Redevelopment Committee Minutes
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
October 24, 2007
3700 Nicollet (the funeral home site)
Special Meeting Time and Place
Rosemary Dolata, Peter Hallstrom, Mark Hinds, Tom Parent, Kate Boran
KFNA Staff: Joanna S. Hallstrom
Guests: Jennifer Larson of the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation
Site Tours of Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation Projects:
5:30 meet at 3700 Nicollet in funeral home parking lot
5:45 visit Anpa Waste Numpa (3146 Cedar Ave. S.)
6:15 visit Lydia Apts. (1920 Lasalle)
Conduct regular redevelopment business after tours (Committee met at Café Acadia on Franklyn and Nicollet – near Lydia Apts.)
Jennifer Larson of the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation led the redevelopment committee through two site tours. First, the committee toured Anpa Waste Numpa (New Beginnings) at 3146 Cedar Ave. S. Anpa Waste Numpa is a 10 unit supportive housing development for teen parents, between the ages of 16-22- years with 1 or 2 children. Each resident is connected to a social service program that assists with educational and work goals as well as basic needs. Residents receive on site support through life skills, independent living and cooking classes. Residents also have access to an on site staff person that can assist in finding childcare, rental assistance etc. Each resident is required to pay a flat rent of $120 per month and must be meeting work and educational goals to remain in the program. The average stay at Anpa Waste Numpa is 7-8 months.
The tour continued to Lydia Apartments at 1920 Lasalle. Lydia is a 40 unit supportive housing development for homeless single adults with disabilities. Lydia opened under lots of neighborhood controversy. The housing development is now seen as a community asset. Residents of Lydia can be any age but must have either a mental, physical or chemical disability. 31 of the 41 residents have been at Lydia for over a year. 8 residents have been there 4 years or longer. Residents are welcome to stay as long as they choose. Lydia is a secured facility and visitors are limited and must show ID. On site support includes case workers from Spectrum Mental Health, a 24-hour door person, library, workout room, computers and community gathering spaces.
Regular Redevelopment Business: Café Arcadia (Franklin and Nicollet)
Discussion of the Tour: The redevelopment committee was very impressed by the upkeep and cleanliness of both the inside and outside of each supportive housing development. Each facility was well maintained and provided excellent on site services to residents. The redevelopment committee felt comfortable with PCNF’s reputation with this type of work.
November 7th PCNF Community Forum 3700 Nicollet Supportive Housing Development:
The committee discussed and identified the following recommendations for PCNF to include in their presentation to Kingfield and Lyndale residents.
-Make sure that public officials are also invited: (City Council, State Reps, County Commissioner, Mayor) also Kathy Tenbrook (contact info from Rosie)
-Start meeting by defining the need for homeless youth housing
-Hopefully be able to identify the service provider and talk more in depth about the programming offered at the site.
-Display visuals of the building design / other similar programs etc
-Have a printed packet to hand out that includes the information presented at the meeting and the building design.
-Invite a representative from Tangle Town to sit in on this meeting. Individuals with questions about the Tangle Town PCNF project will be directed to talk to this rep. after the meeting. The Tangle Town project will not be discussed in the large group at this meeting.
Parent and Linnes-Robinson will make sure these suggestions are communicate to PCNF staff.
Kingfield Introduction at meeting:
-Be clear that this meeting is being used to advise the Redevelopment Committee / KFNA Board by collected resident feedback on the project.
-Be clear that KFNA has supported the idea of the project because is lines up with the Corridor Housing Initiative (CHI), KFNA’s Affordable Housing Statement, KFNA’s Development Guidelines and very importantly PCF has been meeting with the KFNA redevelopment committee throughout the development of this project.
Materials KFNA needs to bring to meeting:
KFNA should have copies of each guideline for residents to take home / KFNA should still have the large poster versions from the Mulroys’ meeting.
Pre-Meeting Door Knocking:
Committee members and KFNA board are all invited to do outreach/door knocking regarding the Nov. 7 meeting with a group of PCNF representatives on Saturday Oct 27. So far Tom Parent is the only one that is confirmed to help with door knocking.
Zoning appeal for 4445 Garfield:
The committee did not feel that they could make a recommendation to the KFNA board to support the 4445 Garfield variance request and feel that remaining silent on the matter is the most appropriate response at this time.
After discussion, Dolata made a motion: If the issue is not resolved in favor of the property owner at the Thursday, October 25th, 2007 hearing the redevelopment committee would make it a priority at the November meeting. Hinds made the second to the motion; motion passed unopposed
The committee received a notification of a withdrawal of the carwash proposal at 3601 Nicollet
The Green Committee notified Parent that a property owner that participated in the Stormwater Management Program this summer is out of code with the City for eliminating off street parking for their car and replacing it with a rain garden. Their site plan was reviewed by the City before it was implemented. The matter is further complicated because the property owner gave up a property line easement in order to install the garden. The adjacent property owner is not willing to renegotiate the easement. There are no other options for reinstalling off street parking at this site.
Hinds notified the committee that site plans for the New Life Church building at 36th and Nicollet will be reviewed by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association on November 14th. The developer is proposing adding on to the existing structure for a Family $ and Auto Parts store.
Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, KFNA