<br />OF THE REG= MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL
<br />FEBRUARY 4, 1985
<br />Answering rollcall were Members Bredesen, Kelly, Richards, Turner and Mayor
<br />PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON WOODDALE SCHOOL SITE/UTLEY PARK/W. 50TH STREET; REPORT
<br />and ordered placed on file. Mayor Courtney advised that Member Fred Richards
<br />would chair this portion of the meeting.
<br />procedure for the hearing and the order of presentations. He stated that the
<br />the consulting firm of Bennett, Ringrose, Wolsfeld, Jarvis, Gardner, Inc., (BRW)
<br />had made excellent presentations of their report regarding the subject property
<br />at the two informational meetings held on January 8 and 15 at the Wooddale School
<br />for all interested persons, and that this formal public hearing was being held so
<br />that the Council could receive the report of the consultant, together with- the
<br />recommendations of the staff, the advisory boards/commissions, the Edina Historical
<br />Society, the Wooddale Neighborhood Council and input from the general public.
<br />suggested that the hearing then be continued to the meeting of March 4, 1985,
<br />to allow the Council time to review and consider all reports and comments submitted.
<br />Assistant City Manager Bernhardson presented background information advising that
<br />when the City and the School District negotiated the sale of the Wooddale School
<br />site it was the intent of the Council that a study be undertaken to determine the
<br />direction for the school building and the site.
<br />the park area around the building should also be part of the study together with
<br />W. 50th Street which is deteriorating and is under consideration for improvement
<br />including related sanitary sewer and storm sewer work.
<br />added to the study to allow for flexibility in studying the Wooddale School site
<br />and W. 50th Street. Mr. Peter Jarvis, of the firm of BRW, then gave oral summaries
<br />of their written report entitled "Evaluation of Alternatives for: West 50th Street,
<br />Wooddale School Building, Wooddale School Site and Utley Park".
<br />the Wooddale School building he stated that the charge given by the Council was to
<br />evaluate the structure from a physical standpoint and to'look at alternatives,
<br />each to stand on its own merit, and to evaluate those alternatives.
<br />Alternative A - Maintain the entire structure as it now exists. -Would'provide
<br />approximately 43,000 useab1e.s.f. that could.be rented to prospective tenants.
<br />Estimated baseline renovation costs: $524,000 and annual maintenance of $204,000.
<br />Complete renovation and restoration costs: $1,028,000 and annual maintenance
<br />cost of $204,000.
<br />in 1936 with demolition of northerly addition.
<br />23,000 useable s.f. Estimated baseline renovation cost: $470,000 and annual
<br />maintenance of $131,000. Complete renovation and restoration costs: $771,000 and
<br />annual maintenance cost of $131,000.
<br />historic facade facing FJ. 50th Street, with demolition of the auditorium and
<br />adjacent classrooms. Would provide approximately 17,000 useab1e.s.f. Estimated
<br />baseiiw. renovation cost: $389,000 and annual maintenance of $72,000. Complete
<br />renovaision and restoration costs: $528,000 and annual maintenance of $72,000.
<br />Alternative D - Maintain the central entry of the building as a monument with
<br />demolition of the structure.
<br />Estimated monument renovation and restoration costs : $245,000 (includes demolition)
<br />and annual maintenance cost of $2,000. Alternative E - Total demolition of
<br />building with conversion of entire site to a neighborhood park.
<br />building demolition and backfill costs: $175,000. Mr. Jarvis advised that the
<br />charge given by the Council with regard to the parks was to look at alternatives
<br />not only for the north side of W. 50th Street, which is integral to the school
<br />solution, but also to Utley Park on the south.side 0f.W. 50th Street, adjacent
<br />to Minnehaha Creek.
<br />to the school before a finaldecision can be made regarding the park to the north
<br />of W. 50th Street.
<br />Largest impact to park area to the north by maintaining the school in its present
<br />configuration. Provides a parking lot on the site to accomodate building useage.
<br />Reduces available recreational space from 5.3 acres to 1.8 acres. For Utley Park
<br />a lagoon and island would be created off Minnehaha Creek with other changes being
<br />minimal. Access would be off W. 50th Street. Alternative B - Significant
<br />structural change to school building with reduction in parking lot area. Would
<br />permit construction of a football/soccer field and hard surface game area north
<br />of the building. For Utley Park there is a slight restructuring of the surface
<br />parking; the other uses are fundamentally the same.
<br />would be cut back to the historic facade.
<br />of the structure.
<br />a softball diamond as well as a football/soccer field.
<br />set off the facade of the school structure.
<br />to move the Grange Hall and the old Cahill School from Tupa Park to an historic
<br />area in the westerly portion.
<br />. OF CONSULTANT PRESENTED. Affidavits of Notice we're presented by Clerk, approved
<br />Elember Richards then indicated the
<br />Additionally, it was felt that
<br />Finally, Utley Park was
<br />-. With regard to
<br />Presented were: -- B -
<br />Alternative B - Maintain the original building as constructed
<br />Would provide approximately
<br />Alternative C - Maintain the legitimate
<br />Would provide approximately 480 useable s.f.
<br />He noted that the Council must make a decision with respect
<br />I Five alternatives for the parks were presented: Alternative A -
<br />Alternative C - School building
<br />Parking lot would be located to the north
<br />Would permit expansion of the multi-purpose turf area to include
<br />Formal landscaping would
<br />For Utley Park the possibility exists
<br />Alternative D - School site would retain the