Multi-family apartment housing in Tama for Iowa Premium Beef workers moved a step closer Monday night, Aug. 4. Tama City Council members voted 3-0 to set a public hearing for Monday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. on the granting of option to purchase city-owned land on the northwest side of the Indian Hills Addition.
Newbury Living representative Bob Raffery told council members the developer was looking at 24-28 units in one building. The West Des Moines-based company president, Frank Levy, and Rafferty have said their plans here hinge on financing through a Community Development Block Grant.
Rafferty said Monday night applications for the grant money needs ot be in at mid-August and his company needs a commitment that land has been secured.
City of Tama sign in the Indian Hills Addition listing housing options for new construction. City officials have said they foreseen the need for additional space as they consider a proposal for an option on an area in Indian Hills for an apartment complex.
The public hearing on Aug. 18 will allow local residents to comment on the proposed granting of the option on the land.
At an earlier council meeting one Tama resident expressed reservations about the proposed complex fearing it "could lower property values." It was also reported concerns had been voiced about increased traffic in the area.
Mayor Dan Zimmerman said City Clerk Judy Welch had checked with other communities where Newbury Living had projects and received" good reports" on the company and its operations.
Sealed bids from anyone interested in the building site may be made by submitting them up until the 5:30 meeting time on Aug. 18. Additionally, bidders can bid at the hearing.
Voting to proceed to the hearing stage were members Steve Baier, Doug Ray and Mike Carnahan. Members Kenny McAdoo and Crystal Kaufman were absent.
Council members asked Rafferty about other plans in Tama and he said the site of the former South Tama Primary School on State Street Harmon streets bordered by 8th and 9th streets remained a future possibility.
The South Tama School Board has also set a hearing concerning the sale of that property which also is set for?Aug. 18.
Levy and Rafferty appeared before the Toledo City Council on July 28 and indicated Newbury Living is also considering an apartment development in Toledo, possible near the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center.
Approve IPB Urban Renewal Amendment
Council members approved a boost in the tax increment rebate payments to Iowa Premium Beef from the initial $3.6 million allowed to $5.8 million. The company had requested the increase because it had added $7.5 million more in construction costs for a new cooler building.
IPB is in the process of renovating the old Tama Pack on the city's east side and has announced plans to employ 600 or more meatpackers.
Tama Pack closed at the end of 1999. After two different operators were unsuccessful, the plant was idled in 2004.
No start up date has been announced. Jeffrey Johnson, IPB vice president of operations, told the council on Monday night a large number of projects were underway at the plant site.
Council members also approved an Economic Development Assistance contract contained in a 35-page document between IPB and the city on Monday night.
In other business the council:
approved 3-0 the third reading of an ordinance which restricts decorations left on graves to two weeks following Memorial Day at Oak Hill Cemetery. The previous ordinance allowed for one month.
set a public hearing for sale of a city-owned lots in Indian Hills at 1311 Trojan Drive for a single-family residence on Aug. 18.
will accept bids for rental of a total of 104 acres of city-owned farm land on Sept. 2.
approved Anita Driscoll as a new member of the Tama Ambulance Service.
approved payment totaling $85,081 to McCulley Culvert, Inc. for work completed on replacing the East 9th Street bridge with a culvert.
approved Public Works Director John Lloyd to attend an Iowa Rural Water conference.