Minutes for Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2020 Partners Meeting Notes

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Ford Center
420 5th Street N
7th Floor
Minneapolis, MN

Attendees: Chuck Ballentine, Susan Braun, Debra Brisk, Mike Christenson, Matt Clark, Raymond Dehn, Alice Eicholz, Beth Elliot, Jamil Ford, David Frank, Katie Hatt, George Holden, Ed Hunter, Nick Koch, Steve Kottke, Ryan Krozner, Bill Madden, Andy McDermott, Peter McLaughlin, Mark Oyaas, Robert Pfefferle, Patrick Phenow, Kit Richardson, Karen Rosar, John Saunders, John Sigmond, Dave St. Peter, Carletta Sweet, Mary deLaittre, Chuck Leer, Leah Swartz

**A reminder to everyone to please sign-in as you arrive to each meeting in order for us to record attendance. ~Thank you.

Chuck Leer announces the first meeting of 2020 Partners. Attendees begin with introductions as usual. Mary deLaittre introduces a special guest: Ria Van Dyke is the lead urban designer of Almere, Holland and is visiting Minneapolis to learn how the public and private sectors can work together.

The meeting minutes from the previous meeting are approved.


2020 Partners New Name:

  • A special thanks to Nick Koch for renaming the group. Nick will receive tickets to an upcoming home game!!


  • Website work is still in progress thanks to Mary deLaittre who has been working with Bust Out Solutions.

Minneapolis Gateway:

  • A follow up meeting was to be scheduled within 10 days (of May 4, 2010). Dave St. Peter is waiting to hear.
  • Hopefully MNDOT will recognize and commit to a solution.

Transportation Interchange:

  • Peter McLaughlin reports lots of support from congressional delegation.
  • A second bonding bill is to be requested.
  • The interchange is to be a first tier project receiving a significant portion of the $43 million.
  • An incredibly high rate of transit usage is reported during baseball games-as predicted. Approximately 20% of attendees are using transit (not including buses) – about 5000 attendees per game are using the light rail.
  • Bike spaces have been full as well – approximately 400 riders per game.
  • All very positive- lots of good news to report.
  • Plans for St. Cloud extension are under way.
  • Central Corridor is main focus for grant money currently- hopefully leading to grant money for additional program funding.
  • We’re well-positioned and viewed as a region that delivers projects on time, on budget, and in sync with sustainable goals.
  • Mike Christenson thanks Peter for the report and congratulates Dave St. Peter and the Twins organization- as well as ticketholders- for the miraculous turnout.  “We were hoping for a 9% usage rate (following the Metrodome’s 4%) and we’re at between 20-25%.” (And the Central’s not even here yet!)

Neighborhood Walkabout:

  • Jamil Ford summarizes findings of neighborhood inventory that was conducted by Short Elliott Hendrickson including narrow walkways, lack of cohesive signage, insufficient bike trails, gateways that are not called out, and branding opportunities.
  • Short Elliott Hendrickson is to deliver documents by end of May describing broader neighborhood issues.

New Partners:

  • Chuck recognizes 2020 Partners growing list of funders:
    • Minnesota Ballpark Authority
    • Minikahda Mini Storage
    • Rapid Park
    • Schafer Richardson
    • Xcel Energy
    • Covanta Energy
    • Hennepin County
    • Hines
    • Minnesota Twins
    • City of Minneapolis
    • MPLS Warehouse Entertainment District
    • North Loop Neighborhood Association
    • Target
    • Equity Financial Services
    • United Properties
    • Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
  • 2020 Partners has raised $40,000 so far this year. $25,000 has been spent, $15,000 is in the bank. Efforts to close the gap continue.

A Forum to Inform: Fundamentals of City Building

  • Presented by Mary deLaittre, Jennifer Yoos with VJAA
  • The goal of the presentation is to provide information to stimulate conversation regarding the neighborhood.
  • To review, the guiding principles are:
    • It’s more than just a ballpark.
    • The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
    • A comprehensive, integrated approach is key
    • Transit is the first step in laying a foundation.
  • The role of 2020 Partners: Collaboration, Coordination, Communication, Design Analysis, and Implementation.
  • A review of 5 Strategic Connections:
    1. Transportation Interchange
    2. Energy District/ Innovation Corridor
    3. The 5th Street Transit Spine
    4. 6th Avenue North
    5. The Southwest Line and adjacent Farmers’ Market
  • Points to consider:
    • The objective is to take the existing work that’s out there and build on it-how do you build a community and integrate transit?
    • Parameters and roles need to be defined.
    • Federal money geared for livability and sustainability is becoming available.
    • A lot of assets are in close proximity (ballpark, farmers’ market, Warehouse District) creating opportunities for people to spend time in neighborhood-and make a day of it.
    • Studies were conducted to realize what makes neighborhood streets sustainable taking a variety of activity into consideration-no just cars.
    • How do we establish the necessary connections to create activity all week long/ all year long?


  • Are there talks of a year-round farmers’ market?
    Yes, but more than just the market has to be expanded.
  • Can the rail be brought closer to the market?
    County staff has explored the related issues. They do not want to split the market-its too dangerous. The half block walk to the rail is not a bad thing in terms of comfort/space for the crowds.
  • One attendee commented “…lots of distances from A to B are not really far-destinations are just blocked with several physical barriers.”
  • Has there been any discussion of the land below 94 being used for anything other than parking lots?
    This is MNDOT property and they do not allow anything other than temporary lease situations. A thirty-day lease makes it difficult to get anything going-has to do with homeland security.
  • How does the Energy District concept fit in-or has it been disbanded?
    The farmers’ market expansion goes along with ideas of sustainability, agriculture, and new business very well. The concept is still on the table
  • A presentation is coming up in the next couple of months to discuss Covanta’s plan for waste heat-the plume of steam that currently escapes could be recaptured and used to feed the district.
  • Also, HERC has plans for an additional burner to provide hot water for the entire district-plans still in play with “lots of promise.”
  • Green, energy, sustainability, farmers’ market…all in line with the neighborhood organization’s efforts.

Chuck asks if the studies are moving in the right direction, and whether or not 2020 Partners wants to continue to see what the possibilities could be. The group generally seemed to be in agreement.

Future Meeting Topics:

Mike Christenson suggests looking at some of Ed Goetz’s data regarding a study conducted within a half mile of the Hiawatha line. It is proposed that Ed Goetz do a presentation to 2020 Partners at a future meeting.

The city capital budget for the area should be reviewed.

The North Loop Plan should be revisited.

Mark your calendars:
The next 2020 Partners meeting is Monday 21 June

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