Public Hearing: Rezoning from PCD-3 to PUD, Subdivision and Consideration of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) at 70th & France

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CLOSED: This item was approved 4-1 on the December 15 City Council meeting.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

This forum is open for questions to City staff related to the project. Once your question has been answered it will be posted on this page. 

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    Cary, Thank you for posting the additional document PDFs. The document “ESG Applicant Presentation at City Council 12-1-20”, begins at Text Page 16, and, therefore, nine (9) introductory pages shown at the meeting are missing, both from the posting at BT and also from the posting in the Coversheet in NovusAgenda. Could you also load these nine pages in both locations? Identified from the meeting video, below are the pages as numbered and the caption on each page. (Note that two of the pages were both numbered as Page 7): Cover Page (Page 1)-CC Dec 1, 2020 Presentation Page 2-Project Team Page 3-Presenters Page 4-Process To Date And Schedule Page 5-Southdale Framework Page 6-Adjacent Sites Page 7-Discussion Points Page 7 [sic]-Support Letters Page 8-Affordable And Diverse Thank you. 12-8-2020 Roberta Castellano 4854 France Ave S

    Roberta C asked 4 months ago

    Roberta, I apologize for answering your question incorrectly earlier. The "ESG Applicant Presentation at City Council 12-1-20" has been updated with all 61 pages in Novus Agenda and on Better Together Edina. -Liz Olson, Planning Administrative Support Specialist

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    I am afraid this site is too 'over built' with this proposal and that all the parking garage space above ground is not attractive. Why not join the two apartment structures together in one unit, more in the center of the site and make the highrise shorter?

    R.M asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. 

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    In follow-up to the Dec 1 Council Meeting, I have a few requests: 1) The developer’s presentation at the City Council’s Dec. 1, 2020 Public Hearing contained some new renderings for their 7001+7025 France proposal. I just checked NovusAgenda, but it isn’t there yet. Cary, could you load the developer’s Dec. 1 presentation into NovusAgenda, in the Dec. 1 Agenda Item Coversheet? 2) Since the developer's earlier plans were made available at Better Together (BT), could you also place the Dec. 1 presentation at BT, too? 3) At the hearing, the developer stated that there were additional materials, which some Council members then requested to see. Assuming that the Council’s Dec. 15 Agenda Packet will not be made available until the end of next week (Dec. 11), but the Council is taking public comment only through Dec 9, I am wondering if any and all additional materials for Council review could be made available to the public now via BT?

    Roberta C asked 5 months ago

    The developer’s presentation has been posted in Novus Agenda and in Better Together. The building plans referenced at the City Council meeting have also been placed in Better Together. -Cary Teague, Community Development Director

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    I have followed this project closely and am wondering about a comment made by Ms. Melton indicating the 110 unit building will be affordable housing. Is she privy to some plans not yet public? I have heard zero indication about how the developer intends to meet the affordable requirements and frankly they have not ruled out the "opt out" option paying cash in lieu of units. Maybe it is just wishful thinking but I have heard nothing that another 100% affordable building was planned. Could someone clarify that? Thank you. Kathleen D.

    Kathy asked 5 months ago

    The 110 unit building is not intended to be 100% affordable housing. The developer has committed to meeting the affordable housing policy; however, they have not indicated how they would meet it.  The options include: providing 10% affordable units on site; using the buy-in to the affordable housing fund at $100,000 per affordable housing units required; a combination of units and buy-in; providing new affordable housing units off-site within the City of Edina. Final affordable housing determination would be made a Final approval. - Cary Teague, Community Development Director

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    I asked a question two days ago and it is not here nor answered. When can I find my question? Kathleen

    Kathy asked 5 months ago

    Hi Kathleen, Your question has been answered by staff below. Thank you.

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    How is this site 'pedestrian friendly' when the 24 story high rise is so close to the sidewalk on 70th street?

    R.M asked 5 months ago

    The project provides for pedestrian connections through and around the site. Improved sidewalks would be provided along France Avenue and 70th Street, with green space and building setbacks of 30-50 feet. New pedestrian connections would be made east-west and north south through the site to provide existing and future connections with adjacent properties to the east and south. Side walks would also be included on the east sides of the residential buildings. The tallest portion of the buildings would step back away from the sidewalks, so the height is not felt as much from the sidewalk. -Cary Teague, Community Development Director