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City could commit $2.6 million to three projects, including Badgerow Building

City could commit $2.6 million to three projects, including Badgerow Building

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Sioux City Council members on Monday delayed a vote on a consulting services agreement related to the redevelopment of the Badgerow Building, shown here in a 2009 file photo.

SIOUX CITY -- Sioux City staff is recommending that a maximum of $1 million in funds be committed to the historic Badgerow Building and another $1.6 million to two other projects in the city's Historic Fourth Street District.

The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to approve a resolution adopting an amendment to the Combined Central Sioux City -- CBD Urban Renewal Area Plan.

The council approved a resolution in October for the city to purchase the historic Badgerow Building for $750,000 from Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Company so that it can be used for the continued redevelopment of downtown.

According to city documents, no more than $1 million in tax-increment financing, or TIF, funds would be committed to the Badgerow Building. 

The bank foreclosed on the 12-story structure, at 622 Fourth St., after the owner, California-based Mako One, and its managing partner, Bruce DeBolt, defaulted on a bond that was secured to pay to renovate and redevelop it.

City officials expect to more than recoup the investment by reselling the Badgerow Building to a developer, which would increase the taxable value of the property. Under terms of the purchase agreement, the bank would retain the historic tax credits previously claimed by Mako One. But the new developer would be eligible to apply for additional state and federal historic tax credits.

The city is also considering entering into development and minimum assessment agreements with private developers for the construction of a new facility and the redevelopment of an existing historic building in downtown Sioux City.

If the projects receive council approval, a maximum of $1.5 million in TIF assistance would be committed to the new facility and $100,000 to the existing building.

The documents contain no additional details about the projects, including the exact locations of the new facility and existing historic building or what their uses would be. Chris Myres, an economic development specialist for the city, said he couldn't divulge more information about the projects because negotiations are ongoing with the developers.

"They're still negotiating with the people they're trying to buy property from, so it would mess things up if it got out which property they were looking at," he said.

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