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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: Other Uses

The site is surrounded by residential and commercial uses, what other building types/uses do you think would be complimentary to the new library and appropriate for this site?

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deanne miller 8 months ago

Perhaps a coffee/cafe of some kind - like the "depot" in Hopkins - run by local high school and community college students looking for entrepreneurial work experience and also adults with disabilities running a good part of it - homework pods for kids to do homework as a group - and local, live music in the evening - not too late - coffee shop live music - not bar live music - with local artists displaying work for sale year round - it could really highlight the Southdale area - and hopefully generate some revenue and bring patrons to the library - Also - a scholars garden with permanent chess tables - and a walking path connected to Adams Hill Park and therefore to Centennial Lakes -

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Carol Purcell 8 months ago

Youth facilities...alternative school options, athletic & recreational options Daycare facilities, early childhood center, family education center, charter school Hennepin County "Fix-it" Center teamed with an electronics recycling center Hennepin County Senior Center Adult education services in conjunction with Normandale Community College Hennepin County Arts/Entertainment Center like Hopkins has Headquarters for Hennepin Country Bicycle Transportation Center

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Carol Purcell 8 months ago

Sorry for the repeats...when you go to post, the site asks "Prove that you are not a robot" but does not give an obvious response button or a reCaptcha option. So you just keep flailing and hitting the "Post" button. Save your comment...hit "Post" once then check to see that your posting is there. Good luck.

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Dennis Fernkes 8 months ago

I was unable to attend the meetings regarding uses for the Southdale Library site. However I think that the Edina Art Center should relocate to the library site. The current site is old and too small. The few times I have been there, I was uncomfortable with the space and felt claustrophobic. It is also somewhat isolated from the rest of the city at the end of a long, dark street where access by car is almost a necessity. A more modern facility with more space would be more attractive to users and visitors. Since Edina has such a strong focus on art, a newer facility at this location would be well accepted. Better access to public transportation is also a bonus. For myself, a non-artist, it would be a destination I would definitely make use of for special events.

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david zarkin 8 months ago

People at the Dec. 5 meeting said they felt claustraphobic in the Southdale area of Edina with dense commercial and apartment developments. Others said open space is needed here and traffic congestion is a huge problem. Hennepin County commissioners would be well advised to 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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Jennifer J 7 months ago

I would like to see an evaluation of the feasibility of David's idea--remodeling the existing library and replacing the government center with a park.

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Sean Hayford Oleary 7 months ago

"Claustrophobic"? Target is set back 500 feet -- almost two city blocks -- from the curb of York Avenue. If anything, I find this area unpleasant to walk around because it's so far between buildings.

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Tim Peterson 8 months ago

With so many apartment residents in the surrounding area of the library, decision on additional usage needs to consider the noise that any non-library development will produce at the site. Retail/entertainment hours going late in the evening would not be good for area residents.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 8 months ago

Edina needs to kind of multipurpose community centered considered and shelved for the Grandview site. While I would love that to happen next to the library, it may be equally unfeasible there. Two possibilities. Start a new small immersion school for a language other than French. Edina schools are in high demand and I think it would will with a mix of Edina and open enrollment students. A second totally different idea would be developing public and affordable housing. It would be a convenient place to work for those who work in both the Southdale and 494 strip area businesses. Many young adults living there could walk to work and shop in area stores.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 8 months ago

I don't really see the need for the building to be demolished. I think it serves an excellent purpose as is and frankly I would prefer the court and service center stay in that building. I definitely DO NOT want to see residential- there is way too much going in as is. Traffic congestion is a huge issue and therefore I don't like the idea of more retail either. Leave it as it is. If it ain't broke don't fix it!

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Bert Warren 8 months ago

A family friendly 4 season attraction would be great. Edinburough is great. But another indoor park or family faculty would be very useful. Somewhere to give families to go with kids during the cold months is greatly needed.

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Dietrich Roggy 7 months ago

I think it'd also be nice if such a thing were close enough that it wouldn't feel removed from the library, so that families would also be encouraged to spend some time in the library, whether reading or attending educational seminars or whatever.

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Josie Fontana 7 months ago

I think Southdale would benefit from something for families with children. Right now there is a ho-hum play area that families bring their kids to in the dark corner of the mall. A fun play area in the library like the Minnetonka location would be nice. Perhaps the Minnesota Children's Museum might consider moving their MOA location to Southdale. This would give families somewhere to visit while shopping or waiting for a movie to start. ( Or waiting two hours for a table at the Cheesecake factory 😊)

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Sean Hayford Oleary 7 months ago

I'd like to see more residential in this area -- there seems to be a healthy market for it, and I love how many jobs and housing units area available in the Southdale area. It would also be nice to have some smaller-scale retail (like a coffee shop with a direct entrance off the sidewalk). So much of the retail in this area is in the large malls, or big box stores like Target. It's nice to have something for all these new residents to walk to.

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Lori Shannon 7 months ago

I agree! Some non-senior residential would be great. If there were affordable (compared to the Westin) condos or townhouses at this location, we'd definitely buy!

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Jennifer OBrien 7 months ago

It would be great to consider more community rooms for meetings and a community office space for solo-preneurs, small businesses and freelancers similar to the COCO offices in Uptown and St. Paul. Paired with the coffee stand, it would provide a great way to bring in a new audience and provide more resources for community groups, volunteer organizations and small businesses. Here is a link to the COCO offices for reference: http://bit.ly/2hwNkyX

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Dean Kelman 7 months ago

Re-establish the site as simple, open, and flexible green-space. This will help make the area walkable/workable/livable. Edina is slowly losing its value proposition in comparison to many surrounding communities that appear to be working from a master plan. The Southdale area has become unsightly, new developments are poorly planned, and the well-marketed drive to spend taxpayer dollars on short sighted propositions and subjective third-party studies focused on chasing trends has become overwhelming. Education and parks are key to ensuring this community remains a special place to live, and both need attention. Current and future residents simply won't benefit from another Walgreens (an inevitable CVS adjacent to it), small bank, or vitamin store. One park won't make or break a community, but a network of parks and open spaces will provide healthy options and future opportunities not yet considered.

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Carolyn Jackson 7 months ago

This could be a centralized spot for information and innovation--the Library, the Fix-It center mentioned above, a lab site for tech innovation, the Works children's museum, and office space for non-profits and mentor volunteers like SCORE.

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Ben Sunderlin 7 months ago

I would hope that Edina would think seriously about what it lacks, not what it needs more of in the creation of this site. There is a lack of low-income housing and a lack of businesses owned by people of color, there is also a lack of open and free community space in the area. I would hope for a multimodal space, similar to the midtown global market, that can offer low rent space to help fledgling entrepreneurs with a focus on ensuring that cultural and ethnic diversity are well-represented. Space dedicated to non-profits, perhaps even a homeless shelter space would also be noble uses. The last thing edina needs is another strip mall housing major retailers and chain stores, fancy condos and apartments.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 7 months ago

A library is all about feeding the mind; self-directed education. I would think that a compatible use, adjacent to a library, would be a school.
I would think with the 750-some new housing units which have been shoe-horned into the Southdale neighborhood, with more proposed, that more classroom space will be needed; if not now, in the future when these apartments/condos age.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 7 months ago

A library is all about feeding the mind; self-directed education. I would think that a compatible use, adjacent to a library, would be a school.
I would think with the 750-some new housing units which have been shoe-horned into the Southdale neighborhood, with more proposed, that more classroom space will be needed; if not now, in the future when these apartments/condos age.

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Sheila Conway 7 months ago

I second the suggestion that we need more low-income housing, support for business owned by people of color and a multi-modal space. I also support some of the site being used for green community space. The southdale area has been developed to feel like a place to rent expensive apartments and go to the mall, but not like a community or neighborhood at all. My mom lived in one of the apartments next to the library and used the library facilities constantly. However, getting there on the busy, car-focused streets us downright dangerous! This neighborhood must be safely walkable for seniors, children, physically disabled. That is not the case now. My mom would walk down to the underpass by the Y in the summer to cross the street to go to target because the traffic to cross York ave was so dangerous.

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Sara Lathrop 6 months ago

Year-round fitness/fun option for older kids and adults. Climbing wall, tennis courts, indoor splash pad, group fitness classes, basketball leagues. Edinborough has very little athletic options and it's overwhelmingly crowded. Williston center in Minnetonka is a great model.

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