Alan Bernard announced his imminent departure (October 29, 2004) and the arrival (October 18, 2004) of CM Zerby’s new aide, Greg Zimback, the neighborhood coordinator for Southeast Como, who already has a lot of experience working with the City in inspections and the police department. Alan is departing because he is running for the 10th Ward City Council seat.
Alan then distributed and explained the recent amendment to the sunset clause
of the tailgating ordinance which expands the area for tailgating that was lost
due to construction projects. This expanded area includes from the riverfront
Lastly, Alan updated the board on “booting” or automobile immobilization.
Due to complaints received from the southeast and downtown areas regarding the
method of operation, Paul drafted an ordinance to make some changes to the way
booting is handled in Minneapolis – i.e., requiring employees to wear an
identifiable uniform, attend a conflict management course, and cease waiting
in lots looking for violators. Since only the first two of Paul’s changes (and
not the third related to cease waiting in lots) passed before the City Council
last Friday, he voted to repeal the entire booting ordinance; the rationale
being that if booting companies couldn’t come up with a compromise on their
method of operation that they shouldn’t be allowed to do business at all. Alan
then distributed the revised booting ordinance which in essence states that
this type of immobilization is not allowed. A public hearing has been set before
Public Safety & Regulatory Services on
The minutes from the
Additionally, June announced that she just received $8,000, the first installment of the $40,000 grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization toward the Star Tribune storm water runoff demonstration project. Also, June advised that she and Gene attended a “procedures audit” that afternoon with the auditors to review the 2004 books which were deemed to be in order. DMNA will receive a confirmation letter to that effect.
Luther also discussed the MPD’s warning letter to bar owners regarding over-serving
patrons as a means to induce compliance (for reference see Skyway News
article “Overserved and exposed!” in the
Responding to inquiries regarding remedies for loitering, Luther reiterated
that there is no such thing as the crime of loitering on public property. However,
in order to arrest someone with loitering, you must specify a crime and show
probable cause, e.g., consume alcohol, prostitution. Tom and Kim reemphasized
the need for a stronger police presence (especially along
Lastly, Luther informed the board of a new ordinance in place to restrict bar owners from distributing placards containing liquor advertisements and urged the community to seek more restrictive rules through the City Council.
10th Street and Nicollet Mall
BLDG gave a presentation on their preliminary design for a 48-story, mixed-use
project to be erected at South 10th Street and Nicollet Mall on the site currently
occupied by Let It Be Records at 1001 Nicollet Mall, Sawatdee at 1005 Nicollet
Mall, and Key’s Café at 1007 Nicollet Mall. The adjacent property, the historic
Respectful to the character of the community, the preliminary design calls for a formal “business suit” façade facing the downtown office buildings to the north and a less formal, playful façade facing the entertainment buildings to the south. The plans call for over 15,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level (the goal is to attract all locally-owned small businesses to the space, and to retain all three current tenants at the same rents prior to construction for Year 1 as inducement to remain) with office space on two levels. Above the office segment will be a step-back with lofts and an outdoor terrace; then above that segment another step-back and a glassy condominium tower with an arc running down the middle and shooting out from the roof. There will be six levels of parking (four below and two above ground) with a parking ratio of 1.1 plus 79 reserved stalls for commercial use. No skyway connection negotiations have been initiated.
Barbour and LaDouceur have partnered with Ron Johnson and Jeff McDonell on this $75 million project. The 300+ condominium units are likely to fall within the same price range of other current developments, i.e., $250,000 to more than $1 million for penthouse units.
No City variances or subsidies are being sought for this project.
Infinite Holding, Inc.
Andy briefed the board on the Class B liquor license, caterer’s license, sidewalk
license, and permit that Infinite Holding
is seeking for the business formerly known as Chessen’s at
Andy then updated the board on the variances (i.e., building setback from 41’
to 20’; balcony size from 4’ into side yard to 7’ into side yard)) being sought
for Phase 1 of the 24-story, mixed-use project located at
Since the representative from KEEY did not appear,
Tom will follow up with her to reschedule a presentation at a later date to
explain the flower planting employment program she conducts with kids in downtown
Four 2-year terms will expire:
Kim presented the two affordable housing RFPs the NRP Implementation Committed reviewed and approved for funding on Tuesday, October 5th for board consideration:
Brighton Development Corporation’s St. Anthony Mills Apartments
Phase 2 located at
Project for Pride in Living’s Elliot Park Commons at
Thereafter, the board unanimously approved the funding of these projects as recommended.
Tom announced the November 12th deadline for registering neighborhood electors
and alternates for the upcoming NRP Policy Board election. Electors and alternates
must reside in the neighborhood they are representing and be at least 18 years
of age as of
At Carletta’s recommendation, the board unanimously agreed to join the East
Downtown Council (EDC), a business and professional association for the Downtown
East and Elliot Park neighborhoods. Annual membership is $150 and covers all
board members. EDC’s monthly luncheon meetings are held on the fourth Thursday
of each month unless otherwise specified. The next meeting is scheduled for
Tom advised that proposals for the operation and management of the downtown
theaters (i.e., Orpheum, Pantages and State) are due to the City by
Thereafter the meeting was adjourned at
Signed this ________ day of ________________________, 2004.