West Calhoun Neighborhood Council
Community Blood Drive May 8 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Annual Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., The Bakken Museum
Help us answer these important questions about neighborhood priorities:
- If you could change one thing about West Calhoun neighborhood, what would it be?
- If WCNC had money to invest in a project in West Calhoun neighborhood, what should they do?
The West Calhoun Neighborhood Council invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by WCNC. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at 612-928-3511 at least five days before our event.
SW LRT Station Area Planning Open House - Video
Capstone Traffic Studies
- Spring 2011 Traffic Assessment and Recommendations
- Fall 2011 Y-Intersection Elimination Conceptual Design and Cost Estimate
- Fall 2011 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Conceptual Design and Cost Estimate
- Fall 2012 North-South Connector Street Exploration and Throughway Traffic Modeling
- Fall 2012 Structured Parking Facility Conceptual Evaluation
Editorial: A Case Study in Urban Density
WCNC Response to Draft Environmental Impact Statement
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West Calhoun Parking Study
West Calhoun Walking Workshop
To address these issues, Hennepin Commissioner Gail Dorfman suggested a walking workshop with representatives from all stakeholder groups. On October 22, some 40 people - a mix of city, county, city planners, LRT planners, community leaders and citizens - gathered for a walking tour of West Calhoun, with the charge to look at the walkability of the neighborhood.
At a de-briefing after the walk, the groups reported that they had observed extremely heavy traffic, some areas of severe congestion, intimidating and even dangerous intersections, inadequate cross walk markings and signage, narrow sidewalks with no buffer on the street side, barriers on sidewalks. Driver behavior was also noted: excessive speed, running red lights, illegal turns on red, some areas where left turns are dangerous or at least congesting (e.g., cars turning left across traffic from Market Plaza into Calhoun Commons) and perhaps should be prohibited.
Potential short term and long term solutions were discussed. City and county officials will use these to make changes and to inform future planning for the area.
Envisioning Larger Park Patronage: Problems and Promise
Two startling facts were shared: Excelsior Blvd/W. Lake Street at West Calhoun Parkway carries the highest number of cars in Hennepin County (39,300 per day) and the Chain of Lakes is the second most visited place in Minnesota with 1.3 million users coming to Lake Calhoun. As MPRB Superintendent Bruce Chamberlain states, "it is a freeway driving through the parks."
Development is putting significant pressure on the safety and enjoyment of the park. The popular Tin Fish, Midtown Greenway, and Wheel Fun have already brought new guests to the park. The Calhoun Sailing Club has grown to be the largest between the coasts. And private development is bringing greater urban density to the edge. However, this development also brings exciting opportunities to reimagine the landscape’s place in the life of the city.
Another circumstance with high impact for the area is future SW LRT West Lake Station to be built within a half mile of Lake Calhoun. WCNC is tuned to the issues and potential outcomes of this neighbor. With a history of fatalities here, we need to advocate for safe accessibility as we welcome new park and light rail users. Written by WCNC Board Member Meg Forney with excerpts from MPRB's website: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?Page ID=1398.
New Development at Bigos-Calhoun Greenway
After the proposed Dwell at Calhoun Greenway Land Use and Redevelopment Plan was submitted to the city, the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council voted on and approved an Action Requests letter that was sent to the city on June 16, 2012. That document can also be seen below (dwelllettertoplanning6-12).
Southwest Light Rail Transit Issues and Actions
The proposed $1.2 billion Southwest light rail transit (SWLRT) line running between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis has the potential to benefit the West Calhoun neighborhood. Our unique area as well as the adjacent communities will pose a challenge to designers and engineers. These challenges must be met so that SWLRT contributes to, enhances, and preserves our attractive and well-functioning community by demanding the highest design standards and most effective mitigation practices available to ensure long-term benefits for our city.
Your West Calhoun Board of Directors has been instrumental in advocating for the goals of West Calhoun through various advisory committees, coalitions and working groups and will participate in the review process this spring when a 5,000 page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is released.
UPDATE: The DEIS is expected to be release on Friday, October 12, 2012 with a 45 day public comment period.
West Calhoun continues to participate, along with other affected neighborhoods in the following groups and coalitions, studies and advisory committees that have been studying and learning from each other as well as working with professionals involved in the project.
- Southwest LRT Station Area Strategic Planning Community Members' Working Group (CMWG) http://www.southwesttransitway.org/
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Community Advisory Committee (MPRB CAC)
- Diverse Multi-Stakeholder Group Surrounding West Lake Station
- Coalition of Minneapolis’ SW LRT Corridor Neighborhoods
- Southwest LRT Station Area Strategic Planning: Minneapolis
For more information, continue to our "Hot Topics" page.
WCNC Updated Bylaws
West Calhoun Neighborhood Council
West Calhoun Neighborhood Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at The Bakken Museum, West 36th Street and West Calhoun Parkway. All business and residential neighbors are welcome to attend. You can leave a message with comments, questions or concerns on the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Voicemail Hotline at 612-928-3511 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012-13 Board of Directors
David Rhees, Chair
Richard Logan, Vice Chair
John Abraham-Watne, Treasurer
All WCNC meetings are open to the public. If you live, work or own property in the neighborhood, we welcome your participation. For more information, contact Rhea Sullivan at email@example.com or call 612-928-3511.
West Calhoun is bounded by West Calhoun Parkway on the East, West Lake Street on the North, West 36th Street on the South and France Avenue on the West. The neighborhood includes Lake Calhoun's northern shoreline, Calhoun Commons and surrounding businesses, many residential buildings and 32 homes.
Our Meeting Space: The Bakken Museum
We are very pleased about our meeting space at The Bakken Museum, located at the intersection of West 36th Street, just off West Calhoun Parkway. The meeting rooms are cozy and inviting. Parking is available in the parking lot on the north side of the building and on West 36th Street.
The Bakken Museum is an independent, nonprofit educational institution that collects archival materials related to the history of electricity and magenetism in medicine and the life sciences. It was founded in 1975 by Earl E. Bakken, inventor of the first transistorized cardiac pacemaker and founder of Medtronic, Inc. For more information about The Bakken Museum, visit their website at www.thebakken.org.
West Calhoun Neighborhood Profile
Based on the 2010 US Census:
288 owner-occupied housing units
898 renter-occupied housing units
Average household size: 1.4 people
For more information on neighborhood demographics and statistics, go to: http://www.mncompass.org/twincities/neighborhoods.php or City of Minneapolis profile or visit the Community Planning and Economic Development website.