Carletta Sweet, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Other board members in attendance were David Able; Dee Cotten; Andrew Hauer; Tom Hoch; and Gene Nessly. Kim Motes, Chair arrived at approximately 7:10 p.m.
Board member Jodi Pfarr was absent.
Others in attendance included: Mark Andrews, Tunheim Partners; Jeff Arundel, Lucky Club; Barry Berg, CB Burnet; Laura Boyd, Boyd & Associates; Michael Buelow, Heritage Development; Barb Lickness, NRP; Rose Mack, resident; Paual Merrigan, DJR Architecture; Michael Moriarty, Heritage Development; Scott Paren, S.R. Hoffman & Associates; John Pazahanick, Lund Food Holdings, Inc.; Rene Plumart, DJR Architecture; Jeremy Stratton, staff writer for Skyway News; Ward 5 Council Member Natalie Johnson Lee; and Kris Wirtanson, Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
The minutes from June 14, 2005 board meetings were unanimously approved.
June Harmon distributed and explained the F2005 Budget vs. Actual as of June 2005; the Profit & Loss with YTD statement for June 2005; and the bank register for June 1-30, 2005. These financial documents were unanimously received and filed.
V. Land Use Committee Update
LUC Chair Andy Hauer submitted the following projects for board consideration:
· Lunds Grocery Store Project – 12th and Hennepin – LFHI plans to open two new stores in downtown Minneapolis in 2006. John Pazahanick, Lund Food Holdings, Inc., and Kris Wirtanson, Lund Food Holdings, Inc., updated the DMNA board on the redevelopment projects, which are already in the implementation stage.
The first Minneapolis Lunds location is anticipated to be the current Rick’s Market site at 313 Central Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis. The conversion plans for this location are part of a larger redevelopment effort with Exeter Realty Company that will include a mix of residential and retail use. LFHI plans to occupy approximately 15,000 to 18,000 square feet of the retail space for a new Lunds store. The plans for the mixed-use redevelopment project currently have been submitted to the City of Minneapolis for approval. Construction is expected to begin next spring with an anticipated opening of spring 2006.
The second Lunds store location is the former World Wide Pictures building, which was part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters, located at 1201 Hennepin Avenue (12th & Hennepin) in the Minneapolis Central Business District. LFHI has a signed purchase agreement with the ministry and will be developing plans to submit to the City of Minneapolis for approval. With city approval, construction is expected to begin fall 2005 with a summer 2006 opening. LFHI is looking to expand the first floor of the three-story building for approximately 12,000 square feet of retail grocery space. The other two floors will potentially be converted into office space or condominiums.
No motion or recommendation for approval is necessary for this agenda item, because the developments are outside of the DMNA boundaries.
· The Lounge – 411 2nd Avenue South – The Lounge is located in the Downtown Warehouse District on 2nd Avenue between 4th and 5th Street. Brian Bell and Todd Koosmann (dba Secure Entertainment) are seeking a Class A, On-Sale Liquor License, with Sunday sales, sidewalk café, a 2:00 a.m. permit, and operating privileges for special late night entertainment. Brian Bell gave the presentation to the DMNA board.
Bell indicated that he has considered buying a nightclub for several years. The time is now right, as this club has a good reputation and has well established clientele. Bell described the business and indicated that all of the licenses and permits that he and his partner are seeking are already in place under the current ownership. Bell stated that he has met with Luther Krueger from CCP/Safe and received his approval. Bell expressed his willingness to participate in the monthly Warehouse District bar owner association meetings.
The following is a description of the club taken from its Web site:
* From its beginning in 1995, The Lounge has been an artistic showcase for
underground electronic music scene, launching musical nights and artists that
became as well known as the club that made them classics; from the delightfully
sexy trip hop sounds of Shaken Not Stirred every Wednesday to the deliriously
Bacchanal Brazilian drums of Karnaval on Fridays.
The Lounge has long held the standard of pairing unique visual concepts and sound each week -- giving the music and its mixologists identities that blended with a lush backdrop of leopard and giraffe skins, plush velvet pillows, oils on canvas and ethereal film images floating on ribbons of smoke in the air (* http://www.theloungempls.com/info.html).
Dee Cotten made a motion to approve all applications as presented. Vice Chair Carletta Sweet seconded the motion. Call for discussion. The motion passed.
· Proposed redevelopment for former Fuji Ya restaurant site (a.k.a. the Wave) – Heritage Development is proposing a $55 million redevelopment project southwest of the 3rd Avenue bridge on the west bank of the river that would incorporate the abandoned Fuji-Ya restaurant site. Jeff Arundel of Lucky Club and Michael Moriarty from Heritage Development presented the project to the DMNA board.
The Wave will include an unspecified, upscale restaurant in the refurbished Fuji-Ya space of heavy timbers and glass facing St. Anthony Falls and 38 luxury condominiums that will boast views of the river and the downtown skyline. The upper-end units will run to several million dollars for two-story units. The development project also includes an upscale resort style spa. This development will claim some of the last prime riverfront space in downtown Minneapolis.
Tom Hoch made a motion to send a letter of support for this project to Heritage Development and the City of Minneapolis. Dee Cotten seconded the motion. Call for further discussion. The motion passed unanimously.
DMNA staff member Christie Rock will prepare a letter of support for the project on behalf of the DMNA board and send it to Michael Moriarty, Minneapolis City Council Members, and CPED Principal Planner Jack Byers.
VI. First Precinct Update
Luther Krueger was not able to attend the meeting.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Signed this ________ day of ________________________, 2005.