Hillcrest Community Feedback

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Hillcrest Community Feedback by Mind Map: Hillcrest Community Feedback

1. Plan Recommendations

1.1. The plan needs more engaging spaces.

1.2. Boring compared to Highland Bridge.

1.3. People like the Hilltop option because it's more interesting, less dense, and has more green space.

1.4. Conversations keep coming back to why we don't do this on White Bear Avenue.

2. Food Desert Solutions

2.1. Numerous groups identified the neighborhood as a food desert.

2.2. A grocery store is needed but not shown in the plan.

2.3. Community gardens would be appreciated

2.4. Food and retail need to work together, reach out to local businesses to ensure they will "work" and be a "draw"

2.5. review Upper harbor ideas

3. Housing

3.1. Only 2% of housing in Minneapolis and Saint Paul is available at 30% AMI. We need more.

3.2. Freedom from the Streets is recommending TINY HOUSES. In Saint Paul, the rules pose challenges, compared to land issues in Minneapolis.

3.3. Housing is a general concept. What is the plan?

3.4. Mixed views on senior housing. Is building for Boomers short-sided (Jane Prince)

3.5. TIF will be allowed for housing.

4. Reparations, Equity, & Inclusivity

4.1. Freedom Library discussion stemmed from East Side Housing Justice conversations and the reparations reading group.

4.2. East Side Housing Justice will hold a standalone education program to explain how the equitable scorecard can be created and used.

4.3. Equitable Development Scorecards are recommended (WESCO & SE Community Organization)

5. Highland Bridge Comparison

5.1. Proposed plan is boring compared to Highland Bridge.

5.2. Highland Bridget gets all the best planners and developers.

5.3. Highland Bridge was 10 years in the making.

5.4. Inequities between plans: design, public art, green spaces. Hillcrest is just boxes.

5.5. Housing and lt. manufacturing can look nice. Where is the creative design?

5.6. Why isn't there TIF?

6. Process

6.1. The process has not been inclusive.

6.2. There is a sense that there hasn't been enough community engagement, especially with COVID.

6.3. There's no clear picture of what's going on right now.

6.4. Engagement has been limited to those with Internet access.

7. Future Engagement

7.1. The City of the Port should host a celebration/planning meeting on the site this summer.

7.2. Be inclusive of all cultures. African American and Indigenous cultures called out specifically.

7.3. Offer more meetings like the Freedom Library model with updates and breakout sessions. Communication needs to go both ways.

8. Community

8.1. There is a lot of concern about the loss of trees and whether or not they really need to go.

8.2. There is a strong desire for a community gathering place.

8.3. Need for bike/walking paths

8.4. Community groups, including churches & libraries, want to help build a sense of community at the Hillcrest site.

8.5. There are capacity concerns about schools, and reductions to nearby fire and ambulance.

8.6. Discussion at ESABA mtg. today. Cooperative community solar garden should seriously be considered for the Hillcrest site. We need to push for it or it won't happen!

9. Light Industrial

9.1. Large, one-level buildings with large parking noted as a barrier.

9.2. What does light industrial mean? What does it look like?

9.3. Retail can go to White Bear. We need jobs.

9.4. "The Port Authority does not currently have an accountability system in place to ensure jobs go to east siders.

10. Environmental Conversations

10.1. Is there anything we can do to keep utility costs low for residential spaces, especially for low-income households.

10.2. Excitement for Net Zero possibilities

10.3. Do we need to eliminate all of the trees? Can we save as many as possible? And/or integrate into all sites to create a forest canopy?

10.4. What are the extent of contamination? Cost to clean? Neighborhood impact now? During remediation?

11. Transportation

11.1. Concerns about public transportation

11.2. Concerns about traffic impacts.

12. Convenants/LHB

12.1. We have a chance to re-do how convenances are done. - Rick Carter

12.2. Starting with Beacon Bluff as the starting point

12.3. New: One set of covenants across the project regardless of zoning.

12.4. Industrial Goals: Financial prosperity, livability, environmental stewardship, and curated art. What does this mean to the architecture.

12.4.1. Accept the fact the architecture is the least important success factor for this type of development (for the buyer).

12.4.2. Start with the shell that would be consistent across the development. The background will not be the "story."

12.4.3. Design team would find an inexpensive way to add "art" to the buildings.

12.4.4. Layered streetscape: How people are walking through the space. Invest in what is in front of the building. Living character that adds to the walkability of the site and blocks views.

12.4.5. Energy: Solar on the roof a non-negotiable.

12.4.6. Murals and Mosaics: Portions on the buildings are a non-negotiable as a blank canvas. Theme TBD - leverage community engagement. This would make the space a destination. Coordinate with sculpture and the layered streetscape.