OTTUMWA — The former Agassiz Elementary School will become new housing under a plan that goes before the city council next week.
The redevelopment will create 36 new units, according to documents provided to the city council in advance of the meeting. The documents said Jim Danaher will apply for tax incentives this December, and a stand-alone tax increment financing district is planned for the development.
Details of that TIF district are not yet available. The description provided for the council by City Planner Kevin Flanagan said incentives will be offered “for a yet undetermined period of years.” The city needs a proposal from the developer prior to beginning that portion of the work.
Tuesday’s discussion is focused on a different aspect of the project than the proposed TIF district’s fate. The site is currently zoned as R-2, which allows for two-family residential structures. The proposed development would allow for more families, though, and requires a change to R-5, multi-family zoning.
The council will also discuss the replacement of large sections of the sidewalk near City Hall and the Ottumwa Public Library. The portion at City Hall is a 70-foot-long segment near the Fourth Street entrance. Replacing that sidewalk will cost $3,908.
An even longer section is due for replacement at the library. That section is 100 feet long. But where the sidewalk outside City Hall drew two bids, the library received only one. The price tag on that proposal is $9,282.
The city has been pushing for sidewalk repairs and replacement over the past several years, with property owners given the option of hiring a contractor to do the work or having a city contractor make the repairs
The council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall.