December 4, 2018 Board Retreat Notes

WCNC Board Retreat Notes, 12.4.18

Date: December 4, 2018

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Michael Sanders, Martha Yunker, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, Bordwell, Paul Legler, Victoria Hoshal

Guests: Nathan Koster, Mpls Transportation Planning and Programming; Allan Klugman, Mpls Traffic; Jack Whitehurst, Neighborhood and Community Relations; John Freude, Linea Palmisano Policy Aide

6:00 – 6:30:  Nathan Koster, Mpls Transportation Planning and Programming, and Allan Klugman, Mpls Traffic

-Reconfiguration of Lake and Excelsior to come in 2019 to improve pedestrian flow

-Lakehaus construction on Lake St in CIDNAhas either recently started or will start soon

-May add a plaza near SWLRT station stop

-Calhoun Towers development plan still TBD

-Seems likely that he will try to do all four buildings with a mid-rise first

-Multi-modal study didn’t anticipate increase in traffic growth on the Abbott/Chowen loopdue to Bader Project, kiss and ride traffic from SWLRT–will that be added? Need for traffic light at Abbott and Excelsior.

-According to Allan K, future growth was built into plan

-Bader Group was required to do traffic study considering number of vehicles

-Plans for pedestrian access to Greenway, shopping, etc, following SWLRT construction?

-Nathan: Dozens of recommendations went into SWLRT plan (for intersections etc)

-5 out of 6 targeted intersections have been/will be completed

-Done: Lagoon and Lake at E Calhoun

-Next year: Lake and Excelsior

-TBD in Jan: Lake at Dean, Lake at Thomas

-Plans for 32nd and Abbott sidewalk narrowness near Lakehaus project?

-Already done because project has been approved, wasn’t a big push to put in wider sidewalks, city doesn’t have influence

-Potential ADA issue?

-Allan K will do research and get back to WCNC

-Near-term projects:

-Left turn arrow on Lake and Dean (1-2 years ago)

-E Calhoun/Lake and Lagoon: trail conditions, lighting, sidewalk, additional trail space over the channel/wider bike area

-Longterm recommendations:

-Market Plaza: redoing parking lot/development from Greenway to Lake–raised trail crossing (Calhoun Village)

-Lake and Excelsior: coming in 2019

-Some longer-term projects happened within a year of the study being published

-Access issues on the Greenway behind new developments

-France and Lake intersection: improving crossings

-Pedestrian bridge across tracks connecting Ewing with Greenway

-Why no ped crossing/bridge across Lake St?

-Big lift, but was identified in study

-Will signal improvements include brighter lights for ped crossing icon and for peds?

-Can check, haven’t heard that complaint

-Lake/Market and SWLRT projects:

-Not a complete rebuilding of signal

-Will include enhancing ped facilities, talking push buttons, ADA enhancement, some poles moved to make corners more accessible

-Sidewalks will be widened on Lake St ~2 feet

-Elevators will be on either side of bridge

-Hope that landscaping will be high on list of priorities

-Many routes are working with county, continue to work with them on making county roads more like city roads, need appropriate soil, width, general conditions for trees

6:30 – 7:00: Jack Whitehurst, Neighborhood and Community Relations

-84 neighborhoods, 71 neighborhood organizations

-Funded by NRP since late ‘80s (Phase I and Phase II)

-Funded by CPP since 2011, through 2020

-$3.5 million for city, $28,340/yr for WCNC

-WCNC Phase I: $605,000, $276,888.39 rollover

-WCNC Phase II: $258,994, $10,315 used for CPP as “Equity Funds”  $181,295.80 spent on housing loan/grant

-$515,567.39 available once loan in paid back

-CPP funds to go away in 2020, future funding unclear

-Jack recommends discussing future funding with CM Palmisano

7:00 – 7:30: Priorities for 2019

-Martha talked to Meg Forney on Park Board about Greenspace

-Conversation seemed different than from past, encouraged to fundraise money (personal donations, asking Watershed, etc)  for an even larger area

-Goal of having green space function more like neighborhood park

-Priorities for spending our remaining $356,056 in NRP Funds

-E.g. a pocket park at the south end of our Greenspace, banners on street lights along our commercial corridors, improved sidewalks and/or lighting

-Richard: Priority for city officials to understand why West Calhoun not prepared for more density

-Allan: Accelerating plan for improving Excelsior sidewalks and advocating for Lake St ped crossing

-Need to see plans: will have ramps at corners for ADA compliance

-Traffic calming options: landscaping, trees, banners, elevation, painting options, making sidewalks more visible (with added potential to add character to neighborhood)

-John Freude:

-Partnering with local artists for placemaking/beautification project for sidewalks

-Downtown has done similar project with utility boxes

-Mary Altman as contact for designing RFP etc

-Could help with attention from other CMs

-Warm lighting with stylistic coherence, light stands as some kind of work of art

-Talking more to Jason Wittenberg, Dir of Planning

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz