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MINUTES <br /> OF THE JOINT WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL AND <br /> COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TASK FORCE <br /> HELD AT CITY HALL <br /> NOVEMBER 5,2007 <br /> 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall. <br /> Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. <br /> Present from the Comprehensive Plan Task Force were Steve Brown, Mike Fischer, John <br /> Lonsbury, Michael Schroeder and Kevin Staunton. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, <br /> City Manager; Heather Worthington, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Houle, City <br /> Engineer/Director of Public Works; Cary Teague, Planning Director; Ceil Smith, Assistant to <br /> the City Manager; and Jennifer Bennerotte,Communications &Marketing Director. <br /> Mayor Hovland said the purpose of the special work session was to review two proposals <br /> received for the relocation and redevelopment of the Edina Public Works Facility. <br /> Assistant Manager Worthington reviewed the project's history: in September, the City Council <br /> directed staff to send out a request for proposals (RFP) to developers who may have an <br /> interest in the site and a relocation option for the Public Works Building. The existing Public <br /> Works Building, 5146 Eden Ave.,was constructed in the 1960s on approximately 3.5 acres, and <br /> has been outgrown by the Public Works Department. Additionally, the City would like to see <br /> better air handling, segregation of divisions, and more indoor storage for equipment and <br /> trucks in a new facility. A relocation site for a new Public Works Building must be in Edina, <br /> ideally on industrially zoned property in the southwest quadrant of the City and with a <br /> minimum of seven acres of land. A new site must have good access to surrounding roadways. <br /> Two RFPs were received - one from Opus and one from Ryan Companies.anies. Usin video and a <br /> PowerPoint presentation, Assistant Manager Worthington and Director Houle described each <br /> proposal and its pros and cons. <br /> Opus proposed to construct roughly 150,000-square-foot, <br /> five-story medical - <br /> ry office building, supported by a five level parking structure. The new Public <br /> Works facility would be relocated to the current ConAgra site at 7450 74th Ave. <br /> Strengths of the proposal include: <br /> • Better compatibility of use with surrounding commercial/retail uses at Minnesota <br /> Highway 100 and Vernon Avenue. <br /> • Utilizes unique topography of the site for parking. <br /> • Intensification of use was appropriate for area adjacent to major highway. <br /> • Access for the site was better suited to a commercial use, rather than a fleet use such as <br /> Public Works. <br /> Weakness of the proposal include: <br /> • Only one type of use - office - was planned, rather than a mixed-use approach on the <br /> existing Public Works site. <br />