CITY COUNCIL CONSIDER SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT FOR GATHERING SPACE
The City in 2016 classified the Gathering Space as a public facility project and established the National Objective as Urgent Need. With these designations, the City limited the ability to adapt or adjust the Gathering Space configuration, design, and uses from what is established in the Action Plan approved by HUD. Further, by declaring the Gathering Space as a public facility, it requires the City to assure that neither directly or indirectly does any of the actions, decisions, configuration, construction or uses directly or indirectly benefit private interests including adjacent property owners and businesses. It is strictly classified as park for the benefit of Minot’s 48,000 residents.
If the Gathering Space is changed to be an economic development activity with the National Objective becoming LMI, then the City is afforded considerably more latitude in adjusting and adapting the Gathering Space. It also gives the opportunity for the City to enter into agreements with one or more property owners and businesses not in the Gathering Space footprint to have a direct participatory role in the Gathering Space providing such agreement or agreements include pledges by the property owner or owners that as a result of the Gathering Space project xxx number of full-time jobs will be created and filled by LMI Minot residents. The Gathering Space will still be a public facility available to the public but as part of an economic development project as part of developer agreement(s) access and use by any party or parties entering into such agreements can have negotiated access and use of the facility.
It is recommended the City Council consider the options and if determined to be best course of action authorize a Substantial Amendment for the Gathering Space to change the eligible activity from Public Facility to Economic Development, and National Objective from Urgent Need to Low/Moderate Income.