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Council OKs zoning for Utica project                                                                                                                      Cops corral bull on NYC streets
                                                                                                                                                            NEW YORK (AP) — It                 pound animal hit and dam-
BY KEVIN CANFIELD                                                       to impose conditions.                 in this area generally.”                    looked like an urban rodeo           aged a squad car. An NYPD
World Sta Writer                                                          “I think that a PUD should            Johnsen said another rea-                 on the streets of New York           o cer with urban cowboy
                                                                        be required on this because I         son a PUD was not appropri-                 City.                                skills lassoed the bull, and
  The City Council approved                                             think it’s important to have          ate for his clients’ $30 million              Police say a young bull            it was tranquilized.
a zoning change Thursday                                                good citizen participation,”          project was that a tenant,                  made a dash for free-                   New York Center for
that clears the way for con-                                            Christiansen said.                    once secured, will want to be               dom through the streets              Animal Care and Con-
struction of an eight- to 12-                                             Attorney Roy Johnsen, rep-          involved in the design.                     of Queens on Wednesday               trol spokesman Richard
story o ce building at 14th                                             resenting developers Chris              During the Planning Com-                  night but suddenly died              Gentles says veterinarians
Street and Utica Avenue.                                                and John Bumgarner, told              mission’s hearing on the                    before he could be taken to          found no signs of what had
  “This is a good project,”                                             councilors that a PUD would           zoning change in July, the                  an animal sanctuary.                 caused the bull’s death.
said Councilor Eric Gomez.                                              have served little purpose,           developers agreed to file a                    Police cars tried to steer            An NYPD spokesman
  O ce-high intensity zon-                                              given the nature of the site.         restrictive covenant limit-                 the bull o        roadways,          says it’s not known where
ing on the 2.7-acre lot was ap-                                           Developers often initiate the       ing the structure to 250,000                but the several-hundred-             the bull had been kept.
proved 8-1 after a motion by                                            PUD process when they are             square feet because of some
Councilor Bill Christiansen                                             looking to address multiple           commissioners’          concern
to send the issue back to the                                           zoning issues, Johnsen said.          about the project’s scale.
Planning Commission failed                                                “Maybe he’s got two or                Johnsen said the covenant
to receive a second.                                                    three zoning districts; he            has been filed, and he dis-
  Christiansen said he was                                              wants to be able to move uses         missed concerns that approv-
not opposed to the project                                              around. … There’s some rea-           ing a zoning change subject to
but to the fact that the de-                                            son the developer needs that          a restrictive covenant rather
veloper had not provided a                                              flexibility,” Johnsen said.            than requiring a PUD would
planned unit development,                                                 “In this instance, we don’t         set a bad precedent.
or PUD, when he went before                                             have that situation. It’s a single      No construction date has
the Planning Commission to           gives a developer flexibility       building, single zoning clas-         been set.
seek the zoning change.              in design but still gives the      sification, known use — o ce
  A planned unit develop-            city a chance to see what the      — which is very much in keep-                Kevin Canfield 581-8313
ment is a detailed plan that         proposal entails and the right     ing with what has happened        

                                                                        after the meeting.                    and complete the stadium for
                               The trust is made up of
TRUST:                         nine members — the
                                                                           “Everyone        approaches
                                                                        problem-solving in a di er-
                                                                        ent way, but I think the dia-
                                                                                                              the Drillers’ 2010 season.
                                                                                                                 The stadium site nestles
                                                                                                              against the south side of In-
Trust approval clears seated mayor, three                               logue with the council was            terstate 244 east of Elgin
the way for dona-              downtown property                        ultimately healthy,” she said.        Avenue in the historic Green-
                                                                           Taylor had recused her-            wood District.
tions to be accepted. owners, four donors                               self from any involvement in             The overall ballpark proj-
                               to the project and a                     drafting the trust because her        ect, however, extends beyond
FROM A1                                                                 family foundation is a signifi-        the stadium to a limited area
                               representative of the                    cant donor to the project.            surrounding it. The trust will
it does,” Westcott said at the development arm of the                      Twenty-five donors are              own the stadium and sur-
meeting, which was packed                                               giving a total of $30 million         rounding land, which will be
with ballpark supporters.
                               Greenwood Chamber of                     to the $60 million downtown           redeveloped into mixed uses
   Revisions to the document Commerce.                                  ballpark project, which will          to increase sales-tax revenue
that gave the council ap-                                               build a new home for the              for the city.
proval over the trust’s finan-                                           city’s Double A baseball team,           Councilor G.T. Bynum said
cial actions were made after         of the development arm of          the Tulsa Drillers.                   the councilors who wrangled
Westcott and Councilors Bill         the Greenwood Chamber of              In addition to the donors’         and pushed on behalf of the
Martinson and John Eagle-            Commerce.                          funds, $25 million will come          people of Tulsa to create a
ton said Tuesday that they              Martinson said councilors       from a downtown property              document that represents the
could not approve the docu-          were never asking for “mi-         assessment fee, and $5 mil-           best interest of all parties are
ment without it.                     cro-management,” just a role       lion will come from the Drill-        responsible for “this great doc-
  Previously, the document           so that the city doesn’t have a    ers’ lease.                           ument … and the benefits the
gave the approval power for          public trust run into a situa-        Approval of the trust clears       city will enjoy because of it.”
such actions to the mayor,           tion similar to one in the past,   the way for the acceptance               “I also want the donors to
who also would hold a vot-           referring to the now-defunct       of the donations so the proj-         know that people you will
ing seat on the trust, creating      Great Plains Airline.              ect can move forward. The             never know will be thank-
what Westcott called a “super           “Is it the document I would     lease with the Drillers must          ful for what you did for de-
trustee” with the ability to         have drafted? No. Is it a docu-    be finalized, and Taylor said          cades from now because of
control decisions.                   ment I can live with? Yes,”        that likely will take a couple        the times they will have with
  The trust is made up of nine       Martinson said.                    of weeks as design issues are         their families at the ballpark,”
members — the seated mayor,             “I’m thrilled to have the       worked out.                           Bynum said.
three downtown property              unanimous support of the              The plan is to break ground
owners, four donors to the           council,” Mayor Kathy Taylor       for construction of the stadi-                P.J. Lassek 581-8382
project and a representative         said in a telephone interview      um before the end of the year       

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