April 10, 2018 Minutes

Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2018

Attending board members: Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, Tim Musson, John Bordwell, Lynette Davis, Michael Sanders, Martha Yunker, Jeff Idlekope, Jennifer Davie

Absent:  Annie Zager (excused)

President’s Report: Invitation to May annual meeting

Secretary’s Report: February & March minutes – John/Lynette approved

Treasurer’s Report: Shared about budget reports
Bookkeeper contract Richard/John approved

Committee Reports:

Safety:

  • Safety walk 4/5/18 with 3 Hennepin County staff members (bike/ped safety, ADA and traffic)
    • Looked at intersections
    • Areas of congestion
    • Dynamic of sidewalks and roadways
      • poles, etc. that narrow/block way
      • no buffer spaces for ped vs cars
      • pedestrian refuges along Lake St.
    • Overuse of Market Plaza and underuse of Excelsior entrance/exit
      • “main” entrance is unmarked and less visible in many ways
      • issues with emergency vehicles and access
      • roadway signage to help awareness (and changing within lot from “access” to “exit”)

Communications, Outreach, Events:

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour 5/3 at Urban Eatery 4-6
  • April Newsletter to print tomorrow
  • Earth Day
    Saturday, April 21 • 9:30-noon
    Bde Maka Ska West (W. 32nd St. and Calhoun Pkwy)

Land Use:

  • Bader EAW meeting 3/26
    • not very high attendance
    • Submitting comments (approved)
    • This Thursday, 4:30 Committee meeting in City Hall. Public welcome to listen (not comment).

Environment:

  • Greenspace – Allan speaking with Meg Forney. No response from Michael Schroder, Parks Board Planner.  Meeting to be planned with Meg this week (during the day) or in May. Allan will connect with her and the greenspace team to set this up.

Coordinator’s Report:

  • 2020 Roadmap: City Neighborhood and Community Relations Department – future of funding.
    • Online discussion points
    • Need something sent to the city by 4/30.
  • May meeting
    • Mayor Frey
    • Sen. Dibble
    • Possible safety presenter/s
    • Food in process

Hotel Presentation

  • Urban resort hotel. Open to neighborhood, not just hotel guests.
  • 16 month construction after permits. About 2 years from now.
  • Want to promote safety for pedestrians and traffic
  • Added pedestrian corridor (about 22 ft wide and 20 ft tall). Potential for glass “doors” for winter. “Spyhouse-like” cafe and also a restaurant.
  • Floors 1-2, event space. 3-5 hotel. 20 condo units on floor 6 & 7. Floor 8 is amenity deck/restaurant. Fitness center.  Small amenity deck on 3rd floor for hotel guests.
  • 99 hotel rooms, ~20 condo units
  • Base is masonry, brick and glass. Top is stone. Metal accent panels throughout elevation. Recessed balconies in condos.
  • Below ground parking is for the hotel, above ground is for condos. Each condo gets 2 parking spaces. Also valet offsite.
  • Elevation of building is 88-100 ft total.
  • May need to remediate the property for pollution from the gas station.
  • Lobbied to maintain control of median to make it green and nice, not concrete maintained by city.
  • Plans to own and operate the hotel for the long term, not a quick sell-off. Provenance Hotel Group (Top 5 Conde Nast). Just opening a small hotel in Stillwater.

Community Concerns:

  • Does this comply with the Shoreland Overlay Height Ordinance?  Worried about blocking views. Nearby buildings Foundry 68 ft, Loop 55 feet.  Office building is 75-86 feet. Brickstone is 94 ft high.
  • Who is going to sit on the bench on the median? At least there is a tree. Suggest addition of trees on south medians. Wonder about corridor being dark?

SWCA Park Presentation, Colleen O’Dell from the Minneapolis Parks & Rec Board

Southwest service area master plan:

  • Big endeavor. Hasn’t done anything like it in decades (REc centers in the 70s)
  • SW will be the last one done for the city, then all will have master plans.
  • New funding agreement with city, and trying to find out with people in the community want.
  • We can weigh in on the smaller parks in the SW. Not just in our neighborhood, also CIDNA and Linden Hills.
  • Summer of community engagement events
  • Come up with designs for parks, then get community feedback.
  • Land swap and purchasing is on the table
  • Artists will be involved for engagement
  • We can nominate one member to the CAC: Jana has been elected
    • Jana Griffin – Linden Hills. Renter, biker. How are we going to make sure everyone can access 43 parks and 14 rece centers? Trolley Path connect waveland triangle and Linden Hills park to Lake Harriet (bike/pedestrian path).  On the zoning committee in LH. Concerned about density. For parks, the more that can access, the better. 15 board members total (2 renters).
    • Steve Goldtry – CIDNA board. A few small parks there. Was on planning committee for Theodore Wirth park (long term planning). Background in architecture and urban planning. How to link parks for surrounding neighborhoods. Concerned about parks absorbing public density. Can you see it? Will new structures create too much shade? Must have developers think ahead.
  • What might be needed?
    • Not many soccer fields (we have lots of baseball fields).
    • Could we have the Greenspace be classified as a park?

New Business:

Adjourn 7:40pm