Downtown Development Authority May 14, 2020 Virtual Meeting

May 7, 2020
The May 14, 2020 Downtown Development Authority Meeting will be held online via Zoom video conference.  Information on joining the meeting is found in the agenda below.

Regular meeting of the City of Bessemer Downtown Development Authority to be held in the DDA office, City Hall, on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
Due to the Coronavirus and the CDC’s recommendation to limit groups over 10 people, the City of Bessemer will have a virtual meeting.
• All residents may call in and/ or email questions, complaints, and comments to Charly.loper@bessemermi.org.
• If you have any issues with attending the meeting virtually due to ADA difficulties, please contact Jim Trudgeon at james.trudgeon@bessemermi.org or 906-667-0333 48 hours before the meeting. Individuals can call 711 for relay support.
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Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Webinar ID: 880 6542 1844
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcyX2vKq0n
BOARD MEMBERS: Zak, Osier, Whitburn, Leskoviansky, Filippini, Bjorkquist, Olsen, Meinke
1) Training
2) Financials
3) Capital Improvement Plan/ General Discussion of how to prioritize funding
A) Coronavirus
B) Pop Up’s
C) 2021 Project
D) Flowers
E) Banners/ hardware
4) Pop Up Shop Funding
A) Range Medical Massage
B) Round 2 Salon
5) Façade Funding (none)
Wayfinding on US-2 MDOT agreed to put 2 signs indicating downtown in return for removing blinking light Charly
Christmas lights
Broadband in Downtown Am waiting for quotes Charly
Marketing Grant Opportunity Do we want to continue this? Honestly, I feel that right now most of my job is social media.
Co-working Spaces Downtown/ Expanding PopUp Shop Program library grant is canceled
Parking Lot Kevin Kimball is concerned about splitting up parcel but open to a discussion. Our assessor values downtown land at $45/ linear foot. The parking lot is about 60’x180’ so 60’*$45 = $2,700. This is for the whole lot and doesn’t include asphalt.
Ethnic Commons access Done, needs restoration. Contacted Durkee. Everything has been on pause with virus
Welcome Signs Doug Kikkebusch is requesting an extension and $3,500 in additional funds up front due to the virus. He intends to join us on the call.
Meetings for state requirements
2021 Project Discuss if we want stamped concrete in bulbouts at corners. Stamped concrete between road and sidewalk isn’t likely unless we pay for it ourselves. The south most block of Sophie St has been removed from the project scope. Do we want to explore restoration or other grant funding for this? Should we look at redoing the electrical for the lights during this time.
Hotel Project I have had a couple of developers potentially interested. They may be coming forward to ask for TIF assistance. This has been on pause during the virus
Banners The School is putting up banners for graduating seniors. They have requested that we replace the broken hardware. If we are intending to replace our old banners, we would need to do this anyway.
6) Historical Society Lease
7) 2020/21 budget
8) Public comment
ADJOURN Next Meeting: Thursday, June 11th at 4:00. Will be video conference again.