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
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?
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