Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

January 31, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Doug Datta, Andrew Fisher, Andrea Naef, Aaron Kuznia, Jennifer Allard and  Scott Kerssen.  Charles Firth was absent.

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.

Call To Order

Mr. Kuznia called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Approval Of Minutes

Ms. Allard moved and Mr. Datta seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the November 29, 2011, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

Item:  Concept Review – Former Park Nicollet Site

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed apartment concept for the former Park Nicollet site.

John Bell, representing Klodt Incorporated, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Bell stated that they are a 3rd generation builder in the Twin Cities and have done several apartment buildings along the Hiawatha Light Rail Corridor. 

Dave Clark, the architect for the proposed development, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Clark reviewed the proposed development on the former Park Nicollet site and some other sites that could be included in the proposed development.

Lee Benson of 750 Mainstreet asked about the square footage of the units and was concerned about the number of apartments in the area.  Mr. Benson also asked about the access to the underground parking.

Luree Pearson of 750 Mainstreet stated that units in her building are similar to what is being proposed.

Bob Alts, a resident of Hopkins, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Alts wanted to know if the redevelopment was only the clinic site.

The Commission looked favorably on the proposed redevelopment of the former Park Nicollet site.

Item:  Election Of Vice Chair

Mr. Kuznia made a motion to elect Ms. Naef vice chair; the motion was seconded by Mr. Kerssen.  There were no other nominations.  Ms. Naef was unanimously elected vice chair.

Adjourn

Mr. Fisher moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.