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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL <br /> HELD AT CITY HALL <br /> NOVEMBER 2, 2009 <br /> 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall. <br /> Answering rollcall were Members Bennett, Brindle, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Member Housh <br /> arrived at 5:17 p.m. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather Worthington, <br /> Assistant City Manager; Wayne Houle, City Engineer and Public Works Director; Cary Teague, <br /> Planning Director; and Jennifer Bennerotte, Communications & Marketing Director. <br /> Mayor Hovland stated the purpose of the meeting was to discuss a process to determine the future of <br /> the existing Public Works Facility at 5146 Eden Ave. since the Public Works and Park Maintenance <br /> departments will move to a new facility on Metro Boulevard in the summer of 2010. He noted the <br /> Eden Avenue site was approximately 3.5 acres in size and was adjacent to the Grandview Heights <br /> commercial area. The land value was appraised at $4.1 million about two years ago. The area has <br /> been identified as a "potential area for change" in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan Update. <br /> Mayor Hovland said members of the Planning Commission have recommended a process for <br /> determining the future of the site. Planning Commission Chairman Michael Fischer and Members <br /> Michael Schroeder and Kevin Staunton shared the recommended 12-step process. The short but <br /> intensive process would include a Technical Advisory Group made up of City, School District and <br /> watershed district staff and representatives of other agencies. It will also include a Community <br /> Advisory Team comprised of Planning, Transportation and Energy & Environment Commission <br /> members; residents; and area property and business owners. A Design Team of volunteer architects, <br /> landscape architects, land use planners, real estate experts, transportation planners and other <br /> specialists would develop the concepts identified in design charettes during the process. <br /> The result of the four- to six-week process would be the articulation of principles to guide further <br /> planning and development efforts. Such principles could be used to issue a specific Request for <br /> Proposals for the site. <br /> Council Members questioned the scope and size of the study and the selection of the various team <br /> members. It was suggested that such a study of the Public Works site could begin in February 2010. <br /> Planning Commission Chairman Michael Fischer agreed to present the process formally at the <br /> Council's Nov. 17, 2009, regular meeting. <br /> There being no further business, Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 6:47 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> Jennifer Bennerotte, Comm. & Mrkt. Director <br /> Minutes approved by Edina City Council, November 17, 2009 <br /> James B. Hovland, Mayor <br />