April 10, 2012 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2012

In attendance:

Board Members: Kathy Cobb, Gary Knutson, Michael Wagner, David Rhees, Meg Forney

Guests: Matt Perry of NCEC, Rodgers Adams of Lake Point, Ed Felauto of CIDNA, Patrick Mellyan, Michelle Beaulieu of Midtown Greenway Coalition

Approved Minutes

SW LRT: Hennepin County has formed new committee and is seeking representatives.

Meg Forney and Kathy Cobb will co-represent.

Midtown Greenway Coalition by Michelle Beaulieu:

Bigos Update – our letter forwarded to Planning Commission

Question if being presented to them Thursday of this week

Our Issues: 1) Parking, 2) Shadowing, 3) Design

Presentation of Study of Street Car in the Greenway

Alternatives analysis:

Grass on bedded tracks, extend all benefits of Greenway, create great stationary

21 Bus same – 53 stops, funding – $600,000 to do study – 20% match

Street Car – age better – run on electricity

Partial single and double – 7 1/2 minutes: ORCHESTRATED DANCE

Hooking up with SW LRT Station


Align track so it doesn’t cross over bike path west of Lake Street Bridge

Metro Transit will oversee

Council Member Report by Betsy Hodges:

Stadium – no comment

Expand recycling: plastic – 1-7, carton, glossy with paper, caps and lids on bottles

Evaluating single sort versus duel sort – which is more economical

Street Sweeping begins today

Bigos: no active application

Business Association: The Edge

Kathy Cobb handed out the newly published Shopping Guide

Talking with each business individually

Red Cross – 10 people signed up for blood drive

Volunteers Needed

Earth Day Conflict

Not a Banner but 4 “Sails”

CIDNA – Clean up table north of Jones Harrison on Cedar Lake

Annual Meeting:

Michael Wagner stepping down – moving to Fulton

Annual Meeting is in May to elect Members to the Board

Need to ask for new Board Members

Mayoral Appointee Matt Perry Report on Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee

Confirmed Planning Commission meeting Thursday, 4:30 The Dwell is #4 on the Agenda

More money coming

18 months

$33,650 Base Amount

$10,115 Equity Adjustment

Phase 2: 50% = $43.965 TOTAL through July, 2013

Use for Staff

District 2 Representative: John Finlayson

Our staff person Jennifer Swanson is absent due to a family member’s passing


Minutes by Meg Forney

February 21, 2012 Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Minutes

February 21, 2012 (meeting postponed from February 14th)

Call to Order

Present: Board Directors Wagner, Rhees, Cobb, Doorn, Forney

Absent: Knutson notified

Guests: Rodger Adams, Jack Pfaff, Robb Bader, Michelle Beaulieu, Soren Jensen, Wesley Pfeifer, Tod Elkins, Jeffrey Flake, Toni Powell

Treasurer’s Report: Received reimbursement: $5647 in account. Paid The Bakken for their new sign, $2580 in NRP account.

Wellness Event: April 21st from 9 to 3. Blood mobile, fire engine, bike tune-ups are the highlights. Mailing new brochure and blood drive notice to 3 mile radius of the business node. CIDNA is matching the funds of WCNC for the event.

Midtown Coalition: Board Retreat to strategize. Director Soren Jensen announced Northern Spark/Greenway Glow event on June 9th. Victory in stopping powerlines in the Greenway. Growing concerns of shadow on the Greenway created a public policy statement by Coalition as is endorsed by ’07 City overlay plan. Coalition will come back and talk with us regarding trolley and desire to connect from SW LRT to Hiawatha LRT. Note Sabo Bridge under repair.

Bigos 2nd Presentation for Proposed Dwell Apartment Building: Since last month’s presentation met with Midtown Greenway regarding shadowing, net gain on parking, reduction of actual units. Charge for parking. Soil challenges: Brownfield re-mediation needed, high water table here. View that the Greenway is the front door to the project, “porous edge” to the Greenway to have eyes on the street and Greenway. Shadowing most of the winter on the Greenway. Canterbury was 30% vacant until last year. Proposed contractor Doran Companies. Discussion of stepping the building would be better for shadowing – but per architect, stepping is not as economically efficient.

Discussion followed the presentation. Meg Forney will draft a letter expressing our concerns.

Suggestion: Advocate for the Greenway to be moved to the north side out to France Avenue.

Adjourned at 6:55 PM. Recorded by Meg Forney

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
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.
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.