Re Is 435 45 Really Blighted ID: 17170

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Thanks.

I'm adding Samantha Watson since Alderman Plumb's response was directed at her question.


On Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:13:40 AM CDT, Save South Platte County savesouthplatte@redacted.com wrote:

Jacqueline,

If you do a Google search on cities using 'blighted', there are dozens of articles on cities using this term very liberally to help developers avoid paying taxes.


On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 11:05 AM Jacqueline Maiseroulle maiseroulle@redacted.net wrote:


On Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:34:50 AM CDT, Greg Plumb GPlumb@parkvillemo.gov wrote:

I direct you to the information provided on the City website - parkvillemo.gov. Scroll down briefly to the link labeled Creekside Developments. You will find links to all documents filed with the City, links to the over 15 hours of public hearings with different groups in the City. That information will provide you with greater detail than an e-mail message.


Scroll down on the Developments webpage to the for more information link. There are links to the documents and hearings. If you click on the links under Creekside developments at I-435 and Highway 45, you will see the presentations and board meeting considering how this property fits under the "blight" definition in the Revised Statutes of Missouri, which is what the City is required to follow.



Greg Plumb

Alderman, Ward 4

City of Parkville

Gplumb@parkvillemo.gov

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From: Samantha Watson SamanthaWatson1987@redacted.com
Sent: Friday, April 5, 2019 10:03 AM
To: Jacqueline Maiseroulle
Cc: Philip Wassmer; Tina Welch; Dave Rittman; Doug Wylie; Robert Lock; Brian Whitley; Marc Sportsman; Greg Plumb
Subject: Re: Parkville Mayor & Alderman declare 16 Main Street Blighted at Mertz's Request

Mr. Plumb,

How is the 435 / 45 corridor "blighted"? How under any definition of the word "blighted" could that area be considered blighted? It seems to me that area was just declared blighted so Parkville could give taxpayer dollars to Brian Mertz and Douglas Owens.

When I read in the news about all the fraud and corruption around the USA to declare areas as "blighted" to give taxpayer money to developers, I cannot help but be worried.

Please, spell out for us exactly how the 435 / 45 corridor is "blighted".

Sent: Friday, April 05, 2019 at 9:30 AM


From: "Jacqueline Maiseroulle" maiseroulle@redacted.net
To: "Philip Wassmer" PWassmer@parkvillemo.gov , "Tina Welch" TWelch@parkvillemo.gov , "Dave Rittman" DRittman@parkvillemo.gov , "Doug Wylie" DWylie@parkvillemo.gov , "Robert Lock" RLock@parkvillemo.gov , "Brian Whitley" BWhitley@parkvillemo.gov , "Marc Sportsman" MSportsman@parkvillemo.gov , "Joe Parente" JParente@parkvillemo.gov , "Chris Williams \" cwilliams@redacted.com " cwilliams@redacted.com , "Cc: \" save-south-platte-county@redacted.com " save-south-platte-county@redacted.com , " ivan@redacted.com " ivan@redacted.com , " Editor@redacted.com " Editor@redacted.com , " highwaysinkc@redacted.com " highwaysinkc@redacted.com , "Nan Johnston" NJohnston@parkvillemo.gov , "Samantha Watson" samanthawatson1987@redacted.com , "Greg Plumb" GPlumb@parkvillemo.gov
Subject: Re: Parkville Mayor & Alderman declare 16 Main Street Blighted at Mertz's Request

Thank you, Alderman Plumb, for your response.

I have driven by 16 Main Street on an almost daily basis, sometimes more, for the past 18 years when traveling to and from my home and have been inside both properties multiple times over my lifetime. I can understand why you, the Mayor and other Aldermen made the declaration of blight. However, I do find it concerning that practically all decisions made by the Mayor and Alderman are passed unanimously, without the kind of discussion I would expect to hear when it comes to some decisions.

My only concern is the likely forthcoming request for a tax subsidy to offset Mr. Mertz's expense in bringing his own private property back up to par; along with the possibility that such corporate welfare would even be considered by you, the Mayor and the other Aldermen. Do you all really want to go down that slippery slope? Where does it stop?

Thank you again, Alderman Plumb, for your response. I have always considered you a voice of reason since my days as your student years ago. My hope is that I once again hear that same voice of reason loud and clear above all the other noise if or when Mr. Mertz returns to request tax dollars to offset his private business expense.

Kind Regards, Jacqui


On Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:23:22 AM CDT, Greg Plumb GPlumb@parkvillemo.gov wrote:

Thank you for your e-mail. They are working on the 16 Main Street site today. Please make the time to visit, so you can see the condition of the property for yourself. Then see if you believe it is blighted.

Until there is an application for taxpayer assistance, I have no basis for drawing any conclusion.

Greg Plumb

Alderman, Ward 4

City of Parkville

Gplumb@parkvillemo.gov

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From: Jacqueline Maiseroulle maiseroulle@redacted.net
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:30 PM
To: Philip Wassmer; Tina Welch; Dave Rittman; Doug Wylie; Robert Lock; Brian Whitley; Marc Sportsman; Greg Plumb; Joe Parente; "Chris Williams " cwilliams@redacted.com ; Cc: " save-south-platte-county@redacted.com "; " ivan@redacted.com "; " Editor@redacted.com "; " highwaysinkc@redacted.com "; Nan Johnston; Samantha Watson
Subject: Parkville Mayor & Alderman declare 16 Main Street Blighted at Mertz's Request

16 Main Street (formerly Pirate Pete's and Finders Keepers) declared as blighted at the request of Brian Mertz (PC Homes LLC) and by a unanimous vote of the Parkville Mayor and Aldermen (Alderman Lock being absent) at the most recent Board of Aldermen meeting on April 2nd. That's right folks, builder and land developer, Brian Mertz, the same gentleman we can thank for the forthcoming Creekside development at I-435 and 45 Highway, has successfully acquired another blight determination. You can watch the whole thing go down beginning around 28:10 and ending around 47:28 right here: https://vimeo.com/ 328-xxxx 77

Because of the current state of disrepair of the property he's ``contemplating public assistance under Chapter 353 (Urban Redevelopment Corporations Law), found here: http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneChapter.aspx?chapter=353. This chapter of the Missouri Revised Statutes provides incentives to redevelop blighted areas through property tax abatement for up to 25 years, thus his need for the blight declaration. His end game is to acquire property tax abatement, freezing the annual property tax where it is today, prior to any improvement, at approximately $5,000 for up to the next 25 years. With out such incentive, once this property is developed and rehabilitated, considering the state it's apparently in at the moment, the property would normally be reassessed at an exponentially higher amount than where it currently stands and continue to increase over 25 years...just like yours and mine.

Note that the incentive has not yet been officially requested or approved, instead, only the foundation for the incentive was unanimously approved by those present. Due to the thoughtful questions and discussion presented by the Mayor and Aldermen, I'm going to choose to believe that they made this blight declaration out of a genuine concern for the maintenance of the building and to curtail seeing these landmarks possibly fall into a condemnable state and be razed. Kudos to you Madame Mayor and Aldermen.

My purpose in writing this and what I find completely unbelievable is the audacity of Mr. Mertz in even considering a request for tax abatement for his investment. That's exactly what this is. Mr. Mertz, PC Homes LLC, a private company, made a real estate investment. Now, he's a seasoned builder and land developer, if you believe that he didn't realize that this property was in need of some serious renovation, not to mention if he's worth his salt as a businessman, use that state of disrepair in negotiating his purchase price, then I have many, many bridges that I want to sell you.

I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe the state of disrepair is more than what he had bargained for but that's on him, that's the cost of doing business, if he made a bad business decision, I'm sorry and it's unfortunate but it's on him. How is it in any way something that taxpayers should subsidize for the next 25 years? Although, this is a pittance, moreover a fraction of a pittance compared to the Creekside TIF, it's still a taxpayer subsidized incentive. Yes, before someone pops off saying that TIFs or tax abatements are not subsidized by the taxpayer, just sit back down, you can't sell that here. Likewise, if that same someone wants to say that if you're not a Parkville proper resident this is not of your concern, well, you're wrong on that one too, Buddy. When Parkville provides tax incentives that draw on public services utilized by both Parkville and those outside its city limits (Park Hill School District and South Platte Fire just to name a couple) its decision is very much the concern of ALL those affected, not just those with the right to run or vote for a Parkville elected office.

That all being said, I'll leave you on a lighter note. If Parkville wishes to be in the business of providing taxpayer funded assistance to incentivize the repair and/or renovation of privately owned real estate within their city limits, I've got all kinds of projects around my house, it might be high time I rethink my aversion to the prospect of annexation.

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