Downtown performance space tops agenda for Thursday's City Council meeting

Thursday night's meeting of the Lee's Summit City Council is shaping up to be the site of some interesting discussions. Topping the agenda is the Downtown Cultural Arts Campus. The Lee's Summit City Council will discuss acquiring property on Green Street for the construction of a campus that would satisfy the April 2013 bond issue that voters overwhelmingly passed for a downtown performance space. Since that vote, Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, and subsequently the Community Improvement District Board, have expressed a willingness to be involved in such a process. A farmers market pavilion was discussed on the recent Downtown Lee's Summit Master Plan Task Force as well. A vote to the affirmative would direct City Manager Steve Arbo to look into purchasing this land.

Other agenda items include:

  •  I-470 and View High Drive Tax Increment Financing Plan — The $200-plus Paragon Star project will be in front of City Council asking for $19 million in TIF revenue as it looks to lock up its funding mechanisms as the soccer complex-entertainment-mixed use-office project continues to take shape in Lee's Summit. Paragon Star will show blight in the area and a benefit to taxing districts during its presentation. On Feb. 17, the TIF Commission unanimously approved this request to move on to full council.
  • Assign Exergonix Development Agreement to Westcott Investment Group — An out-of-town developer will present to Lee's Summit City Council to take control of the project first proposed by Exergonix south of U.S. 50 and east of Missouri 291. Reassigning the agreement would put Westcott on paper as the developer of the property, possibly staving off the deal that would have put the property back in City control if the former project ideas (namely green jobs) didn't come to fruition by September of 2016.
  • Video recordings — Some council members have asked that the 2016 City Charter Review Commission meetings be recorded and televised. Citizen-volunteer commissions have not be televised in the past, so this could open the door for a big swing in policy.