Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Presentation of Future School Headquarters Building

The September 27 community forum, Dessert with Don, featured a powerpoint presentation of the anticipated construction specifics of the new Minneapolis Public School Educational Services Center, although I think we will mostly hear it referred to as the district headquarters.  This building will be constructed at 1250 West Broadway, which is currently the site of Broadway Community School, between Fremont and Girard.

Lynn Littlejohn of Mortenson Construction gives the presentation and construction specifics.  The building will be a state of the art, 175,000 square foot multi-level building.  They will be seeking LEED Silver certification.  It will play host to a number of uses including the district headquarters, the professional development location for MPS faculty, Adult Basic Ed, a Welcome Center and it will be open for various community events and functions.  There is also a pdf with project information located here.

Ms. Littlejohn also entertained questions, which centered around minority contracting goals and parking issues. For the record, Lynn gives the minority contracting goals in this video above, but in the discussion that took place off camera, a concerned citizen urged Mortenson to stretch those goals and aim for higher percentages of minority contracting.  City councilman Don Samuels urged them as well, asking them to make this project the highest percentages of a major construction project in the city ever to be built.  Lynn agreed and vowed to take the feedback to the development team and urge them to stretch those goals as far as they can, and make the goals in writing now be their base minimum.

Another question entertained pertained to parking.  The project designs as they are right now include a large number of surface parking spaces, approximately 550 spaces and a recent Minnpost article suggests that number is overzealous and unsustainable.  For anyone interested, I have posted video, click here, of the parking discussion in which Mark Bollinger of MPS very successfully communicates how this building will have a constant flow of people coming and going at all hours of the day and evening.  They have analyzed estimates of maximum visitors they might host for various functions.  They anticipate alternative transportation methods to be encouraged and adopted by the staff, however that is hard to estimate at this time.  They have tried to walk the fine line of having enough parking available and not having to flood the surrounding neighborhoods with cars on the streets. Additionally, they state that some of the parking surface area will be permeable, to reduce water run-off, to help them attain their green goals.

For those of us living in this community it is an exciting development to see this coming to our main corridor, West Broadway, and the renaissance is being pieced together before our very eyes.  Thank you MPS for choosing NoMi as your future home.

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boathead said...

So we build a brand spankin' new building to appease whomever while the Structure that bears the name of arguably the best leader period that this area has ever produced,HARRY DAVIS Jr.,sits unoccupied on Glenwood Avenue in NORTH MINNEAPOLIS.Go look at the building folks and then tell me that our TAX DOLLARS are being used wisely.No answer is good enough because the money should go to books and other neccessities that are related to the students needs. What a farce and a waste of our resources and any rationale rings hollow while the students pay the price.Boathead sees total selfish irresponsibility and a bunch of people wanting that NEW building for their own damn personal reasons. So rejoice and celebrate while inanimate structures take precedence,once again,over our children....priorities,i guess.

Anonymous said...

Still trying to see how spending 27 Million on a building on Broadway is going to help the studenst of north minneapolis when we have SEVEN Closed schools. One of which we still owe around 5 million on.

Folwell Fox said...

Permeable parking lot surfaces to reduce water run-off? Great! This, and adding another anchor to Broadway is a "wet" dream for Nomi. We're getting so Euro.!

mrs lovett said...

I was just telling my family last night about some of the changes coming to West Broadway (i.e. Kindred Kitchen). I had no idea about this project! This is what we want to see. Positive construction and jobs for NOMI!

boathead said...

After the waste of taxpayers money is completed i would like to know where all of these jobs are going to come from or are the people that hold these jobs going to be fired or are they going to quit?Also, if the plans are on the board to close North High it seems to me to be one hell of a cruel contradiction.Let us see how the balance of equity holds out and how many people from North Minneapolis will be working on the construction of this politically manufactured boondoggle,red herring or manipulative malfeseant plan.Unless your lungs are the size of HOT AIR balloons,i wouldn't hold my breath. I will sum it up by saying that closing North High and letting it fail, that the entire school board ought to be fired and join the unemplyment line with the folks who WILL lose their jobs if the school closes.I would have to deduct that you are all a bunch of no thinkin' stinkin' fools.