City planning to grant builder tax incentives
The Fairfield City Council voted Monday to pursue the necessary proceedings to grant the developer of an AmericInn hotel roughly $700,000 in tax incentives.
Also Monday, the council was updated on the 2010 street project, the railroad quiet zone and a proposal for garbage and recycling collection.
Both city administrator Jeff Clawson and Fairfield Economic Development Association Executive Director Brent Willett reported positive feedback from officials in Newton and Anamosa, where David Harchanko of Apollo Development LLC has recently built hotels.
“This proposal before you and us as a community for this 62-room project is the most professional and realistic and well-organized hotel development proposal that I’ve certainly seen in my three years on the job here,” Willett said. “The development partners are working off a professional feasibility study which suggests the city of Fairfield has the capacity to bear between 176 and 286 rooms. Currently, we’re bearing in the low 90s.”
Willett said a hotel at the Highway 34/Highway 1 interchange would be the first lodging visible from the highway between Burlington and Pella. He also believes it could jumpstart development in an area of the city with room to grow.
Based on figures provided by Clawson that show the value of the incentive being offset in the long run by property taxes and the city’s hotel/motel tax, the council voted unanimously to send the developer a letter of intent. If Harchanko accepts the terms outlined in the letter, the city will move forward with preparing a development agreement.
Engineer Jerry Long of French-Reneker Associates Inc. reported work on the city’s street projects should ramp up this week.
Shipley Contracting Corp. will begin the 15-block reconstruction project on West Lowe Avenue and then move counterclockwise, hitting Third Street, Madison Avenue, Cromwell Street, Briggs Avenue and finally East Lowe Avenue.
For the complete article, see the Thursday, July 29, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.