April 9, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: April 9, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, Paul Legler, John Bordwell, Lynette Davis, Kate Redden, Michael Sanders, Victoria Hoshal, Jeff Idelkope

Absent: Martha Yunker

Guests: David Davies – Met Council; Planning team – Lake & Excelsior hotel project

Earth Day Clean Up on April 20th

Upcoming transportation workshop April 22nd at Central Library from 4-6pm

Approval of March minutes – Minutes shared via email

  • Approved

John Bordwell elected as treasurer by e-vote between March and April meetings

Treasurer Report – Report shared via email

  • Further rollover of past funds likely to come

Discussion of candidate for new coordinator

  • Allan and Lynette met with Molly Fleming and spoke with supervisor, would recommend for position
  • Would need to move board meeting dates to avoid conflict with East Isles
  • Approved to move ahead with hiring at $28/hour

Discussion of plans for May Annual Public Meeting

  • Allan asked Jack Whitehurst for renter-based speaker suggestions, but no specific suggestions
  • Invited Commissioner Greene, Council Member Palmisano, Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourne
  • May also invite Mayor Frey, Anna to contact for interest
  • Interest in potentially inviting Planning Commission to speak on planned increase in density

Presentation by David Davies of Metro Transit on the schedule for light rail construction

  • Opening in 2023, 14.5 miles, 16 stations
  • Extension of Green Line, will connect to Blue Line
  • Barriers will provide separation between pedestrians and traffic on Lake Street, sidewalk will be same width as it is currently
  • How can bikes get down to Greenway? Can be taken down elevator
  • Traffic will be stopped behind bus at bus stops
  • Council has a construction schedule that is currently being reviewed
  • Current construction activities along the corridor
    • Open the SWLRT Field Office
    • Pre-construction survey work
    • Encroachment survey and outreach
  • Spring activities
    • Outreach/access plan meetings
    • Surveys
    • Kenilworth Trail closure, timing TBD
    • Clearing and grubbing, some trees will be removed, can email David to check on specific trees
    • Fencing
    • Rail delivery
  • Pre- and post- construction survey process
    • Surveys have been sent out, need responses quickly
  • Coordination and access
    • Traffic impacts under consideration, access must be maintained for businesses and residences
    • Cedar Lake Parkway construction happening spring/fall for ~6 months with closure for cars
  • Safety procedures and communication
    • Coordinating with City to talk through details of emergency access
    • Continuing issue, meeting with cities to ensure coordination
  • Construction measures
    • Taking potential construction issues into consideration in order to address before they come up
    • Construction workers are not allowed to park in residential areas, contracted company must submit parking plan
    • Calhoun Isles is sensitive area for vibrations
  • David Davies contact: david.davies@metrotransit.org, 612-373-5336

Presentation on the Lake & Excelsior hotel proposal

  • Long process with BP moving forward on site, was dragged out ~6 months longer than anticipated
  • Construction contract will be with McGough
  • Met with County ~3 weeks ago, County is excited about development and addition of landscaping/green space
  • Hope for crossing safety to improve due to landscaping, sidewalk has been widened in crossing area and around the hotel area (going from 6’ to 10’)
  • Have asked to take over maintenance of green space moving forward, adding in native plants and flowers
  • Bus stop and bike racks incorporated, some kind of art element may be added to corner
  • Look will be “sophistication paired with regionality of materials” paired with warmth/wood textures, brick/stone exterior
  • Restaurant at end, outdoor seating and entrance to hotel/restaurant
  • 9 stories tall with amenity deck on top, 124’ to top of amenity deck from ground
  • Possibility of coworking space on second floor
  • Not yet approved, Public Works meeting tomorrow on streets/sidewalks, submitting land use applications within this month
  • Would start teardown in July pending approval
  • Board expressed mixed opinions about the architecture and concern about the increased height. Would prefer architecture and art element (if any) that is representative of the neighborhood.

Greenspace Update

  • No update

Banners Update

  • Victoria likes designer suggested by Annie, suggests getting quotes and portfolios from two other designers. Board agreed.

Jiffy Lube Update

  • Paragraph added to letter summarizing concerns re Jiffy Lube site development
  • Approval for letter to come from the board

Safety Update – Annual Safety Walk, evacuation planning

  • Richard is looking for date to re-establish safety walk as annual neighborhood event, communicating with Commissioner Greene and Councilmember Palmisano
  • Richard notes that there is no training for apartment managers for emergency evacuation plans
  • Noted that Sam from Met Council said she would get back to WCNC about emergency evacuation plan

Ideas about how to work with the Bakken

  • Bakken will be doing complete remodel of lower level of building in keeping with new brand, identity, logo
    • Would like 20 min presentation in future meeting

Survey is at printers


Meeting adjourned: 7:30

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

March 12, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

West Calhoun Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Bakken Museum

Date: March 12, 2019

Called to order: 6:00pm

Presided by: Allan Campbell, Chair

Note taker: Anna Schmitz

In attendance: Allan Campbell, Richard Logan, Martha Yunker, Paul Legler, Victoria Hoshal, Jeff Idelkope, John Bordwell, Lynette Davis

Absent: Michael Sanders

Guests: Kim Van Dyn Hoven, Nolan Properties Group; Kate Redden

Resignation of Tim Musson letter of resignation received

Approval of February minutes – Minutes shared via email

  • Approved

Treasurer Report – Report shared via email

  • Waiting to hear from city how much CPP money will be received for this year, and when remaining funds can be spent

Kate Redden board application

  • Approved

Update from hotel

  • Allan, Annie, and Martha met, plans seem to remain largely the same
    • South sidewalk now 16 feet wide, outdoor terrace indent
    • Pedestrian galleria no longer a feature
    • Roof deck is new (no longer activity deck), will include a public restaurant
    • McGough construction will be developer
    • Construction will begin in last half of summer 2019
  • Richard would like coordinated plan from major construction plans in area
  • Lynette would like to go on record as not agreeing to height

Presentation: Proposal for Jiffy Lube site

  • Corner of Abbott and Excelsior (3120 Excelsior)
  • Repurposing from vacant Jiffy Lube to transit-oriented retail
  • See as future main corridor with light rail coming in
  • Update facade but keeping same footprint, potentially add patio, green space, bike parking, keep car parking
  • 1-2 tenants, will depend on who’s interested, potentially restaurant, retail, fitness studio
  • Will need to dig out and clean up pavement due to environmental safety investigation
  • Board suggestion to widen sidewalk space by removing proposed fence/concrete around parking area
  • Currently in process of getting building permitted in order to begin construction
  • Abbott Ave will be slightly reconfigured, sidewalks added to back of Bader property, could happen spring 2019 and last for 1-2 years
  • Aiming to have circular parking/movement area around property
  • No planned dedicated pedestrian entrance on Excelsior for site, suggested by board
  • Ultimate vision (in 10+ years) of ground floor retail with some residential units
  • Water table contamination goes farther down than MN grant will fund
  • Land Use Committee to come up with statement

Coordinator’s report: Anna on 2020

  • Southwest letter will be tabled and followed up via email

Greenspace report

  • Greenspace Committee met with Colleen O’Dell, Madeline and Cesca from Parks Department
  • Long-range 20 year plan for West Calhoun green space calls for sidewalk crossing the space
  • Would stand against changes on Calhoun Boulevard because of older trees on boulevard area
  • Interested in a piece of public art, maintaining the natural quality of the lake and the wildlife, potentially adding binoculars or coordinating with Bakken
  • Retention pond north of sidewalk going from parkway to boulevard
  • Could be public art (possibly sculpture) around point of green space or educational piece, or grove of smaller flowering trees, pollinator plants along parkway between creek bed and road, benches and shade trees along edges
  • Would have to be committed to spending money by end of 2019
  • Will contact Audobon Society for information/input on how to attract and support migratory birds
  • Martha to send out further materials to board

Survey ready for review

  • Send edits to Anna by end of next week (3/22)
  • Board approved for survey to be sent following edits

Greenway Cleanup plan

  • Anna to coordinate with City, Park Department, Girl Scouts to set up cleaning Greenway section

Follow-up with City/County on February meeting

  • Letter to County and City approved
  • CIDNA and Kenwood having a meeting with Southwest Light Rail representatives on light rail timeline (March 20, 7pm at Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave)

Ways to work with the Bakken

  • Pushed to next meeting

Newsletter plan

  • Newsletter to go out in early April
  • Add bio of new board member
  • Publicising May annual meeting
  • Safety Walk could be added to next newsletter

Minikahda Clubhouse update

  • Going to City for permit to expand clubhouse east toward the lake
  • Two weeks from now there will be hearing where members of Land Use Committee could make comments
  • Martha could acquire plans for expansion

Banners report

  • No update on banners


Meeting adjourned: 7:34

Submitted by: Anna Schmitz

March Board Meeting Agenda

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council Agenda

Monthly Board Meeting, 6PM, March 12, 2019

6:00 – Welcome

6:03 – Treasurer’s Report

6:05 – Approval of Minutes

6:07 – New board member: Kate Redden

6:12 – Update from hotel

6:15 – Presentation: Proposal for Jiffy Lube site

6:40 – Coordinator’s report: Anna on 2020

6:50 – Greenspace report

7:00 – Survey ready for review

7:05 – Greenway Cleanup plan

7:10 – Follow-up with City/County on February meeting

7:15 – Ways to work with the Bakken

7:20 – Newsletter plan

7:25 – Minikahda Clubhouse update

7:28 – Banners report

7:30 – Adjourn

Next meeting – April 9 • 6:00 • Bakken

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

February Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board Meeting, 6PM, February 12, 2019

6:00 – Welcome

6:03 – Approval of January minutes

6:05 – Treasurer’s Report

6:10 – Approval of CPP Annual Report

6:15 – Transportation and safety issue presentations by a county transportation planner, Southwest Light Rail planner, and Bader Group, moderated by County Commissioner Marion Greene.

7:15 – Southwest Neighborhood Parks update from Colleen O’Dell of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

7:30 – Adjourn