A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA)
was held on
With a quorum present, Jerrie Hayes, Chair, convened the meeting at Other board members in attendance included: Larry Calhoun, Dee Cotten, Secretary, Andrew Hauer, Sue Jahn, Al Smith, Vice Chair, Carletta Sweet, and Joan Wilshire. Board members unable to attend were Jack Becker, Monroe Bell, Janis LaDouceur, and Roberta Webb-Streib, Treasurer. Nonboard members in attendance included Scott Engel, DMNA/NRP Coordinator; Greg Finstad, Director of Transportation & Parking Services for City of Minneapolis; Lisa Goodman, 7th Ward City Councilmember, and Douglas Gardner, Administrative Assistant; Joe Kern and Craig Lamothe of SRF Consulting Group; Allan Klugman of Westwood Professional Services; Peggy Lucas of Brighton Development; Marcus Mollison of Faegre & Benson; George Rosenquist, NRP Implementation Committee; Scott Russell of the Southwest Journal; and Daphne Skoglund of the Sherman Group.
As a reminder, the Chair announced the day and time for the following standing committee meetings: Land Use on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; Board of Directors on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.; Public Relations on the third Tuesday of the month at ; Implementation on the third Thursday of the month at ; Executive on the fourth Thursday of the month at ; and Housing to be determined by Andy Hauer.
After Lisa distributed the June 2000 Spotlight On Seven,
the 7th Ward newsletter, she explained why she had come before the board – to
start a dialogue and to quash rumors surrounding the issue of creating a new
downtown neighborhood. In putting the rumors to rest, Lisa stated that the
City is not in the business of starting new neighborhoods, however there is a very specific process in
place for changing neighborhood boundaries. Furthermore, a
Addressing concerns about the NRP funding process, Lisa explained
that since the formula under Phase 1 was based on population, North Loop did
not contribute (nor, for that matter, Downtown East) proportionately to the
amount of money DMNA received. But now that the new formula for Phase 2 will
be based on income, absentee landlord, blight, and a variety of poverty-type
After entertaining questions, Lisa summarized that in order to be a more effective and inclusive downtown community, more neighborhood organizations (over and beyond the Central City Neighborhoods Partnership) banning together would give its residents the power base needed to address the major concerns facing downtown (e.g., Block E, LRT, Marquette Plaza).
Due to time constraints, the Chair moved and Andy seconded to strike the following agenda items: project updates from the NRP Implementation Committee Report; Public Relations Committee Report under Other Business; and Election of Committee Chair under Land Use Committee. The motion was carried unanimously.
A. Washburn Lofts by Peggy Lucas of
The Land Use Committee, at its last meeting on
B. Livable Communities Grant
Since the representative who assisted in preparing the application was not in attendance, the Chair advised the board that the Livable Communities Grant went through the Metropolitan Council, a copy of which will be forwarded in the near future. A second phase application will be due at the end of the summer.
As background Marcus explained that Ken Sherman and his
investment group have a purchase agreement for the
After Marcus entertained questions regarding possible demolition of existing buildings, accessibility, and potential shuttle runs, the Chair moved and Andy seconded to approve the application for zoning variance as proposed. The motion was carried unanimously and the Chair indicated a follow up letter would be sent to that effect.
The Chair explained that the matter of whether to renew DMNA’s NRP coordinator contract with Scott Engel appeared before the Executive Committee. Since his contact had already expired, Scott proposed to the Executive Committee a 1-year renewal and a $2.00 per hour raise. After further discussions with Scott, the Executive Committee proposed to renew with no modifications to his previously contracted responsibilities.
After the Chair entertained questions, Andy moved and
Greg Finstad, Joe Kern, and Al Klugman presented
a synopsis of the study begun September 1999 regarding current and future (through
2010) transportation systems and needs in downtown
After the Chair entertained questions regarding the impact of increased parking demand in the downtown neighborhood and it’s impact on potential green space, , it was determined that no action was required of the board.
Andy advised the board that the Housing Committee was not prepared to give a report at this time and that the next meeting will be soon announced. Also negotiations are still underway for DMNA’s office space.
The meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by