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MINUTE§ OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE EDINA <br />VILLAGE COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, <br />1958, AT 7:30 P.M., AT THE EDINA VILLAGE HALL, <br />Members answering Rollcall were Bank, Dickson, Kohler, Tupa and Bredesen. <br />Minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 10, 1958, were approved as submitted, <br />by motion Bank, seconded by Dickson and carried, <br />PUBLIC HEARING ON PETITION TO REZONE FROM OPEN DEVELOPMENT AND AUTOMOBILE PARKING <br />DISTRICTS TO COMMUNITY STORE DISTRICT - SOUTHWEST CORNER AT W.5OTH STREET AND <br />HALIFAX AVENUE. Affidavit of Publication in Edina-Morningside Courier February <br />13 and 20, 1958, and of Posting of "Notice of Hearing", were submitted, approved <br />as to form and ordered placed on file. Pursuant to said Notice, Public Hearing <br />was conducted on the petition of Mr. Victor H. Adams for the rezoning of part of <br />Lot 1, Block 1, Stevens First Addition [Southwest Corner at 50th and Halifax now <br />occupied by Shell Service Station) from Open Development hnd Automobile Parking <br />Districts to Community Store District. <br />Adams, presented a sketch showing the remodeling contemplated by Shell Oil <br />Company, telling Council that this will necessitate moving the present building <br />South about 15 feet. It was noted that Shell has occupied these premises since <br />1927; that petitioners are asking for the rezoning of only that property which <br />has had "community store" useage for many years. Mr. Moss stated that it is <br />proposed to plant a buffer along the South and West lot lines, to screen the <br />station from neighboring residences. <br />Mrs. Frances Anderson, 5014 Halifax Avenue, asked for some additional information <br />about the plans; and the Hearing was recessed for meeting of the neighbors and <br />the petitioners. <br />Attorney Verne Moss, representing Mr, I <br />Mr. Ray Anderson, representing his mother, <br />(See Minutes of Later in Meeting for Action Rezoning). <br />PUBLIC HEARING ON PETITION TO REZONE FROM OPEN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TO REGIONAL <br />SHOPPING DISTRICT - AREA BETWEEN FRANCE AVENUE AND VALLEY VIEW ROAD AND BETWEEN <br />W.64TH AND W.66TH STREETS. <br />February 13 and 20, 1958, and of Posting of "Notice of Hearing", were submitted, <br />approved as to form and ordered placed on file. Pursuant to said Notice, Public <br />Hearing was conducted on the petition of Southdale Realty Company for the rezon- <br />ing from Open Development District to Regional Shopping District of all that <br />property between France Avenue and Valley View Road and between W.64th and W. <br />66th Streets which had not already been rezoned Regional Shopping District. <br />Mr. Robert Crabb, representing Southdale Realty Company, presented layout of <br />the Southdale Development. <br />in order that a development of one and two-storey office buildings and a motel <br />might be constructed there; that planning experts Victor Gruen, Thorshov & <br />Cerny, Carl Gardner and the Village Planning Commission have agreed that the <br />proposed plan offers the best land useage. Mr. Crabb reported that Southdale <br />Realty Company has approached the Richfield School Board twice, attempting to <br />have this area transferred into Edina School District No. 273, but that Rich- <br />field School Board has refused. <br />Village of Edina is the increased tax revenue which this development will <br />produce--that 37 homes on this ll&acre tract, at $20,000 each, would produce <br />Village tax of about $2,500 a year, whereas an office-motel development of <br />about 200,000 square feet would produce real estate taxes of between $15,000 <br />to $18,000 a year for the Village; that the development would mean no invest- <br />ment for the Village because all utilities are in. Also, that this development <br />will accelerate construction of the larger office development to the South. <br />Crabb told the Council that petition is presented, now, because General Service <br />Administration has issued an invitation for bids for an office building, which <br />must be in on Wednesday; that this corner is the Southwest boundary of the <br />limited area in which the Government will permit the building to be constructed. <br />He stated the building must be completed by December I, 1958. Mr. Crabb was <br />asked by Council whether the proposed Government Building would be a tax- <br />free project and replied in the negative. Trustee Tupa asked if the surface <br />drainage in the area will be taken by the neighboring pond, and was answered <br />by Mr. crabb that it would be; also, that the Company had checked on sewer <br />requirements and had been informed that the proposed office development would <br />require no more sanitary sewer capacity than the possible 37 homes for the area. <br />Mayor Bredesen inquired as to what use would be made of the property if the <br />Government built elsewhere and was informed that developer has other prospects <br />looking at the property for office use; that, in this respect Edina must compete <br />with Golden Valley and St.Louis Park, but that the only use to which this land <br />will be put is office use and proposed motel. <br />that he, as the one member of the present Council who was a Councilman at the <br />time Southdale Center was zoned, wished to explain the "School District Problem"; <br />that he believed a mistake had been made by the Council at the time Southdale <br />Center was originally planned, but that this mistake had been made because of <br />Council's ignorance of the complexity of the problem of transferring the property <br />from one school district to another; that since that time efforts have been made, <br />without result, to have school district boundaries changed. <br />Affidavits of Publication in Edina-Morningside Courier <br />He stated that the Company is asking for rezoning I <br />He said that the principle advantage to the <br />Mr. <br />Mayor Bredesen told the audience <br />Mr. Austin, 6609