Minutes for Tuesday 28 October 2008

2010 Partners Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 28 October 2008

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Seven Sushi

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, Durwin Fitch, Andy McDermott, Dana Widstrom, Raymond Dehn, Bill Blanski, LJ Rotman, Bill Madden, Joan Campbell, Beth Elliot, Erin Fitzgerald, Dustin Maddy, John Sigmond, Ben Beery, Michelle Bruch, Jackie Cherryhomes, Jamil Ford, Joe Grunnet, Barb Johnson, Joanne Kaufman, Michale McLuaghlin, Carl Michaud, John Saunders, Michael Seebinger, Ralph Strangis, Tanya Spaulding, Linda Higgins, Aaron Hagar, Ashley Sommer, Matthew Sand, Mary deLaittre

Introductions

Transit

Oberstar Initiative

Phil Eckert introduced the concept of the Transit Workshop and Deb Brisk of HDR elaborated: Hennepin County is moving into the next phase of planning for an inter-modal facility in downtown Minneapolis, which includes defining in greater detail the scope and budget of this project in an effort to secure federal funding.

The County has contracted the services of transit experts HDR to facilitate a week-long workshop to develop a conceptual plan for the inter-modal facility.

The workshop process will include:

  • Gathering base information about the area, infrastructure needs, and movement of people and goods between transit modes and connections to adjacent land uses.
  • Working with stakeholders to identify issues, opportunities and requirements related to the site and potential uses
  • Analyzing the information and synthesizing it into a conceptual plan

Because of the complexity of this project, both in terms of its location in a dense urban environment and the convergence of different modes of transportation on multiple levels over several blocks, it is imperative that stakeholders work collaboratively from the beginning to create a comprehensive, integrated vision for the transit hub and surrounding district.

The workshop will be conducted during the week of November 17 and will consist of a series of individual and small group interviews during the first half of the week, continuous consultant team analysis and design work and ongoing consultation with stakeholders.  The workshop will conclude on Friday afternoon, November 21, with a presentation to all stakeholders of the conceptual plan and layout options that are possible for connecting transportation modes in a manner that reflects the diversity of stakeholder interests as expressed during the week.

A report and executive summary will be created and submitted to Congressman Oberstar for review in February.

District Development

HERC

Carl Michaud gave a presentation describing the University of Minnesota design proposals for the exterior building and site improvements to HERC.  Carl gave a brief overview of the development of HERC over the last 20 years, its importance as an Energy Center and the catalyst of the building of Target Field to initiate phased improvements to the facility. The students created two proposals – the first and more dynamic, included graphics on the exterior of the building describing the various waste to energy processes, a lighting and a landscape scheme. The second proposal was more subdued and excluded graphics, focusing more on material changes and landscaping. HGA has been commissioned to translate the student ideas into a master plan. The first phase of the project will address the east side of the building to begin 2009 and be completed 2010. Ashley Sommer and Matthew Sand emphasized the desire of the students to reveal the systems and processes of the facility to the greater public through design. Kit Richardson extolled the vision of HERC and proposed the PR scheme of “HERC in My Front Yard.” At the end of his presentation, Carl was given an enthusiastic applause!

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

Beth Elliot presented the proposed neighborhood improvements. The proposed improvements, which came out of the Traffic Management Plan, seemed to have a positive response and broad support from City Council members, although the source of the funding was still under review. The next steps include a Council mark-up of the plan in November and a 12 December approval of the budget. Council President Johnson emphasized the need for a thoughtful approach to the funding and how the plan fits into the matrix of the City and neighborhoods. The next steps include drafting a letter of support for the proposal for Council Members Ostrow and Goodman.

A Vision for City Building and the District Identity

Mary deLaittre presented the concept for creating an overall vision for the neighborhood. This proposal for a vision builds on and is defined in the DAG 360 report which was supported by the Implementation Committee and Hennepin County. The goal of the vision is to create a comprehensive, integrated plan that builds on neighborhood assets, creates a framework for decision-making and proposes policy changes to support the implementation of desired development. Tanya Spaulding emphasized that the process of creating the vision is essential to defining the identity of the neighborhood – we must know who we are and what we want to be in order to move ahead on defining a district identity and articulating it in all its different forms – from signage, print and digital communication, to architecture and urban design.

Conclusion

Chuck Leer concluded the meeting with emphasizing the collaborative and visionary role of 2010 Partners and how the creation of a vision and identity supports that role.  He also briefly discussed Target’s interest in supporting 2010 Partners in a substantive way and that project proposals and budgets for 2009 would be presented at the next meeting.

Next meeting dates

9 December, 5:30-6:30 – Downtown Public Library

Adjourn

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