City considering infrastructure grants
The Odessa City Council will consider approving several infrastructure and façade grants to improve downtown buildings during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.Council members will meet to consider the grants and other agenda items during their meeting at 6 p.m. today on the fifth floor of City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.These four grant requests were made by three separate companies, and were all approved for recommendation to the City Council by the Odessa Development Corporation during their meeting Thursday.Assistant City Attorney Robert Carroll told ODC board members one of the requests was from Gilbert Alaniz and Catalina Nunez, who are applying for the grants to restore an office buildingat 116 N. Texas Ave. The
entire infrastructure project has an estimated cost of $29,367. Because of the way the city hands out grants, the city will be providing them with $7,341.75 of the project’s cost.They also applied for the façade grant, which has a total project cost of $14,622 with the city providing $5,848.80. Carroll said this would only be used to clean the façade up and make the building habitable, and that they wouldn’t be completely re-facing the building. As it stands, he said, the building has a broken out window and a front door needing to be replaced.Martinez Assets Management also applied for an infrastructure grant for a building at 400 E. Seventh Street which houses multiple businesses. The project has a total cost of $73,501, with the city providing $18,375.25.The last infrastructure grant is for Proteus Salon, located at 112 W. Fifth St., which needs its entire roof replaced. The entire project cost is estimated at $91,583.41, with the city paying about $45,791.71.Assistant City Attorney Natasha Brooks said all three infrastructure grants would be paid for out of the city’s business incentives fund, and the façade grant would be paid for out of promotional funds. Downtown Odessa Executive Director Lawanna Lambert said, legislatively, the façade could only be funded through promotional funds.“The idea is that a revitalized downtown encourages new and expanded business,” Lambert said.Also during the meeting, council members will consider approving a bid award for sale of city property at 417 N. Grant Avenue to Copper Key Realty Owner John Herriage. The building will be the location of a new restaurant, Herriage said, which is located next to the Rose Building, which Herriage also purchased last month.IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE CITY COUNCIL WILLConsider approval of City Council minutes, April 23, 2019.Consider approval of City Council Workshop minutes, April 23, 2019.Consider approval of City Council Work Session minutes, May 7, 2019.Consider approval of City Council Workshop minutes, May 7, 2019.Consider approval of the request by Corey and Lavor Polk, owners, for a specific use permit to allow a beauty shop-one chair accessory use in a General Residential (GR) zoning district on Lot 10, Block 4, Patterson Subdivision (513 Fitch Ave.) (Ordinance - Second and Final Approval).Consider accepting funds for the City of Odessa Police Department from the 2019 HIDTA Grant Award in the amount of $29,300.Consider authorizing OPD to apply for and accept, $150,000, as additional revenue; amending the fiscal budget to appropriate awarded funds and authorizing the expenditure of awarded grant funds from the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program (Resolution).Consider a resolution authorizing OPD to apply for and accept $49,730, as additional revenue; amending the fiscal budget to include and appropriate these awarded funds, and authorizing the expenditure of awarded grant funds from the Bureau of Justice, Bulletproof Vest Grant, FY2019, as well as committing to a cash match (Resolution).Consider purchase of stripe truck for the Traffic Department from Rush Truck Center for $394,689.Consider allocation of funds in support for the United States 2020 Census of $50,000.