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Council to Vote on Redevelopment Proposal Sept. 18

The Temple Terrace City Council and developer Vlass Temple Terrace are ending their negotiations with regard to the proposed apartment buildings in the downtown redevelopment area.

on the Temple Terrace downtown redevelopment project was the last that the City Council and developer Vlass Temple Terrace will have regarding the proposed apartment buildings at the site.

Vlass’ attorney, David Smith, told council members that they need to make a final decision on the project.

“I have been advised this is my last workshop, so I will not be attending another workshop,” Smith said. “And I think I know exactly where the council stands. I think you know where we are.”

So, council members will either accept or reject Vlass’ final revised plan at their Sept. 18 meeting. They , a city document that outlines what the developer can and can’t do.

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

The major contention since March 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.

Vlass and the city still have not come to a consensus on several points, including:

  • what the industry standard is for ceiling heights;
  • how ceiling heights would be measured;
  • Vlass’ marketing obligation to obtain retail tenants on the first floor;
  • how much retail space would be built on the first floor with the option of retrofitting it to residential if retail tenants are not found;
  • how long Vlass would keep spec retail space available;
  • how much parking is adequate;
  • who would maintain common areas; and
  • when the and new library would be built.

Smith said Saturday that he would submit Vlass’ final revised plan to the city by the end of this week.

“What I would propose that we do is that I get you the revision that makes the most changes we can live with,” Smith said.

He asked the council to forgo another workshop and vote up or down on Sept. 18.

“I think what I’m hearing here is that there’s going to be very little change from what you’re proposing now,” Affronti said to Smith at the end of Saturday’s workshop.

“That’s correct,” Smith replied.

Should the city acquiesce to the developer’s final proposal? Tell us in the comments.

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Carol Dell September 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Excellent comments!!!
Mike September 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It seems as if the citizens of Temple Terrace have decided they don't want to cave in to Vlass pressure. The concessions Vlass is requesting make the proposed redevelopment far different from the redevelopment plan agreed upon. I can not condemn all the city council members because there are some that are standing up to Vlass. I know there are others on the council ready to approve any concessions in spite of the opinion of the community. I hope any council member who is considering voting to approve Vlass's proposal reads the comments on the patch. I also hope they realize they won't get my vote ever if they bow to Vlass's blackmail.
Temple Terrace resident September 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Smith is golfing buddies with the Mayor, guess he feels entitled.
Robyn September 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Like many of us, I have a house that has dropped in value by 1/3. I am counting on the redevelopment to help our home values and bring in new blood to Temple Terrace. It does not sound to me that the demands made by the developer will be in our best interest.
Annette Renny September 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Let the developer walk, We did not agree to apartments, that was not what the redevelopment was about, He is only interested in getting in and out, not our city, nor is our Mayor.

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