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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING

 

 

City Hall                                                                                                   March 1, 2004

Council Chambers                                                                                     7:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present:            Alderman Moreno, Alderman Marshall, Alderman Leahy, Alderman Golfin, Alderman Kramer, Alderman Robertson, Alderman Wynn, Alderman Cross.

 

Gretchen Wallace, Murphy & Wasinger, City Clerk/Administrator Seemayer, Economic Development Director Shelton, Treasurer Reynders and Executive Secretary Williams.

 

Absent:City Attorney Murphy and Zoning Administrator Wolf.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF MARCH 1, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Golfin, second by Alderman Robertson to approve and adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board of Aldermen meeting of March 1, 2004.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING OF FEBRUARY 2, 2004

 

Motion was made by Alderman Robertson, second by Alderman Wynn to approve and adopt the Minutes of the Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting of February 2, 2004.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

BIDS – None

 

HEARING OF ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST UPON REQUEST OF ANY PERSON PRESENT

 

Jim Fiete – 2201 Parkridge came before the Board and stated that the two ranch style houses that were across the street from him are now history.  One new brick home will replace the one that was recently demolished.  He encouraged the Mayor to contact John Geppert of the Planning and Zoning Commission to come up with something to present to the Board, so that the Board may act and get the petitions necessary to protect their Parkridge Association.

 

Kathryn Jepson – 2328 Annalee came before the Board and stated that the residents are under the impression that the Hanley Road TDD would pay for the Strassner extension and the MetroLink bridge so they are at a loss of why more development is needed of the Hanley Industrial Court.  The people in Hanley Industrial Court do not want to leave.  The process seems to be to condemn the land, force a court ordered price in sale, issue some TIFs or tax abatement, demolish and develop.  She would like to challenge the Board to do the hard thing, which is to work to improve what is there, to promote the businesses and to nurture the assets of the town, as it currently exists.  

 

Bob Osterholt – 9380 Pine came before the Board and stated that he has been a Brentwood resident since 1984 and board member of the Hanley Industrial Court Association since 1989.  He has been employed at South Side Roofing since 1981.  His family built the building at 290 Hanley Industrial Court and moved the company here in 1971.  They have been in business since 1920.  Although they own similar property in West Port Plaza the decision to build in Brentwood was made for the central location and more established community and business environment.  His family also constructed the Hanley service center multi-tenant building at 1250 Hanley Industrial Court in 1985.   Over the past 30 years employment at South Side Roofing has ranged from the lower 40 to well over a 100 per year depending on the cycle of the construction industry.  He lives less than a mile and a half from their office and has been able to enjoy both the business climate of Brentwood and have many close personal relationships with other Brentwood residents in the past 20 years.  Living so close to work has always been a great benefit for the whole family.  While many changes have occurred in Brentwood such as Brentwood Square and the Eager Road projects and the soon to be completed MetroLink, he does not believe Brentwood will benefit from this latest proposed redevelopment in the industrial court.  Too many healthy, viable businesses with literally hundreds of employees will be displaced merely for the sake of redevelopment.  He chose Brentwood as a place to work and raise his family and hope it will provide the same opportunity for his family.  He, his family and co-workers are firmly against redevelopment.  They do not want to leave Brentwood.

 

Andrew Truss – 2825 Brazeau came before the Board about the new restroom facility at Norm West Park.   He asked when would the facility be opened.  He lives in the area and stated that the restroom is needed by people using that park. 

 

John Kraska – representing the Hanley Industrial Court Association came before the Board and stated that he is opposed to the RFP and the development plan for the Hanley Industrial Court.  It would remove approximately 19 buildings, over 40 businesses, well over 500 people and over $33 million a year in income from that area.  The benefit of what the City is getting presently far exceeds anything you could possibly get with the redevelopment.  The Board should think very seriously about what they are doing with the RFPs.   

 

Bonnie Rasmussen – 8828 Pendleton came before the Board and stated that one of the members of the Hanley Industrial Court Association sent her a copy of the minutes of the last meeting.  The City needs to look long and hard about issuing RFPs because they so destabilize the community.

 

Presentation of Proposed Development – Hanley Industrial Court

 

Mayor Kelly stated that the initial RFP the City issued was for one vacant lot and another building on Hanley Road that they knew was going to be vacant for the purpose of putting a new roadway through which is the Strassner extension to Hanley Road. This has been a goal of the City and Hanley Industrial Court Association for a number of years. 

 

When they received proposals, Costco came back with their own proposal separate from the Hanley Road proposal for seven parcels of property.  They proposed to the City to build a Costco warehouse in that area.  The City went through the analysis and process of selecting a developer and chose Costco for the site they were looking at in Hanley Industrial Court and chose MLP for the original RFP for Hanley Road.  Once Costco decided not to build they wanted to look at still trying to make some of the other roadway improvements on Strassner Road, which would not be funded with the MLP project.  That is the area of Strassner from the bridge at the creek to where the new extension to Hanley Road will end.  MetroLink has said that they would put a stop there.  They have scheduled it as a future stop in their original plans.   The stop will have to be funded by the City.  On a long-term basis they thought that this would be an opportunity to accelerate the building of that MetroLink stop.   Another reason that they issued the RFP was because of the frustration and inconvenience that some of those property owners had gone through with the Costco plan.  From the City’s standpoint the approach was to issue another RFP and see if there was something out there that would be able to facilitate purchasing those properties, relocating those businesses and also helping to fund some of those improvements to that roadway.  The City received two proposals from the Sansone Group and MLP, which was the developer that was awarded redevelopment rights for Hanley Road.  They received a letter today from Sansone Group withdrawing from consideration for the project.  The City is still evaluating those projects for feasibility. 

 

Chris Ho – MLP came before the Board and stated that their company was founded in 1990 to become a fully integrated real estate company.  Their main focus and objective is real estate development but very importantly in their company is they build their own projects as well.  That entity owned by MLP is Pioneer Construction.  They develop, build and manage their properties. 

 

In 2002 they were ranked the 22nd largest multi-family developer in the country with just under 1,200 starts, which equates to $201 million in building construction and revenue.  Their background and expertise comes from a residential basis.  The market dictated that there were a lot of people who do not want to commute.  People who want to be able to live, work and play within the same area.  That market demand along with the aging demographics shows that people want housing options where they do not have to have single family properties but as they become empty nesters they would stay within the neighborhood they raised their families.  They would have all their connections, businesses, family and friends all within that same neighborhood.  Those factors lead to this new direction and new division within their company, which is a focus on mixed use, urban infill projects.   

 

They have been chosen preferred developer for RPA 2.  When the RFP came out for RPA 3 and RPA 1, the old Costco site, they thought that the most responsible thing to do was to take a step back and look at the entire urban planning for the whole Hanley Industrial Court area and look at a solution which would help with not only redevelopment, but the transition of the redevelopment into this new project. 

 

Mr. Ho went over the site plan, which is available in the City Clerk’s office.  Within these mixed-use projects residential is a key component.  It provides security for the neighborhood.  You avoid that typical downtown situation where something gets abandoned at 5:00 p.m.   The residential also brings in a built in marketplace.  The retail and restaurants below the apartments have a component. You do not need to drive in to support their facilities.  

 

They would be introducing in RPA 3 a new European style square, a place for the public to gather.  That is integrated with a new MetroLink station if it can be worked out with the City and Metro.  People would have the opportunity to get on the MetroLink to go downtown, Clayton, or Galleria within a very short ride. 

 

The Main Street continues into the Costco original RPA site.  They are proposing an entertainment center there, which is going to be anchored by an 18-screen movie theater supporting restaurants and entertainment type retail.  This entertainment center will be able to transition with the existing Hanley Industrial Court but yet at the same time there is an ability to break it apart into smaller pieces, so you do not have just a big-boxed development.  Instead you will have an opportunity to continue the urban fabric and urban diversity. 

 

With the combination of restaurants, retail, entertainment and residential they can generate the revenue necessary for putting Strassner through and at the same time enhance the City of Brentwood by bringing more head count into the City.  Within RPA 1, which is the old Costco site there is an 80,000 square foot theater, 40,000 of a restaurant entertainment venue, an additional 42,400 of entertainment retail.  There is also 32,000 square foot of restaurant out lots, an additional 20,000 of small shop boutique retail and approximately 190 residential units, which is a mixture of condominiums and for rent apartments.   In RPA 3, approximately 20,000 square foot of retail, some shops off that new square with a very strong residential basis, just under 300 new residential units with a mix of condominiums and apartments, and a provision for a daycare facility.

 

Alderman Golfin asked if they contemplate putting Strassner through without a TDD.

 

Mr. Ho stated that Strassner would be with a TDD.  It is part of another financing mechanism.

 

Alderman Kramer asked Mr. Ho what conversations have they had with potential landowners so far.

 

Mr. Ho stated that with RPA 2 they already have the option contract on one of the parcels and are in negotiations with the second.  Also in RPA 1 they have spoken to a couple of landowners and the response has been positive.  MLP values input from the neighborhood, which helps them understand the market better and issues involved there. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked what size residential are they looking at and who are they marketing to bring in to fill the buildings.

 

Mr. Ho stated that the market they are going after is of the young urban professional.  The average size of the apartments is about 950 square feet. 

 

Alderman Leahy asked how many different restaurants will be coming in the development and how long does a restaurant stay viable in this type of complex. 

 

Mr. Ho stated that because they know that there is a certain built in marketplace the restaurants are fed by the people that live in such close proximity.  The extra benefit that they have in Brentwood is that Hanley with its accessibility and visibility from 40 and Hanley itself brings to it another component that is providing greater demand for the restaurants.  They were looking at four major restaurants within RPA 2, one within RPA 3 and one next to the movie theater, and another smaller one.   They will not look at anything shorter than a ten-year lease for the restaurants. 

 

Alderman Wynn said his concern is about evening traffic associated with the theater.  The evening hours are when people usually attend movies.

 

Mr. Ho stated that there is no doubt that there will be added traffic, but with their planning in conjunction with working with the City and having a lot of different options in terms of exiting the theater through Strassner, back to Brentwood, Strassner over to Hanley, through Hanley Industrial Court and through the Promenade, gives them the ability to disperse that traffic.

 

Alderman Wynn stated that most of the businesses in Brentwood close around 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.  The theater will be opened around midnight, so people will be leaving and coming at a later hour than what they are used to.

 

Alderman Marshall asked if there would be traffic studies including the theater traffic with flow and hours.

 

Mr. Ho said yes.  Within this mixed use project there is a very complex formula on both shared parking and shared uses because certain retail shops greatest demand is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   In residential the peek demands are at different times.  That would be all integrated with a comprehensive traffic study. 

 

Alderman Moreno asked if all the interested movie companies are looking to do an 18- screen theater.

 

Mr. Ho said it was very surprising to them, but their stats, size and numbers were almost identical and came out to an 80,000 square foot theater. 

 

Alderman Cross asked where is the parking for the apartments and condominiums located.

 

Mr. Ho stated that the parking is behind the facilities.  They are multi-story structured parking, which is connected through the retail and apartments via bridges.  If you live in a third story apartment you would probably have a third story parking space. 

 

Mayor Kelly asked Richard Ward to give the Board an update on their progress of evaluating the project.

 

Richard Ward with Development Strategies came before the Board and said they have not finished their full evaluation.  There are some very appealing aspects to the project.  The nature of the development and the way it is done as a so called new urbanized development is really the way they did things prior to the second world war in terms of stacking residential above retail, mixing office, putting higher densities, creating a pedestrian environment, a place where people could walk from one thing to the other as opposed to driving to everything.  The biggest reservations they would have are the loss of jobs involved in Hanley Industrial Court.  They will submit a written report outlining the gains and losses.  The opportunity to get a full connection of Strassner is a very important public gain. 

 

Mayor Kelly stated that he has asked the school district to appoint a member for this evaluation process to represent the school district as they look at the numbers and feasibility.  The City’s goal is to have a report back to the Board of Aldermen within a month to six weeks.  There are a number of vacancies in Hanley Industrial Court.  One of the concerns for years has been the lack of access, which has hurt some of the businesses.  Another concern is that Hanley Industrial Court has transformed from an industrial court to more of an office park.  Most of the industrial users have moved out.  A major issue with any of these projects would be the ability to not only make the property owners whole and have them as part of this process but more importantly the relocation of businesses and tenants that are in those buildings. 

 

Alderman Golfin stated that the City has two options whether Hanley Industrial Court will be developed or whether Hanley Industrial Court needs some improvement to bring it up to date.  He asked Mr. Ward if he could give some broad comments on what it would take to develop Hanley Industrial Court, not industrially but as an office/retail center, which is what it has come to be. 

 

INTRODUCTIONS, READINGS, AND PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS  

 

1st and 2nd Readings

 

Bill No. 5226 – Lease Agreement

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Moreno to give Bill No. 5226 first and second readings.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Gretchen Wallace with Murphy & Wasinger gave Bill No. 5226, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A LEASE AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI, WITH RAYMOND A. DAVIS AND KAREN S. DAVIS D/B/A SOUTHERN SNO, OF 8817 POWELL AVENUE, BRENTWOOD, MISSOURI 63144 FOR RENTING A PORTION OF LAND IN MEMORIAL PARK AND PROVIDING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, its first and second readings.

 

A synopsis of Bill No. 5226 is attached to the minutes.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Marshall to approve and adopt Bill No. 5226.  Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

The Mayor thereupon declared Bill No. 5226 duly passed and signed same into approval thereof.  Said Bill was given Ordinance No. 3929.

 

ACCOUNT AGAINST THE CITY

 

Motion was made by Alderman Marshall, second by Alderman Leahy to approve the revised warrant list dated March 1st.  All in favor none opposed.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:

 

Mayor’s Report

 

Mayor Kelly reminded everyone of the April 6th Municipal Election.  He encourages everyone to get out and vote.

 

Mayor Kelly announced that there would be a blood drive on March 13th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Room 104 at the Brentwood Recreation Center.  He encouraged everyone to support the blood drive.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that they have had very good activity with the vacant Sports Authority site in the Promenade.  There are a number of businesses looking at that site and are very close to signing a lease on the Zany Brainy site.  

 

Public Safety Committee

 

Alderman Robertson announced a Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. at the Brentwood Recreation Center.

 

Mayor Kelly requested the Public Safety Committee look into the stop sign at High School Drive and Bridgeport.  The sign was put up to help young students cross the street to the sidewalk to take them to McGrath Elementary.   He does not know if it is still needed.  The stop sign is really on the wrong side in order to make it work properly.

 

Public Works Committee

 

Alderman Wynn stated that some of the street signs are rusted and needs to be replaced.

 

Alderman Wynn stated that residents needed to make arrangements to have their large items, such as a sofa or refrigerator pick up.   He has noticed large items sitting at the curb for over a week. 

 

Alderman Wynn stated that the potholes are in the process of being filled all over the City.

 

Alderman Wynn stated a Public Works Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10 at 12:00 noon.

 

City Engineer – No report

 

Parks – No report

 

Zoning Administrator – No report

 

Ways and Means Committee – No report

 

Planning and Zoning – No report

 

City Attorney – No report

 

City Clerk/Administrator

 

City Administrator Seemayer stated that the City’s trash program would start on April 5.  There will be some literature going out this week, along with follow-up notices prior to kickoff date.  The City will be providing all the same services that everybody receives now, but the recycling will be greatly expanded.  There will be very few things that will not be accepted.  The schedule changes will be advertised. 

 

Director of Economic Development – No report

 

Excise Commissioner

 

Temporary Liquor License – St. Mary Magdalen Church Parish Picnic

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Robertson to approve the temporary liquor license request for St. Mary Magdalen Church Parish School Picnic on May 21 and 22.   Roll call:  Alderman Moreno, yes; Alderman Marshall, yes; Alderman Leahy, yes; Alderman Golfin, yes; Alderman Kramer, yes; Alderman Robertson, yes; Alderman Wynn, yes; Alderman Cross, yes.

 

Library

 

Alderman Wynn stated that the Library would be sponsoring a trivia night on Saturday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Brentwood Community Center to raise money for the library. 

 

Municipal League – No report

 

Waste Management Commission

 

Alderman Golfin announced a Waste Management Commission meeting would be held on March 8th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Storm Water Management

 

Alderman Golfin announced a Storm Water Management meeting would be held on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

 

Communication – No report

 

Insurance Committee – No report

 

Historical Society – No report

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Alderman Kramer asked if it is possible to get a report from the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

 

Director of Economic Development Shelton came before the Board and stated that the Comprehensive Plan Committee has interviewed four planning consultants and will be interviewing two more.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Alderman Marshall stated that he and Alderman Wynn had a resident call about being reimbursed for sewer bills.   Unfortunately this resident did not realize the City has a sewer lateral program.  He advised that if a resident has a sewer backup they should call City Hall and be directed from there. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion was made by Alderman Cross, second by Alderman Moreno to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m.  All in favor none opposed.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Pat Kelly, Mayor

 

Attest:

 

                                                           

Chris Seemayer, City Clerk