Como Community Council—District 10
Land Use Committee
Monday, February 3, 2014
Street Car Station
Present: Kim Moon, Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester, Tom Eyre, Frank Dolejsi, Linda Hinderscheit and Ted Blank
Call to Order: Kim Moon called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Adoption of Agenda: Motion to approve the agenda (Moon-Dolejsi) Passed.
Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve the minutes of the 12/30/13 meeting. (Dolejsi-Harkness) Passed.
Chair Report: Kim Moon and Chris Harkness attended the community meeting at the German Immersion School last Tuesday. City Councilmember Amy Brendmoen attended as well. Approximately 4 neighbors attended. The school will temporarily have a policeman on duty to aid in traffic flow. Snow removal problems were discussed (which cause narrowing of the street, further exacerbating the parking and traffic concerns). Ted Blank reported that he thinks the on-street parking problem has improved with more streets being used to spread out faculty parking. Pick up time tends to be the worst, with parents stopping their vehicles in the middle of the street. The school is trying to stagger pick up times, but this is challenging. The school has been making an attempt to communicate better with the community.
Chris Harkness attended the BRT Open House in Roseville last week. There are no stops on Snelling between Larpenteur and Como Avenues, because in the southbound lane there is no place to construct a BRT stop by the Fairgrounds currently. Metro Transit plans to start running the BRT in 2015.
WUWC Conditional Use Permit: George LeTendre, attorney for the WUWC television station at 1640 Como Avenue and one of the owners of the building, was present to discuss their request for a conditional use permit. The TV station has used the property for years to display merchandise for their advertisers during the State Fair. They were told by the City of St. Paul last year that they needed to have a conditional use permit for this purpose. Ted asked if they plan to allow amplification of sound, because that might be a concern to the neighbors. Mr. LeTendre reported that they have never had amplification as part of the merchandise displays and have no plans to start now. They plan to only display merchandise and not to sell it.
Motion: Kim will write a letter of support to be considered at the next D10 Council meeting. (Moon-Harkness). Approved.
Como Lakeside Pavilion Restaurant: Ted Blank reported that the City has told David Glass that he needs to vacate the Black Bear Crossing space by Labor Day of 2014. There is a lawsuit in progress. Amy Brendmoen has been talking to Minneapolis officials to see how they choose restaurants for their parks. There is a rather lengthy community input process in Minneapolis. The feedback would inform the RFP that is developed. Ted predicts that the City will start the community input process in the spring. Chris Harkness suggested that we help gather input. We need to communicate with Amy Brendmoen regarding this issue. Ted suggested having a community brainstorming session prior to the annual meeting in April to help generate community ideas for the Black Bear site. Ted will ask Kim, Amy B's aide, about the proposed time frame.
We spent some time discussing ideas for this site. These are included in an addendum to these minutes. We will continue to generate ideas and get community input.
New Business: Nothing additional
Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 p.m.
Next Meeting: The next meeting is Monday, March 3, 2013, at the Street Car Station.
Future meeting dates: 3/31, 5/5, 6/2, 6/30, 8/4, 9/2 (a Tuesday), 9/29, 11/3, 12/1
Minutes recorded by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Committee Member
These minutes are not official until approved.
Ideas generated for Restaurant at Como Lakeside Pavillion
D10 Land Use Committee
· Big concern: Making it a "destination," adding traffic to Lexington and within the park
· Accessible by means other than automobile (bike trails, Nice Ride station, circulator shuttle)
· Outdoor seating
· Year round service
· Less institutional decorating
· WiFi level (coffee shop) on mezzanine for people to hang around and work
· Question whether Prom (new manager of the golf course) would (or should) manage the Pavilion site as well. Monopoly vs. competition with sites that are so close in proximity.
· Kim suggested that the restaurant would see more winter business if the skating rink returned to Como Lake, with warming facilities in the lower level of the Pavilion.
· Groundswell was mentioned as a local place with good food.
· Deli/take out for park picnics