The Mayor’s 2018 New Year’s Resolutions
Another year has already come and gone! 2017 saw a flurry of activity towards the revitalization of our City, and some important projects were "planted," and now we are excited to see what those projects will produce. In 2018 we are excited to watch for action and growth!
Some of those projects include:
Missouri State Penitentiary
One of the proudest moments since I have been Mayor was when Gov. Eric Greitens signed over nearly 32 acres of the Missouri State Penitentiary to the City! Now we are putting together a group of partners from the City, County, and State to begin planning the best use for that land--and the possibilities are endless! A Master Plan created back in 2001 will guide us as we begin this process. We will be looking at development of such businesses as hotels, retail shops, offices, restaurants, and a beautiful Parkway from Lafayette, into the property and connected to East Capitol Avenue, with a roundabout at the east end of Chestnut Street, will be the crowning glory of the whole project. In fact, you can take a tour inside the walls to see for yourself the potential!
Also, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has been operating the MSP tours since 2009, and they continue to grow exponentially each year. With this development, we can see it becoming an even bigger destination attraction than it has already become.
East Capitol Avenue
A $1.5 million streetscape project on East Capitol Avenue has seen new lights and trees, repaired sidewalks and the addition of bicycle lanes, as well as several homes in the urban renewal zone have been improved under the Jefferson City Housing Authority rehabilitation agreements.
The Housing Authority is also in the process of condemning the three properties at 101, 103 and 105 Jackson Sttreet in hopes of selling and rehabilitating the three homes.
Part of the redevelopment of the Missouri State Penitentiary is looking into a possible conference/civic center for the area. The old shoe factory located inside the prison walls has been identified in the Master Plan as a possibility for a conference/civic center (the light-colored building shown in the photo to the right). My hope is that the conference/civic center is one of the first things the partnership members look at in 2018. The voter-approved lodging tax increase has collected more than $4.2 million fto be applied towards a conference/civic center.
Let's face it, to promote downtown growth in 2018, the City needs to add parking. The Council will be considering an agreement to conduct a parking feasibility analysis, which would include recommendations for a downtown parking garage. A previous study focusing on the downtown area found that the downtown area needed an additional 1,500 parking spaces.
In 2014, a conference center proposal from Ehrhardt Hospitality Group included a new City garage with 250 spaces on West McCarty Street. The Council and staff felt the location was not ideal because it would require patrons to walk up a hill to get to East High Street, and City staff had suggested that a parking garage would need to have 400 to 500 spaces.
I hope to see development of Adrian's Island in 2018 now that the a majority of the estimated project cost has been raised. Bartlett & West developed a plan for the project, and I would like to see Adrian's Island turned into a park, with a foot bridge extending over the railroad tracks to connect with the island.
An ad hoc committee raised $2.3 million in 2017 towards the project's estimated $3.2 million cost, leaving about $900,000. Part of the $2.3 million raised includes a $1 million donation from local philanthropist B.J. DeLong with the stipulation that it could only be used for riverfront development. The committee will continue to seek donations in 2018, and I would like the project plan to move to the City in 2018.
Mayor Tergin's Background, Experience, and Community Involvement
- St. Luke Orthodox Church Member
- St. Luke Philoptochos Ladies Organization
- Missouri State University Board of Governors
- 4th Ward City Councilwoman 2008-2014
- Downtown Jefferson City President, 2004-2006
- Downtown Jefferson City Board, 2000-2008
- Recycling Committee Chairperson
- Chamber of Commerce Board, 2006-2008
- Jefferson City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board, 2007-2008
- UMB Bank Advisory Board
- Show Me Yoga Foundation Board, 2008-2010
- Breakfast Rotary
- Historic City of Jefferson
- Cole County Partners for Clean Air
- Alpha Chi Omega Mid-Missouri Alumnae Club Treasurer
- Alpha Chi Omega Class Agent, Zeta Sigma Chapter
- Honorary Member, International Society for Key Women Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
- 2004 “40 Under 40” Honoree
- 2007 Jaycees Distinguished Service Award
- 2016 Lincoln University Trailblazer Public Service Award
- 2016 Outstanding Leadership in Tobacco Control Award