1. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com Resolution 2011 - 174 Resolution Approving a Partner Agreement with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Establishment of a Non-appointed Citizen’s Advisory Committee Process for Preliminary Visioning and Implementation Study of the Waterworks Site in Downtown MinneapolisWhereas, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (“MPRB”) is authorized to contract withpublic and private entities;Whereas, The MPRB is the owner of a property known as the Waterworks site, formerly referredto as the Fuji Ya site located at 420 1st Street South in downtown Minneapolis;Whereas, The Waterworks site is current underutilized, especially given its downtown riverfrontlocation, prominent views, and historical and cultural significance;Whereas, Until recently, the MPRB was unable to pursue enhancements on the site due tolegal actions;Whereas, The MPRB, Minneapolis Parks Foundation (“Foundation”) and broader communityhave a deep interest in enhancing the Waterworks site as a signature element of theMinneapolis park system;Whereas, The MPRB enjoys a close working relationship with the Foundation;Whereas, The Foundation has secured funding, through a major donor, to support a preliminaryvisioning and implementation study of the site that will explore a range of alternatives;Whereas, The Foundation will contract with site design and park finance professionals;Whereas, The MPRB supports the study and welcomes the Foundation as an active partner incompleting the study process; andWhereas, The MPRB will facilitate a community engagement process for the project;RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approve a partner agreement with theFoundation for preliminary visioning and implementation study of the Waterworks site indowntown Minneapolis;RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners authorizea non-appointed citizens advisorycommittee process for the project; andRESOLVED, That the President and Secretary of the Board are authorized to take all necessaryadministrative actions to implement this resolution.
2. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comAdopted by the Park & Recreation BoardIn formal meeting assembled on September 21, 2011 ______________________________ John Erwin, President ______________________________ Karen Robinson, SecretaryApproved:_________________________________R.T. Rybak, Mayor
3. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comTO: Planning CommitteeFROM: Bruce Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent for Planning ServicesDATE: September 7, 2011SUBJECT: Resolution approving a partner agreement with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and establishment of a non-appointed citizen’s advisory committee process for preliminary visioning and implementation study of the Waterworks site in downtown Minneapolis.BACKGROUNDThe Waterworks site (formerly referred to as the Fuji Ya site) in downtown Minneapolis offers anexciting city-building opportunity. It is adjacent to West River Road and overlooks Saint AnthonyFalls with dramatic views up and down the Mississippi River. The property was once home tothe Fuji Ya restaurant, a beloved destination that afforded visitors a unique vantage point fromwhich to experience the power and spirit of the river. Further back in time, the site held one ofthe many grain mills along the Minneapolis riverfront as well as a hydropower waterworks plant(thus the newly minted Waterworks site name). Mill ruins still exist on the property – someexposed, some buried and some contained within the restaurant building.Since the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board purchased the property over two decades agoto build West River Road, the site has been utilized for fee parking but not much more. Titlerestrictions imposed by the State of Minnesota have not allowed the Park Board to put theportion of the site unneeded for the parkway back into private use as originally intended. Now,the vibrancy of downtown has exploded around the Waterworks site and the time to exploreexciting and bold alternative futures for public use of the site has arrived.The Waterworks site has an opportunity to become a signature element of the Minneapolis Parksystem and this belief has been embraced by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. The ParksFoundation has received a generous donation to conduct preliminary design visioning and animplementation study for public use of the site. The study would explore alternative futures forthe Waterworks site that could include combinations of outdoor space, community gathering,supportive enterprise and design innovation. The effort is viewed by the Foundation as anopportunity to further the 21st Century Park vision for Minneapolis begun with the MinneapolisRiverfront Design Competition.The project is viewed by the Parks Foundation and Staff as a critical preliminary step in a reusestrategy for the Waterworks site. It would be a relatively short-duration effort of three to fourmonths in length. Its primary intention is to explore multiple ideas for the site and test thoseideas for implementation feasibility and community excitement. If approved by the Board, theMinneapolis Parks Foundation will enter into an agreement with the Park Board to collaborateon the visioning and implementation study. Project responsibilities would be as follows:
4. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com The Foundation would: Establish contractual relationships with consultants for completion of the project. Raise the full amount of funds necessary to complete the project and fully compensate project consultants. Work collaboratively with the Park Board to direct the work of project consultants. Actively participate in the community engagement process. Work collaboratively with the Park Board on public relations and project communication efforts. The Park Board would: Approve project consultant’s scope of work. Organize and facilitate the community engagement process. Review and approve interim and final deliverables prepared by project consultants. Work collaboratively with the Foundation on public relations and project communications. Provide the Foundation and project consultants with any pertinent background materials, mapping, surveys, etc. in its possession.LEGAL REVIEWThe Partner Agreement has been reviewed by MPRB legal counsel.FUNDING/COST SUMMARYN/ARECOMMENDATIONStaff believes this is an exciting first step in envisioning the future of the Waterworks site and itspivotal role in bridging city and park. Because of the preliminary nature and short duration of theproject and to engage the broadest spectrum of the community staff recommends that a non-appointed citizen’s advisory committee is well-suited to the effort. This approach will allow forbroad community engagement with the process and set the stage for a future, more in-depthmaster planning effort where an appointed citizen’s advisory committee will be warranted.Staff recommends approval of a partner agreement with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation andestablishment of a non-appointed citizen’s advisory committee process for preliminary visioningand implementation study of the Waterworks site in downtown Minneapolis.ATTACHMENTSAttachment A – Partner AgreementRELATED BOARD ACTIONSNone.Prepared by: Bruce Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent for Planning ServicesApproved by: Jayne Miller, Superintendent
5. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comAttachment A MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD PROJECT PARTNER AGREEMENT WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION FOR PRELIMINARY VISIONING AND IMPLEMENTATION STUDY OF THE WATERWORKS SITE IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS THIS AGREEMENT, is made and entered into as of the ____ day of , 2011by and between the MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD (the "MPRB") andthe MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION, a Minnesota non-profit corporation (the"Foundation"). WHEREAS, the MPRB is the owner of a property known as the Waterworks site (the“Site”), formerly referred to as the Fuji Ya site located at 420 1st Street South in downtownMinneapolis; WHEREAS, the Site is current underutilized given its downtown riverfront location,prominent views, and historical and cultural significance; WHEREAS, until recently, the MPRB was unable to pursue enhancements on the Sitedue to legal actions; WHEREAS, the MPRB, the Foundation and the broader community have a deep interestin enhancing the Site as a signature element of the Minneapolispark system; WHEREAS, the Foundation has secured funding, through a major donor, to support apreliminary visioning and implementation study of the Site that will explore a range ofalternatives; WHEREAS, the MPRB supports the study and welcomes the Foundation as an activepartner in completing the study process; NOW, THEREFORE, it is agreed by and between the parties hereto that:Section I. Scope of Work The project will include the creation of alternative uses and design concepts for the future of the Site and evaluation of those alternatives for their financial, market and implementation feasibility. The work of the project will be conducted within the context of a community engagement process where the ideas explored and project outcomes will be informed by input from the general public through a non-appointed Citizen Advisory Committee. The project is considered a preliminary analysis of future possibilities for the Site and a launching point for more in-depth design and programming conducted beyond the scope of this Agreement.
6. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comSection II. Acknowledgement of Funds With this agreement, the Foundation acknowledges that it possesses and has earmarked funds necessary to fully compensate project consultants engaged to complete the project.Section III. Responsibilities The Foundation will: Establish contractual relationships with consultants for completion of the project. Raise the full amount of funds necessary to complete the project and fully compensate project consultants. Work collaboratively with the MPRB to direct the work of project consultants. Actively participate in the community engagement process. Work collaboratively with the MPRB on public relations and project communication efforts. The MPRB will: Approve project consultant’s scope of work. Organize and facilitate the community engagement process. Review and approve interim and final deliverables prepared by project consultants. Work collaboratively with the Foundation on public relations and project communications. Provide the Foundation and project consultants with any pertinent background materials, mapping, surveys, etc. in its possession.Section IV. Completion The project is expected to take three to four months to complete. This Agreement shall be in full force and effect from the date first written above through February 29, 2012 unless terminated earlier in accordance with Section VIII of this Agreement or extended pursuant to Section IX of this Agreement.Section V. Notices Communication and details concerning this Agreement shall be directed to the following: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: Bruce Chamberlain, ASLA Assistant Superintendent for Planning 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 p. 612.230.6467 email@example.com Minneapolis Parks Foundation: Cecily Hines, President 3954 Bryant Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55409 p. 612.822.2656 firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comSection VI. General Conditions This Agreement is to be construed and governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota.Section VII. Indemnification The Foundation shall hold harmless, defend and indemnify the MPRB and its staff from any and all claims, actions, suits, charges and judgments whatsoever that arise out of the Foundations performance or nonperformance of the services or subject matter called for in this Agreement.Section VIII. Termination Either party may terminate this Agreement or any portion thereof, with or without cause, by giving thirty (30) days prior written notice. Should the Agreement be terminated, compensation of project consultants shall be the sole responsibility of the Foundation.Section IX. Administrative Adjustments The term of this Agreement may be extended for an additional period of six (6) months provided that at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of the Term of this Agreement, the party seeking such an extension has written approval from the other party for the extension, such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of thedate first written above. MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION By Its President Date______________________________________ MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD By Its President Date______________________________________ By ______ Its Secretary Date______________________________________