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Old City Hall’s new look

Postby Brenda on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:30 am

Old City Hall’s new look

JAKE RIGDON/Of The Lovejoy Journal
The old city hall may soon be bustling with business again. A developer says he wants to turn the old building into a pizza restaurant, convenience store and dry cleaning drop-off station.

By Jake Rigdon
Of The Lovejoy Journal
The old city hall building in Lucas may soon undergo a major change.
A developer is closing in on plans to turn the building on Country Club Road across from the Cimarron subdivision into a new convenience store, Mr. Jim’s Pizza restaurant and a dry cleaning station.
Developer Jay Azami needs to resubmit his plans to the city council for plumbing and for adding a dry cleaning station before the councils votes on the leasing agreement.
Azami said he hopes to have the lease approved at the regular Jan. 6 city council meeting.
“I’d like to open this ASAP,” Azami said. “I think this will be good for everyone in the city.”
Azami said he would not proceed with plans until the lease is approved. Once that’s complete, he expects to start reconstruction.
He said it could take up to eight months before everything is ready.
“The dry cleaners could be finished sooner since there is no major equipment and plumbing,” he said. “And the convenience store won’t take as long to open because all we really need is a cooler and some counters.”
“But the pizza place will take longer because of all the plumbing and electrical work that’s needed.”
Azami said he’s already received bids for contractors and plumbers.
“Once the lease is taken care of, everything else will fall into place,” he said.
The pizza restaurant will have dine-in, carry-out and delivery. The convenience store will not sell alcohol. And the dry cleaners will only serve as a drop-off station and will not have any heavy equipment or chemicals.
Some residents said they felt somewhat misinformed about the project, which was discussed in open session for the first time at the Dec. 16 city council workshop. Prior discussion about the project has taken place in executive session.

The city council can discuss matters in executive session to deliberate the purchase, lease and sale of property in the city of Lucas, according to the Texas Government Code.
“I don’t believe I know or understand everything that’s proposed here,” said Jim Garrison, a Lucas resident since 2007 who served on the Coppell city council from 1990-92 and who has served on numerous boards and commissions. “Whenever we had leases come up (in the city of Coppell), we never went into executive or closed session. Those things were always discussed in open session.
“So I don’t understand what’s so sensitive about this project that it would have to be discussed in executive session. There’s no reason for that.”


Robert Patrick, who recently left his post as city manager, said last month that the project is by no means a done deal.
The lease agreement still needs to be finalized and executed, and the building needs to be brought up to code before a certificate of occupancy is issued, he said. Azami has given the city a detailed layout of the renovated building and the elevations and parking, and the ingress and egress also have been discussed, Patrick said.
The city council has discussed leasing out the building to Azami for 10 years, with an option after that for Azami to request a renewal of the lease. The lease renewal is solely at the council’s discretion.
Former City Councilor Wayne Millsap said he is opposed to the project.

“The city does not need to be in the real estate business,” Millsap said. “We need to be selective on what we do with the property. So we need to be patient and wait for the economy to improve and the right user will come along.”

Millsap also said the financial aspects of the lease are nominal, saying that the
proposed lease would generate only $6,000 per year in rent the first three years, or less than 2 percent return on the current assessed value of $319,000.
But Patrick said the lease return is only part of the equation.
“Remember, the Azami group are committing to putting an estimated $300,000 in improvements into the building, almost as much as the current assessed value to renovate the building,” Patrick said. “Additionally, the businesses will generate sales tax for the city, which will be an added benefit.”
Patrick said about 12 interested parties have contacted the city about the building, but many wanted to lease only part of it.
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Re: Old City Hall’s new look

Postby Brenda on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:36 am

The city council can discuss matters in executive session to deliberate the purchase, lease and sale of property in the city of Lucas, according to the Texas Government Code.
“I don’t believe I know or understand everything that’s proposed here,” said Jim Garrison, a Lucas resident since 2007 who served on the Coppell city council from 1990-92 and who has served on numerous boards and commissions. “Whenever we had leases come up (in the city of Coppell), we never went into executive or closed session. Those things were always discussed in open session.
“So I don’t understand what’s so sensitive about this project that it would have to be discussed in executive session. There’s no reason for that.

Whenever Coppell had leases come up Coppell never went into executive or closed session? "Those things were always discussed in open session"?

Mr. Garrison DID meet in executive session while on Coppell city council - A LOT, including for the lease of real estate.
http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... 514&dbid=0
NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND AGENDA
AUGUST 25, 1992

MARK WOLFE, Mayor BILL SMOTHERMON, Mayor Pro Tempore,
Place 4

PEYTON WEAVER, Place 1 LANNY MAYO, Place 5
DAVID THOMAS, Place 2 RON ROBERTSON, Place 6
TOM MORTON, Place 3 JIM GARRISON, Place 7
ALAN D. RATLIFF, City Manager

MEETING TIME: Executive Session 6:00 p.m. (Closed to the Public) Work Session 6:30 p.m. (Open to the Public)
Regular Session 7:00 p.m. (Open to the Public)

MEETING PLACE: Town Center - City Council Chambers, 255 Parkway
Boulevard, Coppell, TX 75019

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Coppell, Texas, will meet on
Tuesday, August 25, 1992, at 6:00 pm for Executive Session, 6:30 pm for a Work
Session, and 7:00 pm Regular Seesion, in the City Council Chambers of the Town
Center, 233 Parkwy Boulevard, Coppell, Texas. The prupose of the meeting is to
consider the following items:


ITEM # ITEM DESCRIPTION

REGULAR SESSION (Open to the Public)

1. Call to order

EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to the Public) 2ES A. Article 6252-17, Section 2 (f), discussion with respect to the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.
1. Wellington Place Apartments (Item #11)




NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND AGENDA
May 12, 1992

MARK WOLFE, Mayor BILL SMOTHERMON, Mayor Pro Tempore,
Place 4

PEYTON WEAVER, Place 1 LANNY MAYO, Place 5
DAVID THOMAS, Place 2 RON ROBERTSON, Place 6
TOM MORTON, Place 3 JIM GARRISON, Place 7 ALAN D. RATLIFF, City Manager

MEETING TIME: Executive Session 6:15 p.m. (Closed to the Public) Work Session 6:45 p.m. (Open to the Public)
Regular Session 7:00 p.m. (Open to the Public)

MEETING PLACE: Town Center - City Council Chambers, 255 Parkway
Boulevard, Coppell, TX 75019

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Coppell, Texas,
will meet on Tuesday, May 12, 1992, at 6:15 p.m. for Executive Session, 6:45
p.m. for a Work Session, and 7:00 p.m. for Regular Session, in the City
Council Chambers of the Town Center, 255 Parkway Boulevard, Coppell, Texas.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider the following items:

ITEM DESCRIPTION

REGULAR SESSION (Open to the Public)

1. Call to order

2. Work Session:
a. Discussion of road humps in the Villages of Cottonwood Creek
b. General Discussion of Agenda Items

3. Invocation
4. Pledge of Allegiance
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to the public)
5-ES A. Article 6252-17, Section 2 (f), discussion concerning the
negotiating position of the City with respect to agreements
involving interests in land and the value of real property.

1. Extra Territorial Jurisdiction

B. Article 6252-17, Section 2 (e), and Senate Concurrent Resolution
Number 83, discussion with City Attorney concerning matter
involving privileged communications between attorney and client.
1. Fire Administration Building
2. Shrader Agreement
3. New Lawsuits/Claims
4. Status Report of Pending Lawsuits/Claims




NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND AGENDA
May 26, 1992

MARK WOLFE, Mayor BILL SMOTHERMON, Mayor Pro Tempore,
Place 4

PEYTON WEAVER, Place 1 LANNY MAYO, Place 5
DAVID THOMAS, Place 2 RON ROBERTSON, Place 6
TOM MORTON, Place 3 JIM GARRISON, Place 7

ALAN D. RATLIFF, City Manager

MEETING TIME: Executive Session 6:00 p.m. (Closed to the Public)
Work Session 6:45 p.m. (Open to the Public}
Regular Session 7:00 p.m. (Open to the Public)

.MEETING PLACE: Town Center City Council Chambers, 255 Parkway
Boulevard, Coppell, TX 75019

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Coppell, Texas,
will meet on Tuesday, May 26, 1992, at 6:00 p.m. for Executive Session, 6:45
p.m. for a Work Session, and 7:00 p.m. for Regular Session, in the City
Council Chambers of the Town Center, 255 Parkway Boulevard, Coppell, Texas.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider the following items:

ITEM DESCRIPTION

REGULAR SESSION (Open to the Public}

1. Call to order

2. Work Session:
a. General Discussion of Agenda Items

3. Invocation
4. Pledge of Allegiance
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to the public}
5A. Article 6252-17, Section 2 (e), and Senate Concurrent Resolution
Number 83, discussion with City Attorney concernin9 matter involvin9
privileged communications between attorney and client.
1. Status Report of Pending Lawsuits/Claims (Not on agenda)
2. Cable Franchise Agreement (Item #10)
3. Johnny Thompson (Not on agenda)
4. Barbara Austin (Not on agenda}
5. D/FW Airport Expansion (Not on agenda)

http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... 524&dbid=0


http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... 522&dbid=0

http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... 521&dbid=0


http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... 520&dbid=0

For those who would like to try to find a city council meeting that Garrison was part of that DID NOT have executive session...
Go here and search for Garrison.
http://weblink.ci.coppell.tx.us/weblink ... px?dbid=0#
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