Minutes for March 24, 2015

2020 Partners Membership Meeting

HGA, Ford Center

Draft Meeting Minutes – Approved by The 2020 Partners on July 28, 2015

Attendees: Dave Albersman, Bill Blanski, Deb Brisk, Peter Callaghan, Joan Campbell, Ehsan Dehbashi, Alice Eichholz, Chelsey Falzone, Christine Fleming, Sandy Forberg, David Frank, Brad Henry, Denise Holt, Bob Iwaskeayez, Dan Kenney, Nick Koch, Rick Kreuser, Ryan Kronzer, BJ LaVelle, Joe Leyba, David Loehr, Sherman Malkerson, Peter McLaughlin, Chelsey Oosterhuis, Mark Oyaas, Duane Petersen, Jonah Ritter, Peter Roos, Karen Rosar, Rick Rud, Marcy Schulte, Mark Spanton, Mark Stenglein, Ralph Strangis, Carletta Sweet, Albert Swintek, Marsha Wagner, Dale White

1. Welcome and Introductions – Nick Koch, Host, HGA; David Frank, Interim Chair

2. Approval of Minutes from 2020 Partners Meeting on January 27, 2015 
Minutes were APPROVED and have been posted on The 2020 Partners website.

3. Announcements

  • Dale White: ProBid’s final continuing education classes of this quarter, including a
    seven-credit class on license renewal, will take place on Saturday, March 28. An eight-class course on pricing strategies/estimating and bidding begins on March 31. For more information or to register visit
  • Karen Rosar: The North Loop Neighborhood Association is digitally connected. You can find them at and on Facebook.
  • Al Swintek: CenterPoint Energy is beginning a large construction project in the North Loop area. To learn more visit
  • Mark Oyaas: Neerland & Oyaas moved from the downtown core to the North Loop. A suite of Techline office furniture remains in its old office and is available free of charge to anyone who wants and is willing to move it. Contact
  • Ralph Strangis: Major League Soccer officials are in Minneapolis for a news conference on Wednesday, March 25, where they will announce that an ownership group headed by Bill McGuire and including the Pohlad family, Glen Taylor, and Wendy Carlson Nelson has been awarded a franchise. The Steering Committee saw a presentation by Dr. McGuire at its March meeting, and it is likely that the membership will see something similar at an upcoming meeting. In his presentation Dr. McGuire did not address who will pay for the new stadium, purported to be in the vicinity of the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Governor Dayton and key legislators have said there would be no government subsidies for this stadium. Dave Albersman clarified that public assistance could come in the form of infrastructure changes/improvements and district energy.
    Mr. Strangis continued by saying that in the fall of 2013 The 2020 Partners were the first to endorse the idea that a soccer stadium would be a good anchor for an improved Farmers Market and a catalyst for further development in the area. The presentation seen by the Steering Committee referenced Eataly, a combination of raw and prepared food markets located in New York and Chicago, and said something similar could fit well in this location. It also has great transit connections and the soccer stadium could enhance and activate the station.
    Considering the statements from Governor Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Bakk, indicating that there would be no public funding for a soccer stadium, Mr. Strangis indicated that his clients are willing to step up in a major way financially to further their beliefs that (a) soccer should be made more accessible to minorities and youth and the tickets should be affordable, and (b) a soccer stadium will anchor development and be a community asset. As this project progresses The 2020 Partners will be involved and consulted.

4. Target Field Station Programming – Chelsey Falzone, Ballpark Operations Assistant, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club
Ms. Falzone began her presentation—titled “Target Field Station: Where Transit Meets Culture” —by recapping some of the events that took place in 2014, the first year of programming at Target Field Station (TFS). One thing they learned is that there’s a lack of awareness about TFS as an event venue, and they are working to get the word out. This year they will be repeating some of the successful events from 2014, and have some creative new ideas that they are excited to activate. Ms. Falzone showed some new features at TFS: a ribbon board with news feeds and updates from the Twins, Star Tribune and others; and light totems that have been programmed to display the date, time and temperature.

The 2015 calendar of events includes several Go 96.3 events, women’s cup soccer games, and movie nights. Programming collaborations have been developed with several organizations, neighborhood associations and nonprofits. There is no charge for events held at TFS beyond cleaning and other ancillary costs, and there’s a list of preferred vendors for tent rental, etc.

Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins have first priority in scheduling events at TFS. The Master Calendar for TFS is operated and updated internally by Chelsey Falzone. If you are interested in holding an event there or have any additional questions, please contact her at, 612.659.3669.

Mr. Frank added his thanks to the Twins and Hennepin County for building TFS. It is a beautiful venue, and people enjoy using it and attending events there.

5. West Loop Update – Neil Reardon and Devon Lundy, UrbanWorks Architecture
[Due to its size the PPT was split into two parts, Part 1 (Pages 1-29) and Part 2 (pages 30-65)]
The West Loop geographic area, the other half of the North Loop, is almost identical to The 2020 Partners area. Its location, on the edge of I-94, from Highway 55 to the I-394 trench, is challenging. It is not well connected, not safe for all users, and not intentional in ways that the land is used. It is also not functional; its 206 acres are 30 percent publicly owned and 70 percent privately owned, and much of it is underutilized.

There are unique opportunities to leverage transit investments, enhance development commitments to the north side, create new employment, and accelerate tax base growth in this distinctive neighborhood. Transit is in place and more is planned, and there’s a demand for urban renaissance.

A lot of plans currently exist for development in this area [many of which can be found on the 2020 Partners website], and this vision—that the West Loop is better than the sum of its parts—will build on those. Elements of this vision include reconnecting the urban street grid, building green infrastructure, and creating an infrastructure of opportunity, all of which will lead to quality urban development. A twenty-year build-out plan includes an urban street grid, newly developable land (i.e., grade change at I-94 entrance ramp, removal of I-94 Fourth Street exit causeway, reconfiguring the intersection of Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue, and restoring streets capturing approximately 18 acres of new developable land).

Green infrastructure could be improved by repurposing the former Lyndale Bridge to a pedestrian-bike bridge, and a connection could be made between the North Loop and the north side with a West Loop Greenway (linear park). The Target Field promenade could be extended north towards the river and south to Royalston, and a new farmers market located next to the Green Line Royalston Station.

Some infrastructure of opportunity possibilities include employment training, supportive housing, schools, added Blue Line Bottineau station, bus rapid transit transfer facility, indoor public market, and reconfigured outdoor Farmers Market. There’s room for quality urban development along new Fourth Street Boulevard (created by removing the Fourth Street North overhead viaduct) that includes housing, office and retail flanking the West Loop Greenway, and dense development near the Blue Line station, reconfigured Farmers Market and new soccer stadium. By the year 2035 the new tax value of the West Loop could be close to $25 million.

Nick Koch added that in San Francisco an earthquake removed a viaduct, and freeway removal turned out to bring about good development. As concrete starts to spall, it could be nature’s way of saying we should move forward. Alice Eichholz added that the congested convergence at the end of Fourth Street North needs to be straightened out.

6. Transit Development – Southwest/Bottineau/Royalston Station – Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin reported that enormous progress has been made in the last two months on Southwest LRT. The cities have signed off, and the Park Board has reached an agreement with the Met Council. Planning has begun around the stations and line. In its annual review the federal government raised the rating on Southwest LRT from medium to high, putting it in the top tier for funding priority. President Obama has budgeted $150 million for next year, hoping to get this project done before he leaves office.

The Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have a transportation plan that is big on roads and bridges, primarily suburban and rural, but allocates no money for transit. Senator Scott Dibble has introduced a Transportation Policy Bill calling for an increase in taxes of three-quarters of one percent to fund a major investment in LRT and bus, filling in areas between radials. Governor Dayton has proposed a one-half cent sales tax to invest in roads. Commissioner McLaughlin says he remains optimistic that the funding shortfall of $122 million will be met because the legislature cannot pass a roads-and-bridges only bill. At any rate Southwest LRT has gone too far and will not be killed at this point.

Bottineau: In Crystal, the Canadian Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroads are attempting to buy property to create a new track turn, which would allow oil trains to travel through the North Loop and across Nicollet Island. Railroads have a lot of eminent domain power, and neither local nor state government has power to influence railroad actions. Hennepin County bought the property in question and now has better standing to get additional language inserted in legislation asserting safety concerns and challenging movement of prohibited cargo through residential and highly-populated areas. Keeping this new track turn away from the railroads is important not just for safety reasons, but also for the future Bottineau route and potentially the North Star line.

In concluding his remarks, Commissioner McLaughlin said that they need help the issues of eminent domain and transit funding. When asked how and when members of the 2020 Partners could help, he said that mid-April would be a good time for action. Since this group will not be meeting again until the end of May, Mr. Frank said that the Steering Committee would write a letter on behalf of The 2020 Partners, and also communicate the information to its members so they can contact their legislators.

Before adjourning, Mr. Frank thanked HGA for hosting the meeting and Fulton Brewing for providing several growlers of beer. He then made one last announcement. The Steering Committee has found the right person to be the next Chair of The 2020 Partners, someone who knows the neighborhood, is committed to this group, and committed to harness energy and move forward with items of interest: Nick Koch, HGA. Mark Oyaas, speaking on behalf of The 2020 Partners, offered thanks to David Frank for standing in as interim chair.

The meeting was adjourned by Nick Koch at 6:20 pm.

7. 2020 Partners Meeting Schedule
The next meeting of the 2020 Partners will be on Tuesday, May 26, from 5:00-6:30 pm, at HGA.

Minutes for January 27, 2015

2020 Partners Membership Meeting

HGA, Ford Center

Meeting Minutes – Approved by The 2020 Partners on March 24, 2015

Attendees: Dave Albersman, Bruce Bahneman, Joan Campbell, Ehsan Dehbashi, Brent Erickson, Sandy Forberg, Jamil Ford, David Frank, Brad Henry, Denise Holt, Dan Kenney, Rick Kreuser, Joe Leyba, David Loehr, Kelly Nelson, Pat Nelson, Mark Oyaas, Duane Petersen, Robert Pfefferle, Neil Reardon, Peter Roos, Karen Rosar, Alex Schieferdecker, Marcy Schulte, Brian Shekleton, Dave St. Peter, Mark Stenglein, Ralph Strangis, Carletta Sweet, Marsha Wagner, Dale White

1.  Welcome and Introductions – Nick Koch, Host, HGA; David Frank, Interim Chair

2.  Approval of Minutes from 2020 Partners Meeting on September 30, 2014
Minutes were APPROVED and have been posted on The 2020 Partners website.

3.  Announcements

  • Bruce Bahneman: The West Market District Business Association, which seeks to improve Glenwood Avenue from 12th Street to Theodore Wirth Parkway, held its first meeting on January 20 with more than thirty people in attendance. Meetings will be held monthly, with business meetings alternating with happy hours at specified locations. For more information contact Joni Bonnell, Coordinator, 763 656 8810 or
  • Karen Rosar: The North Loop Neighborhood Association [held] its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at Aria. All [were] invited to attend.
  • Dale White: ProBid is offering continuing education classes on computer estimating and bidding, QuickBooks and interest-based negotiating. For more information or to register visit

4.  Discussion about selection of new Chair
David Frank has agreed to act as Interim Chair following the resignation of Chuck Leer. The Steering Committee has developed a list of candidates for consideration, but David invited anyone in our membership who is interested in serving as Chair to contact him or a member of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee would like to select a new Chair as quickly as possible.

When asked what the position paid, David said there is no payment beyond acting for the good of the neighborhood and society.

5.  Transit Development Updates: Southwest/Bottineau/Royalston Station
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin was unable to attend the meeting, but gave David a brief report. Governor Dayton has included transit funding in his budget proposal, and that budget is currently being analyzed. The 2020 Partners has always been supportive of Peter’s efforts; it is expected that will continue, if and when needed, through phone calls, letters and emails to the Governor and legislators.

[Note: Brian Shekleton, Principal Aide to Commissioner McLaughlin, arrived later and shared news that Target Field Station received an Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects: “Many Target Field Station advocates think they supported the construction of an important regional asset. The American Institute of Architects agreed and they gave this award for projects in four cities: New York, Boston, Beijing, and Minneapolis. It’s a really big deal.” The news release has been posted on the 2020 Partners website blog.]

6.  Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) Update – Dan Kenney, Executive Director, MBA
At its January meeting the MBA welcomed new chair Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Hennepin County, the Minnesota Twins and MBA are working on 2015 programming for Target Field Station, and are looking for ideas.

7.  Minnesota Twins Update – Dave St. Peter, President, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club
With less than a month to go before the start of Spring Training, they’re working on a preliminary plan for Target Field Station (TFS) programming. It will be presented to the Steering Committee in February, and to the members at our next meeting in March. Anyone with ideas or opportunities to make TFS better, more active and fun was invited to contact Dave.

He mentioned some improvements already made to or planned for Target Field: the ribbon board has added time, temperature, and a breaking news feed; Gate 6 of Target Field will be reconfigured; a standing rail/bar will be added near the left field foul pole; and several suites will be combined to create a larger group hospitality suite.

Populous has been engaged to create a twenty year Master Plan for the ballpark and pertinent areas around it. KTWIN has become Go 96.3 with a more modern playlist; they are expected to be very active within TFS, with a younger demographic.

The recent TwinsFest at Target Field was very successful, bringing in just under 14,000 fans and generating $250,000-300,000 for the Community Fund. Sales are up for the home opener on April 13. The 2015 schedule includes 48 home dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Country music concerts featuring Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are scheduled for July 18-19, and they are working on booking a rock concert in early July. They pursued an outdoor game for the Minnesota Wild, but TCF Bank was chosen; they are hoping for a future winter classic to be held at Target Field and the North Loop.

Regarding programming for TFS, someone in attendance suggested they broadcast Women’s World Cup soccer from Canada this summer, as they did the Men’s World Cup last year.

8.  Target Center Improvements/Mayo Clinic Square Update
Ted Johnson, Senior VP Marketing & Communications, Minnesota Timberwolves | Lynx, was not present, but reported to David Frank that he would have more to share at the next meeting.

9.  Property Development Updates

  • United Properties: John Saunders was not present, but reported to David Frank that construction on the Bone Marrow/Be the Match building is going well.
  • Hines: Bob Pfefferle, Director, showed several images of T3, its latest project in the North Loop, which was announced in November 2014. This multi-tenant, 220,000 square foot office building will be modern, with a vintage design incorporating heavy timbers, exposed beams and columns, and 11 foot high ceilings. The exterior will be poured concrete and steel. It will have six floors, with one floor of underground parking; the adjacent C Ramp will provide additional parking. Hines expects to break ground in June, and have the building completed by July 2016.

10.  2020 Partners Work Plan for 2015
The Steering Committee determined that we should wait until a new Chair has been selected so he/she can be involved in creating a work plan for our group. This topic has been tabled until a new Chair is in place.

11.  Budget for 2015
Dues invoices have been emailed to our key stakeholders so that when we do have a new Chair in place we will have funds on hand to implement the chosen work plan.

12.  2020 Partners Meeting Schedule
The next meeting of the 2020 Partners will be on Tuesday, March 24, at HGA.


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