DMNA Land Use Committee
The DMNA Land Use Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at a rotating location. In addition to advocating for land use policies that promote a vibrant, safe and sustainable Downtown, the Land Use Committee receives presentations and provides feedback on proposed significant construction or rehab projects within Downtown East and West. The committee formalizes this feedback through letters of support, which are reviewed and approved/denied by the DMNA Board of Directors at the following board meeting (third Monday of the month). These letters are then included in land use review packages that are evaluated by the City. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction Survey – Results Available
The DMNA partnered with the Minneapolis Bike Coalition and other organizations to draft and circulate a survey on the planned 2020 construction of Hennepin Avenue.
205 Park Avenue South Survey — Results Available
In December 2015, The DMNA Land Use Committee conducted a survey of development priorities for 205 Park Ave. S, a city-owned parcel in the Mill District that is slated for redevelopment.
ARTICLES THAT OFFER INSIGHT INTO THE CITY’S PLANNING PROCESSES
1. Growing pains: As Minneapolis pushes for greater housing density, more neighborhoods push back – published by MinnPost 11/18/2016
2. Documents prompt more questions — but give few answers — about Minneapolis’ decision not to oppose U demolition plan – published by MinnPost 11/30/2016
Projects that will soon be or were recently reviewed by the
Land Use Committee are listed below by meeting date.
4/5/2017 (6:00 p.m. @ the Mill City Museum – ADM Room)
The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.
3/7/2017 (6:00 p.m. @ the Mill City Museum – CARGILL Room – 7th floor)
The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the Cargill Room. There is one presentation scheduled on the 8th Street Reconstruction Project.
2/7/2017 (6:00 p.m. @ the Mill City Museum – ADM Room)
The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum. There are three items on the agenda; the Park and Portland Vision presentation, a presentation on the Downtown Service Area Master Plan, and an update from Sherman Associates on the 205 Park Avenue project. Below is a link to the presentation that BKV Group gave to the DMNA Board on January 17, 2017.
1/3/2017 (6:00 p.m. @ the Mill City Museum – ADM Room)
The first Land Use Committee meeting of the new year will be on January 3, 2017, at the Mill City Museum, starting at 6:00 p.m., in the ADM Room. The agenda includes a presentation on the expansion project at the Depot Minneapolis by John Ferrier from CSM Corp; a Class E liquor license application for Upstairs Circus presented by Laura Boyd from Alcohol Compliance Services; a Class B liquor license application for Byte presented by Travis Shaw; and an update on the Metro Transit C-Line by Terrence Anderson.
12/22/2016 (5:30 p.m., @ Open Book – 2nd Floor Conference Room)
There will be a Special Land Use Committee meeting on Thursday, December 22, at 5:30 p.m., at Open Book – 2nd floor conference room, to hear an update from Shane LaFave at Sherman Associates regarding the 205 Park Avenue South redevelopment project.
12/6/2016 (6 p.m. @ Emanuel Housing – Green Room – 818 S. 3rd St.)
DThe next DMNA Land Use Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Emanuel Housing, in the Green Room.
The December agenda includes the following items:
- YMCA at Gaviidae – Height variance application for a sign, presented by Steve Dorgan from Cresa Minneapolis.
- Randle’s (921 Nicollet Mall) – Class B on-sale Liquor license application for the former Ling and Louie’s space, presented by Laura Boyd from Alcohol Compliance Services.
- Orange Line LRT presentation by Matt Holdhusen from MetroTransit.
- Update on Mortenson’s project at 800 Washington Avenue South – Hyatt Centric Hotel, presented by Brad Lis.
- Update on Sherman Associate’s project at 205 Park Avenue South presented by Shane LaFave.
- Update on Samatar Crossing.
Agenda item for the January Land Use Committee meeting
- Depot Minneapolis expansion project – Letter from CSM Corporation
11/1/2016 (6:00 p.m.@Open Book, Rm 203 – 1011 Washington Ave. S)
The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at Open Book – 1011 Washington Avenue S.
The agenda includes a briefing from Ben Shardlow, Director of Public Realm Initiatives with the Minneapolis Downtown Council – Downtown Improvement District regarding creative projects that are working in the DID area. In addition, City staff will present project concepts for Samatar Crossing .
10/4/2016 (6:00 pm @ Open Book, Rm 203 – 1011 Washington Ave.S)
Featured Topic: Bobby & Steve’s Parking Lot Expansion and Public Plaza
Our neighborhood gas station. located on Washington Ave adjacent to 35-W, seeks to expand its parking lot and install a public plaza. Given the site’s prominence at the entrance to Downtown East, the DMNA Land Use Committee would like to work with the project team to ensure that design includes high quality landscaping and pedestrian amenities. The project has completed Preliminary Development Review and will now move onto a more thorough land use review by the City.
9/6/2016 (6:00 pm @ Mill City Museum – ADM Room, Floor 6, 710 2nd St. S)
Featured Topic: Sherman Associate’s Proposal for 205 Park Ave. S
The 205 Park Ave. S project team from Sherman Associates will present their designs at the September 6th DMNA Land Use Committee meeting for the purpose of soliciting feedback from community members.
Though the DMNA endorsed the competing project, the DMNA Land Use Committee looks forward to working with Sherman Associates to maximize the potential of this site.
Update: The DMNA Board approved this document, 205 Park Status Checklist, 9.19 to be used as a tool to communicate design priorities and track key project details.
The City of Minneapolis issued a request for development proposals (RFP) for 205 Park Ave. S., a Minneapolis-owned lot in the Mill District. Two developers, Sherman Associates and Grand Real Estate Advisors, submitted applications by the June 10th deadline. City staff evaluated both projects against the criteria outlined in the RFP. City Council, at the recommendation of City staff, have approved negotiating rights for Sherman Associates.
The project will eventually progress through City’s development review process. During this process, developers and city officials may consider the input of community members regarding site and building design. This meeting will be an opportunity to provide feedback directly to Sherman’s project team.
Unable to attend the meeting? Comments on the design can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at:
8/1/2016 (6:00 pm @ Mill City Museum – ADM Room, Floor 6, 710 2nd St. S)
Featured Topic: Dogs & Downtown
800 S. Washington Ave Presentation has been
rescheduled for a date TBD.
800 WASHINGTON AVE S. (will be discussed at the September meeting): Mortenson Construction won a competitive bid to purchase and develop 800 Washington Avenue South. The development will include a hotel and office space for the American Academy of Neurology. The developer will provide one more update to the DMNA before finalizing the terms of a development agreement/land sale with the City of Minneapolis. The developer now proposes to add a 10th story. Previous versions presented to the neighborhood had just 9 stories.
7/5/2016 (6:00 pm @ Open Book, Rm 203, 1011 Washington Ave. S)
Ryan’s Proposed 17-story Office Tower at 728 S. 4th St (Liner Parcel and Air Rights at the “Block 1 Parking Ramp”) + 5th Street Tower Expansion
Actions/Next Steps: The LUC will recommend that the DMNA support the 5th Street Towers expansion. The Ryan 728 4th Street project will pay another visit to the DMNA LUC after they have incorporated feedback from the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole. They will likely request a letter of support at that time.
Office Project at 728 4th Street: Ryan will propose a 17-story office tower adjacent to and above the MSFA parking ramp (aka Block 1 ramp) across from the US Bank Stadium. The City selected Ryan as the developer for this site through an RFP process in early 2014.
5th Street Towers Expansion (100 & 150 S. 5th Street): The project team will present preliminary plans to connect the two office towers on levels 3 through 9.
Notice from Project Team:
“Zeller Realty Group owns and manages the 5th Street Towers property at 100 and 150 S. 5th
Street. In an effort to keep this project relevant and exciting for the influx of new creative
office tenants coming into the City, they have concluded that a connection above the skyway
level, between the two towers, is necessary to create larger contiguous floor plates. This small
addition to the buildings will cater more directly to the larger open office space demands of the
current wave of tenancy.
The two towers are currently connected at Street Level and Skyway Level. The proposed addition
would connect the towers at levels 3 through 8 with a rooftop terrace at level 9. Each floor of
the proposed addition would comprise roughly 3,000 sf for a total area of 18,000 sf.
After consultation with Lisa Steiner, Senior City Planner, we intend to make the following land
• Site plan review
• FAR premium”
6/7/2016 (6:00 pm @ Historic Normandy Inn, 405 S. 8th Street)
C-Line Bus Rapid Transit on 7th & 8th Street
Washington Avenue Reconstruction/Redesign
Downtown Public Realm Master Plan — Update on the Master Plan for Downtown Public Spaces
CANCELED — Aeon Health Supported Housing
Actions/Next Steps: No actions will be recommended to the DMNA Board. Presentations were received as informational at this point. The committee will continue to track the progress of the the C-line and Washington Ave re-striping to identify opportunities for further community input as details are finalized. The DMNA will continue to promote the fact that the Downtown Public Realm Framework is open for public comment through mid July.
C-LINE BUS RAPID TRANSIT (7th & 8th Street) Bus Rapid Transit integrates train-like features into bus routes to improve both speed and comfort. Side walk modifications will be made on 7th and 8th Streets in Downtown to accommodate the enhanced transit stops. Project staff will provide an overview. http://www.metrotransit.org/c-line-project
WASHINGTON AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION /RE-STRIPING PROJECT UPDATE: Washington Avenue Reconstruction from Hennepin Ave to 5th Ave is underway. The County plans to re-stripe Washington Ave from 5th to 35-W next year. (The DMNA has asked the County to study including a protected bike lane on this portion.) Project staff will provide an update on both projects. http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/washington-ave-mpls
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC REALM MASTER PLAN: This master plan serves as a guiding policy document for the management of the pedestrian experience in key areas of the city, and is focused on guiding the enhancement of priority streets and urban spaces. The City developed this plan through community engagement throughout 2015. They will present an overview of the final product, how the city will use the document to evaluate land use proposals and direct strategy, as well as how the DMNA can look to this document as resource for evaluating projects and advancing land use priorities. http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/lrp/WCMS1P-134268
AEON HEALTH SUPPORTED HOUSING UPDATE: 409 S. 9th Street is no longer under consideration. The site search continues. Aeon will present at a future date if a downtown site is in play.
5/3/2016 (6:00 pm @ 818 3rd Street)
Mortenson’s 800 Washington Ave. S Hotel Project,
Iron Clad (Moxy Hotel + Apartments, 811 Washington Avenue)
+ Brief informational presentations: I-94 Corridor Infrastructure Upgrade/Replacement Planning & Aeon Health Supported Housing
Actions/Next Steps: 800 Washington Ave. Mortenson will present updated plans a future meeting (TBD) and request a letter of support. Iron Clad: This letter of support was approved by the DMNA Board on 5.16.16. Aeon Health Supported Housing: 409 S. 9th Street is no longer in play. Aeon will provide an update on their site search at the June 7th DMNA Land Use Committee meeting.
800 WASHINGTON AVE S.
Mortenson Construction won a competitive bid to purchase and develop 800 Washington Avenue South. The development will include a hotel and office space for the American Academy of Neurology. The developer must make the following applications to the City and Planning Commission as part of the project approval process.
MOXY HOTEL + APARTMENTS – Informational Only
Prior to presenting to the Land Use Committee, the project will be reviewed by the Committee of the Whole on Thursday, 4/28 at 4:30 pm.
I-94 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS – Informational Only The Minnesota Department of Transportation is meeting with stakeholders to develop concept plans for I-94 corridor improvements between St. Paul and Minneapolis. I-94 Corridor Project Overview
AEON HEALTH SUPPORTED HOUSING (409 S. 9th Street) – Informational Only UPDATE: 409 S. 9th Street is no longer under consideration. The site search continues. Aeon will provide an update at the June 7th DMNA Land Use Committee Meeting.
In partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Hennepin Health, Hennepin County, Touchstone Mental Health, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Aeon proposes to construct 85-90 affordable apartments for medically fragile adults with on-site services. Aeon will present a brief overview the project at the May 3rd meeting to collect initial feedback. A full presentation is scheduled for the June Land Use Committee meeting.
AEON Project Submittal to DMNA (409 S. 9th Street project narrative) — UPDATE: 409 S. 9th is no longer a potential site.
The Elliot Park neighborhood association (EPNI) reviewed a previous version of the project when proposed for site within their neighborhood boundaries. As the new proposed project site is on the border of Elliott Park, EPNI would like to make the DMNA aware of its concerns with the project concept.
4/13/2016 (7:00 pm @ Mill City ADM ROOM) – Special Bonus Meeting
205 Park Ave.S Development Priorities, Legacy Condo Design Update
DMNA April Land Use Committee Meeting #2 | Mill City Museum – AMD Room (710 2nd St. – Floor 6)
Actions/Next Steps — Legacy Condo Project: Legacy Condo – DMNA Letter of Support 5.16.16 was approved by the DMNA Board on 5.16.16. | 205 Park RFP:The RPF has been released. The DMNA will host a Q & A with CM Frey on 5.16.2016 @ 6:00pm at the Guthrie.. | Moxy Hotel + Apartments: Presentation was rescheduled to 5/3 DMNA Land Use Committee Meeting
With development roaring Downtown, the DMNA Land Use Committee has added a second April meeting. (The committee typically meets on just the first Tuesday of the month at a rotating location.)
205 PARK AVE DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES (7:00 pm) 205 Park Avenue South, a city-owned lot in the Mill District of Downtown Minneapolis, currently serves as a surface parking lot as well as provides some green space. In 2016, the City of Minneapolis will solicit development proposals for the site. Through a competitive review process, the City will sell the land and development rights to a developer based on the uses and merits of their proposed development. The City will present its development priorities for this site to the neighborhood. The DMNA Land Use Committee circulated a survey to ask the neighborhood about their priorities for the site. Here’s a summary of what folks had to say.
LEGACY CONDO DESIGN UPDATE – (7:30 pm) Shamrock Development has proposed a 14-story, 375-unit condo building on the edge of the Mill District on 2nd St. & 12th Ave . Preliminary plans were presented to the DMNA Land Use Committee in February. Shamrock will present revised designs based on the feedback from the DMNA and Planning Commission’s Committee of the Whole.
MOXY HOTEL + APARTMENTS – RESCHEDULED TO MAY 3rd The Graves and Kharbandas have proposed a 150 room hotel + 150 luxury apartments on the corner of Washington Ave. & Chicago Ave.
IN THE NEWS
4/5/2016 (6:00 pm @ New Century Theatre) –
Nicollet Hotel Block Update,
Hennepin Avenue Redesign Concepts
& 11th Ave Protected Bike Lane + Added Discussion: 3rd Avenue Bike Lane
Nicollet Hotel Block
United Properties was selected by the City through a competitive process to develop the former Nicollet Hotel site.(Washington Ave & Nicollet Ave.) You may remember that United presented preliminary designs at the DMNA forum in February 2015. After some shifting of partners and a new project architect, United Properties will present a revised design to the DMNA. Though City Council has approved the land sale to United, the final design still needs to wind its way through City approval. The neighborhood will have a chance to weigh-in before the project is fully baked.
Hennepin Ave Reconstruction
Hennepin Ave between Washington Ave and 12th St is programmed for full reconstruction in 2020. Public Works has begus initial planning work in 2016. Transportation Planner,Simon Blenski, will discuss design concepts that have been developed after their first round of community engagement. Project Website Project Overview PDF
11th Ave Protected Bike Lane The adopted 2016 City budget includes funding for protected bikeways. One of the projects that Public Works is proposing for construction in 2016 is on 11th Ave S between 6th St S and West River Pkwy. After a February presentation, The Land Use Committee requested that City provide an alternative design that would preserve parking along Gold Medal Park. Project staff will present an update. Project Website Project Overview PDF
3rd Avenue Redesign (Discussion) The City is planning for the scheduled redesign of 3rd Avenue South. In response to concerns from commercial property owners and businesses along the corridor, an alternative plan that retains 4-lanes of traffic has been proposed. The revised plan still includes protected bike lanes but eliminates the existing green medians and other proposed plantings. The DMNA officially support the original redesign plan that included 3 three lanes of traffic, protected bike-ways and retained the green medians as well as included planter-separated portions of the bike lane. The committee will discuss if it should recommend that the DMNA revise or affirm its initial position.
January letter of support (prior to proposed revision): 3rd Ave Redesign – DMNA Letter of Support Final 1.19.16 3
n the news:
3/2/2016 (6:00 pm @ 818 3rd Street S) –
Conversation with Senior Planner, Beth Elliott
Meeting rescheduled from 3/1 to 3/2 to accommodate precinct caucuses.
2/9/2016 (6:00pm @ Open Book Target Hall)
The Legacy (14-story, 375 unit condo development),
Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction , 11th Avenue Protected Bike Lane,
& Washington Ave DT East Bike Improvements
Meeting rescheduled from 2/2 to 2/9 due to snow.
The Legacy – No action taken. Preliminary designs were presented. The developer received neighborhood feedback and will return at later date with updates. (Refer to project info below.)
Hennepin Ave. Reconstruction – No action taken. The DMNA will encourage members to attend preliminary planning meetings that will be held by the City on 2/17 at the Central Library at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The City will also hold a follow-up meeting in April. (Refer to project info below.)
11th Ave S. Bike Lane -No formal action taken. The Land Use Committee requested that City provide an alternative design that would preserve parking along Gold Medal Park. Project staff will present an alternative, if feasible, at an upcoming meeting. (Refer to project info below.)
Washington Ave Bike Improvements –– The Land Use Committee recommended that the DMNA supports the Bicycle Coalition’s request that the County study the implementation of parking-protected bike lanes on Washington Ave. east of 5th Ave. as part of re-striping project planned for 2017. The DMNA Board approved this letter on 2.16.16.
Shamrock Development has proposed a 14-story, 375-unit condo building on the edge of the Mill District. Preliminary plans will be presented to this committee and discussed by the Planning Commission’s Committee of Whole on 2/11.
Hennepin Ave Reconstruction
Hennepin Ave between Washington Ave and 12th St is programmed for full reconstruction in 2020. Public Works will begin initial planning work in 2016. Transportation Planner,Simon Blenski, will discuss the planning and engagement that will occur in the near term. Project Website Project Overview PDF 11th Ave Protected Bike Lane The adopted 2016 City budget includes funding for protected bikeways. One of the projects that Public Works is proposing for construction in 2016 is on 11th Ave S between 6th St S and West River Pkwy. Project Website Project Overview PDF Washington Ave. Bike Improvements The Minneapolis Bike Coalition would like input on potential bike improvements to Washington Avenue east of 5th Ave. Washington Avenue Parking Protected Bike Overview – Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
1/5/2016 – 3rd Avenue Redesign & Target Center Renovation
DMNA Action The DMNA Board approved the recommendations of the Land Use Committee and issues letters of support for the 3rd Avenue Redesign and Target Center Renovation on 1.19.16. 3rd Ave Redesign – DMNA Letter of Support Final 1.19.16 Target Center Renovation – DMNA Final Letter of Support 1.19.2016
3rd Avenue Redesign Minneapolis Public Works is planning to redesign 3rd Avenue S between 1st Street S and 16th Street E. The project would install a protected bike lane along 3rdAvenue S with the purpose of providing a comfortable north-south bicycle connection through downtown. A protected bike lane on 3rd Avenue S is identified in the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. The project scope also includes opportunities to re-envision greening and the pedestrian experience along 3rd Avenue S. Construction is planned for 2016-2017. 3rd Avenue Redesign Project Page Additional public meetings will be held on 1/4. Refer to the 3rd Ave S info meeting notice letter for more information. Target Center Renovation The Target Center, a 25 year-old City-owned property, will undergo a 100 million dollar renovation in order to complete with newer venues. The City, Timberwolves/Lynx and AEG Facilities will share the cost of the renovation. Target Center Renovation Home Page DMNA Project Review Form – Target Center
12/2/2015 – Ryan’s Millwright Building &
Wells Fargo Downtown East Plaza ATM Variance
Ryan will present plans for the Millwright Building, a 4-story 160,000 SF office building on 5th Ave and 3rd St. S adjacent to the new west Wells Fargo tower. Ryan is also seeking variance for a 24-hours ATM at the plaza level of the new Wells Fargo towers. Ryan expects to complete the city approval process and commence construction spring of 2016, with a spring 2017 completion.
DMNA Action The DMNA Land Use Committee drafted a letter of support for the Millwright Building (see below), which was approved by the DMNA Board on 12.16.15. The DMNA issued a letter of comment on the ATM Variance, neither supporting nor opposing the project, on 1.19.16. DMNA Millwright Letter of Support – Final 12.16.18 Supporting Materials DMNA Project Review Form – Millwright Building Millwright – Committee of the Whole Sumbittal (Narrative) Millwright – Committee of the Whole Submittal (Landscape Design) Millwright – Committee of the Whole Submittal (Civil Drawings) Millwright Committee of the Whole Submittal (Elevations) Millwright – Committee of the Whole Submittal (Floor Plans) DMNA Project Review Form – Wells Fargo ATM_1 In the news: http://tcbmag.com/News/Recent-News/2015/November/Ryan-Moving-HQ-To-Downtown-East
11/4/2015 – The Washington (109 & 121-125 Washington Ave.)
The Washington is a proposed office/retail renovation of the current Sex World property. The DMNA Board approved a letter of support on 11/16/2015. The developer, Falcon Ridge Partners, expects to complete the city approval process by January 2016 and commence construction shortly after. DMNA Action The DMNA Land Use Committee drafted a letter of support for the= The Washington (see below), which was approved by the DMNA Board on 11.16.15. The Washington – DMNA Letter of Support – 11.16.15 Supporting Materials Project Overview – The Washington (current as of 11/3/2015) The Washington – DMNA Letter of Support – 11.16.15 In the news: http://www.startribune.com/plans-rolled-out-for-revamped-sex-world-building/335329621/
10/7/2015 – Stone Arch Hotel (903 Washington Ave.)
The current owners of 903 Washington Ave. Mike & Ann Roess, propose to expand the existing building to accommodate a boutique hotel and additional street-level restaurant/retail space. It is expected that the city approval process will be completed by Spring 2016 with construction to commence shortly after. DMNA Action The DMNA Land Use Committee drafted a letter of support for The Stone Arch Hotel (see below), which was approved by the DMNA Board on 11.16.15. Stone Arch Hotel – DMNA Letter of Support Supporting Materials DMNA Review Form – Stone Arch Hotel (designs current as of 10/6/2015) In the news: http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/10-story-stone-arch-hotel-planned-for-downtown-east