Monday: Last Day for 2017-2018 Board of Aldermen Session

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President on issues you care about. Contact info at end of post.

10 am Monday, April 16, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Sine Die (adjournment of 2017-2018 Session)
Board Chambers, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

Online Calendar Notice (No Agenda posted with meeting notice)

Agenda found here

Appointments by Mayor
Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Commission: Christoher Saracino
St. Louis Housing Authority Commission: Regina D. Fowler and Bryan Cave real estate development attorney Constantino Ochoa

Some of the Bills still on Calendar:
Board Bill 34CS: Health Clinic Buffer Zone
Board Bill 171: Removing Paul McKee’s Vacant Building Fee Exemption
Board Bill 233: Subpoena Power for (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Board Bill 262AA: City Foundry #2 TIF

Contact Information for Your Alderman and Board President

Wednesday Corporate Welfare (BOA HUDZ) Meeting

yTkejEGTEMake you voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President. Contact information at end of post.

9 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for The Danielle’s
 sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrooks. See 2/20/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: Pier St. Louis developers back for handout from city already on the hook

Board Bill 262 & Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for City Foundry sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy.

Board Bill 245 by Board President Lewis Reed, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy for a City Economic Growth Report. Yawn. The City is going bankrupt and leaders want more studies, reports. Next up, blue ribbon commission to study report and report back.

Board Bill 186 Corporate Welfare for Grand Center Parking Garage by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Update on performance measures by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg and Assessor Steve Conway.

+ Update on transportation initiative by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Incentive Reform 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie relative to Board Bill 250 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar. 2/18/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen approve 20-year tax abatement for 33-story apartment tower downtown

Excellent Commentary on Corporate Welfare Reform- 2/18/2018 Requiem For The Incentive Reform That Never Was by Glenn Burleigh

Members of Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning Committee: 17th Ward Alderman Joseph D Roddy, Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all Board of Aldermen Committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and President Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday Ways & Means: Prop P Reallocation; Hotel Welfare

yTkejEGTEMake your voices heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 246 by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg to provide the conditions under which reallocation of Prop P funds may be made with Board of Aldermen approval.

This bill does not prevent reallocation of the Sales Tax and Use Tax. It makes the Board of Aldermen a real player when it does happen.

This bill does not impact any other earmarked sales and use tax money. The City is free to reallocate those funds for purposes other than what voters intended.

Board Bill 207 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia to establish a Community Improvement District (special taxing district) for hotel at former site of Harry’s on Market.

We have lost track of how many subsidized hotel projects there are in Downtown right now. This hotel is getting…

  • 5 Years 90% Tax Abatement
  • Sales Tax Exemption on construction materials
  • Keeps 1% Sales Tax from via Community Improvement District controlled by company

The Company also owns Residence Inn at Jefferson & Highway 40, which collects and keeps sales taxes from a Community Development District and Transportation Development District.

9/27/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New hotel on former Harry’s Restaurant site to break ground soon http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-hotel-on-former-harry-s-restaurant-site-to-break/article_c9b3475d-d8f3-51bd-a400-73f592d43e18.html

Members of Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Committee include: 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact information for all Aldermen and Board President

8 am Wednesday Tax Increment Financing Commission Meeting

yTkejEGTE8 am Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Tax Increment Financing Commission
Board Room, St. Louis Development Corporation
City Hall West, 1520 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda: Corporate Welfare for City Foundry

Most recent news on project…
8/16/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: City Foundry developers scrap apartment tower component of retail, office complex

And here’s an oldie but a goodie…
12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission

Information on the project posted by Team TIF 

Thursday Evening Public Hearing On Corporate Welfare Reform

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard! Attend this special evening public hearing or phone/email your alderman and President Lewis Reed. Contact Info below.

Doors Open 6:00 pm Thursday, June 8th
Hearing Begins 6:30 pm

Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee
Public Hearing on Corporate Welfare Reform
Ascension Church Hall, 5347 Donovan

What specifically this hearing is about is anyone’s guess. The meeting notice is generic. City Online Calendar Notice

Chairman of HUDZ Committee, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, filed Resolution #33: “The Board of Aldermen respectfully request that the St. Louis Development Corporation take the following actions to improve the effectiveness of tax incentives and improve their best practices.” Resolution #33 is finally available online to the public.

Board President Lewis Reed filed Board Bill 11 on Community Benefits Agreements .

There’s a lot of intrigue on that.

5/11/2017 St. Louis American: A tale of two Community Benefits Agreements, Lewis Reed’s and Megan Green’s 

5/17/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: How to get real Community Benefits Agreements? Depends on who you ask 

6/2/2017 St. Louis American: Citizens demand a seat at the development negotiating table with Community Benefits Agreements 

Interesting information on development incentives available at the Team TIF St. Louis website 

And I always look forward to opportunities to share John Oliver’s take on special taxing districts 

Members of Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning Committee: 17th Ward Alderman Joseph D Roddy, Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley (elected in April); 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg (elected in April); 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd (elected in April). Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all Board of Aldermen Committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and President Reed

Tuesday LCRA Agenda Includes Some Big 7th Ward Projects

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Agenda includes Corporate Welfare for Cupples X, Scottrade, and 705 Olive Boutique Hotel. As Team TIF pointed out on Twitter:

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Full Agenda below. Agenda not posted online as of 7 pm Monday.Many thanks to Team TIF for circulating Agenda.

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Monday Planning Commission Agenda: SLU Control Over Tax Abatement & Zoning for 400 Acres in Midtown

Pierre Laclede StatueSt. Louis City Planning Commission
Special Meeting
5:30 pm Monday, November 14, 2016
Planning & Urban Design Agency
City Hall West (Abrams Bldg), 1520 Market, 2nd floor, Conference Room B

Note: Planning Commission includes 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, and Michael Powers, representing Board President Lewis Reed. Boyd, Krewson, and Reed are mayoral candidates.

Full Agenda
Action will be taken on St. Louis Midtown 353 Redevelopment Plan – Midtown, The Gate District and Tiffany Neighborhoods – St. Louis University would have unprecedented control over tax abatement (reducing funds to public schools) and zoning for 400 acres.

10/29/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch news story: SLU wins development control over land close to campus 

10/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch news story: With $1 billion poised to flow into projects near campus, SLU wants development control 

Thursday Hearing On More Corporate Welfare: Energy Improvements Financing

City Hall310 am Thursday, November 3, 2016
Board of Aldermen Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Leisure Room, City Hall

Related St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: What’s in it for the public in underwriting private development? 

Full Agenda

Hearing on Board Bill 109 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson to establish Missouri Clean Energy District

This is more corporate welfare. Who benefits from current energy improvements financing program administered by St. Louis City’s Clean Energy Development Board? Big developments that are already subsidized by the City benefit. Most recently: Missouri Theater Building (former City Health Department), Crowne Plaza Hotel, and 705 Olive.

cedb-august-10-2016-quarterly-board-meeting-agenda-2Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 4th Ward Alderman Samuel Moore (Chair), 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus,14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard. 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, 24th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer. Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all BOA Committee

Contact Information for Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

Wednesday Meeting On More Corporate Welfare For Central Corridor

yTkejEGTE8 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Tax Increment Financing Commission Meeting
St. Louis Development Corporation
City Hall West, 1520 Market #2000

Related Riverfront Times article: St. Louis Gave Away $950K in Tax Incentives For Every New Central Corridor Resident 

Agendas

Cortex Expansion – 17th Ward, Central Corridor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch article: New $170 million Cortex development to add hotel, apartments, parking garage 

City Foundry – 17th Ward, Central Corridor
St. Louis-Post-Dispatch article: City Foundry project to include high-rise offices and apartments