January 10, 2012 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. Bakken Museum – 50 degrees outside
Seth Doorn, Gary Knutson, Kathy Cobb, Meg Forney, Robb Bader, Jennifer Swanson, Tod Elkins, Wes Pfeifer,
Tori Powell, Jeffery Flake, Rodgers Adams, Matt Perry
Welcome and introductions
Administrative Items
Secretary’s Report – December meeting minutes approved.
Treasurer’s Report – $3,821 NCEC, $679 NRP.
Monthly Updates
Council Member comments: No report. David noted that it has been a long time since Betsy or Ben have
been to a WCNC meeting. David will contact Betsy about attending a future meeting.
Stakeholders/Business Association Update: Meg gave update. Next meeting on January 23, 4 p.m. Lake
Calhoun Executive Center. We have invited someone from Uptown Association to share information
about their 2011 wellness event. Board discussed Rhea’s interest in helping with the Business Association.
The board decided to have Jennifer do both the neighborhood and business work and not split the two
out. Matt Perry also made a comment about how sharing a neighborhood coordinator with his business
association works well.
Minneapolis SW LRT Coalition: Kathy gave update. No DEIS yet. January meeting cancelled.
Other Business
Presentation of New Development at Bigos-Calhoun Greenway: Tod Elkins of Urban Works gave
presentation about development (see westcalhoun.org for copy of presentation). Bigos bought
Canterberry Court at 32nd and Chowen and renamed it Calhoun Greenway. This development is for an
expansion. They are in negotiation with county and city to buy some of the land they would like to
develop.
Plans are for a six story bldg with surface and underground parking. 208 underground parking for 187
units. 337 units total for site; 404 total parking spots. Developer would also like to provide hour car at this
site. They want to be ready for the additional on street parking that may occur on Chowen after light rail
is built.
Units have balconies, oversized windows, amenity space on first floor but no retail. Side that faces
greenway will have pool, bbq andfirepit. There will be 312 bedrooms. Entry/exit to/from greenway an
issue they are looking for input on. Zoned R6, six stories, below 84 feet. Right now they are going through
all their reviews with the city departments.
Kathy asked if they need to be six stories.
Meg stated concerns about parking and access to greenway. She also recommended making the units
more high end. Would also like to see something done with the rooftop – enclosed party room. The will
have “white” roof for energy sustainability.
Concerns:
Parking – ensure there is enough to alleviate current issues and future concerns after LRT
Greenway access – Seth has invited them to next Greenway coalition meeting. Portals will be included.
Tree plantings around surface parking – city has zoning code – tree within 50 of every parking stall.
Impact on Traffic
Tod will send pdf files to WC and Jennifer will post on website.
Tod will also come back to February meeting.
They expect to start construction in spring of 2012 goal to open by June of 2013.
3100 Excelsior Blvd Crime Prevention Meeting Update:
Jen will request information from Michael about December 19 Safety meeting to let board know what the
status is.
Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.