<br />c 5% \ MINUTES
<br />OF THE ADJOURNED PORTION OF THE MARCH 16, 1964
<br />H.E;ETENG,OP THE EDENA VZLLAGE COUNCIL, HELD ON
<br />NARCH 30, 1964 AT 7:OO PaM., AT EDINA VILLAGE HALL.
<br />I4embers answering Rollcall were MacMillan, TuQa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen. a.
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of March 16, 1964, were approved as submiteed, by
<br />motion VanValkenburg, seconded by Tupa and carried.
<br />PUBLIC HEARING ON PETITION FOR REZONING OF NELSON FARM RE-CONTINUED TO APRIL 20,
<br />FOR NOTICE ELATIVE TO NEW RECOMMENDATION BY PLANNING COMt.IISSION .. ldayor Bredesen
<br />announced Continuation of the March 16th Public Hearing on the petition of Metro:
<br />U.S. for the Rezoning of part of the Nelson Farm to R-4 Llultiple Residence District,
<br />Office Building District, and Planned Industrial District all in accordance with
<br />"Notice of Public Hearing" published in Edina-Mornings-ide Courier ilarch 5 and 12.
<br />Itjeeting an :explanation be made by Mr. Hite, Planning Director, first; that the
<br />Proponents then speak; and that the Opponents, then state their views.
<br />Planning Director George Hite reported that at the time petitioners were in
<br />the process of developing their plan for land use of the Nelson Farm the Planning
<br />Commission had considered with them the possibility that "PLANNED INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT"
<br />use for the area described as "The N.779 Ft, of the S..1/2 of Sec.9,T.116,R.2l,lying-
<br />W. of a line described as, 'Beginning at a pt,in the N. line of said S1/2 of Sec.9
<br />distant 650 Ft. W, of the E. line of said section thence SWly to pt. distant 1400 Ft.
<br />N. of S. line and.1000 Ft, W. of E, line of saida Section 9" would be as good a use
<br />for this particular land as R-4 Multiple Residence District; and that at a Meeting
<br />subsequent to the Public Hearing of March 30, the Planning Commission had reviewed
<br />the proposed land uses once again and is now recommending that this particular
<br />tract be rezoned to "PLANNED INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT" rather than to R-4 Multiple
<br />Residence District .
<br />for the petitioners, made a most detailed explanation of the plan for the Nelson Farm,
<br />explaining also the ownership of the property-which is now in the name of 'IEdina
<br />Plaza Corporation1'.
<br />owned by Metro-U.S.
<br />in MetPo-U.S. as well as President of Edina Plaza Corporation.
<br />with the aid of a diagram the proposed Zoning Districts in relation to the planned
<br />Highway #lo0 Interchange, the zoning as far west as Cahill Road, and as far north
<br />as V. 70th Street. After saying that the developing corporation had attempted to
<br />acquire additional land after paying $775,000 for the Stowe property, but could not
<br />do so because of the high land value, Mr. Dblgren showed a topographic survey of
<br />the stow property, calling attention to the "peat problem", peat being $he prevailing
<br />soil condition in at least one-third of the area.
<br />had purchased their p$operties as "residential" property and with the understanding
<br />that the Nelson Fanm-was at least in part in "Open Development" District--that this
<br />new proposal for Nelson Farm would devaluate this fine residential area in Lake
<br />Edina. compared the distance between the closest .residence in the
<br />Lake Edina area to the closest office building in the Rauenhorst Development directly
<br />to the south (this being some 300 feet) Mith the distance between the closest resident
<br />in the Lake Edina area to the Metro office property across Highiqay #LOO--this being
<br />some 1450 feet; the distance between the closest Lake Edina residenee and Rauenhorst
<br />industrial being 1100 feet, whereas the closest residence to Metro industrial would
<br />be 1500 feet. Saying that several beautiful homes had been constructed in the Lake
<br />Edina Third and Fourth Additions since the Rauenhorst's deyelopment was approved some
<br />two or three years ago, Nr. Dahlgren told Council he can see no way in which this
<br />proposed land use plan can possibly devaluate these residential plats. He added that
<br />in the development and planning of the large park adjacent to. Highway No. 100, planners
<br />have bent over backward to promote as much space as possible between residential
<br />developments and commercial enterprises,
<br />development on the Nelson Farm would be $24,000,000--which would mean $475,000 in taxes
<br />going to the School District each year; and that because there are no children indicated
<br />in a development like this, this $475,000 is clear profit.
<br />ment is a reasonable one, is convinced the people behind it are sincere, have adequate
<br />backing and are capable of carrying out the entire development; that it is their
<br />intention to inmediately invest in the entire road system-and that this development
<br />should have no deleterious affect on any development in any direction.
<br />Mr. John Grant, 4604 Bruce Avenue, who described himself as Ita resident of Edina
<br />since 1952, with childred in the school system", spoke in favor of the proposal, saying
<br />he feels taxes are important; that, figuring that about 170 of the 192 acres could be
<br />developed as residential, 425 homes at $30,000 average valuation would mean an assessed
<br />valuation of approximatel$f,400,000, whereas industrial park would bring an assessed
<br />valuation of some $3,300,000, producing $350,000 in taxes on residential properties
<br />as against $795,000 or $800,000 in taxes on industrial; that a residential development
<br />would add some 720 children, 480 being student age, to the school sgstem, as against
<br />I 1-b. Bredesen asked that, in the interests of the orderly conduct of the
<br />Mr, Howard Dahlgren of Midwest Planning and Research, Inc., Planning Consultants
<br />Mr. Dahlgren explained that Edina Plaza Corporation is 80%
<br />He introduced Mr. Tony Bernardi, 7109 Cornelia Drive, and officer
<br />l4r. Dahlgren explained
<br />At the last Hearing (Narch 16) , objections had been made that Lake Edina residents
<br />Mr. Dahlgren
<br />I As to the tax base, Hr. Dahlgren reported that the approximate valuation of total
<br />To end his presentation, Mr. Dahlgren told Council be feels this proposed develop-