Second Submission to FERC by Friends of the Lock and Dam on the Crown Environmental Assessment dated 10/20/16
Attached are the comments of Friends of the Lock and Dam on the Crown Environmental Assessment (filed October 20, 2016 with FERC).
Friends of the Lock and Dam believe the EA is woefully inadequate and that the Crown project would preclude a much higher and better public use of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock.
The following article by Nick Halter, dated October 18, 2016, was published in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
First Avenue Amphitheater Pitched to Anchor Minneapolis Riverfront Development
Nightclub owner First Avenue Productions is joining forces with two Twin Cities developers on a plan to re-imagine the Upper Harbor Terminal, a North Minneapolis riverfront property.
Bloomington-based United Properties and Minneapolis firm Thor Construction joined First Avenue on the proposal. They make up the only team to respond to a request for qualifications to be the master developer for the northern half of the 48-acre site, the city and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced on Monday.
The plans show an amphitheater that would hold music and performing arts festivals, according to a source who saw the plans but was not authorized to discuss them. Broader, long-range plans show light manufacturing, housing and retail on the entire site.
To continue reading click on the link to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Second Open House for Calhoun-Harriet Trail Improvements Project Scheduled Nov. 9
Attend public meeting Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Park to review preferred concept
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is hosting a second public meeting for planned trail and access improvements around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The meeting is scheduled Nov. 9, 6-8 pm at Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.
Improvements will focus primarily on pedestrian and bicycle circulation at Northeast Calhoun and Southeast Harriet as well as general trail and access upgrades around both lakes. Interested park users are encouraged to attend to review and discuss the preferred concept, ask questions and share ideas.
The first open house for this project was held on Oct. 4. Materials from that meeting are available on the Calhoun-Harriet Trail and Access Improvements project page and linked below. Also, an online survey is available until Oct. 28 to provide input on the project.
Date: Nov. 9, 2016
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center
Address: 3900 Bryant Ave. S
Topic: Review and discuss the preferred concept for upcoming trail and access improvements around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.
4:30 P.M. CLOSED SESSION. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE – Discussion Regarding Proposed Workers Compensation Settlement
5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road, just north of Broadway Pizza. Visitors to Park Board meetings can find at the back of the meeting room the agenda book with all the printed materials for the meeting
5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME. Speakers can call 612-230-6400 before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up or they can sign up at the Board meeting prior to the start of “Open Time”
6:00 P.M. Spring and Summer Youth Sportsmanship Awards And Sandy Peterson Memorial Most Improved Youth Softball Player Awards
The main agenda item is the Superintendent’s Recommended 2017 Budget.
The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the October 15, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune.
Riverfront Advocates Propose New Park at Minneapolis Lock and Dam
The plan, with a visitor center and performance space, would remake Mill Ruins Park and the Stone Arch Bridge area but push out a hydro plant.
This view shows the preliminary concept for the Falls at the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam. It includes an enclosed viewing platform for the lock and adjacent dam, an outdoor performance space with grass seating, and a parking ramp and interpretive center under the lawn. Part of the planned Water Works Park is shown at right.
The lock at St. Anthony Falls, no longer used for navigation, could be transformed into a park with an interpretive center and performance space under a plan being floated by a new nonprofit formed by riverfront advocates.
The pitch by the Friends of the Lock and Dam includes a glass-sided observation platform slung over the lock and beside the falls, sloping lawns, concessions and a beefed-up visitor center built atop a 280-car parking garage. It would completely remake the area near Mill Ruins Park, the planned Water Works Park straddling W. River Parkway and the Stone Arch Bridge.
“The bridge is great but on both ends it is still undeveloped … with dirt paths and asphalt parking,” said Tom Fisher, director of the Metropolitan Design Center and a board member of the new Friends of the Lock and Dam. “Why not make it a national destination?”
To continue reading, click on the link to the Star Tribune.