Minutes for Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2020 Partners Special Meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
5 pm – 6:30 pm
HGA, 701 Washington Avenue North – NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

Meeting Minutes – Draft

Attendees: Paul Adelmann, Dave Albersman, Chuck Ballentine, Susan Braun, Erika Carter, Jackie Cherryhomes-Tyler, Matt Clark, Raymond Dehn, Dan Duffy, Alice Eichholz, Beth Elliott, Brent Erickson, Sandy Forberg, David Frank, John Griffith, Marybeth Harris, Timothy D. Hayes, DJ Heinle, Linda Higgins, George Holden, Denise Holt, Ed Hunter, Barb Johnson, Ted Johnson, Joanne Kaufman, Dan Kenney, Nick Koch, Ryan Kronzer, Bruce Lambrecht, Chuck Leer, Tom Lincoln, Linda Mack, Tim Mahoney, Andy McDermott, Mark Oyaas, Duane Petersen, Robert Pfefferle, Patrick Phenow, Steve Poppen, Irene Quarshie, Kit Richardson, Peter Roos, Karen Rosar, LJ Rotman, Bob Salmen, John Saunders, Marcy Schulte, Dave St. Peter, Mark Stenglein, Ralph Strangis, Carletta Sweet, Marsha Wagner

  1. Introductions
  2. Interchange and Transit Update – Mark Stenglein, Hennepin County Commissioner
  • $3.6 million earmarked for Interchange in $8.5 million bonding bill
  • Full funding grant agreement for Central Corridor will be signed next week; $477 million in federal funding
  • Central Corridor is 12% completed
  • Interchange will be focal point of rail transit in state
  • Hennepin County purchased 701 Building – consolidate all employees including those currently in the Environmental Services Building (ESB), which will be demolished

Chuck Leer, North First Ventures, LLC
Sign up for advocacy; the time to contact your legislators is now, urging them to keep Interchange in bonding bill. 

Ed Hunter:

  • Plaza design is progressing
  • Halfway through Environmental Assessment (EA) process
  • In about 1 to 1-1/2 months EA will be circulated to others
  • Working with local utilities
  • Demolition of ESB on schedule for end of year
  • Metro Transit will take tail tracks out in December

 Proposed Target Center Improvements – Ted Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • $150 million renovation proposed; didn’t spend time making business case
  • Target Center (TC) is 20 years old; it’s dated, so it’s hard to be competitive
  • 75% of events at TC not NBA-related
  • Have been considering renovation for years; this is third architectural study
  • Timberwolves are interested in working with 2020 Partners
  • 8,000 people walk through TC every morning and evening
  • Seeking to make TC viable for another 20 years
  • Background: When TC opened in 1990 it was on the edge of downtown, more of a gateway between North Loop/Warehouse district into downtown. Now it’s in the middle of the entertainment/sports district. Ellerbe Becket was hired to fix fundamental flaws: there are more seats upstairs than downstairs; basic fundamental building lacking in fan amenities; introduce better face to street – plate glass to increase transparency; atrium on First Avenue and Sixth Street – more friendly. TC is on a tight footprint; tear down walls to create more open area/mall concept. Integrate TC into Target Field and Target Plaza. Create second entrance on Target Plaza.

3a. Good News / Building on Assets [not on agenda] – John Saunders, Ford Center

  • HGA is moving into Ford Center
  • Olson advertising agency taking 125,000 square feet in Ford Center
  • Ford Center is almost 90% preleased
  • Will be open for business in the fall of 2011

       4.  Market District Vikings Stadium

          a.  Development History

Mark Oyaas, Neerland & Oyaas [taken from Mark’s written notes]

  • New Ballpark Inc. began as an outgrowth of work Chuck Neerland and Mark Oyaas did on behalf of the City in securing funding for Convention Center expansion. Grassroots/Grasstops effort in collaboration with State Finance Department.
  • Then-Mayor Sayles Belton and Kathleen O’Brien, knowing our personal interest baseball, asked us to go back to that network and gauge interest. It was clear that there was zero support for 100% public finance and little interest in raising money for a Minneapolis referendum.
  • We were lucky to have business leaders in our orbit who wanted to solve the problem: John Schueler, Minneapolis Stribune; John Murphy, U.S. Bank; and Jim Campbell, Wells Fargo. We started meeting with the Mayor and Jackie Cherryhomes at Cuzzy’s but the money on the wall made them nervous. Group expanded to include: Sam Grabarski, Dave Mona, Labor Leaders Dick Johnson and Ray Waldron, along with County Board fresh faces Mark Stenglein and Mike Opat. We held regular meetings in the Wells Fargo bank basement, sight of old Nicollet Park, testing financing and political solutions. The driving dynamics were an affordable plan with tangible benefits.
  • Ideas for development rights and private investment with a limited return were packaged by investment bankers and lawyers and brought to the City. Leaders wanted to vet these along with the underlying principal of a smaller compact transit-oriented park that served an existing neighborhood with a focus group of interested and definitely noncommittal citizens and C-17 was born.
  • What you will hear about, the good work of C-17 led most capably by Nick and his colleagues at HGA, Chuck Ballentine, and Mary deLaittre and her Groundwork cohorts who magnified the founding principles into remarkable City Building blocks first with DAG 360, then 2010 Partners all snowballed from those first meetings at Cuzzy’s. New Ballpark, Inc. is not the story of Target Field. There is quite a list of fathers who were in line at that sperm bank. It is evidence of the power of process, an inclusive process whose common themes were stakeholders at the table and eyes on a common goal. That power is personified by Chuck Leer who picked up the mantle of the original NBI leaders and continued to show us that common purpose is not only motivating but downright inspiring.

 Nick Koch, HGA

  • There were big players, but a community of many people for over a decade – multiple perspectives, urban ethic – based on principles articulated by C-17.
  • C-17 was a committee of 17 – each city council member appointed one person, and the mayor appointed four. It was an opinionated group – representing the voice of the city, developing terms of engagement.
  • They were naked and in public – meetings were broadcast on cable television, and they were on the what was then fairly new Internet.
  • There was a spirit of inquiry – they invited guest speakers to their meetings.
  • They created a vision for a compact transit-oriented ballpark in an urban environment.
  • They communicated the vision. Transit wasn’t the word it is now. “Green” was added toward the end.
  • Drew picture at Mayor’s request to send the message of how the ballpark could positively influence city building, employment, and connections.

 Chuck Leer, North First Ventures, LLC

  • In 2006 authorizing legislation was passed.
  • The Design Advisory Group – DAG 360 – was formed in the fall of 2006, and lasted 45 days. Mary deLaittre was staff.
  • DAG 360 created a blueprint for what was to follow: Green and sustainable; connections; transportation hub; identity; vitality.
  • In 2007 it took a bit of a detour, but continued to think about it.
  • In 2008 decided to move forward with new stakeholders, and 2010 Partners was formed to balance uses, infrastructure.
  • In the Spring of 2009 a workshop was held to develop a work plan. Bill Morrish led the group. They listed all of the things going on in the neighborhood and to be done before Opening Day 2010. It was the beginning of the transit hub Interchange.
  • In 2010 launched a website and started creating a strategic plan. They looked at the Farmer’s Market area for the first time, a mere 900 feet from Target Field.
  • Have been working with City Planner Beth Elliott on the Small Area Plan.

          b.  City’s Small Area Plan – Beth Elliott, Principal City Planner, Minneapolis

  • Mike Christenson asked Beth to communicate that he has been tracking building permits around the ballpark. In 2009 there were $20 million; in 2010 $6 million but that figure does not include a lot of things that happened at the end of the year.
  • The Small Area Plan was started in April 2010, and defined the “Lower North Loop” (LNL).
  • Committee started meeting and commissioned a downtown rezoning study. They hired a market analyst, and identified Seventh and Nicollet as the center.
  • LNL has pedestrian constraints on Seventh Street North, Glenwood Avenue, Border/Holden Avenues.
  • They came up with recommendations and published a policy document with some good ideas, including a two-way Loop road to improve circulation, adding bike lanes and metered parking to Glenwood, and improving intersections for pedestrians.
  • SAP dealt with infrastructure first, then development.
  • Create Market District – Glenwood Commercial Corridor, including the possibility of a year-round indoor Farmers Market.

Q. Does the SAP include expanding HERC? At least acknowledging it as a resource, and expanding it?
A.  HERC will be used for district energy, capitalized. Actually looking south of it for LNL.

c.  North Loop Neighborhood Association Preliminary Parameters for Stadium – David Frank, North Loop Neighborhood Association

  • According to the 2010 census, the North Loop Neighborhood had more new residents than any other area of Minneapolis.
  • It has three times the number of housing units it did in 2000.
  • 2020 Partners can use the guidelines in the document if useful and helpful. 

          d.  Steve Poppen, Minnesota Vikings, representing Lester Bagley

  • Stadium effort is moving full speed ahead. Lease is up at the end of 2011 season. Poppen stated he was not as up to speed as Lester, but would try to answer questions.

Q. What is the footprint for the stadium, what are the best wishes of the Vikings, number of acres?
A.  Typical stadium is on a 20-25 acre plot. At 20 acres, the Metrodome is on an undersized lot. They would like a 1.6 million square foot stadium, but have scaled down to 1.550 million square feet, more cost-effective.

  •  Chuck showed aerial photo with red line showing approximate area. He asked for comments from leaders present.

Dave St. Peter: Twins are intrigued with possibility of a stadium district. Fans enjoy the area, it’s a gateway to Minneapolis. Twins are supportive.

Dan Kenney: Ballpark Authority wants to be a good neighbor.

Q. With 25 acres for the new site, is that enough for the NFL experience? Would that be encompassed within the 25 acres?
A.  Vikings would provide a plaza area. Would like to incorporate games into plaza area. Before games people come to mingle, listen to music.

Q. Does the NFL require access/egress minimum lanes?
A.  The League does not have formal ingress/egress policy. Farmer’s Market site is good for getting masses downtown. For security with regard to game days – League does have a 100 foot safety perimeter.

Q. Minnesota Twins site is 13.5 acres, the plaza adds another acre, for a total of less than 15 acres.
A.  Vikings would need a larger stadium – seating 60,000. 

Q. What do the Vikings like about the North Loop site?
A.  Entertainment district, viable area, center of gravity has shifted.

Q. Where would Southwest Corridor go through?
A.  David Frank, using a pointer, showed the route on the map of the site.

Q. What is the size of the outlined area? Would the Vikings want the entire site?
A.  The area outlined in red is 40-50 acres. The Vikings would not need the entire site.

Q. Regarding the Farmer’s Market, existing businesses and social services, if displaced would they be integrated into stadium plan?
A.  Not one to speak on that. Number 1 goal is to find a local partner. The Farmer’s Market site is of interest; the Vikings like the site.

  • Nick Koch: Look ahead to 2040, 2050, take the long vision. Could tailgating be done inside the Farmer’s Market. Think long-term.

Q. Linda Higgins: Ramsey County Commissioners think they’re the only game. Are the Vikings still talking to local partners?
A.  We are talking with Ramsey County. Believe it’s a viable site. It is in process. 

  • Matt Clark: I’m a real estate owner, so I have self-interests. Visited Glendale, Arizona; their stadium doesn’t help the area it’s in. Vikings stadium has to be in Minneapolis. What are the benefits of building in Ramsey County? Who is going to drive to Northern Ramsey Counter? I don’t want to drive there for the Final Four, 2020 Olympics. We have the opportunity to do big things. Let’s think big.

Chuck Leer:
Thank you to the North Loop for defining the preliminary parameters. What do the 2020 Partners want to do? Adopt the piece as a position?

Nick Koch:
It’s a vision statement and guiding principle about city building, vision of something we can work toward. Where do we take it? 

Take the North Loop document as a foundation and build on it. 

Motion was made and seconded:
Adopt the Preliminary Parameters developed by the North Loop Neighborhood Association as a framework for development.

Friendly Amendment:
2020 Partners would take on charge if conversation continues.

Q. How many permanent jobs would there be after the stadium is built? Labor shed – Minneapolis finishes last in employment of blacks. Could we create a one-mile radius as a development piece for North Minneapolis, Cedar?
A.  Steve said that number exists, but he it didn’t know it. Will provide that information. 

Chuck Leer:
Does anyone object to adopting the principles? 2020 Partners will adopt the principles and craft a vision statement similar to what was used for the ballpark.

How many supportive of market district? By show of hands, nearly everyone.
Vikings stadium in Minneapolis? Everybody.

Key words:

  • Cost-effective
  • Transit-oriented
  • Sustainability
  • Community gathering
  • Food
  • Multi-purpose
  • Job-creating
  • Not on the cheap
  • Beautiful
  • Connection
  • Street grid

      5.  Next meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 [meeting was subsequently postponed]

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