Redevelopment Committee Minutes
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
April 25, 2007
MLK Park
7:00 PM

Attendance
Rosemary Dolata, Darrell Gerber, Peter Hallstrom, Arthur Knowles, Doug Kress, Tom Parent, Dave Saddoris,
KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson and Joanna S. Hallstrom
Guests:
Lee Blons, Executive Director of the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation; along with Doug Mitchell , Matt Orellin and a representatives from the foundation board etc.

Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation: Lee Blons, Executive Director of the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation presented multiple build out scenarios for the funeral home site at 37th and Nicollet. The foundation plans to incorporate transitional apartments for homeless youth, a coffee shop and owner occupied townhouses.

The foundation plans to close on the property June 15, 2007. The property will be abated before demolition. The Reuse It Center has already toured the building to evaluate what can be reused.

The foundation will be requesting a parking variance and will need neighborhood support for this. The coffee shop will utilize street parking and bike racks. There will be a residential parking lot in the back. Currently plans show access to this lot via the alley.

The property lines currently show that the City owns a section of land between the funeral home and Nicollet Ave. (possibly originally intended for a turn lane). The City has vacated this easement on adjacent properties; the foundation expects that the City will do the same for them.

The foundation is looking into a new Section 8 Homeownership program for the townhouses.

The committee gave the following feedback on the models:
They would like to see the residential townhouses face 37th street to provide a softer transition between the large apartment building and residential homes.
Consider adding other on site services such as a counseling center or clinic besides the coffee shop.
Consider building affordable townhouses for large families verse one or two bedroom units.
Look at solar energy and other “green” systems for the buildings (the foundation is already pursuing funding options from Green Communities).
Separate the townhouses from the apartment building with a driveway, the entrance into the residential parking lot.

The foundation would like to be very intentional about reaching out to the local community as their plans unfold for this sight. They will seek KFNA guidance in this process.

The committee encouraged consistent communication about the project development and also encourage the new youth community and staff at the facility to get involvement in neighborhood activities and committees.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust:
The committee reviewed a letter of support for CLCLT. It was approved. It will go to the KFNA board for final approval in May.

Housing Program:
Linnes-Robinson reported that the City is only allowing neighborhoods to contract 50% of their Phase II NRP Plan money. Linnes-Robinson recommended a revision within the Housing Objective as follows: Move $50K under Affordable Housing 1.1.1. to the Home Improvement Loans 1.1.2. And add the $50K to the Home Improvement Loan Program. The $50K will be designated for loan applicants at or below 80% MMI with an option to repay the loan over a 10 year period. Saddoris made a motion to approve this plan. Motion passed unopposed.

The committee reviewed the Kingfield NRP Home Improvement Loan Program and Hallstrom recorded revisions. Linnes-Robinson will take the revisions to Don Snyder at the City, who will review the final document that will be submitted to the KFNA board for approval. The program is on schedule to be available to the neighborhood in September of 07.

BFIP
The committee reviewed and approved two BFIP applications.

Daryl and Patsy Skiba of The Fun Sisters applied to replace their existing store front windows and entrance. The committee made an amendment to the acceptance letter stating that the Skiba’s could come back for the remainder of the funding limit, if the owners decided to open up a the currently boarded over upper windows of the store front.
Mary and Dan Hunter of The Grand Café applied to add a second, matching awning over their southern windows and to repair the original sign and adorn it with metal work. Their acceptance letter will state that they must be in compliance with the zoning department sign regulations.

Minutes completes by Joanna S. Hallstrom-KFNA

David Brauer, President, 822-8601
david@tcq.net

JobyLynn SassilyJames, Vice President, 388-6552
room2grow@gmail.com

Darrell Gerber, Secretary, 824-7366
darrellgerber@earthlink.net

Karen Pieper, Treasurer, 822-2304
spiritj@msn.com

Amy Joe Gracyalny 824-1065
ultimateaudioking@yahoo.com

Mary Hunter 616-4168
mary@huntercatering.com

Ben Kristensen 822-2312
benkristensen1@yahoo.com

Arthur Knowles, 823-0808
a.knowles@mn.rr.com

Tom Parent 331-2463
thomas.parent@gmail.com

David Potosky
david.potosky@yahoo.com

David Saddoris 396-3472
dave@saddoris.com

Niki Stavrou, 207-6445
niki.stravou@gmail.com

Chris Sur, 377-0544
chris.sur@maslon.com

Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Tuesday, April 17
7-8:30pm
MLK Park

Attendance:
Kingfield Residents- 7
MPD- CPS Tom Thompson
Crime and Safety Task Force Chair- Absent
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA
Fifth Precinct Community Attorney- Lisa Goden

Announcements:

National Police Week:
The 5th Precinct  (3101 Nicollet Ave. S) open house will be on Thursday, May 17, 5:00-7:00. Food and refreshments will be served. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with police officers, firefighters, community service officers and crime prevention specialists to learn about what goes on in the day-to-day operations of the Police Department and how to get involved with crime prevention and promoting safety in your hood.

Kingfield Citizen Patrol Kick-Off:
Kingfield walkers will meet on Tuesday, April 24th at MLK Park at 6pm. The group will walk for one hour, hand out informational fliers and pick up trash. Residents can check out Citizen Patrol vests at this time to use all summer for their walks.

There will be a regular walking group meeting every Tuesday at MLK Park to walk from 6pm-7pm.

Issues of Concern / Neighborhood Crime Report:
Mobile drug dealing is becoming and increasing concern in Kingfield.
KFNA was notified of a problem property on the 3600 block of Harriet.
Early Easter morning residents of the 4100 bock of Grand witnessed an argument and heard multiple guns shots.
Community Organizing Strategies:

CPS Tompson and Hallstrom have been in contact with the block leaders of 4100 Grand and 3600 Harriet. Resident meetings have been organized to address concerns, answer questions and help residents develop a plan of action.

Thompson advised all residents to actively record license plate numbers, person descriptions, times of activity etc of any party suspected of mobile drug dealing. Thompson reminded residents to always call 911 to report this activity.

Tri Neighborhood Court Watch Program:
MaryBeth Heller volunteered to be the Kingfield representative for the Tri-Neighborhood Court Watch Program. The program is a joint effort with Lyndale and CARAG neighborhoods. Each volunteer commits to monitoring daily arrest reports for one week. They reports detail incidents of assault, auto theft, burglary, homicide, narcotics, rape, and robbery.  The volunteer will then follow up with the Minneapolis City or Hennepin County Attorney’s Offices to:
Determine whether the crime will be prosecuted, and if not why
Verify court dates
Gather community feedback and provide it to prosecutors and judges (community impact statements)
Find out what sentence was given, and if none why

Minutes completed by Joanna Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA

King Bridge Partnership
Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2007
MLK Park
7:00pm

Attendance: Steve Brandt, Steve Jevning,
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer

Introductions: None

Announcements: Bryant Issues meeting is tomorrow, April 5. Brandt is planning on attending.

Transit for Livable Communities applications for funding are due April 10 for municipalities. Jevning said TCL is more interested in social service project funding opportunities. There is no deadline for this. KBP’s interested would be to develop a project to draw awareness to the bridge.

One finding idea: Use Block Club organizing to do a survey on bike and walking in the area. (i.e. how fare do you walk / bike to . . . ). and provide low cost bike baskets. KBP could subsidize this for a year. KBP would also like a map of how far people live from their work. Hallstrom will try to get these stats from Darrel Gerber, who is working on the Minneapolis 10-year Transportation Plan. The Bike Committee will submit project ideas that demonstrate walking and biking TLC for review. (to Steve Clark?).

As committee members meet with possible KBP supporters they need a brochure. Hinds and Motzenbecker created a brochure for the 2005 Kingfield Summer Festival. It can be updated and reprinted.

Brandt and Jevning would like to present at a Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association Meeting. Hallstrom will arrange this when the time is appropriate.

Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, KFNA

To: KFNA Board
From: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director on behalf of the Farmers’ Market Task Force
Re: Recondition for Continuation of the Kingfield Farmers’ Market

Background:
The Farmers’ Market Task Force was established by the Kingfield board to create a plan for the future continuance of the market, including determining the best way to manage/coordinate the project and fund it.  This volunteer committee included representatives from various interest groups of the market as follows:
Market Coordinator: Maura Bosch
Market Administrator: Joanna Hallstrom
KFNA Executive Director/Project Overseer: Sarah Linnes-Robinson
Food Vendor: Rina Rossi, Lyndale Youth Farm Coordinator
Craft Vendor: Susan Boucher
Neighborhood Business: Scott Pampuch
Board Rep: Thor Anderson
Board Rep: JobyLynn Sassily
Master Gardner: Melinda Ludwiczak
Open Seat Interested resident that shops often and knows markets: David Nicholson
The Task Force met for 4 months and discussed the overall goals of the market, ways to build attendance and vendor interest, plans for the upcoming summer, and ways in which to manage the market. The decisions arrived at from these discussions are outlined below; each is followed by a separate recommendation concerning the area of action.

Market Goals:
The following market goals were identified in a group brainstorming and then rated by Task Force Members.
Provide fresh food within the neighborhood. (5)
Encourage foot and bike traffic within the neighborhood, especially traveling east and across Nicollet. (2)
Promote KFNA programs, projects, committees, and activities. (1)
Educate neighbors on various environmental issues related to KFNA’s interests.
Utilize market to build community.
Be financially sustainable. (2)
Visibility of our products in the community.
Visibility of our services.
Connections to neighbors and building client base and relationships. (1)
Teaching youth how to “market”.
Getting neighborhood news.
Talking to people.
Make money—another revenue source.
Another way to get our business name out there and showcase what we do. (1)
Have the market be a destination point and a community gathering space. (5)
Make full use of the space and create access (and education about) to local, organic food for all neighbors. (1)
Good food ready to eat.
Fun outing for my family—entertainment value.
Have the vendors happy to be there.

Recommendation regarding Market Goals:
It is recommended that the above stated goals, with a focus on A and O, be developed into a Mission Statement for the Kingfield Farmers’ Market.  This will help direct future operations and assist with fundraising.

Building Market Attendance and Vendor Interest:
These two items were determined to go hand-in-hand.  Without shoppers the vendors will never be interested in coming.  Without consistent vendors, ideally some with unique, niche products, shoppers will not want to attend consistently.

Marketing the Market to Vendors:
Application materials were reviewed and one-on-one personal connections are being used whenever possible to entice vendors to attend the KFNA Market.  Obstacles in recruiting vendors include: a) small market=low sales; b) policy that vendors can only sell their own products; and, c) lack of electricity on site.

Marketing the Market to Shoppers:
The schedule for the market season needs to be set in advance so the whole season can be promoted, not just each event or week-by-week. Marketing, as described in this paragraph, means methods of person-to-person outreach not ads or traditional publicity outreach.   Marketing “tactics” need to occur throughout the season not just at the start.  Marketing tactics should involve large groups of residents, visibly attending the market to catch attention beforehand and day of.  Marketing tactics need to be executed by volunteers, not staff.

When we get folks to the market there needs to be a good variety of vendors (up to 18 each week), seasonal “specialty” produce (berries, mushrooms, corn, apples, pumpkins), ready-made things to eat, shady spots to sit, something to occupy the kids (treasure hunt, shady tent with treasure box of toys on a blanket, balloons), music, and something to do that is food related (bike powered smoothies, bike powered coffee grinder, famous chef taste-off, amateur chef taste competition).

Recommendations Building Attendance:
A packet to promote our market to Vendors needs to be developed.  Electricity needs to be installed on the site.  The policy that vendors must sell their own products has been altered in the Market Rules and Regulations but now a system for insuring that sellers are still knowledgeable about the products they are selling needs to be established, as well as a system for handling money for the absent vendors (an issue in the delay of vendors getting paid if a seller is handling multiple vendor’s merchandise).

A marketing “plan” needs to be put into writing identifying key strategies, the person responsible, and volunteer groups willing to assist.  Vendors need to be identified to bring specialty products and sell them in unique interactive ways (responsibility on vendor, not staff).  We need to invest on comfort-related infrastructure items.  A sponsor for the taste-offs needs to be identified.

Plans for the Upcoming Season:
A schedule has been outlined for the ’07 market season.  The emphasis for the season will include: more consistent weekly activities at the market while still promoting second Sundays as special, activities focused on food not other things, activities that are vendor-driven whenever possible rather than KFNA staff dependant.  The schedule to date is as follows:
June 3rd – Market Opener: Plant Exchange, plant vendors, music (Roe Family confirmed)
June 10 –Rhubarb Bake Off: There will be a professional and amateur rhubarb themed bake off. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music (Rhubarbarians?)
July 8 – Ice-Cream Taste off between local ice-cream artisans. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Ice-cream making (bike propelled and other mechanical ice-cream makers), Kingfield Ice-Cream Flavor Contest (?).
August 12-Roasting Taste Off: contests of roasted foods. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Ready to eat foods will include roasted corn (also El Lotes), peppers, kabobs. Seed Art for kids (?)
September 9 – Apple Pie Taste off. There will be a professional and amateur rhubarb themed bake off. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Special market additions will include Cider pressing (hot cider to be served).
September 16 – Breakfast at the Market for WallDog Artists, market patrons and Grand Rounds Bike participants. Youth Farm to cook (need to confirm), tickets for breakfast will be sold.
October 14- Market Closer. Pumpkin carving/decorating, homemade marshmallow roasting.
November 18 – Holiday Market

A Cake Walk is planned for every Second Sundays.

Recommendation for Upcoming Season:
Approve listing of events and a minimum of two board members to be present at each one.

Market Management
Preliminary discussions occurred over who and how the activities designated for this year get accomplished.  The Task Force decided they needed to continue to meet at least through the summer to assure the success of the plans for the ‘07 season.  Additionally, the TF felt a designated governing body for the markets needs to be established.

Recommendations regarding Market Management
Form an advisory council for the market being sure to include people with the skills and background to govern and lead the market (non-profit management, connected to agricultural networks, fundraising, financial and marketing expertise). This Council needs to include at least one KFNA Board member while the market is funded with KFNA dollars.  Continue operating the market in the same location for the term of the lease (through ’08).  Give the market a serious 2-year try at building attendance and sustainability; this will involve a commitment of the resources dedicated to the market in the Phase II NRP Plan plus additional fundraising for, at a minimum, dedicated year-round part-time staff.  Ask the Advisory Council to determine if the market has grown to a point that it is sustainable and to direct it’s future growth or determine it’s unfeasibility and recommend its termination.

Summary
I recommend the KFNA Board approve the recommendations itemized above.  Additionally, I recommend that leadership from the KFNA Board needs to take a stronger role in both the management and planning for the market and attendance and support of the events that are held there.  Lastly, I recommend that the attached 2007 Farmers’ Market budget be approved which includes that a Scope of Services be developed and submitted according to KFNA procedures for the available $8000 of NRP funds available at this time for this strategy; an additional $3000 will be added to the contract for this project in 2008.

To: KFNA Board
From: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director on behalf of the Farmers’ Market Task Force
Re: Recondition for Continuation of the Kingfield Farmers’ Market

Background:
The Farmers’ Market Task Force was established by the Kingfield board to create a plan for the future continuance of the market, including determining the best way to manage/coordinate the project and fund it. This volunteer committee included representatives from various interest groups of the market as follows:
Market Coordinator: Maura Bosch
Market Administrator: Joanna Hallstrom
KFNA Executive Director/Project Overseer: Sarah Linnes-Robinson
Food Vendor: Rina Rossi, Lyndale Youth Farm Coordinator
Craft Vendor: Susan Boucher
Neighborhood Business: Scott Pampuch
Board Rep: Thor Anderson
Board Rep: JobyLynn Sassily
Master Gardner: Melinda Ludwiczak
Open Seat Interested resident that shops often and knows markets: David Nicholson
The Task Force met for 4 months and discussed the overall goals of the market, ways to build attendance and vendor interest, plans for the upcoming summer, and ways in which to manage the market. The decisions arrived at from these discussions are outlined below; each is followed by a separate recommendation concerning the area of action.

Market Goals:
The following market goals were identified in a group brainstorming and then rated by Task Force Members.
Provide fresh food within the neighborhood. (5)
Encourage foot and bike traffic within the neighborhood, especially traveling east and across Nicollet. (2)
Promote KFNA programs, projects, committees, and activities. (1)
Educate neighbors on various environmental issues related to KFNA’s interests.
Utilize market to build community.
Be financially sustainable. (2)
Visibility of our products in the community.
Visibility of our services.
Connections to neighbors and building client base and relationships. (1)
Teaching youth how to “market”.
Getting neighborhood news.
Talking to people.
Make money—another revenue source.
Another way to get our business name out there and showcase what we do. (1)
Have the market be a destination point and a community gathering space. (5)
Make full use of the space and create access (and education about) to local, organic food for all neighbors. (1)
Good food ready to eat.
Fun outing for my family—entertainment value.
Have the vendors happy to be there.

Recommendation regarding Market Goals:
It is recommended that the above stated goals, with a focus on A and O, be developed into a Mission Statement for the Kingfield Farmers’ Market. This will help direct future operations and assist with fundraising.

Building Market Attendance and Vendor Interest:
These two items were determined to go hand-in-hand. Without shoppers the vendors will never be interested in coming. Without consistent vendors, ideally some with unique, niche products, shoppers will not want to attend consistently.

Marketing the Market to Vendors:
Application materials were reviewed and one-on-one personal connections are being used whenever possible to entice vendors to attend the KFNA Market. Obstacles in recruiting vendors include: a) small market=low sales; b) policy that vendors can only sell their own products; and, c) lack of electricity on site.

Marketing the Market to Shoppers:
The schedule for the market season needs to be set in advance so the whole season can be promoted, not just each event or week-by-week. Marketing, as described in this paragraph, means methods of person-to-person outreach not ads or traditional publicity outreach. Marketing “tactics” need to occur throughout the season not just at the start. Marketing tactics should involve large groups of residents, visibly attending the market to catch attention beforehand and day of. Marketing tactics need to be executed by volunteers, not staff.

When we get folks to the market there needs to be a good variety of vendors (up to 18 each week), seasonal “specialty” produce (berries, mushrooms, corn, apples, pumpkins), ready-made things to eat, shady spots to sit, something to occupy the kids (treasure hunt, shady tent with treasure box of toys on a blanket, balloons), music, and something to do that is food related (bike powered smoothies, bike powered coffee grinder, famous chef taste-off, amateur chef taste competition).

Recommendations Building Attendance:
A packet to promote our market to Vendors needs to be developed. Electricity needs to be installed on the site. The policy that vendors must sell their own products has been altered in the Market Rules and Regulations but now a system for insuring that sellers are still knowledgeable about the products they are selling needs to be established, as well as a system for handling money for the absent vendors (an issue in the delay of vendors getting paid if a seller is handling multiple vendor’s merchandise).

A marketing “plan” needs to be put into writing identifying key strategies, the person responsible, and volunteer groups willing to assist. Vendors need to be identified to bring specialty products and sell them in unique interactive ways (responsibility on vendor, not staff). We need to invest on comfort-related infrastructure items. A sponsor for the taste-offs needs to be identified.

Plans for the Upcoming Season:
A schedule has been outlined for the ’07 market season. The emphasis for the season will include: more consistent weekly activities at the market while still promoting second Sundays as special, activities focused on food not other things, activities that are vendor-driven whenever possible rather than KFNA staff dependant. The schedule to date is as follows:
June 3rd – Market Opener: Plant Exchange, plant vendors, music (Roe Family confirmed)
June 10 –Rhubarb Bake Off: There will be a professional and amateur rhubarb themed bake off. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music (Rhubarbarians?)
July 8 – Ice-Cream Taste off between local ice-cream artisans. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Ice-cream making (bike propelled and other mechanical ice-cream makers), Kingfield Ice-Cream Flavor Contest (?).
August 12-Roasting Taste Off: contests of roasted foods. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Ready to eat foods will include roasted corn (also El Lotes), peppers, kabobs. Seed Art for kids (?)
September 9 – Apple Pie Taste off. There will be a professional and amateur rhubarb themed bake off. This will include a public tasting, judging, prizes and music. Special market additions will include Cider pressing (hot cider to be served).
September 16 – Breakfast at the Market for WallDog Artists, market patrons and Grand Rounds Bike participants. Youth Farm to cook (need to confirm), tickets for breakfast will be sold.
October 14- Market Closer. Pumpkin carving/decorating, homemade marshmallow roasting.
November 18 – Holiday Market

A Cake Walk is planned for every Second Sundays.

Recommendation for Upcoming Season:
Approve listing of events and a minimum of two board members to be present at each one.

Market Management
Preliminary discussions occurred over who and how the activities designated for this year get accomplished. The Task Force decided they needed to continue to meet at least through the summer to assure the success of the plans for the ‘07 season. Additionally, the TF felt a designated governing body for the markets needs to be established.

Recommendations regarding Market Management
Form an advisory council for the market being sure to include people with the skills and background to govern and lead the market (non-profit management, connected to agricultural networks, fundraising, financial and marketing expertise). This Council needs to include at least one KFNA Board member while the market is funded with KFNA dollars. Continue operating the market in the same location for the term of the lease (through ’08). Give the market a serious 2-year try at building attendance and sustainability; this will involve a commitment of the resources dedicated to the market in the Phase II NRP Plan plus additional fundraising for, at a minimum, dedicated year-round part-time staff. Ask the Advisory Council to determine if the market has grown to a point that it is sustainable and to direct it’s future growth or determine it’s unfeasibility and recommend its termination.

Summary
I recommend the KFNA Board approve the recommendations itemized above. Additionally, I recommend that leadership from the KFNA Board needs to take a stronger role in both the management and planning for the market and attendance and support of the events that are held there. Lastly, I recommend that the attached 2007 Farmers’ Market budget be approved which includes that a Scope of Services be developed and submitted according to KFNA procedures for the available $8000 of NRP funds available at this time for this strategy; an additional $3000 will be added to the contract for this project in 2008.

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