Wednesday HUDZ Meeting: Zoning Reform, Elimination of Plat & Petition

petitionMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact info at end of post.

9 am Wednesday, May 16, 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/Agenda Notice

Board Bill 10 sponsored by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to eliminate Plat & Petition and reform zoning laws.

Members of Board of Aldermen HUDZ Committee: Chair 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information…
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen 

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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

CANCELLED: Tuesday Hearing To Remove Plat & Petition For Pawn Shops, Tattoo Parlors, B&Bs, Bathhouses, Pool Halls

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

9 am Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 216 by 22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (chairman of committee) would remove the Plat & Petition requirements for licensing of Bathhouses, Bed & Breakfasts, Billiard and Pool Rooms, Dance Halls, Pawn Shops, Photo Studios, and Tattoo Parlors.

Board Bill 217 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar would also eliminate Plat & Petition, and does more, but was assigned to BOA Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee, and has not yet been scheduled for hearing.

Both Board Bills state, “no other City in the State of Missouri requires that a business submit a plat and petition prior to obtaining a business license to operate” as a reason to eliminate the requirement.

Members of BOA Streets Committee: 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, Chair; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Vice Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. There is a vacant seat on the committee from the appointment of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway to Assessor. President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Tuesday LCRA Blighting & Corporate Welfare Agenda

Pierre Laclede Statue3 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Full Agenda

Soulard
1001 Russell, next to Fine Arts Bldg (future 21-Unit Apartment Bldg & Retail)
2330-32 S 12th, aka Soulard Hilton (future 7-Unit Condos)

Also, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar’s law firm, Spencer Fane, is on agenda for amendment to contract for special counsel on National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency move to North City.

Corporate Welfare: The Mad Rush To Approve Tax Abatement & Bonds Before New Mayor

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, November 13th
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Agenda: There’s a lot of big projects being rushed through the system and more on the way.

In Not A Big Project Agenda Items, in Bohemian Hill, 1725 S Tucker & 1716 S 13th are being sold by LCRA to Allied Property Group LLC for renovation.

Way down the Agenda you’ll see that LCRA is about to hire Spencer Fane, the law firm that fought the City’s minimum wage increase, to do some legal work. It’s also the law firm that hired 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar after he voted against raising the minimum wage.

Filed under “Transparency Fail” – Neither the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Commission nor Planned Industrial Expansion Authority  have, as of 9 pm Tonight/Monday, posted agendas online for their Tuesday meetings.

Board President Lewis Reed filed a board bill  for online posting of meeting notices, a poorly written one in my opinion, but hasn’t bothered to have a hearing on it.

Making government more transparent should be an issue in the upcoming mayoral race.

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Commiteewoman

Tuesday TIF Commission: Corporate Welfare For Ballpark Village Neighbor

yTkejEGTESt. Louis City Tax Increment Financing Commission
Cupples X Redevelopment
8 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016
City Hall West, 1520 Market, Room 2000
Open to the Public

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When a property receives a TIF District, certain sales and earnings tax revenue goes to the developer.

nextSTL articles on Cupples X Redevelopment

7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar is sponsor of Board Bill 27, a 25 year 100% tax abatement bill for the Cupples X project.

Tuesday LCRA Blightingpalooza Includes Redevelopments In 7th Ward-related Neighborhoods

Pierre Laclede Statue

See St. Louis Magazine article on Blighting: How Owners of a $600,000 House Get Away With Paying $400 in Property Taxes For years, St. Louis aldermen have been gift-wrapping tax breaks with no strings attached. Who pays? The city schools.

Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
3 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1520 Market #2000 (City Hall West)

Agenda

Agenda items affecting Neighborhoods in or partially in 7th Ward.

Compton Heights
2254-56 S Grand, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting

Downtown

1600-1742 Washington Ave, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard & 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis: Monogram Building Redevelopment Agreement. This is the project which closes 17th Street. Already Blighted.
614 N. 11th, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2217 Locust, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
Civic Center Redevelopment Area, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Release from a Deed of Trust of a Building Height Restriction.

Fox Park
2327 Allen, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
McKinley Heights
2329 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2212-30 Shenandoah, 7th ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting

Soulard
801-825 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Redevelopment Agreement. Already Blighted.

Tower Grove East
3425 Magnolia, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting.