Redevelopment Committee Minutes – DRAFT
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
April 26, 2006
MLK Park
7:00 PM

Attendance
Redevelopment Committee Members Present: Rosemary Dolata, Margo Geffen, Darrell Gerber, Mark Hinds, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Marnie Peichel, Dave Saddoris,

KFNA Staff Present
: Joanna Sahlberg Hallstrom

Introductions: none needed

Approval of Minutes
: Held

Dolata was asked by Hinds to chair the redevelopment meeting until he arrived, since he was detained at another meeting.

Membership Roster
: It was decided that Hinds will communicate with current members regarding their participation commitment in the upcoming year and submit an updated attendance sheet to Sarah Linnes-Robinson as the roster.

1st Annual Southwest Minneapolis Home Remodeling Contest/Great Minneapolis Real Estate Company
: J. Hallstrom updated the committee on the contest details and time line for the event. Ben Kolkman, (612-599-4161) is the contest contact person. Great Minneapolis is a local business (not a franchise) located at 54th and Penn. They see this contest as a way to be involved in and benefit the local community while getting promoting their business.

What they need from neighborhoods is a commitment to promote the contest via newsletter, web site, email, post cards etc. and allow Great Minneapolis to present the contest at appropriate neighborhood events. KFNA is not required to sell any tickets – although that would be welcome.

50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be split between neighborhoods. The other half will go as prize money to the neighborhoods with the most contest winners (they are still working on some of the detail). Great Minneapolis doesn’t make any money off the contest.

The contest date does not conflict with any other home tours in Minneapolis or surrounding area. An individual can participate in BOTH the Minneapolis Home Tour and this contest. It would be an extra bonus for those people.

The neighborhoods already committed to the contest are the four that surround Lake Harriet.

Since the details of the contest were not delivered at the March board and KFNA participation in the contest still needs board approval it may be too late for KFNA to participation this year. Regardless, Peichel made a motion for KFNA to participate in the contest pending board approval. Gerber gave the second to the motion. The motion passed unopposed.
J. Hallstrom will follow-up with Great Minneapolis and Sarah Linnes-Robinson about the timeline prior to the April board meeting.

Project Updates:

Best Foods: Knowles reported that Rami Adi owner of Best Foods would like to expand his grocery store (to include more produce etc) and move it to the new 38 Lander development. Adi has contacted Lander numerous times but has not had much response. Dolata stated that she would be willing to forward Adi’s information to Chris Kennelly, KFNA’s Lander contact. Knowles will get the Rami Abi’s full contact information to Dolata.

36th and Lyndale: Development continues to move forward yet tenants are not identified.

Super America
: The Lyndale SA has been closed and is now boarded up. This is primarily an East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association issue and KFNA will support as needed. Hinds gave an historical update on the SA situation. KFNA’s position has always been to redevelop the sites into one gas station and another type of mixed use housing development. A recent community meeting of 120 people regarding the SA was a format primarily for resident grievances (garbage, drug dealing, noise, raccoons,). A smaller group had begun meeting with SA to help SA begin to be a better community neighbor. EHFNA would bring a list of complaints and actions for SA to address in order to restore their relationship with residents. EHFNA is not ready for discussion about redevelopment.

The official report is that SA closed the EHFNA side because that station was in worse condition. A question was raised about how long SA has to own a closed site until they lose their right to operate on it. Knowles thought one year. Hinds wants to encourage EHFNA to be open to looking at more innovative designs for a new SA on the EHFNA side. SA needs 12 of 18 signatures (residents surrounding site)to get approval to redevelopment.

Variance Request for 3615 1st: As recommended by the zoning sub committee, the KFNA Board supported the 3615 1st Ave. variance request and Saddoris hand delivered a letter of support from KFNA to the property owners. Saddoris has not received any report back from the owner although he requested an update.

Nicollet Cooperative: As reported last month, Hinds, Geffen and Dolata toured the coop and pursued leads that might be interested in acquiring the property. Project for Pride and Living reported back that they are not interested due to the property cost. They may have been interested in acquiring the site if they had known about it prior the establishment of the coop. Dolata does not have any other secure leads. The current sale price is 3.8 million. The committee discussed other possibilities for the site. It was discussed that the site may be useful as supportive housing but a nursing is not an option.

Ungerman Construction: Geffen confirmed that McDonalds’ is not looking at any sites in KFNA.

Neighborhood Planning Process
: The committee decided that they need to do an audit of existing plans, eventuate them and proactively seek changes so that changes are reflected in the new Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan.

The committee brainstormed a list of planning entities and assigned individuals to research each plan and how it affects KFNA.
MNDot – Darrell Gerber
Comprehensive Plan – (zoning / city / Nicollet) – Margo Geffen
Met Council – Regional Plan – Mark Hinds
Water Shed – Dave Saddoris
Metro Transit – Darrell Gerber
Access Mpls-Darrell Gerber
Park Board- Mark Hinds
Hennepin County – Marnie Peichel
Library Board – Marnie Peichel
Nicollet Ave. Plan- Margo Geffen
38th Chicago Redevelopment Plans- Mark Hinds
MAC (air port)-Tom Parent
Department of Transportation –Darrell Gerber
HUD-Tom Parent
MPCA – regional plans – To Be Assigned (TBA)
City Public Works – TBA
MPD- TBA
DNR-Tom Parent

Transit Plans
Environment Plans
Human Service Plans

Transporation: Gerber presented transportation maps and the committee discussed transportation needs/ideas across the metro: bus, bike etc and street designations (activity streets/ commercial corridor / community connectors, commuter lines).

Local Commons
: Hinds met with Ristau and discussed options for the Local Commons Project, regarding the first step of the project and what KFNA wants get out of this process. The second step is to collect information and design a collection tools. The committee needs to decide what information they want to collect / how to collect / how to synthesize it. The committee needs to identify what the important assets in the community are that aren’t physically located in the neighborhood. It is also important to identify geographical assets and outside assets. It was stated that KFNA could do a  walking tour of neighborhood to complete an inventory. J. Hallstrom suggested using the Citizen Patrol walking groups to collect information. Data collection like this will help the committee identify where to focus efforts. It will also identify vacant store fronts and be used as a tool to market empty spaces. Gerber noted that some of the GIS data will help identify potential problem properties or redevelopment sites.

Hinds would like to fold I Local Commons tasks into the normal meeting schedule.

Wrap Up:
Due to scheduling conflict the redevelopment committee decided to move the next redevelopment meeting to Wednesday, May 17th.  The entire meeting will be devoted to the Local Commons Project. In June the committee will review the list of other plans to begin working on. Hinds will work on group GIS training.

Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom – KFNA\

April 26, 2006
MLK Park
7:00 PM

Attendance
Redevelopment Committee Members Present: Rosemary Dolata, Margo Geffen, Darrell Gerber, Mark Hinds, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Marnie Peichel, Dave Saddoris,

KFNA Staff Present
: Joanna Sahlberg Hallstrom

Introductions
: none needed

Approval of Minutes
: Held

Dolata was asked by Hinds to chair the redevelopment meeting until he arrived, since he was detained at another meeting.

Membership Roster
: It was decided that Hinds will communicate with current members regarding their participation commitment in the upcoming year and submit an updated attendance sheet to Sarah Linnes-Robinson as the roster.

1st Annual Southwest Minneapolis Home Remodeling Contest/Great Minneapolis Real Estate Company: J. Hallstrom updated the committee on the contest details and time line for the event. Ben Kolkman, (612-599-4161) is the contest contact person. Great Minneapolis is a local business (not a franchise) located at 54th and Penn. They see this contest as a way to be involved in and benefit the local community while getting promoting their business.

What they need from neighborhoods is a commitment to promote the contest via newsletter, web site, email, post cards etc. and allow Great Minneapolis to present the contest at appropriate neighborhood events. KFNA is not required to sell any tickets – although that would be welcome.

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Kingfield Farmer’s Market Task Force
Meeting minutes: April 20th, 2006
Attendees: Maura Bosch, Scott Pamchuk, and Kathy Raleigh

Updates:
• Vendor Updates: We have received three applications. Maura will talk to some of the old vendors again to get an update on their plans of returning, and Kathy will call and check in with some of the new leads.
• Kathy will create and make copies of the window posters. Maura and Kathy will distribute them Mid-May (May 19th was discussed- we welcome more volunteers).
• Annual Meeting: We received a long list of neighbors who would like a yard sign; and many entries for the ice cream contest.
• Newsletter: Kathy will contact one of Scott P’s staff who is willing to write the text for our first Edibles section. Maura will submit a rhubarb recipe and write the text for the Handmade section. (From previous meeting- Melinda will write piece on Gardening Tips . ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE TO KATHY BY MAY 19TH.
• Kathy will call CPS Tom Thompson about pedestrian issue dealing with traffic onNicollet.
• Maura will take head count of market attendees.
• Second Sunday:
➢ Scott will call neighborhood restaurants for to be part of market for three dates (June 11th, Sept. 10th, and Oct. 8th).
➢ Music is scheduled.
➢ Educational activities: The plant exchange will be advertised in the Kingfield quarterly newsletter and at the May 5th Garage sale.
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Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Wednesday, April 19
7-8pm
MLK Park

Attendance: 9 Kingfield residents (including representatives from both the NW and NE Citizen Patrol walking groups).
MPD: Tom Thompson , Community Safe Officer
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA

Hallstrom reports that there are two official Kingfield Citizen Patrol Walking Groups consisting of 20 members.

CPS Thompson handed out the most recent Kingfield Crime Map and highlighted crime patterns and answered resident questions about recent incidents.

Among major concerns is the increase in gang activity around the Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods. Thomson identified 11 gangs in the area and gave a brief description of specific gang symbols to look for in new and excising graffiti. The April 12th shooting that happened at approximately 9:20 pm at 38th and Nicollet Ave. was gang related and fortunately nobody was seriously insured. The Kingfield Northwest Citizen Patrol had just finished walking that intersection at 9pm the evening that this incident occurred. This was very concerning to them.
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Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Board of Directors Meeting
April 12, 2006

Minutes

Board Members Present:
Thor Anderson, Dave Saddoris, Pete Hallstrom, Ben Kristensen, Erik Lindseth, Ryan Raleigh, JobyLyn White-Weidow, Diana Schleisman, Niki Valens, Darrell Gerber

KFNA Staff Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson

Board Members Absent:
Mark Hinds, Martha Ingram

Meeting Called to Order:
Lindseth called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Lindseth welcomed Sarah Kirchner, a freelance journalist who will cover board meetings for the SWJ newspaper.

Community Forum:
Mike Flowers, from the Carag Community, shared information on a crime patrol program that is being organized in his neighborhood. Kingfield board members shared information about our neighborhood’s current efforts in this area.

Secretary’s Report:
March Minutes were adopted with the following changes: correct spelling of Darrell Gerber and JobyLyn White-Weidow.

Treasurer’s Report:
Certain items of the budget report appear to be inaccurate and need to be reconciled. The report will be visited again at the next meeting.

Redevelopment Committee Report:
Hallsrom shared that KFNA has received information from the Great Minneapolis Real Estate Company regarding their remodeling contest. Discussion was tabled.

Zoning Committee Report:
None

NRP Committee Report:
None

Green Committee Report:
None

King Bridge Partnership:
It was reported that he “draw bridge” contest has appeared in the SWJ.

Farmers’ Market:
Regarding the notes from the task force meeting of April 5, it was clarified that Maura Bosch, our new market coordinator, was hired by Sarah and approved by the board.

Crime & Safety Committee Report:
It was noted that, as this is a new and timely response to what has been taking place in the neighborhood, we should make sure to highlight the ongoing efforts of this committee at the annual meeting.

Art is the Key:
Many individuals spoke to the unqualified success of this event. There is strong support for repeating the event next year with an eye towards “community focus”.

Lyndale Streetscape Committee:
Sarah summarized the results of a recent survey (see committee notes) that was developed and circulated to the effected neighbors by the committee. The survey results indicate that the neighborhood should pursue pedestrian level lighting.

Sarah explained that while the inclusion of a “tree and turf median” is also indicated by the survey, the funding mechanism for that portion of the project is still in question.

Transportation Action Plan:
Gerber reported that there would be a series of workshops (see news release) hosted by the City of Minneapolis. The purpose of the workshops will be to give the public an opportunity to share their ideas on how the City can improve its transportation system, and give an overview of the City’s 10-year Transportation Action Plan.

Farmers’ Market Update:
Sarah described how the recent hiring of a “market coordinator” had played out. There had been technical issues which hampered efforts to post the position on the website. Nonetheless 10 individuals had requested information, 4 had sent résumés and 1 individual was interested in the job of being coordinator every Sunday. Maura Bosch was hired.

Cathy Raleigh was selected as the new “market administrator”. Sarah indicated that she was selected because of her experience and background.

The board reviewed a draft contract for the lease of the parking lot at 4310 Nicollet Ave. –the intended site of the 2006 Farmer’s Market. There was ranging discussion regarding the degree to which the various involved parties will be indemnified against claims by the contract. Lindseth, who drafted the contract language, assured board members that the language of the contract protects KFNA’s interests, while satisfying the requirements of the property owner. Saddoris moved to approve the contract. The motion was seconded and carried.

Hallstrom and others expressed concern over the issue of pedestrian safety during market hours. The board agreed to continue seeking solutions to this potential problem.

Kestrel Contract:
Saddoris reported that Kestrel had rejected the contract that KFNA had drafted. Subsequently Kestrel provided a contract to KFNA and it was not acceptable to the latter. Saddoris believes that an acceptable contract will be achieved but the project will be moved into the future, perhaps as far as next spring.

Sarah reminded the board that it is not a problem to extend the project by up to 6 months. The downside could be that if construction costs go up we will get less for our dollar.
It was moved and carried that the parties continue to hash out the terms of the contract and bring it back before the board.

Graffiti Task Force Resolution:
Scott Moore, from the Lyndale Neighborhood, is seeking KFNA support for a resolution he wants the Minneapolis City Council to consider. The resolution invokes the new 617.90 statute, which instructs the City Attorney to retain private counsel to prosecute graffiti crimes against City property. Board members questioned Moore regarding the reliability of methods for identifying and prosecuting graffiti suspects. After a ranging discussion the board moved and carried a motion to support the resolution.

Moore invited participation in the Lyndale Graffiti Task Force, which meets every Saturday at 4 o’clock at Lula’s Café on Nicollet Ave.

KFNA Budget 2006:
Sarah highlighted aspects of the 2006 KFNA budget. She pointed out that income is down because there are fewer projects. Expenses are up, in part, because there are extra hours worked by staff. Among various budget adjustments, relative to last year’s budget, it is noteworthy that KFNA’s monetary investment in the “festival” will be scaled back in favor of a partnership with MLK Park.

Adoption of the 2006 budget was moved by Gerber and seconded by Raleigh. The motion carried.

Gerber suggested that in the future is would be helpful to represent the percentage of our annual budget that goes towards fundraising. Board members agreed.

Variance Request at 3616 1st Ave.:
Saddoris reported that owners want to change their duplex back to a “single” residence. They would like board approval to raise the roof. It was moved and carried that the board support the variance request.

Executive Director Review:
Anderson reported that the Executive Committee is seeking input and approval on its annual review of our Executive Director. Board members approved the content of the letter (see letter), with the addition of several points, as follows. 1) The salary increase will be retroactive to the last approved contract. 2) We would like Sarah to help seek participation from more diverse groups – this would apply to all KFNA functions.
3) The board invites Sarah to comment on our assessment and share her sense of where the neighborhood (and thus KFNA) is going or should go in the next several years. How does she feel her position can best be leveraged to get positive things done for the neighborhood?

Board minutes respectfully prepared by Thor Anderson

KFNA Board Secretary – Thor Anderson
KFNA Board President – Erik Lindseth

April 5, 2006
MLK Park
7:00 -8:00pm
MLK Park

Committee Attendance: Steve Brandt, Mark Hinds, Kathleen Varner
Guests: Lee Peterson, Erik Peterson
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom

Introductions: Erik Peterson attended the KBP meeting as part of a Boy Scout communication project. His dad, Lee, accompanied him.

Minutes Approved: March minutes were not reviewed at this meeting.

DrawBridge Update

Hinds reported that the SW Journal published the DrawBridge contest. The SW Journal gave the contest a full half page in the paper.  Hinds will send out the DrawBridge contest template and instructions to the KBP email list and committee. Committee members are encouraged to forward it on to interest parties.

The committee confirmed DrawBridge judges. They are as follows:
Jackie Hayes, Executive Director of the Center for Performing Arts
Elizabeth Glidden, 8th Ward Councilmember
Dennis Sponsley Oikonomou, Art teacher at Washburn High School

KBP Committee Members
The judging will take place at The Center For Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 2 from 6-9pm. KBP will provide a pizza dinner for the judges. Brandt will write a letter that confirms the date, time and location for the judges. J. Hallstrom will mail it out. Lee Peterson requested a copy.

Hinds will ask Sines to give an update on prize solicitation.

Outreach Update and Next Steps.

July 20th Festival – It was decided that KBP will host a human scale bridge building activity at the KFNA/MLK Aquatennial Festivalon Thursday, July 20 from 6-8pm at MLK Park. Leonardo’s Basement will be the lead facilitator of this activity. KBP will have information about the bridge project to hand out. Eric Peterson’s Boy Scout Troop (Mayflower) may be willing to help with the bridge activity.

Kingfield Annual Meeting- Brandt will look for a few historical photos of the park and neighborhood surrounding the bridge. Hinds will blow up a few photos for the annual meeting display; he will also staff the table during the meeting,

Jevning and Brandt will bring a few mini Bridge models (from the 05 festival) and greenway photos for annual meeting.

City/County Funding- Hinds noted that KBP will not be able to get much funding committed from the city unless we have significant money to leverage. Hinds believes RT will be supportive of funding requests. Brandt stated that the unfinished portion of the RiverLake Greenway was awarded federal money of one million dollars and local neighborhoods need to come up with money to match the design cost portion. Hinds stated that the bridge design should be tagged on to this as it is part of the greenway.

Kodak Grant –Brandt reported that the grant is not due until June. He will also check on a DNR grant and inform Linnes-Robinson about KBP’s pursuit of the grants.

Sponsors – Brandt, who is leading the effort to contact church sponsors did not have anything to report at this time.

Bryant Neighborhood Association – Hinds will attend a larger neighborhood community meeting (NRP) at Bryant on April 26th at Phelps Park. Hinds is working on the scope of service with Dennis Tifft of BNO for 25K toward the bridge.

Website – www.king-bridge.net will be up by April 6th. Hinds asked J. Hallstrom to send him voicemail instructions for the KBP extension at the KFNA office since the extension will be posted on line. Hinds has decided to use PayPal for online donations.

RFP Updates: Once KBP has the money in place the RFP will move forward.

Next Steps: Need to start/continue working on organizations to partner with KBP. The committee discussed how the website will enable KBP to reach out to individuals more easily. Brandt stated that each committee member should work to recruit another committee member.

Hinds met with Councilmember, Elizabeth Glidden. Glidden would like to participate in KBP within her capacity. Hinds suggested forming a steering committee and an advisory group. The advisory group would meet sporadically, as needed. Partners like Councilmember Glidden would be invited to participate as an advisor.  KBP will work on identifying other advisors to invite to participate.

Kingfield Farmer’s Market Task Force
Meeting minutes: April 5th, 2006
Attendees: Ann K., Melinda, Joanna H., and Kathy R.

Updates:
•    Joanna introduced Kathy Raleigh as Market Administrator.
•    New site, Fresenius Medical, secured for Market 2006-2008 (three seasons)
Memorandum of Understanding will be used for storage at 2005 site (Frame up parking lot).
•    The Community of Farmers’ Markets of Minneapolis is the new name for the previous Minneapolis Alliance of Neighborhood Farmers’ Markets.
•    Vendor Updates: We have a new vendor this year, Lyndale Youth Farm- they are looking to become a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member.  We are also hoping the Southeast Food Network—a collaborative of farms—will be joining the market.

Discussion of Marketing Plan:
•    Annual Meeting on April 17th will be staffed by Ann and Kathy (Kathy will contact Jobylynn about helping set-up and take down table.  Kathy will ask about help with a display from Jobylynn).  Joanna and Kathy will complete/update, make copies and bring; 1) Friend of the Market flier, 2) Second Sunday schedule, 3) Produce Seasonal Chart, and 4) Yard signs.

•    Friends of the Market campaign: We decided to charge $25 (one fee only) which will provide the buyer with the choice of either a T-shirt or a Tote bag and one ticket to enter into the “Summer Bounty Drawing”.  This drawing will be held on the August 13th (the Second Sunday market).  There will only be one prize which will be a a collection of items that vendors will donate (including a Master Gardener’s annual calendar).  Kathy will contact vendors to ask for donations.
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