Minutes for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2020 Partners Meeting

Meeting Minutes – Draft

Attendees: Dave Albersman, Mark Anderson, Don Armstrong, Chuck Ballentine, Terrance Bartlett, Tim Baylor, Susan Braun, Peter Bruce, Joan Campbell, Matt Clark, Raymond Dehn, Alice Eichholz, Beth Elliott, Scott Elofson, David Fields, Jamil Ford, David Frank, Jim Goblirsch, Marybeth Harris, George Holden, Denise Holt, Trace Jacques, Kim Kalinoski, Joanne Kaufman, Dan Kenney, Nick Koch, Brian Lamb, Chuck Leer, Rob Leer, Ted Lofstrom, Tim Mahoney, Andy McDermott, Cory Merrifield, Dennis Meyer, Mark Oyaas, Christopher Pappas, Kit Richardson, Karen Rosar, LJ Rotman, David Spillman, Mark Stenglein, Ralph Strangis, Carletta Sweet, Albert Swintek, Marsha Wagner, Dale White, Nick Winkler

1.  Introductions

2.  Motion was made and seconded to approve without correction the Draft Minutes from the September 21, 2011 meeting of The 2020 Partners. [John Saunders had noted previously that “Ford Centre” is now “Ford Center.” That correction has been made.]

3.  Interchange Update – Chuck Ballentine, The Interchange 
     [View the PPT presentation: http://the2020partners.com/presentations/]

  • Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) – The application was submitted on October 28. It includes $25 million for the Interchange, and is part of Corridors of Opportunity. President Obama wants approval quickly on transit and environmental projects. Determination will be made by the end of 2011.
  • Design Build RFQ/RFP – Design Review Panel has reviewed RFQs. Hennepin County Board will set the short list of teams to prepare RFPs on November 29. Urban Design Guidelines process finishing up for inclusion in the RFP.
  • Development/Naming Rights/Parking RFP – Staff is nearly done with the draft. It will likely be issued the first week in December, allowing 30 days to prepare responses.
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) – Currently under review by FTA lawyer, with likely approval to complete the public process in December. EA can’t be put out for public review until the FTA approves it. There will be a public hearing before the Board, likely in January. There are some funds already available.
  • Fifth Street Utility Work – Hennepin County has completed its work: it added a new storm sewer and a re-routed high pressure gas line was installed by CenterPoint.
    Chuck Leer added that the 2020 Partners sent a letter in support of the TIGER application. That letter is posted on The 2020 Partners website.

4.  Vikings Stadium, Minneapolis Sites – David Frank

  • Chuck Leer, who represents some of the land owners in the Farmers Market area, announced a conflict of interest and turned the meeting over to David Frank.
  • David Frank gave a brief history about 2020 Partners being a public/private partnership which has been looking at the Vikings Stadium issue for years. In April we held a forum on policy framework, and at that meeting the North Loop Neighborhood Association presented its Preliminary Parameters for a Vikings Stadium in the Lower North Loop. In September the 2020 Partners approved a Statement in Support of a Vikings Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.

Metrodome – Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
Due to personnel being out of town and some miscommunication, Minneapolis did not present on the Metrodome Site.

Farmers Market – Chuck Leer, North First Ventures, and Trace Jacques, ESG
[View the PPT presentation and video: http://the2020partners.com/presentations/]

  • Farmers Market site is ideal in terms of city building
  • 34 acre site – bordered by Glenwood, Lyndale, Highway 55, and Royalston
  • 63,000 seats – can expand to 70,000 for special events
  • Site features Stadium, Target Field, Farmers Market
  • Farmers Market will not go away – exact replica will be moved north to Highway 55 and Lyndale, giving it better visibility and access
  • Farmers Market funding and operations will be rolled into the Stadium, possibly operating year-round, and it will retain all current parking under I-94
  • Stadium presented on this site is actually Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis – dimensions are exact, and it fits on the city street grid between Lyndale and Royalston
  • Cost: Lucal Oil Field, owned and developed by the city of Indianapolis, was built for $725 million in 2008; it has a retractable roof and windows on the end open up
  • Stadium is set at grade, not below grade – this affords more corridor space
  • Connections: Can be a challenge to get across the cut – suggested an elevated bridge (like Armajani bridge over Hennepin near Loring Park, and the High Line Bridge in New York City) 
  • Blocks of buildings on presentation depict future development
  • Economic development – Linden Avenue is infill sandwiched between Loring Park and Farmers Maket
  • IMS-Heritage Park – transit hub, more development being spawned around this investment
  • Transit – Use Southwest LRT Royalston Station or build station in base of stadium; on the exact route of SW LRT, which goes under the stadium, then out the other side
  • Looking north to south, the Plaza can be a great gathering place for game day activities

Q:  Does the 34 acres include buildings along the High Line?
A:  No. That property is currently owned by the Ballpark Authority and others.

Q:  Put the Farmers Market north of Highway 55?
A:  No – seemed to be out of the orbit. Farmers Market people want to stay closer to home. The Farmers Market adds vitality and meaning to this site – making it more than a ballpark.

Q:  How far from this site to Target Field, the center of downtown?
A:  According to 2020 Partners studies done by Mary deLaittre, as the crow flies it is 900 feet. It’s a 5 minute walk to downtown.

Q:  Where is the Interchange area?
A:  Identified on map, along with the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center.

Q:  Game day parking?
A:  Parking works out beautifully – there is enough capacity now.

Q:  Cost estimate? How to pay for it?
A:  Working on it. Biggest component is the stadium itself.

Q:  How does the stadium impact neighbors in area, i.e. Salvation Army’s new shelter?
A:  Have not thought about it. Construction will be disruptive but the stadium will be a good neighbor.

Linden Avenue – Mic Johnson, AECOM
[View the PPT presentation: http://the2020partners.com/presentations/]

  • 33 acres site; keeping city maintenance building and Lee’s Liquor Lounge in place
  • Site attributes include infrastructure, image, opportunities
  • Compact; near downtown Minneapolis core
  • Aerial view showed site boundaries 
  • Cultural and event map indicated a 4.5 block walk to Nicollet Mall
  • Event plaza designed for year-round use
  • Linden Yards – would be available for tailgating and event parking
  • Has LRT (Royalston Station) and parking connections
  • Parking for 24,000 cars available nearby; adding 2500 parking spots
  • Grade comes off First Avenue – the bowl is down, 3 stories of below-grade parking
  • Sports and Events District: Hennepin Avenue from the Walker to the river, theaters, restaurants; Nicollet Avenue restaurants and retail; First Avenue restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment; 10th Street, 5th Street, Southwest Corridor, Van White Boulevard, Stadium Plaza; 12th Street from Convention Center through Plaza
  • Possible future phase development: hotels and conference center, parks and event space, multimedia, mixed use/housing
  • Interview view of stadium showed city skyline visible through the end of the stadium
  • Plaza view of garden and park showed ice skating, other activities
  • Plan depicted is basic – used by Seahawks, number of other plans of same size

Q:  What is the cost?
A:  Costs are being developed by others – same price range. Not working on cost; just site attributes.

Q:  Connections?
A:  It’s about connecting to the city, not the city getting bigger. Reinforce downtown core. Too many open blocks in downtown Minneapolis.

Q:  Royalston Transit Station on the map?
A:  Leave it where it is. Consider game day option of dropping people right at the stadium.

Q:  Do you have a client?
A:  No client – presentation done by AECOM, formerly Ellerbe Becket

The following are questions directed to and answered by Chuck Leer, Mic Johnson or David Frank.

Q:  What about the Vikings’ commitment to Arden Hills?
A:  We want them to stay in Minnesota, preferably downtown. This is a public investment – we ought to be able to determine how it is shaped. It has to work for the Vikings and the public.

Q:  Is this group going to hone in on a priority project?
A:  We need a fuller conversation than a quick show of hands.

Q:  [Linden Avenue site] The plaza connects to downtown by crossing over 394. Have you looked into acquiring rights to go over 394?
A:  Yes. The plaza size is 130,000 square feet.

Q:  Why didn’t Metrodome supporters come to the meeting?
A:  People were out of town, there was some miscommunication. Don’t read anything else into it.

Q:  Will the Vikings see these plans?
A:  The Vikings have been invited to see these plans and related activity. They are choosing to see the Arden Hills plans through at this time.

Q:  Who will make the decision when [2020 Partners] hones in?
A:  We will continue to keep the topic on the front burner in the Steering Committee.

5.  Budget and Funding Update

  • 2020 Partners currently has more than $28,000 in available funds. 
  • Budget for 2012 will be set at the December Steering Committee meeting.

6. Next regular meeting: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in HGA’s new Ford Center office


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