The Lee’s Summit City Council has signed off on a tax increment financing agreement with the developers of the $69 million Village at View High shopping center.
Council members approved the 34-acre development and the use of tax incentives in August, but it has taken until now for both sides to hammer out the contract setting out the actual details. The agreement passed by a 5-2 vote Thursday, with council members Dave Mosby and Rob Binney voting against it. Council member Craig Faith was absent.
The developer, Parrot Properties LLC, has proposed a mixed use of offices, restaurants and retail space. They also have said they plan to attract a “destination grocery store,” which persuaded the council to increase the amount of public support.
Under the agreement, Parrot would receive almost $5 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, to offset some of the project’s development costs. If the company is successful in attracting a major grocer, the TIF increases to $8 million.
A separate community improvement district, which will levy a special 1-percent sales tax on the property, is expected to generate an additional $2.3 million for the developer.
The agreement requires that Parrot complete the project then request to be reimbursed by the city.
In other business, the council again failed to approve an amendment to the city budget that would provide $5.5 million in pay raises to most city employees. The council on March 15 deadlocked 4-4 on the measure with Mayor Randy Rhoads casting the deciding vote against the budget amendment.
That decision was successfully brought up for reconsideration Thursday, but the ordinance only gained approval from four council members instead of the five necessary for second reading. Binney and council members Trish Carlyle and Diane Forte continued to oppose the issue, because the council has not identified how to pay for the raises. Faith, who was absent, has been one of the strongest proponents for employee raises in the past.
Forte said the city has already set aside $1.6 million for raises in the current budget and that the council should work together to pass out that money.
The council also decided against rezoning 3.85 acres at 5621 N.E. Maybrook Road to allow a single-family home on a 4-3 “no” vote.
A baseball diamond built on the property by a former owner — covered by a special-use permit scheduled to expire next year — has attracted numerous nuisance complaints from neighbors through the years.
Despite promises from the new owners that they did not plan to use the field commercially or for organized sports, resident Teresa Vollenweider told the council that once the property was rezoned, neighbors would have less recourse to complain about possible violations at the field.
City staff also questioned the use of a septic system on the property.
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