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COUNCIL: April 23 Council and RDA Board Meeting Recap

At Tuesday’s meetings:

  • the RDA Board held a public hearing and approved a $37 million budget amendment that funds several major projects. The projects include Station Center, a redevelopment plan to build new streets, mixed-income housing, and commercial spaces for six blocks in the Depot District; a $5.1 million Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for housing; streetscape improvements and power line undergrounding on 900 South; and seed funding for recently created project areas.
  • the RDA Board approved a $7 million loan to construct the Union Station Hotel. The mid-rise hotel would be a new building adjacent to, and a renovation of, the Union Pacific Station at The Gateway. 
  • the Council discussed the proposed budget for the Department of Airports and had initial discussions about the proposed budget for Department of Public Utilities. The Council will continue to discuss these items during upcoming budget discussions in May and June. 
  • the Council heard public comment from more than 30 individuals about a text amendment that would expand the use of single room occupancy (SRO) housing. Generally, SRO housing contains individual rooms with combined sleeping and living areas. Kitchen and/or toilet facilities are often common spaces to be shared by all residents. The Council is expected to take action on this proposal in the coming weeks.
  • the Council appropriated nearly $6.5 million from four federal grants for the upcoming fiscal year: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). These grants support funding for local non-profits and agencies such as the Salt Lake County Housing Authority. Each year, the Council receives dozens of applications from organizations seeking grant funding. The Council then deliberates over many weeks and distributes the funding by May 1st each year.
  • the Council approved the use of City funds to match grant funds to expand GREENbike, a local nonprofit bike sharing program.
  • the Council approved a budget amendment that funds an engineering study and water analysis of structural and water conditions at the Warm Springs Plunge historic building; the reconstruction of 1500 South along with other street improvements; a full-time coordinator for the 2020 Census.
  • the Council, also acting as the Board of Directors for the RDA and Local Building Authority (LBA), set the public hearing dates of Tuesday, May 21st and Tuesday, June 4th to accept public comment about the upcoming proposed City budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20. Budget discussions will take place in May and June before final adoption in mid-June.

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