The south side of Ottawa will be getting a makeover as the DIY store will expand to the former Price Chopper building and the parking lot will be resurfaced and landscaped.
Following a public hearing Wednesday morning, the Ottawa City Commission approved an ordinance authorizing the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID) at 21st and Princeton. Chris Klein, attorney from Hush Blackwell, represented the developers of the project at the commission meeting and outlined the scope of the project.
He said it involves the renovation and expansion of the former Price Chopper building for expansion of the current DIY store. DIY also plans to expand its indoor and outdoor lawn and garden department, add new sidewalks and resurface and stripe the parking lot. They are also planning a new trail connection at Princeton Circle Drive.
“This building (former Price Chopper) has sat vacant for quite some time since Price Chopper left,” he said. “That’s had an impact on the existing stores. This will hopefully remediate that impact and keep the property assessments from declining in the future.”
Klein added other benefits as increased safety, public improvements, increased tax revenue and increased employment.
Under the terms of the CID, the developer will incur all of the costs and then they will submit a request for reimbursement for a portion of those costs. Those funds will come from a sales tax increase of 0.75 percent for a period of 16 years or until the developer has collected a total of $1.275 million in reimbursed costs.
Wynndee Lee, director of community development, said the developer will pay the up-front costs.
“This (agreement) is what we call pay as you go,” she said. “So they [developers] invest the funds and then per the agreement and per the statute, that can be rebated over that term. We have a cap of $1.275 million and so if they reach that in say eight years because they have done tremendously well, that would be the end of it.”
In other action the commission:
• Approved a bid to finance the purchase of a new fire truck on a 10-year lease to purchase in the amount of $633,350. Four local banks’ bids were received according to finance director Scott Bird. Arvest Bank bid 3.96 percent, Bank of the West was at 3.92 percent, Bank of the Midwest came in at 4.03 percent and the low bid was from Kansas State Bank at 3.46 percent. The commission approved the low bid. Tim Matthias, Ottawa fire chief, told the commission the truck could be in Ottawa by July.
• Issued a proclamation recognizing the month of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
• Added one commercial and five residential structures to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The properties are 122 E. 12th, 516 S. Cedar, 912 N. Cherry, 619 S. Linewood, 508 N. Mulberry and 823 S. Mulberry.
• Approved bids for the 2018 street rehabilitation project. The commission approved the bid from Vance Brothers on the chip and seal project for $124,065.10. For the mill and overlay work, commissioners approved a bid from Kilough Construction for $74,014.80.