A regular meeting of the Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority was held January 2, 2008, at Hopkins City Hall. Present were Chairman Eugene Maxwell and Commissioners Rick Brausen, Kristi Halverson, Bruce Rowan and Cheryl Youakim. Also present were Executive Director Rick Getschow, Assistant Executive Director Kersten Elverum, Community Development Coordinator Tara Beard, and City Attorney Jerry Steiner
ITEM 2008-01 - Approve HRA calendar for 2008
Commissioner Youakim requested that the February HRA meeting proposed for February 6 be moved to February 4. Commissioner Rowan moved, Commissioner Brausen seconded, to approve the consent agenda with a change to the HRA calendar for the February HRA meeting to be moved to February 4. The motion was approved unanimously.
ITEM 2008-02 Amended development agreement, Block 64
Ms. Elverum provided an overview of this item. She explained that the HRA had been working on a redevelopment project at Mainstreet between Fifth and Sixth Avenues with GPS Development. GPS was not able to go forward with the project, and as a result, the HRA began discussions with Doran Companies/Pratt Homes. Those discussions have led to the amended contract for private redevelopment.
Ms. Elverum explained the project as proposed and provided an overview of the agreement and the outstanding issues. Robert Deike, attorney for the HRA, explained the modifications that still need to be made to the agreement, including the acknowledgement that significant costs will not need to be incurred by the developer until various issues are resolved.
Ms. Elverum stated that the City Attorney has reviewed the agreement and suggested minor changes, which will be incorporated. Ms. Elverum also explained that the motion allows other minor changes that do not change the intent of the agreement.Commissioner Brausen moved, Commissioner Rowan seconded, to approve the amended contract for private redevelopment between the Hopkins HRA and Doran-Pratt Development, LLC, for the Block 64 redevelopment project. The motion was approved unanimously.