<br />c REDEVELOPMENT OF 50TH AND FRANCE BUSINESS DISTRICT PLAN HELD FOR STUDY. Affid-
<br />avits of Notice,were presented by Clerk, approved as to form and ordered placed
<br />on file. Mr. Luce explained that under authority of M.S.A. 462.11, the Village
<br />has the right to establish Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.
<br />procedures for such action, saying that, in order to establish such an Authority
<br />for the entire Village, Council must pass a resolution stating that:
<br />1, Sub-standard, slum or bli'ghted areas exist which cannot be redeveloped with-
<br />out government assistance;
<br />2. Adequate housing accommodations are not available to veterans, servicemen
<br />He reviewed
<br />-and their families;
<br />There is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary dwellieg accommodations
<br />available to persons of low income and their families at rents they can
<br />Mr. Lude clarified that, in determining whether blighted areas exist, the
<br />Council may take into consideration the degree of deterioration, obsolescence,
<br />bvercrowding, the percentage of land coverage and areas available to inhabihants,
<br />original land planning, lot lay-out and conditions of title in the area. Mr.
<br />Luce showed scenes in the 50th and France business area demonstrating areas
<br />which he and the Planning Commission considered blighted in the area and out-
<br />lined the financing of a proposed four million dollar improvement project,
<br />including new streets and parking facilities.
<br />financing, under which the project is proposed to be financed, is the differ-
<br />ence betwekn the base values of taxation and the increased taxes generated by
<br />the new improvements in the area:
<br />'that only one of the unfavorable conditions exist, the Council can declare that
<br />there is a need for a Housing and Redevelopment Authority to function in the
<br />Village and can appoint the H.R.A. Commission which, in turn, must study each
<br />plan, and that once the H.R.A; is approved, it would still need approval from
<br />the Council at each significant step of develQpment. Dr. Ronald A. Peterson,
<br />President of the Greater Edina Cbamber of Commerce, read a statement in which
<br />the Chamber requested the opportunity to more fully inform itself concerning
<br />the objectives and functions of the proposal. 'The letter also indicated the
<br />Chamber's willingneww to underwrite the*cost of the initial study and planning
<br />up to the sum of $2,000 if they felt that the creation of the Housing and
<br />Redevelopment Authority would be in'the best interest of the Village.
<br />Hosmer Brown, attorney speaking with the Greater Edina Chamber of Commerce,
<br />said that at the last board meeting.of the Greater Edina Chamber of Commerce he
<br />was asked to convey the Chamber's concern for additional information.
<br />that the Chamber is looking at,this proposal as a possible vehicle for improve-
<br />ment of,other business aread in the Village and that they believe that this
<br />proposal would give more flexibility to any future plans the Village might
<br />have for low cost housing.
<br />6609 Brittgny Road, Mr. Luce said that no low cost housing is planned at this
<br />taken until the Chamber of Commerce and the Council have an opportunity to
<br />study the proposal and get additional input.
<br />shown by Mr. Luce depicted normal conditions or whether they were taken at an
<br />. exceptionally busy time.
<br />under consideration is far from ideal, he felt that the State Legislature might
<br />challenge the proposal, that the City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan
<br />Council should also be involved in the project. Mr. Steven Sando, owner of
<br />property in the area, said that the pictures shown by Mr. Luce were accurate
<br />and urged that the Housing and RGdeaelopment Authority be investigated before
<br />the area begins to go down hill. Following considerable discussion, Council-
<br />man Courtney's motion that the proposal be deferred indefinitely to get input
<br />from surrounding areas, until the CouncilChas an opportunity to study the matter
<br />further, and until the feasibility study of the Chamber of Commerce is available,
<br />and further, that the Planning Staff be available to work with the Chamber, was
<br />then seconded by Councilman Johnson and carried.
<br />the offer of the Greater Edina Chamber of Commerce to participate with the Vill-
<br />age up to the amount of $2,000 in a feasibility study for the Housing and
<br />Redevelopment program relative to the 50th and Frame Area. 1
<br />MORNINGSIDE AREA GARBAGE CONTRACT AWARDED. Mr. Hyde presented tabulation of
<br />three'ljids received for garbage and refuse collection for the Morningside area.
<br />Tabulation for collecting all refuse two times a week showed Edina-Morningside
<br />Sanitation, Inc., low bidder at $48.'00, Able Sanitation, Inc., at $49..90 and
<br />Lake Harriet and Edina Sanitary Service at $54.00.
<br />age Manager, Councilman Courtney's motion awarding contract to 3ow bidder,
<br />Edina-Bforningside Sanitation, Inc., and expressing thanks to Able Sanitation,
<br />Inc., for tihe fine work that they have done in 1973, was seconded by Council-
<br />man Johnson and carried.
<br />He explained that tax increment
<br />Mr. Luce pointed out that, upon determining
<br />Mr. Luce said thafi several business men in the area had approved Fhe
<br />He said
<br />In response t0.a question from Mrs. Alison Fuhr,
<br />Mr. Courtney said that he did not think that any action should be
<br />He questioned whether the slides
<br />Councilman. Johnson suggested that, while the area
<br />Dr. Peterson then reiterated
<br />As recommended by the Vill-