Many members of the Grandview steering committee met with the team of consultants yesterday morning at Grange Hall in Frank Tupa Park, the first of three workshops planned over the next two months.
Consulting team, L to R: Bruce Jacobson, Close Landscape Architecture; Mike Lamb, Cuningham Group Architecture; Jack Broz, HR Green, Tony Schertler, Springsted; Andrew Dresdner, Cuningham Group; and Carrie Ann Christensen, Community Design Group.
Bruce Jacobson and Mike Lamb began the workshop with this Powerpoint presentation:
Four Grandview committee members made presentations summarizing the work of their working groups. L to R: Lisa Diehl, Market Analysis; Peyton Robb, Land Use and Community Design; Larry Chestler, Transportation; Kim Montgomery, Community Needs & Public Realm. I expect to be able to make available the reports/notes from their presentations soon.
Other steering committee members attending, L to R: Kevin Staunton, Randy Halvorson, David Davison, Sue Davison, Ellen Jones, Peter Sussman, Thomas Raeuchle, Mike Fischer, Terry Ahlstrom, Gene Persha, and Greg Domke (photo from June steering committee mtg).
I’m Chris Rofidal, and I am heading the communication efforts on behalf of the GrandView District Small Area Plan Committee. Last week our committee took a tremendous step forward as we voted unanimously to engage the help of a team of consultants.
Attached you will find a press release (see the text below with links or view/download the PDF) which details our recent efforts.
As we move forward during the next 4-6 months it will be extremely important that we hear from key stakeholders in the GrandView District. Are you a business owner or a property owner? Are you a resident who uses the area on a daily basis like our family? If so, please continue to check back and voice your thoughts on how “we” should look to develop this area in the years to come. Decisions are made when you show up, so please take a moment to engage in the process and let us know your thoughts.
Edina, Minn., Aug. 19, 2011 – A community-led team of residents and business and property owners has selected a team of consultants to help develop a small area plan for the GrandView District.
Last year, a Community Advisory Team made up of Edina residents led a process to determine the future of the City’s former Public Works site on Eden Avenue and the area surrounding it, known as the GrandView District. The group met several times during April 2010 and developed seven guiding principles for the area. At the time the principles were adopted, the Edina City Council also agreed to embark on a small area planning process for the area and retain ownership of the City’s Public Works property until after a study is complete. The community-led small area planning process began in April 2011 and is being led by a 50-member Steering Committee.
Representatives of the Steering Committee interviewed nine firms and selected those best suited to work on the small area plan. Bruce Jacobson of Close Landscape Architecture and Mike Lamb of Cuningham Group Architecture were selected to be lead consultants on the project. Other consultants include Jack Broz of HR Green, Antonio Rosell of Community Design Group and Tony Schertler of Springsted. Together, they will work with the Steering Committee to study land use, community needs, transportation and market analysis and finance.
At its meeting Aug. 18, the Steering Committee also recommended a work plan for the project, which will be completed over the next four to six months. The City Council is expected to act on the recommended consulting team and work plan at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6.
“Our community-led process has broken new ground for Edina. We have worked hard over the past few months to organize community members and other key stakeholders. Now, we look forward to engaging those folks and others in creating a plan for the future of the GrandView District,” said Steering Committee Chair Kevin Staunton.
A $100,000 grant through the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Demonstration Act will defray the costs of the year-long planning process.
For more information, visit www.CityofEdina.com/Grandview or http://edinacitizenengagement.org/grandview. Questions can be directed to Staunton, 952-836-1286, or Chris Rofidal, 952-285-4459.