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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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For this redevelopment to make the most positive community impact, it should _________.

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deanne miller 8 months ago

support employment for adults with disabilities and highlight local artists, musicians and writers

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deanne miller 8 months ago

I forgot to add an atrium - with green space year round -

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david zarkin 8 months ago

Area residents attending the Dec. 5 meeting in the Southdale Library said the current environment in that area is “claustrophobic” and more open space with less traffic and congestion would add to the quality of life. Hennepin County commissioners should remodel the 42-year-old Southdale Public Library Building at 7001 York Avenue rather than demolish it and build a new structure in a multi-use plan as proposed. When the district courts in the adjacent building move to Bloomington, that building should be torn down and replaced by a park. Given the vagaries of the political process if the library is demolished, we can’t be assured that it will be replaced with a facility of equal stature.

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Lori Olson 8 months ago

Improving the pedestrian/biking environment. Bring the facility closer to the curb to avoid barren parking lot. Adding some kind of restaurant/coffee shop.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 8 months ago

Fill a gap. Edina needs a community center with a performing arts and visual arts component. Centrally located would be best, but Southdale is a hub of activity. A second language immersion school would also fill a gap. Finally, a place dedicated to public and workforce housing for the Southdale and 494 strip area would fill a gap. We need to fill gaps rather than provide just more of the same retail, housing or office space.

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Jah x 7 months ago

I just posted below, Joel. I agree wholeheartedly.

Judi Harvey

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 8 months ago

Fill a gap. Edina needs a community center with a performing arts and visual arts component. Centrally located would be best, but Southdale is a hub of activity. A second language immersion school would also fill a gap. Finally, a place dedicated to public and workforce housing for the Southdale and 494 strip area would fill a gap. We need to fill gaps rather than provide just more of the same retail, housing or office space.

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Margaret Kinney 8 months ago

have affordable housing. There are many expensive housing options in Edina - how about housing that the average person can afford.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 8 months ago

Not be over-developed with retail and residential and clog traffic.

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Jah x 7 months ago

Look at this as an opportunity to build a community for our city with outdoor and indoor space that is used by the whole community. Our town has grown large enough to need these pockets of community, and there are many apartments now. Perhaps make it a place that has a night life as well as functions during the day. Our town is dark and dreary at night - there is little to do late. Sidewalk cafes surrounding an outdoor skating rink with the library and a nearby coffee shop. That's a more picturesque setting for an ice rink than a corner in a parking lot on France Avenue. Music cafes or a jazz club would be great.

Of course, I would love a space for a performing and visual arts center and places for classes.

Look at what is missing in this town and go from there. There are too many luxury apartments being built - for seniors or otherwise. We need some affordable housing mixed in with market-rate apartments. Perhaps there would be affordable financing for some sliding scale units for rent so young people can afford to live here. Add in some green space, which is missing in action across York Avenue. Have some fountains and common areas. Let the garden clubs go crazy with planting, so it is community space, but they can showcase the place if they would like. Concord Elementary School that has designed outside space for reading that would be worthwhile checking out. Community space (indoors or out) should be available for people of all ages to take classes and hold small public meetings. There is enough parking over in that area, and the space near 50th Street is much too crowded. I think Edina needs to be more creative with this space than giving it to the usual suspects. Development has become boring and ugly in this city and appeared to benefit developers and luxury housing builders. It's harder to integrate beautiful public space into a city, but the rewards could be significant. Maybe get a branch of Brit's down there and install a lawn bowling or croquet area - it would be wildly popular.

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Dietrich Roggy 7 months ago

I agree with your ideas, and would envision the library as a central place that a person will still want to go into and browse thru magazines or newspapers, while feeling connected to what is going on outside. This would require good design, so that you can sit in a comfortable chair next to an expanse of windows, read a bit and be able to see greenspace, sculptures, possibly people ice skating or whatever going on outside.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 7 months ago

For this redevelopment to make the most positive community impact, it should face Richfield and Edina equally, without favoritism.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 7 months ago

For this redevelopment to make the most positive community impact, it should face Richfield and Edina equally, without favoritism.

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Jennifer J 7 months ago

Keep the use public and, if feasible, make it a park.

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