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The Southdale Library Site at 70th and York Avenue will be redeveloped in the next three to five years. A new regional library will be constructed on the 8-acre site. There is also room for more, such as housing, offices or retail on the unused portions of the property. The Edina Housing and Redevelopment Authority is collecting ideas and suggestions from the community. These ideas will shape a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be issued to real estate developers. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will review the proposals and decide a general course of action during summer 2017. 

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Topic: Accessibility

The original building was designed to be accessed predominantly by drivers. What changes would you suggest to enhance neighborhood connections and make the site friendlier to patrons that drive, bicycle or walk?

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deanne miller 2 months ago

covered bike parking and stroller parking -

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Luke Van Santen about 1 month ago

Adequate bike parking with quality racks (none of the "wheel-bender" grid type, please!). Also, ensure safe and complete bike access to the site from adjacent roads and bike trails.

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Lori Olson about 1 month ago

The sidewalks and walking environment are not good. It would be great to have some kind of a pleasant link to the park in Richfield just behind the library. It would connect the library area to the promenade via that park.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

If waking or biking, crossing the street is dangerous, as it is throughout the Southdale area and along York. As building go up, the city needs to totally redo lights and crossing on York. Currently, one can only exit by care onto York, with only right turns allowed. Cars should be able to enter and exit on all three sides of the site with streets, not just York. The building is a bit below grade. This doesn't have to remain that way.

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Jennifer Hennemuth about 1 month ago

I agree the traffic patterns, flow and connectivity can be improved upon.

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Sean Hayford Oleary about 1 month ago

Keep a primary bike/pedestrian access off 70th and Xerxes. I hope someday York is great to bike on, that but that seems to be a far-off goal. Right now, both 70th and Xerxes are much safer, slower streets to bike and walk on -- both for Richfield residents, and for the many people living in apartments between Xerxes and York. It should be visible from York for drivers, but I think the main pedestrian access should focus on the intersection of Xerxes and York.

Please no big surface parking lots to walk or bike across! People should be able to go straight from the sidewalk.

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Sean Hayford Oleary about 1 month ago

Consider a trail on the west side of Xerxes to connect to the Edina Promenade via Adams Hill Park. This would hook them up to the whole Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail without having to ride on York. This could provide kids and other bicyclists easy, safe access to the library.

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Jane Qu about 1 month ago

Have a walkway that is protected from parking lot traffic - protected by barricades or whatever works where pedestrians don't have to worry about being run over. this should be from York Avenue to the libary door.

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Dietrich Roggy 21 days ago

I would think that a walkway could be lined by planters and or sculptures that double as barricades and also make it a place where people want to walk.

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Catherine Thurk 22 days ago

I think that's a busy area - and would still want to be able to drive. I wouldn't want my kids biking anywhere around that area, just too busy. So please don't get rid of all car parking.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 17 days ago

"Patrons" is such an adult-oriented word. The joy of a library was always about bringing children to books, to read, and to explore. So to your question about accessibility, make it safe for children to run to a library to find books, I.e. dedicated sidewalks where no cars cross. Rocks or stepping stones are essential for kids to jump and hop their way to make it fun!

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Jennifer J 16 days ago

Pedestrian friendly parking lot design. It may require devoting more space to parking lots, which goes against current thinking, but the resulting walkways, lighting and landscaping make the site both more attractive and pedestrian friendly. Pulling a building up to the street and providing access from the sidewalk is only one way to make a development pedestrian friendly. The rule of thumb that a sea of parking lots (suburban strip mall/big box design) is automatically bad thing forgets that with good design we can improve both the functionality and the aesthetics of these spaces.

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