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15382 1 RESOLUTION NO. 15,382 2 3 A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT A TARGETED COMMUNITY 4 DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS THE LACK OF 5 DEVELOPMENT IN STRATEGIC SECTIONS OF THE CITY OF LITTLE 6 ROCK,ARKANSAS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. 7 8 WHEREAS,there are areas in Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 6 and Ward 7 that have suffered from a lack of 9 development; and, 10 WHEREAS,these neighborhoods suffer from substandard infrastructure, poor housing stock and low 11 home ownership,poverty and crime; and, 12 WHEREAS, these neighborhoods have a substantial amount of substandard rental properties with a 13 high rate of tenant turnover; and, 14 WHEREAS,the single-family homes in these neighborhoods are routinely appraised at lower property 15 values; and, 16 WHEREAS,these neighborhoods have a disproportionate number of food deserts and financial deserts; 17 and, 18 WHEREAS,these conditions have led to very different experiences for residents of our City who live 19 in these areas compared to our City overall and in fact has created two (2) Cities within one (1) City that 20 has led to marginalized families,youth and children and generational poverty; and, 21 WHEREAS, the efforts the City has enacted to address these conditions have been many over the 22 years, they have been ineffective in the neighborhoods in and around the South End of Ward 1, the 12th 23 Street Corridor,portions of Southwest Little Rock in Ward 2,in and around the John Barrow Road Corridor 24 in Ward 6 and portions of Southwest Little Rock in Ward 7. These conditions have led to an unfavorable 25 environment for private investors; and, 26 WHEREAS,the conditions that currently exist in these communities have existed for many years, and 27 will take time, paired with an intentional, concentrated and focused approach to rectify; and, 28 WHEREAS,the local governing authority has the authority to take the necessary action and allocate the 29 resources including staff support, necessary to bring the living conditions in these designated areas up to a 30 standard of living that is consistent with the rest of our City. 31 NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITY 32 OF LITTLE ROCK,ARKANSAS: 33 Section 1. The City Board of Directors of the City of Little Rock: [Page 1 of 41 1 (1) Seeks to improve the living conditions and overall appearance in the neighborhoods in the 2 designated areas of the City outlined in this resolution. 3 (2) Seeks to improve the housing stock and infrastructure in the neighborhoods in the designated 4 areas outlined in this resolution. 5 (3) Seeks to stabilize these neighborhoods by improving the conditions of rental housing in the 6 designated areas outlined in this resolution. 7 (4) Seeks to improve the outcomes for marginalized families,youth and children by implementing 8 programming using evidenced-based practices deployed into the designated areas outlined in 9 this resolution, using City-owned, fixed assets that are in these neighborhoods. 10 (5) Seeks to improve the City of Little Rock's Procurement Process to ensure that applicants who 11 reside in,or who seek contracts concerning Wards 1,2,6 and 7 have equitable opportunities to 12 obtain contracts within the City of Little Rock. 13 (6) Calls on City Government to initiate policymaking and provide stimulus funding based upon 14 funding availability and new funding that is created to achieve the outcomes detailed above 15 with the stated goals: to enhance development and improve living conditions in the 16 neighborhoods in and around the South End of Ward 1; the 12th Street Corridor and the 17 southwest portion of Ward 2, in Ward 6, in and around the John Barrow Road Corridor and 18 specific areas of Ward 7, in the amount of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) annually for 19 five(5)years with the option to renew at the end of the first five(5)years after a review of the 20 progress made in the efforts to improve the living conditions,appearance of neighborhoods and 21 outcomes for marginalized families, youth and children. Upon review, the appropriate policy 22 changes—if any--,programs,and procedures that have been implemented should be made and 23 the funding renewed for an additional five (5) years. This process is to be repeated until the 24 neighborhoods in the designated areas outlined in this resolution have stabilized and the 25 appearance and living conditions have shown substantial improvement. The funding will be 26 used as leverage to attract multiple funding sources including Federal and State Government, 27 the private business sector and private foundations, to stimulate investment in these specific 28 areas and create programming that will stabilize families. 29 Section 2. The Board of Directors strongly encourages the Mayor and City Manager to establish a 30 process within the next year to develop short, medium and long-term recommendations to specifically 31 address the request identified in this resolution that aid in the creation of generational wealth and boost 32 economic mobility and opportunity in the in neighborhoods in and around in the South End of Ward 1,the 33 12th Street Corridor including the southwest portion of Ward 2, in and around the John Barrow Road 34 Corridor in Ward 6 and specific areas of Ward 7. [Page 2 of 41 1 Section 3. The Board of Directors fully supports its Community Programs Department and Housing 2 and Neighborhood Programs Department Staff and their work,and strongly encourages the Mayor and City 3 Manager to utilize their talents when forming policy and programs that will establish the creation of 4 generational wealth and address specific needs in the designated areas outlined in this resolution. 5 Section 4. The Board of Directors seeks to establish within the next year,a working group empowered 6 to make short, medium- and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward 7 meeting the stated goals of this resolution. The Targeted Community Development Initiative Working 8 Group will be comprised of members representing local institutions and community organizations. The 9 working group will be made up of seven (7) members who will be selected by the Mayor, in consultation 10 with members of Board of Directors from Ward 1, 2, 6 and 7. The task of the Targeted Community 11 Development Initiative working group is to develop a strategic plan that will include specific projects in 12 the targeted areas identified in this resolution. Accountability for achieving the goals of this resolution will 13 be enforced by the Office of Executive Administration and its staff. The report and the resulting budgetary 14 and programmatic priorities may include, but not be limited to, increasing homeownership and access to 15 other affordable housing, increasing minority business development and ownership and career 16 opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, 17 employment and pay, and neighborhood safety. 18 Section 5. The Board of Directors calls on the Mayor and City Manager to give, at minimum, a bi- 19 annual update to the City Board on the progress of work performed pursuant to this resolution. 20 Section 6. Severability. In the event any title, section, paragraph, item, sentence, clause, phrase, or 21 word of this resolution is declared or adjudged to be invalid or unconstitutional, such declaration or 22 adjudication shall not affect the remaining portions of the resolution on which shall remain in full force and 23 effect as if the portion so declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional were not originally a part of the 24 resolution. 25 Section 7. Repealer. All laws, resolutions, or parts of the same, that are inconsistent with the 26 provisions of this resolution, are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency. 27 ADOPTED: January 19,2021 28 ATTEST: APPROVED: 29 30 . lit \ �..--�i 31 Allison Segars,Depu Wr' Clerk Frank Scott,Jr.,M� 32 APPROVED AS TO LEGAL FORM: SPONSOR: 33 34 4 35 Thomas M. Carpenter,City Attor y [Page 3 of 4] 1 SPONS I R: SPONSOR: 2 4 Director Ken Richardss I Ward 2 Director Doris Wright,Ward 6 5 SPONSOR: 6 7 AlP' , 8 1'rector Antwan Phis,Position 9 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18 // 19 // 20 // 21 // 22 // 23 // 24 // 25 // 26 // 27 // 28 // 29 // 30 // 31 // 32 // 33 // 34 // 35 // [Page 4 of 41