Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency talks about ongoing projects; Announces a new Interim Managing Director – Deltaplex News
On Tuesday, September 21, the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency (URA) appointed a new board member for city council approval amid discussions on ongoing projects.
New board member Lynn Guyunn was recommended after completing the term of Commissioner Rita Conley who resigned in July. City council will need to vote to approve Guyunn as commissioner to complete a five-year term with the agency.
The agency’s managing director, Maurice Taggart, gave a brief overview of the properties the agency has current.
Taggart also spoke about a key construction meeting that took place Aug. 30-31 with investors from Colorado regarding downtown housing and said they will have a proposal at their next meeting. . He added that this proposal would not interfere with what the city is working on in regards to the city center.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued earlier in September by the historic preservation consultant for the remaining buildings which were recently purchased, with the exception of buildings 324, 316 and 322. Taggart also added that they had an exciting new response for buildings 322 or 324. and spoke to the commissioners.
Chandra Griffin, Taggart’s recorder and assistant, also reported on the demolition operation plan with demolitions scheduled until April 2022.
Late in the meeting following the executive section, agency president Jimmy Dill announced that Maurice Taggart would be stepping down as the agency’s chief executive and that Chandra Griffin would be promoted to acting chief executive effective September 30.
Dill announced that Taggart would still assist the agency as a consultant after the agency waived the tender to offer the consultant contract for a six-month period.
“I am pleased with the support the Board has given me over the past three years, we have delivered on many of the promises we made at Pine Bluff. There is also so much more than we anticipated and I believe Ms. Griffin is the best fit for the job going forward, ”Taggart told Deltaplex News after the meeting.
Dill also spoke about the announcement and what he expects for the future: “Taggart has helped immensely in getting us in a position to demolish some of the old housing and run-down buildings, and helped develop buildings in the city. downtown, which has positioned the agency well for success in the future “.
He added: “The public should know how grateful URA is for the work Maurice did, he was definitely the man for the job”.
Dill also reported to Deltaplex News that he has high hopes for Griffin who has worked diligently alongside Taggart and is confident that she has the capacity to do the job and take on the role of Executive Director. in the future.