KFNA Redevelopment Committee
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
7 – 9 P.M. Martin Luther King Park
Attendance: 20-30 people total
Redevelopment Committee Member
Peter Hallstrom, Mark Hinds, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Dave Saddoris

KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson and Joanna S. Hallstrom

Kingfield Residents
CM Elizabeth Glidden
Harold Troup, Hennepin County, Taxpayer Services Department (4307 Wentworth)

Call to order / Introduction Tom Parent, chair of the KFNA redevelopment committee called the meeting to order. Parent explained that Plymouth Church Foundation (PCNF) was asked not to send representatives to this meeting, so that Kingfield residents could efficiently organize their concerns and process.  Parent presented a tentative schedule for a 3-month process from January to March that included the formation of planning groups to work on research of identified concerns. After group discussion it was requested by residents that PCNF and YouthLink respond first and directly to the questions and concerns identified in November. Then the group/committee would like to decide what other sources of information/research need to be solicited before March.

The group also decided not to break out into small groups as was planned but reviewed the list of identified questions and concerns together. Questions and concerns were listed under the following categories: Building Mass / Architecture, Social Service Model, Property Value Impact, Community Outreach and crime Prevention and Safety.
Please review the November 07 redevelopment minutes for a complete list of questions and concerns.  Parent walked the group through each topic and list of questions. The following is a summary of in-depth/new questions that need to be addressed:
-Demonstrate the research as to why retail on at 37th and Nicollet is viable and beneficial the project and greater community? What are alternative retail ideas (besides a coffee shop)?
-How is Metro Transit going to be engaged in determining the location and changes of the bus stops at this site?
-Give more explanation about the building mass and orientation and demonstrate how CPTED principals will be applied. Address internal and external security concerns.
-Provide a more detailed description of the service model and what type of participation will be required of each resident.
-Clarify the difference between transitional and supportive housing programs.
-Detail who will be responsible for the building maintenance, management etc.
-Why is there no front yard space? Explain where the green space will be and how it will be used.
-What is the time line for the Phase II family housing? Will it be completed at the same time as the youth housing?

Next Steps:
Request written responses to questions designated for PCNF and other parties.

Schedule presentation from PCNF/YouthLink to address questions and talk more about the service model that will be applied to this site. The group would like the written responses to questions prior to the meeting.

Schedule a presentation for PCNF architect to talk more in-depth about the building mass and orientation.

After PCNF/YouthLink presentation identify which issues need more follow-up.

Develop the time line to complete community feedback process by March 2008.

One resident volunteered to assist in gathering crime and safety information – Hallstrom took his contact information.

New Redevelopment Committee Items: Redevelopment committee members met after the large group meeting to address the following.

Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan – Open Houses: Hinds reported that KFNA needs to review the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan to understand and challenge if necessary, the land use and corridor designations.  KFNA should also help promote the informational open houses to residents hosted by the City.

Hennepin County’s “Building Better Neighborhoods” program: Harold Troup of Hennepin County Taxpayer Services Department presented the County’s plans for the rehabilitation of 4307 Wentworth, a recently tax-forfeited boarded up property.  This is effort is part of Hennepin County’s “Building Better Neighborhoods” program.  The property is currently a small non conforming one bedroom structure on an average size lot (40’ x132’). The proposed rehabilitation features a wider footprint with a second story addition, complimenting the other homes on the block. The first floor layout includes a large living room / dining room, a bathroom and kitchen with eating area. The upper floor will include four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. A two car garage is also included in the project. The County would like to have the rehab of the property completed by April in time for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour.

This project is a collaboration between Hennepin County, Kingfield Neighborhood Association and city of Lake Community Land Trust to produce a home that fits the existing character of the neighborhood, is perpetually affordable and also energy efficient with green design features. Troup stated that they will apply LEAD guidelines to the rehab but will have budget limitations that will control some of the material selected and used in the project.

Troup would like feedback from KFNA as soon as possible. Since the County plans to finish the project by April they may have to start construction on the site before official feedback and support is received from the KFNA board. The committee does want to offer and push for alternatives to cheap materials often used in similar projects (i.e.vinyl siding).

Parent will draft a letter of support for the project for the redevelopment committee to review and discuss via email. A final draft will be submitted for approval at the January 9th KFNA board meeting.

Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer

Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Tuesday, December 18
MLK Park

Kingfield Residents- 14
MLK Park Staff: Brian Cornell, MLK Park Director
MPD- CPS Tom Thompson; Lt Marie Przynski
Fifth Precinct Community Attorney- Lisa Goden
Crime and Safety Task Force Board Representative- Amy Gracyalny
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer
Guest: Matt Perry, EHNA

1) The Minneapolis Police Department is seeking nominations for its annual Building Blocks and 2007 Teresa S. Ruhland Youth awards. The Building Blocks awards recognize successful block clubs in the city, and the Teresa S. Ruhland Youth Award recognizes the efforts of a volunteer who works with young people.
Minneapolis has a long tradition of strong block clubs that work with the police to prevent crime, connect neighbors, and take on issues in the neighborhood. The Minneapolis Police Department recognizes this partnership by giving its annual Building Blocks awards to the most active and effective block clubs in the city. The deadline for the receipt of nominations for the annual Building Blocks awards is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. HYPERLINK “http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/docs/07BuildingBlocks.pdf” \o “blocked::http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/docs/07BuildingBlocks.pdf
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/docs/07BuildingBlocks.pdf” Annual Building Blocks Awards nomination information (pdf)
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Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
Dec. 12, 2007
MLK Park

Board Members Present: David Brauer, Ben Kristensen, Chris Sur, Amy Joe Gracyalny, Darrell Gerber, Dave Saddoris, Tom Parent, and Arthur Knowles.
Absent: David Potosky, Mary Hunter, Niki Stavrou, JobyLynn Sassily, and Karen Pieper.
KFNA Staff present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson
Also present: Approximately 10 persons, in various capacities.

Meeting called to order at 7:08 P.M.

I. Community Forum – No issues were brought up at this time. Anything to be commented on was already listed on the agenda.

II. Park Report – Brian, from the park staff, reported that the month had been quiet. Also that the Park athletic programs were going well, and that there would be a MLK Day Celebration at the park in January.

III. Reports –
Secretary: Minutes approved with the two changes. First, that “was not what was needed.” Be inserted to finish the unfinished sentence. Second, that “Second ?” be replaced by “Second – Arthur”.

Treasurer: Sarah reported that there are still problems with the last three reports due to a problem with carrying funds forward between months. It was agreed that as soon as the problem could be fixed, reports would be forwarded via e-mail to the Board for an e-mail vote of approval.

IV. Committees and Task Forces
Redevelopment and Zoning – Harold Troup, a property manger for Henn. Cty. Tax Forfeit & Property Section, came to discuss the property at 4307 Wentworth, which has been forfeited to the County. He presented the three options open to the county, and asked the Board for a letter of support for the proposed plan: Replace the present unallowably small house with a four-bedroom home to be sold in partnership with the Lakes Country Land Trust. The county hopes to build the new structure up to LEED standards, as a pilot project of the County.   David Brauer asked about the support (or lack thereof) of the neighbors. Tom Parent suggested flyering the neighbors within 300 feet of the property to solicit input. Dave Saddoris moved (and Arthur seconded) “That a letter approving the County’s concept for the property, contingent on the support of the neighbors.” The motion passed without objection. Tom Parent volunteered to write the letter, the final form of which would be approved by an e-mail vote of the Board as soon as possible.

There were more questions from neighbors about the Board’s letter of support for Plymouth’s 3700 Nicollet Project. David Brauer explained that the letter was only a “support in concept”, and apologized (again) for any misunderstanding. The letter was not in anyway meant as neighborhood support for the particulars of the project as it has so far developed. The letter was sought to help the Foundation seek funding to explore the possibilities of developing a project. When neighbors’ misunderstanding became apparent, David Brauer called Council Woman Glidden and asked her to discount Kingfield’s letter of support of concept. She immediately agreed, but noted that it would not have affected the end result. Such applications are scored on a point basis, requiring 80 points to pass. The Plymouth Foundation scored 122 points, while Kingfield’s letter was only worth 5 points.

NRP – Duane Townsend, of Neighbors4NRP, requested a letter of support from the Board, to the City Council representative, supporting Neighbors4NRP three demands: Full Funding of NRP Phase 2 through 2009; the continuing funding of NRP beyond 2009; and the creation of an independent board to oversee the continuing NRP.   After discussion Arthur moved that the Board authorize a letter in support of neighbors4NRP. There was no second so the motion was withdrawn. Further discussion ensued and no action was taken.

Farmer’s Market – David Nicholson was recognized as the new Chair of the Farmer’s Market Committee. It was noted that certain Committee volunteers, whose experience was important, were not members of KFNA. After discussion, Arthur moved, and Tom seconded, “That up to 40% of the Farmer’s Market Committee may be drawn from non-members of KFNA, at the discretion of the Chair of the Committee.” The motion passed without objection.  Sarah told the Board that the Farmer’s Market had a $1,500 shortfall for 2007 out of total expenditures of $14,500. She requested the Board to authorize drawing funds from the KFNA Business Sponsorship revenue (approx. $4000) to cover the shortfall.  Darrell so moved, and Chris seconded. It passed without objection. Sarah suggested that the allocation of a certain percentage of business sponsorship funds to the Market might be desirable, although this dedication of funds might require a change in KFNA’s solicitation letter. After discussion, the Board declined to act upon the suggestion.

Transportation – Darrell distributed copies of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit Taskforce) recommendations. It was also announced that the 46th street freeway ramps will be closed this or next month.

Wall Dogs – The Deck the Walls event raised approximately $850.00.

Lakes District Park Council – Our representative, Diana, cannot attend the meeting on 1/24/08.  Dave Brauer volunteered to attend unless someone else was available.

Arthur moved to adjourn. Tom seconded.

Kingfield Farmers’ Market Committee
Tuesday, December 4th
Corner Table

Attendance: Melinda Ludwigzack, David Nicholson, Scott Pampouch, Mary Hunter, Jobylynn Sassily James, David Brauer, Debra Bourne
KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Joanna Hallstrom

KFNA Board Update:
Linnes-Robinson reported that the KFNA board voted to add the Kingfield Farmers’ Market Committee as an official committee of the KFNA board.  The KFNA board also approved the access of NRP funding designated for the farmers’ market in 08 and 09 for use in 08. The total amount is $11,000.  Linnes-Robinson stated that these funds should be seen as a last resource since there are always available for the market. She stated that the market committee should make it a priority to secure other funding first.
The NRP funds available do not include KFNA staff time that can be allocated to the market in 08.
Funding for the market coordinator position, however, needs to be either raised or paid for from the NRP funds.

Committee Details:
Hallstrom walked the new committee through the KFNA board description of a committee. A committee list will be submitted to the KFNA Board in December for approval. Each committee of the board needs to have a board member on it. The committee still needs to identify an official board rep. At this time board members, David Brauer, Mary Hunter and Jobylynn Sassily James are on this committee but no one can commit to being a long-term KFNA boar representative. The committee will try to recruit a board member to represent the market at the next KFNA annual meeting and board elections. Jobylynn volunteered to be the board liaison since she is at most board meetings but doesn’t know if she can be at all the market meetings. David Brauer, KFNA board president, has committed to being on the committee through the transitional period.
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