Minutes for Tuesday 23 September 2008

2010 Partners Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 23 September 2008

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Environmental Services Building

Present: Peter McLaughlin, Kit Richardson, Chuck Ballentine, Mark Oyaas, Dan Kenney, Karen Rosar, John McDermott, David Frank, Bob Pfefferle, Bruce Lambrecht, Matt Hoy, Phil Eckhert, Denise Holt, Carletta Sweet, Chuck Leer, Matt Clark, Nick Koch, Mike Christenson, Durwin Fitch, Andy McDermott, Dana Widstrom, Raymond Dehn, Bill Blanski, LJ Rotman, Alice Eicholz, Bill Madden, Joan Campbell, Beth Elliot, Erin Fitzgerald, Dustin Maddy, Steve Mattson, John Sigmond, John Herman, David Graham, Mary deLaittre


New Business

Carletta Sweet announced that the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association has contributed $1000 to 2010 Partners.

John Sigmond and Durwin Fitch announced that Covanta Energy has given $15,000 to 2010 Partners and followed with a description of Covanta and the HERC facility, its considerable contribution to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and its current and future role as an energy provider.


Oberstar Initiative

Chuck Leer, Chair of 2010 Partners, re-affirmed 2010 Partners support for the Transit Initiative and has offered to re-direct staff energies to support the initiative if needed.

County Transit Studies

Phil Eckhert gave an update on the County Transit Studies and announced an estimated start date of 1 January 2009 for the $300,000 study.

District Development

Announcement of Target Partnership

Matt Hoy of the Twins formally announced Target as a partner and the ballpark will be named Target Field and the adjacent plaza, Target Plaza. Target will contribute $8 million to plaza enhancements including the plaza extension. More information, including graphics, will be provided at the next 2010 Partners meeting. Rich Varda from Target will be involved in design discussions related to the plaza.

District Identity and Business Improvement District

Andy McDermott of Shea Architects discussed the formation of a Neighborhood Identity Task Force. The task force will have 6-10 members and kick-off at the beginning of October. The agenda of the first meeting will be a re-cap of work to date, existing organizations and their endeavors, and creating an approach to build on the two.

Collaboration with the City

Beth Elliot, Planner from the City, summarized a meeting with City, County and 2010 Partners staff – the intent of the meeting was to figure out ways to collaborate more effectively and avoid duplicating efforts.

  • The North Loop Master Plan will run at a slower pace in order to coordinate with and be informed by the County Transit Studies.
  • Opportunities exist to combine efforts in community processes in and around the transit area.
  • A communication tool (online) should be developed to aid communication between organizations and the public.
  • Technical teams will be designated to coordinate efforts between the various organizations.

Mike Christenson added that the City is interested in preserving its options related to transit through development agreements with private developers. He concluded that interested parties are close to an agreement over the alignment of the Cedar Lake Bike Trail.

Mayor’s Proposed $3 million Capital Budget for Neighborhood Improvements

Dan Kenny announced that the City will be holding hearings about the Mayor’s Proposed $3 million Capital Budget for Neighborhood Improvements and encouraged 2010 Partners Members to engage in the process and attend the hearings.

Mike Christenson added that the monies could be used to enhance the pedestrian experience in the neighborhood and better connect the North Loop neighborhood to downtown.

Minnesota Ballpark Authority

Dan Kenney introduced the MBA mission, vision and strategy statement.


The Minnesota Ballpark Authority seeks to ensure that the Ballpark is a world-class facility that adheres to high standards of sustainability, creates economic opportunity, and serves as an anchor for the development of a vibrant new district.


The Ballpark is the foundation of an urban district that is economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and welcoming to those who live, work in, and visit the area.  As the Ballpark’s steward, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority seeks to collaborate with others to create a District that seamlessly integrates the ballpark with new transit lines and robust private development, creating opportunity for the surrounding community.


1.The Minnesota Ballpark Authority works to ensure that the Ballpark is designed, built and operated in a way that meets or exceeds the standards for community involvement and economic participation, environmental sustainability, and the prudent use of public funding.

2.The Minnesota Ballpark Authority uses designated resources to encourage and leverage investments by the private sector and other government agencies to maximize enhancements to the District to stimulate private investment, development and economic opportunity.

3.The Minnesota Ballpark Authority actively seeks to form partnerships with the    public and private sector to envision and work toward the creation of a dynamic and enduring identity for the Ballpark District – that is meaningfully connected to adjoining neighborhoods.

Kenney also outlined the Public Art RFP process, with the first projects being the vertical circulation shaft, HERC and 3rd and 12th. 2010 Partners could be useful in helping in the public input process.



2010 Partners is a privately funded initiative created to coordinate and facilitate the planning, design and development of a world-class neighborhood.  The partnership’s initiatives include (i) developing and promoting a clear identity for the area, (ii) enhancing and integrating infrastructure and design concepts that will maximize sustainability, connections and neighborhood vitality, and (iii) facilitating effective communication among the multiple stakeholders and the public.


  • Clearinghouse: Regular meetings for dissemination of information
  • Platform: Organizational support for planning/development projects
  • Incubator: Initiating projects and funding
  • Design advocacy

Mark Oyaas began the discussion about the 2010 Partners mission and roles. He advocated for the philosophy of “More than a Ballpark” where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He identified three endeavors that have come to define 2010 Partners to date:

  • The Transit Hub
  • The Identity initiative
  • The request from the City for 2010 Partners to act as a clearinghouse for development activity in the area.

The organizational form 2010 Partners takes will follow its function, and will depend on the ‘parts’. Oyaas emphasized one of the great benefits of 2010 Partners is not only the formal meetings of stakeholders but also the continued informal discussions between parties outside of the meetings.

David Frank followed with his support for 2010 Partners as an incubator for initiatives and clearinghouse for information, but stressed the importance of creating a structure for design advocacy.

Matt Clark added his desire to see a long term vision created for the development of the area that will make a great place that others will want to come see as a case study of great design and development around transit, institutions and mixed use development.

Nick Koch articulated the importance of creating a transit oriented, compact neighborhood.

Joan Campbell felt that the strength of 2010 Partners was its looseness and as such, its ability to influence existing groups. She concluded with a call to 2010 Partners members to contact their council members to advocate for the $3 million for neighborhood enhancements.

Next meeting dates

28 October – Joanne Kaufman would like to hold the next meeting at a WBDA venue.


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