Redevelopment Committee Minutes
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
March 28, 2007
Rosemary Dolata, Darrell Gerber, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Dave Saddoris, Peter Hallstrom
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom
Jeff Washburne, Director
City of Lakes Community Land Trust
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City of Lakes Community Land Trust:
Jeff Washburne gave a presentation on the history, mission and current direction of CLCLT. The four-year-old organization, which serves Minneapolis residents exclusively already has 53 homeowners. Washurne explained how the land trust model works to make and keep residential properties affordable. Detailed information can be found at HYPERLINK http://www.clclt.org www.clclt.org and KFNA has copies of Washburne’s handouts.
Parent read statements of support for CLCLT from Ryan Raleigh and Margo Dean submitted via email. Dean is on the board of CLCLT. Both Raleigh and Dean highly value CLCLT’s model of creating and sustaining affordable housing and encouraged KFNA to consider supporting this organization’s work.
Washburne had four requests:
1) CLCLT requests a letter for support from KFNA.
2) CLCLT would like an opportunity to do a special orientation in the neighborhood for the general public. KFNA would be asked to help with invitation notices, especially to renters.
3) CLCLT welcomes partnerships, if and when KFNA is presented with development opportunities (like the Lander Project).
4)CLCLT would like funding for land trust homes in Kingfield.
Knowles motioned to write a letter of support for the CLCLT from the KFNA board. Dolata gave the second. After discussion the motion was tabled until Washburne sends Parent a template letter and the KFNA letter is drafted.
City Transportation Update:
Gerber passed around a copy of the Downtown Action Plan for Transportation. There will be two public meetings to review the plan:
April 11, 11:30-1:00pm, Central Library
April 12, 5:00-6:30pm, Olaf Catholic Church
Highlights in the plan include consolidated bus routes through out downtown and hybrid buses on Nicollet Ave. Better downtown bike routes are also being reviewed.
Gerber passed out a copy of the BRT Station on 46th Street Phase I Plan. The community group reviewing the plan will be selecting the name of the station. The next meeting will be focused on the bus routes that will be using the station and who the riders will be. The station design is mostly complete. Currently there isn’t much green around the station and the group would like to see more landscaping added.
The Cross Town Project contract opens next week.. The BRT station design will be completed this year and there is funding designated for the construction. It is unknown when the south stations will be completed. The BRT will operate on a schedule similar to a train. Weekend operation is in question.
BFIP Application: Scuba Dive and Travel submitted a BFIP application to install a permanent sign on the front of their building. The building owner is also considering redoing the siding on the building. The committee would like to see the applications combined if possible or submitted together. Scuba Dive and Travel did not submit an adequate description of their sign; the committee is requesting photos or a rendering of the proposed sign before the application will be approved. J. Hallstrom and Knowles will write a letter for both the business owner and building owner to sign stating that a single BFIP grant of 12,500 will be applied to the combined building improvements.
Housing Program: Minor changes and clarifications were made to the program as detailed at the February meeting. See attachment for the program details.
Parent suggested using the IRS definitions of home improvements, although this wasn’t seen as necessary for this program.
The housing loan program will be submitted to the board for approval in April.
Minutes completes by Joanna S. Hallstrom-KFNA