he would provide Vlass’ final proposal by the end of last week." He represents Vlass on all fronts, including reliability.
Concerned Resident September 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Vlass knows that regardless of how much they give, this council will vote them down, they will try thier luck with a new council. This will not be voted on until late December and who knows what will happen, either we will have an agreement that we the people hate or we will be involved in a legal battle that will last the next 3-4 years. Now it appears to be a lose lose issue.

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