At the February 11, 2020, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
John Prince Park – directed staff to develop and present a written action plan for the assessment of homeless people living in John Prince Park.
Youth homelessness – accepted a HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Grant agreement in an amount up to $147,970, to support development of a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness in Palm Beach County. Two full-time equivalent grant-funded positions with a required 25-percent in-kind match of $36,993 were approved. These positions will be eliminated if federal funding is discontinued. No additional county funds are required
IFAHAP – approved revised guidelines for the Impact Fee Affordable Housing Assistance Program (IFAHAP). IFAHAP makes impact fee interest earnings available to developers to offset impact fees due on new housing construction. In return, the developers accept restrictions that ensure affordability to households with incomes no greater than 140 percent of area median income.
Project Jacobson – approved a cash grant of up to $1.9 million over a 10-year period and an ad valorem tax exemption of up to $400,000 over a 10-year period for Project Jacobson. The company is considering locating a manufacturing facility in Belle Glade, investing $45.5 million to acquire approximately 85 acres of land and construct and equip a 140,000-square-foot facility. The project would create 200 new jobs at an annualized average wage of $38,000 and an annualized median wage of $33,000 over a five-year period. The estimated five-year economic impact is $272 million.
HOME – approved five HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) awards totaling $2.55 million for loans to developers of affordable housing. These are federal grant funds that require a 25 percent local match provided by state SHIP grant funds: 1) $550,000 to build Flagler Station, a 94-unit multifamily rental project, including 10 HOME-assisted units in West Palm Beach; 2) $1 million to build Quiet Meadows, a 132-unit senior and disabled multifamily rental project, including 20 HOME-assisted units in Belle Glade; 3) $500,000 to build Heron Estates, a 79-unit townhome-style rental project, including 10 HOME-assisted units in Riviera Beach; 4) $185,000 to construct two HOME-assisted single-family homes located at 3974 Dale Road in Palm Springs; and 5) $315,672 to construct three HOME-assisted single-family homes in western Palm Beach County, one in Belle Glade and two in Pahokee.
El Cid Apartments – adopted a resolution approving the issuance of Housing Finance Authority of Palm Beach County multifamily housing revenue bonds in the amount of $17.5 million to finance the costs of acquiring, constructing, renovating and equipping a 72-unit multifamily rental housing facility known as El Cid Apartments, located at 315 Almeria Road in West Palm Beach. No county funds, its taxing power, faith or credit are involved.
LEED Certification – authorized the county’s participation in the 2020 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities and Communities grant program. The county was one of 20 local governments nationally selected based upon a demonstrated commitment to and leadership in resilience and sustainability. Commissioner Gregg Weiss and Dr. Jake Leech from the Office of Resilience will represent the county at a two-day LEED Certification workshop in Washington, D.C. in March. The county will then pursue LEED Certification through the grant program.
Easement – adopted a resolution abandoning any public interest in the embankment easement over a parcel of land in the Palm Beach Farms plat. The easement will no longer be needed once the Amicus Medical Center on Hagen Ranch Road is developed.
Legislative agenda – approved the proposed 2020 federal legislative agenda to be lobbied during the upcoming 2020 federal legislative session in Washington. New agenda items include net neutrality, the Davis Bacon Act, coral reef protection and restoration, Lake Okeechobee operations, derelict vessels, Next Generation 911, opportunity zone designations with the US Treasury, veterans homelessness, the Mental Health Parity and Substance Use Disorder Act, e-rate and universal funding.
Governmental Center restaurant – approved an extension of time to commence construction until March 31 and complete construction by April 30 in connection with the Governmental Center lease agreement with LJL Food Management, Inc., dba the Hideout Kitchen & Café (formerly Tina’s Café).
Bond issue – agreed to place on the November 2020 ballot a $150 million environmental bond referendum. Additionally, staff was directed to research possibly placing a $150 million referendum on the ballot to fund workforce/affordable housing and homelessness projects.
Memorial – directed staff to prepare a resolution to rename a section of State Road 715 near the Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee in memory of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wallace and Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel who were killed in the line of duty in 2007.