February 12, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: February 12, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allen Campbell, Lynette Davis, Richard Logan, Martha Yunker, Paul Legler, Victoria Hoshal

Absent: Jeff Idelkope, Tim Musson, John Bordwell, Michael Sanders

Guests: Chad Ellos of County Public Works Department, David Davies of Metro Transit, Robb Bader of Bader Development Group, Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Council Member Linea Palmisano, County Commissioner Marion Greene, Allan Klugman of City Public Works Department

Approval of January minutes – Minutes shared via email

  • Approved

Treasurer Report – Report shared via email

  • $89,000 still remaining for community participation activities
  • $356,000 in Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds

2018 Community Particpation Program Report – Report shared via email

  • Approved

Transportation and safety issue presentations by a county transportation planner, Southwest Light Rail planner, and Bader Group, moderated by County Commissioner Marion Greene

  • Chad Ellos, Hennepin County Public Works Transportation Planning
  • Minnetonka Blvd Project — Design 2020-2022, construction 2023-2024
    • In Saint Louis Park
    • Boulevard update, upgrading bike/pedestrian infrastructure as well, dedicated turn lanes
    • Planning to keep lanes open (narrowed from ~12 to 11 foot lanes), some shifting of traffic, signage prior to construction beginning
  • Lake/Excelsior — Construction 2019
    • Start construction mid-July 2019, finished by mid-November
    • Open to traffic during construction, temporary closures/narrowed lanes
    • Building demolition for hotel around July 2019, building beginning in October, pending City Planning Commission approval
    • Safety and ADA accessibility concerns about narrow sidewalks expressed
  • Lake Street Signal Projects — Construction timing TBD
    • West Calhoun Dean and Thomas
    • Upgrade signals, enhanced pedestrian striping, ramps, overhead signage, talking push buttons, camera system to detect bikers/drivers
    • Opportunity to work with community members
    • Safety concerns about how to handle U-turns, signage, etc, will be addressed in project
    • Controlled left turn with signal increases safety, even with U-turns
  • Lake St Paving Project — mid-2020s
    • Identified for resurfacing, opportunity to address safety concerns
  • David Davies, Southwest Green Line Light Rail (SWLRT) Extension
    • david.davies@metrotransit.org
  • Groundbreaking occurred last November
  • SWLRT opening in 2023, 14.5 miles, 16 stations, downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie with connection to Blue Line
  • West Calhoun station will be the West Lake Station
  • Construction phases
    • Utilities
    • Site prep
    • Structures, track, stations
    • Systems
    • Testing
  • Initial construction activities
    • Mobilization
    • SouthWest Station
    • Bridges
    • Freight Rail track work
    • Kenilworth Tunnel
  • Minneapolis construction topics
    • Noise and vibration control: Pre/post-construction survey work, damage claims process
      • Current lawsuit ongoing filed against project by Lakes and Parks, in discussion with other property owners with concerns
    • Access: Property, trails, bike/pedestrians detours, auto detours
      • Fencing to secure freight rail, likely to be chicken wire style to avoid blocking vision
    • Parking: Resident parking, parking plan for workers
    • Historical and natural resources
  • Construction outreach and communication
    • Green Line Best Practices
      • Community outreach coordinators
      • Advisory committees
      • Construction open houses and community meetings
      • “What to Expect During Construction”
      • 24-hour hotline
    • New activities
      • Social media
      • Public tours
      • Mobile office
      • Time lapse photography
      • Pop-up events
      • Mobile-friendly web tool
    • Construction Information Workgroups to review recent and future construction activities
  • Spring 2019 Outreach
    • City-specific open houses
    • Neighborhood/community/business presentations
    • One-on-one property and business owner meeting
  • More information
  • Lake Street Station elevator/stair tower bridge construction project will be happening, sidewalk widening not sure yet (staff to check back to confirm)
  • Staff can return with plans in future meeting
  • Robb Bader, Bader Development Group: Calhoun Towers update
  • Minimal changes since last met in August
  • Fall start instead of early summer start, contacted Met Council, still looking to meet to coordinate
  • Phase A has 243 units, Phase B has 256 units, Phase C and D both have 120 units
    • Phase C is 20% affordable housing, Phase D is 100% affordable (at or below 60% area median household income for the county)
  • Phase B construction timing will be affected by light rail easements
  • New towers will be 50-60 feet (2 stories) taller than existing tower
  • Now have full ownership of Phase D area
  • Enclosed 5-story parking area with 658 spaces, 838 parking spaces when all four phases are complete
    • 857 units
  • Liner building areas around the parking area (townhomes plus apartments), mid-space pool/green space/amenity space
  • Possible retail space as exiting light rail, but currently not planned
  • Demographics: Empty nesters deciding to move towards city, young professional late-20s to mid-30s with 0-1 child

Southwest Neighborhood Parks update from Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

  • Interested in site for potential park, Metro Transit development may impede considering whole parcel as park, but could partner for a smaller playground-only portion
  • Partnership possibilities to fit in new park space amongst other development
  • Recognition that neighborhood doesn’t have park amenities
  • Goal to have plan ahead of board by end of summer, have already released plans for comments until end of March, then meeting with Community Advisory Committee to make one preferred concept out of multiple concepts per site, plan released for 45 day public comment, then public hearing
  • All plans are online or at local parks for comment currently

New business

  • Evacuation plan for neighborhood
    • Metro Transit works to do run-throughs with city, there will be a plan included that can be discussed in more detail when light rail team returns to a future meeting
  • Desire for safety walk to be reestablished as annual event for neighborhood with city officials

Meeting adjourned: 7:39

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz