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The City of Edina owns several parcels of land near 50th & France. After issuing a Request for Proposals to add public parking, commercial space and a vibrant streetscape, the Buhl Investors/Saturday Properties development team was selected as the preferred development partner. Their concept consists of two distinct components that would be constructed separately.

Phase 1 involves expanding and remodeling the existing North Ramp to include more public parking and new commercial space on the street level. Phase 2 includes replacing the aging Center Ramp with new commercial space and apartments centered on a new public plaza. Two levels of parking for residents and the general public would be below ground.

What in the proposed pubic plaza would draw you to the area more frequently?

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Sharon G 3 months ago

A waterfall / fountain feature; trees that shade benches and walkways; strolling paths that circle the entire plaza; sculptural bike racks.... google: artistic bike racks images.

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Jim Stromberg 3 months ago

I'm in agreement with Sharon G - those items will greatly enhance the plaza. I'm a bit nervous about a music venue that I've heard mentioned. I'm certainly not opposed to a musical group playing through the dinner hour a couple of nights a week, but a nightly concert until 10PM would rankle me. And, hopefully the 'public' plaza won't be looked at as a 'private' plaza by the residents above it.

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Sharon G 3 months ago

I initially was going to say a stage might be nice but then thought the area is not big enough for an official music venue, surrounding buildings would bounce the sound into the neighborhoods, and having a crowd mixing w/ traffic wouldn't work well. Too close to neighborhoods. And who would decide the type of music to be featured? Seems like a headache. People can and will bring earbuds and bliss out to their own music while enjoying the plaza. :)

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Jennifer Hennemuth 3 months ago

I'm not convinced a public plaza among 6 story buildings and parking ramps will be aesthetically pleasing or a draw. Maybe the plaza itself could be further enhanced in lieu of high density surrounding it. Personally, I think a fountain and tables and chairs would be lovely and would provide outdoor seating for local cafes and restaurants that could be shared. A Christmas tree maybe in the winter with holiday festivities as well...

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 3 months ago

Not really - if you have green space you might consider planting with setting or perhaps a community garden for residents. Provide something people will use. Tables where people could play games like chess could be a draw - the sort of thing urban parks often have but Edina doesn't. Our weather limits the use of public plazas. If is was served by food trucks, that might be a draw if done right, although I cannot imagine local businesses liking that idea.

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Lou Mir 2 months ago

The food trucks idea is wonderful. It wouldn't so much be competition for local restaurants as a way to encourage more groups of people to eat there. The more diversity in food choices, the more likely multiple people in a group will find what they prefer.

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Carolyn Jackson 2 months ago

Can the space be designed so public events like the art fair can be fit comfortably within its parameters? I'm thinking block it out ahead of time for foot traffic and standard booth sizes.

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Lou Mir 2 months ago

I think an (unamplified) series of musical performances could be really great. It seems too small and too confined to support large, amplified music groups. A (much) smaller version of the the Lake Harriet Bandshell, so to speak. They play every night during the summer, and people go there in droves

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