<br />OF TIIE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL
<br />DECEMDER 4, 1978
<br />Answering rollcall were membcrs Courtney, Richards , Schmidt. Shm and Van Valken-
<br />burg. Also in attendance were Messrs. Ray O'Connell, Human Relations Commission,
<br />Arthur Dickey, Art Center Committee, Charles Bredesen, 111, 1-I.R.A. and Mrs. Helen
<br />McClelland of the Community Development and Planning Commission.
<br />P i\ P- a a a
<br />MINUTES of October 16, 1978, were approved as presented by motion of Councilwoman .
<br />Schmidt , seconded by Councilman Courtney.
<br />Ayes: Courtney, Richards, Schmidt , Shaw, Van Valkenburg
<br />Nays: None
<br />Motion carried.
<br />KERR COMPAhIES 0-2 OFFICE BUILDING ZONING REQUEST CONTINUED TO DECEMBER 18, 1978.
<br />Affidavits of Notice were presented by Clerk, approved as to form and ordered
<br />placed on file. Mr. Hughes recalled that this request for 0-2 Office Building
<br />zoning for property immediately South of the Perkins property on Eden Ave. had
<br />been last heard by Council on September 18, 1978, at which time it had been con-
<br />tinued so that the proponents could determine a means of reducing the intensity of
<br />the use for the site. (Councilwoman Schmidt left the meeting because of a pos-
<br />sible conflict of interest.) Mayor Van Valkenburg referred to letters received
<br />opposing the zoning request fromMrs. Flonence Faegre, 5236 Kellogg Ave., Messrs.
<br />David W. Crowther, 4604 Tower St., Leslie V. Randall, Jr., 5704 Golf Terrace,
<br />Dennis R. Hylces, 4516 W. Woodland Road, Robert W. Grill, 4613 W. Woodland Road,
<br />James M. Hall, 5604 St. Andrews Ave., and Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Williams, 4617
<br />Lexington St., Mr. and Mrs. H. Alan Schlesinger, 4501 Golf Terrace, Mr. and.
<br />Mrs. Lloyd I. Vinje, 5608 Dalrymple Rd., the Board of the Edina Country Club and
<br />a group of school bus drivers.
<br />that the plans which were to be presented to the Council in October had not been
<br />economically viable and, for that reason, further continuations had been requested.
<br />He reviewed proposals which had been previously made and explained that the pro-
<br />ponents are now exploring the financiai feasibility of constructing a 40,000
<br />square foot building which would be no higher than six stories, with parking to
<br />accommodate 230 automobiles.
<br />Martinson said that it would probably not be feasible to build a structure less
<br />than six stories because of soil problems. He added that it is proposed to con-
<br />struct the building as far to the North as possible so as to take advantage of
<br />better soil conditions.
<br />not require any variances. Objections from the audience were made by Dr. Harry
<br />Hall, 4902 Lakeview Drive, Messrs. Donald Nyrop, Edwin C. Moore, Thomas Richards,
<br />Newell Gaasedelen and Donald Hey, all of Golf Terrace and Mnes. William Brandow
<br />and Frances Guimont, both of Lakeview Drive. In response to questions of Mrs. Pat
<br />Senior, 4503 Golf Terrace, Mr. Richard Wolsfeld of Bather, Ringrose, Wolsfeld,
<br />Jarvis and Gardner, Inc. , explained that results of his analysis showed that it
<br />would not be logical for freeway traffic to use residential. streets when collector
<br />streets already exist. Mr. Wolsfeld said that only 1,000
<br />anticipated with the original 70,000 square foot building and that the 460 trips
<br />per day anticipated with the newly proposed 40,000 square foot building would not
<br />cause any substantial traffic increase. Mr. Hughes concurred with Mr. Wolsfeld 's
<br />analysis. Mr. Rubert Rutherford, 4608 Golf Terrace, said that he is a school bus
<br />driver and questioned how it is proposed to keep school busses on schedule during
<br />peak traffic hours.
<br />suggested that additional office space is not needed in the City.
<br />suggested that the property could be better used for R-2 Residential development.
<br />Mr. Wolsfeld agreed that if the intersection at Eden Ave. and Wilson Road is
<br />blocked, people would use Golf Terrace, but emphasized that normal day activity is
<br />so small that it would not be noticeable. Mr. Greg Gustafson, representing the
<br />developr said that every effort is being made to be responsive to the residents
<br />and to the Council and that the planning staff all feel that an office building is
<br />the best use.for the site. He requested that Second Reading of the ordinance be
<br />waived. Recalling a proposal made several years ago for R-4 zoning for the site
<br />in question, Councilman Richards said that he believes that Office Building zon-
<br />ing is the best use for the site, but that Council should see specific plans e
<br />for the development and also tHat the building should not exceed four stories
<br />in ,height. He then moved that the concept of an office building be approved and
<br />that the developers bring a new four story, 40,000 square -foot net leasable in size
<br />design back for Council's consideration, which plans would not require any vari-
<br />ances and that the plans would also indicate how much of the property would be
<br />used for parking purposes.
<br />Mr. Robert Martinson of the Kerr Companies said
<br />In response to questions of Councilman Shaw, Nr.
<br />Mr. Martinson emphasized that the proposed building would
<br />trips per day were
<br />He contended that the service road is already congested and
<br />It was also
<br />Notion was seconded by Councilman Courtney.