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<br />and shops anL a gas station. The property abuts the --Jd ake project and is
<br />surrounded by R-1 zoning, with the Creek Valley School located in the southeast
<br />quadrant and a future Lutheran Church in the southwest quadrant of the inter-
<br />of the request at its meeting of March 6, 1968, on the following grounds:,
<br />adopted by the Planning Commission of February 6, 1968.
<br />this area is to be used for park and recreational purposes.
<br />lated long before such rezoning was requested.
<br />proposed to be acquired as anLintegral part of this community-wide park and
<br />recreational complex.
<br />3. Such proposal is contrary to the Village policy of not permitting commercial
<br />facilities in close proximity to highway interchanges.
<br />Mr. Hite further noted that it is not considered advantageous to have a shopping
<br />center in'an area that is to be used for park and school purposed since a facility
<br />of this type would attract additional traffic. Mr. John Crouch, representing
<br />Cherokee Sales, Inc., presented photographs of the site and stated that response
<br />to the questionnaire mailed to residsnts of western Edina in January, 1968, indica-
<br />ted that 34% thought that existing convenience shopping facilities were very good,
<br />38% thought they were adequate and 28% thought that they were inadequate. The
<br />respons'es to the questionnaire also indicated that 77% thought that additional
<br />facilities would be needed as the population in t'hat area doubles within the next
<br />five years. Mr. Crouch stated that it is proposed that the,facility would in-
<br />clude men's and women's apparel stores, a grocery store, drug store, hardware
<br />store, barber and beauty shop, dry cleaning shop and gas station. He presented
<br />a petition which Cherokee Sales, Inc., had circulated west of Hansen Road and south
<br />of Pine Grove Road which he advised had been signed by 80% of the residents app-
<br />roached. A gentleman in the audience pointed out that this petition had been
<br />signed by "unsuspecting housewives" and that the proposed development had not
<br />been fairly represented to them.
<br />property is easier to sell if shopRing facilities are conveniently lqcated and .
<br />stated that if he had taken the time, he could have gotten many more names on
<br />the petition. Messrs. E, J. Graham, 6205 Balder Lane, Kent Calhoun, 6617 Gleason
<br />Road, Earl C. Sharpe, 6600 Gleason Road, Gordon Thernell, Mr. Christgau, and Dr.
<br />Glen Lewis, 6328 Gleason Road, all protested the proposed facility, stating that
<br />a shopping center*in,thQi area would cause a dangerous situation for children
<br />drawn to the area by the school and recreational facilities. 'Mayor Bredesen
<br />pointed out that it must be remembered that a property owner has the right to
<br />develop his property and that even if this proposal is denied, some type of dev-
<br />elopment will be forthcoming. In reply to a question from the audience as to .
<br />why the property could not be purchased as a part of the Mud Lake development,
<br />Mayor Bredesen stated that there is a question as to how much the Village can
<br />spend for park property at any one location. A lady who lives on Balder Lane
<br />pointed out'that she can drive to Southdale in seven minutes and that no further
<br />shopping center development is necessary. Discussion ensued as to the possib-
<br />ility of development of shopping centers in Minnetonka Village and in Eden Prairie
<br />which could serve western Edina.
<br />a gasstation would be most undesiyable, Mr. Harry DeSales of Cherokee Sales
<br />stated that most people feel that a service station in their area is a convenience
<br />and would favor such a facility. Mayor Bredesen noted that while he believes that
<br />the proposed shopping center might serve some useful function to the neighborhood,
<br />the Planning Commission has given much thought and diligent study to the project
<br />and he would suggest that their recommendation for denial be followed, based on
<br />the- reasons stated at the beginning of this hearing. Councilman VanValkenburg
<br />then moved that the zoning request of Cherokee Sales, Inc., be denied based on
<br />the recommendation of the Planning Commission and based further on the fact that
<br />he believes that it would create a dangerous situation for c,hildren going to the
<br />park and also because he believes this to be "strip zoning" which is poor zoning.
<br />Motion was seconded by Councilman Shaw and carried.
<br />noted that since it .is ev+ident to him that some shopping center development is
<br />desirable, Planning Commission should give further study to a possible desirable
<br />Mr. Hite further noted that Planning Commission had recommended denial
<br />The proposal does not conform to the generalized land use plan (Alternate 5)
<br />The plan indicates that
<br />The proposal conflicts with plans for the Mud Lake.project which were formu-
<br />This center would occupy lands
<br />Mr. Oscar Jones,of Cherokee Sales stated that
<br />In reply to a statement from the audience that
<br />Councilman Johnson then
<br />Mayor Bredesen left the meeting at this time.
<br />assumed the Chair.
<br />Councilman VanValkenburg then
<br />ALLEY BETWEEN 5005 AND 5013 BEDFORD AVENUE VACATED. Affidavits of Notice were
<br />presented by Clerk, approved as to form and ordered placed on file. Mr. Hite . __ presented the petition of abutting property owners for vacation of the alley '
<br />between 5005 and 5013 Bedford Avenue, advising that the Village has received a
<br />drainage easement for the property. Mrs. William R. Winsor, 5013 Bed€ord Avenue
<br />signer of the petition, reiterated her request that the alley be vacated. No