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 />Mayor Bredesen told the audience
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