Approved Minutes

Meeting time and location: April 20, 2017, 6:30PM to 8:00PM, DeLaSalle High School


  1. Call to Order – Meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by President Grambsch
    1. Verification of Quorum – Quorum is 7 Directors present; 14 Directors were present (Director attendance list here); Quorum verified.   Attendee Sign-in here.
    2. Approval of Agenda – approved by unanimous vote.
    3. Approval of  March 2017 Board Meeting Minutes (minutes here) – approved by unanimous vote.
  2. NIEBNA Administrative Matters

    1. Financial and Business Matters
    2. Treasurer Report (Lisa Hondros) – we are solvent and otherwise in good financial health.
    3. Approval of Expense Payments –none
    4. Other Financial and Business Matters – none
    5. Other Business
      1. Status Report: Community Participation Program (CPP) Final Report for 2014-2016 submitted pursuant to resolution at March 2017 Board Meeting. Lisa Hondros and Victor Grambsch reported that the final reports had been submitted and final details were being worked out with Stacey Sorenson from NCR. No Board action required or taken. 
      2. Status Report: CPP Plan for 2017 specifically, and for 2017-2019 in general, must be drafted and approved soon (projected as the main topic for May 2017 Board Meeting)  Topic noted, but no specific Board action taken.  
      3. Status Report: Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Phase 2 status:
        1. Basic Application: approved by Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department and City Council. Noted — no action required. 
        2. Expand Application: NIEBNA will receive $52,836.08 in NRP Phase 2 funds that were formerly frozen by the City Council. Our Basic Application will have to be revised include these funds. Noted — no action required — see Item E under NIEBNA Projects below.
    6. Upcoming meeting schedule — meeting schedule for Summer and Fall show below. Noted — but no action was taken.
      1. May — May 10, 2017 (Board Meeting)
      2. June — No meeting
      3. July  — July 13, 2017 (Board Meeting)
      4. August  — No meeting
      5. September — September 14, 2017 (Annual Meeting)
    7. Meeting day of Week Change? It has been suggested that the meeting day of the week be moved to Monday from Thursday. There might be fewer schedule conflicts. Item discussed, but no action taken — we will continue to meet on Thursdays.
  3. Presentations

    1. Nord Haus (nee Superior Plating) Phase 2 (30-40 minutes) — the full development of the former Superior Plating site was always going to be done is phases; except that there would be future phase(s), Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) was clear that they had no particular design or schedule for development beyond Nord Haus (aka Phase 1). Their attitude was “let’s see how Phase 1 goes — sooner or later there will be a Phase 2 although there may be some delay and time gap between the phases”. Due to very high market demand for Nord Haus, Lennar is now moving on to Phase 2 without delay. Jon Fletcher, LMC Senior Development Manager for Nord Haus, will present the proposed design that calls for a 28-story tower and attached parking garage (information on proposed design here) (STAWNO Comments).  The project was presented and discussed by Jon Fletcher and others — at the conclusion, two resolutions were passed:
      1. Write a letter specifying the Board’s preference with regard to various design details of the ground floor of the buildings (letter here). Passed by unanimous vote.
      2. Tabled a resolution of support for the project — resolution will be taken up at a future meeting. Passed by a vote of 11 Yes to 3 No. 
    2. Mortenson / US Bank Site development (30-40 minutes) —  in July 2015, Mortenson presented a proposed design for a podium-and-tower building for this site (information on 2015 proposal here) and the Board supported the proposal. For various reasons, the project became inactive. Now, Mortenson is proposing a revised design for the site that in some ways is similar to the 2015 design and in some ways quite different (information on proposed design here). Brent Webb, Mortenson Development Manager for the site, will present and discuss the current proposal. The project was presented and discussed by Brent Webb and others. Board members and others made various comments, suggestions, and criticisms of the overall design and the treatment of 4th St NE in particular. At the conclusion, the Board did not take any position in support or opposition to the project but requested that Mortenson considers our comments and come to a future meeting with a revised design. 
  4. NIEBNA Projects and Status Reports

    1. Status Report: Developing the natural resources implementation plan covering the Not-a-Lot area on the east bank of  Nicollet Island (Lisa Hondros) — nothing new to report. 
    2. Update:  status of Nicollet Island – Boom Island Bridge renovation (Lisa Hondros) — do we need to take further action? No action required — MPRB decision has been delayed.
    3. Update: project improve the appearance of bridges over railroad tracks (Kevin Upton) — Board Member Upton discussed the general idea of a joint project with STAWNO, SAENA, and NEMAA as a possible use of NRP Phase 2 funds. The idea was well received by the Board and the Board requested that the idea be more fully developed for presentation and decision at a future Board meeting.
    4. Drafting CPP 2017-2019 Plan — we have to complete this step before any funds can be spent  [Board Action: no action was taken]
    5. Revising NRP Phase 2 Application and Plan — we have to complete this step before any funds can be spent — Board action: directed the NRP Phase 2 Committee (Chair Lisa Hondros) prepare recommendations for consideration at the May Board Meeting
  5. NIEBNA Committee Reports

    1. Technology (Michael Guncheon) –No Report
    2. Transportation (Dore Mead) – No report
    3. Livability (Barry Clegg) – No Report
    4. Economic Development (Kevin Upton) — No Report
  6. Other Business and Announcements — and FYI

  7. Adjourn — meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm

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