The Killeen City Council on Tuesday voted to create a public facility corporation that will set the stage for a $51 million apartment complex in north Killeen.

Approval came in a 4-3 vote -- with Mayor Jose Segarra casting the tie-breaking vote -- and was accompanied by approval by the same 4-3 margin of rezoning of the land where the complex will be built near East Veterans Memorial Boulevard and W.S. Young Drive.

 The PFC has been proposed specifically for a potential multifamily project by The NRP Group with the city.

“Consideration of that specific project will come forward at a later date, but the viability of the project is dependent on the city’s creation of a PFC because of the tax-exempt status the PFC can provide to a public facility,” Killeen City manager Kent Cagle said in Dec. 10 staff report.

Since November the council has been in discussion with Ohio-based NRP Group, which seeks to build the $51 million apartment complex.

To do this, the city has discussed the establishment a public facility corporation, an option available only to municipalities, not to private developers. NRP has indicated the public facility corporation to be a requirement of the project, and would allow the company to not pay property taxes for 75 years — something local developers have taken issue with.

It would also be located in the North Killeen Revitalization Program area. According to a city report, this program serves to promote the development and redevelopment of North Killeen and includes incentives for residential and commercial/business structures’ rehabilitation, expansion or new construction.

This story will be updated later this evening. 

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overseer

@Noneofyourbiz - - As I perused over your comments, it quickly became obvious to me that you are either new to politics in our beloved city of Killeen, Texas or may not have done your own research and have responded based on what someone else may have told you.

As a frequent follower of our city council, of which many meetings I watch online by choice, I will start off by saying that I am a fan of Councilman Harris. In my belief, he is an upstanding gentleman who appears to be one of the few who always votes their conscious and not the conscious of, as you say, donors. I will address each of your comments one by one as based on my limited but, greater knowledge.

Common sense dictates, that even early in the presentations on the complex, that lines were already being drawn. If it seemed obvious that a yes vote was planned, did it also seem obvious that those who voted against it planned their not vote was also planned? If you say, "No" then no plan was made. Unless, with a very dark thought, would you assume that those who voted in favor of the complex somehow found a secret meeting place with the Mayor and planned the votes after the passing of the honorable Councilman, Jim Kilpatrick?

Your attempt to establish suspicion based off of a council member's re-election bid or their terming out is standard; but, have you ever considered that those who voted against it were very confident that they could do so because they may have believed there would be no repercussions for them? The vote for the complex offers no benefit to council members. It does not benefit any developer in Killeen. Killeen developers spoke against it if you have forgotten. I ask you, who would be their "donors"? From what I watched, more residents were for the complex than was against it, at the council meetings and, at the public hearing. The only donations I surmise may be gained, would be from citizens like yourself who, though, supported the complex.

Council Woman Fleming voted to extend the time of this proposal. She voted in favor of extending the proposal by agreeing to a public hearing which set back the return of the proposal by over 2 weeks. She did nothing, from what I observed, to rush the process.

My opinion is this, if you still have "many" unanswered questions about this project, you did not attend or watch the meetings in which Councilwoman Brown asked a, "figuratively speaking" a thousand questions. Nothing was left on the table and, I do not believe a crumb on the floor.

Maybe councilman Harris was proud of what they had accomplished and wanted to sign his name on the approval document. It is known to happen. He may have seen it as a big deal for the city.

You factually told a lie or made a significant mistake in stating that Councilman Harris was fine with "raising taxes". Councilman Harris has NEVER voted in favor of a fee or tax increase. He has been a staunch defender of both instances. I am befuddled how you could make a mistake in your statement about this. I have to ponder on whether or not your statements have an ulterior motive.

Do you live in the Northside? Do you, really, know what revitalization entails? I perceive the fishy smell may be coming from a source of misinformation that you have received. Is it also a sign that, you have said nothing negative about or questioned the motives of the 3rd council member who voted in favor of the complex? Is it even more strange that you said nothing about the Mayor's vote and integrity I do believe you have effectively discredited your credibility.

If you go back and review councilman Harris's and other council members financials, you will find that Mr. Harris has received little to no donations in all of his races. Who have, or will you support, in past or upcoming elections.

Hacksaw

The same city council who ran off a business offering around 50 jobs and creating an asset to the community at their own expense turns around and throws away millions of dollars in property tax to an out of state company for the next 75 years! The bunch of you ought to be tarred, feathered, then run out of town on a rail.

Noneofyourbiz

Sorry, we must contact the secretary of state as it will be the secretary of state that has to approve the PFC when it is filed.

Under section 303.025 if the secretary of state approves this than the city has to make payment of the fees required by this chapter.

Noneofyourbiz

We can only hope that the Attorney Gen will deny the PFC, so it is time to start calling the attorney Generals office and your state representative and tell them you do not want this PFC

Noneofyourbiz

1. The fact that the Attorney plummer, not only for some reason has represented almost all the cities that have been targeted by the NRP didn't concern city council, they didn't even flinch when Plummer admired he had represented the NRP before.

2. The fact councilman Harris was more concerned about him and council woman Nash-King getting to sign the PFC was very disturbing. It was just very off that he only cared about that.

3. The fact councilwoman Flemming was so rushed and in a hurry to vote, that she couldn't even understand that she had to make a motion to vote before she could vote.

It was like watching a game of who can thier bid in first.

4. The fact that NRP has a history of selling out with than the first two to 5 years. Examples are the Baldwin in San Antonio, and the upton at longhorn Quarry. Should have called for deep concern, unless your an investor, even a 2nd preferred stock holder invested in this.

Nothing about this is right. To many unanswered questions, to many ways for this to go badly.

This NRP group has been investigated over and over. From the Gov.Coumo scandals, on down. This reads like the city of Killeen is engageing is paying back political donation, and or pay to play.

Yes I would agree that a recall is an order, and or needs to be investigated by an outside FBI agency, to insure that the citizens concerns are actually looked into.

Downtown1974

Time for a recall!!

Noneofyourbiz

I agree

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