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GreenStep City Best Practices Resilient Economic & Community Development

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts
no. 28

Network/cluster businesses and design neighborhoods to achieve better energy, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
  Best Practice Action 3      [ 1 2 3 4 ]       [all actions]

Require, build or facilitate at least four attributes in a business/industrial park project:

a.  Shared parking/access OR shared recreation/childcare facilities.
b.  Green product development, manufacturing or sales OR a green job training program..
c.  Buildings located within walking distance of transit and/or residential zoning.
d.  Renovated buildings OR buildings designed for reuse.
e.  Green buildings built to Minnesota's SB2030 energy standard OR renewable energy generated on-site.
f.  Combined heat and power (CHP) generation capacity, shared geothermal heating/cooling, microgrid OR energy storage.
g.  Low-impact site development.
Report on the attributes in a business park or industrial park project and what role the city played in their achievement. Report mixed-use projects under action 28.4 or under best practice 8, and shared aspects of retail projects at transit/density nodes under action 14.2
Specify which elements were/are required by the city.
Rate the project using the Envision sustainability rating system or equivalent.

Elk River

Date action report first entered:  

Implementation details:
The Northstar Business Park features shared parking and driveway access, a location within walking distance to Northstar Rail, and is within walking distance of Elk River Station and Trout Brook Crossing. In addition, the old public library was turned into a senior activity center. The city facilitated the building of Metal Crafts new energy efficient work facility and the environmental learning center by ERMU. The city offers additional financing incentives for green manufacturing or for projects that utilize energy efficient design or materials.

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Date action report first entered:   03/05/2013

Implementation details:
Renovation of the local grocery store to include energy efficient lighting, insulation and building restructuring. This grocery store inlcudes a restaurant, bakery, laundromat, and event room. All of these have been furnished with energy saving equipment.

For more information contact:
Patricia Lawson (City staff)   |   hoffmn@runestone.net   |   320-986-2448

Hoffman Building Systems, Ottertail Power

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Austin pending

Date action report first entered:   02/29/2012

Implementation details:
e) Riverland Community College is in walking distance to residential zoning and has public transit stops f) All renovations achieve B3 status at Riverland Community College g) Redesigned Ag Diesel Shop into a Area Childcare Learning Center *needs one more element

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Riverland Community College

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Burnsville pending

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2012

Implementation details:
Burnsville's Heart of the City (also called HOC, or downtown zoning district)is walkable, with pedestrian friendly development, mixed uses and a mix of housing types and income levels. The City coordinated with property owners, investors, and agencies such as Dakota CDA and the Met Council to obtain a livable communities grant and develop low to moderate income housing within the HOC. The city purchased property, developed the HOC plan, amended it's Comprehensive Plan, developed HOC Design Guidelines, developed HOC zoning district standards, approved individual site development, and constructed public improvement projects. The City built a Park and Ride in the Heart of the City that serves multiple businesses, residents, Nicollet Common's Park, and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. This district has access to MVTA, the park and ride, and other bus transit services. Diamondhead Shopping Center in the Heart of the City was renovated and designed for reuse as the current Burnsville High School Senior Center. Burnsville applies low impact site development to all projects and requires LID agreements to be signed and made part of development agreements.

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Eden Prairie pending

Date action report first entered:   03/27/2012

Implementation details:
The City helped to facilitate shared parking at Southwest Station which is a Transit Oriented Development. This project was approved in 2002.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City supported Southwest Metro Transit to develop a transit hub on its property at the southwest corner of Highway 5 and Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. Through the PUD process the City granted density bonuses and incentives to allow for the higher intensity uses that are supportive of a transit hub. The site provides a compact and pedestrian friendly mixed-use development that offers retail and restaurant services that are utilized by both transit customers and destination shoppers. Shared parking occurs between the transit parking lot that is prominantly used during daytime business hours and the adjacent property that has land uses (such as entertainment and dining) that could utilize these parking facilities during evening and weekend hours when transit is not running its peak service. Two ponds were built for water quality and flood storage for the western portion of the property. Both ponds are privately owned and maintained. The ponds were constructed with a 10:1 bench at the normal water level for vegetation growth and for safety concerns. The project with waivers results in a design with additional interior green space, including perennial gardens, to help soften the visual appearance of parking lots and provide internal pedestrian connections.

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

North American Properties (developer/applicant), SW Metro Transit

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Ely pending

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2016
Date of last report update:   04/28/2016

Implementation details:
Because the City is 1 mile by 1 mile, everything is within walking distance. The City has renovated several buildings including the Insula Restaurant; buildings adjacent to the old movie theater were renovated to create a bigger theater; drug store is undergoing renovation to become a mixed use building with bakery, retail, and office space. All buildings were brought up to MN code including new water heaters, furnaces, and other energy efficiency measures.

For more information contact:
Harold Langowski (City staff)   |   elyod@ely.mn.us   |   218-226-5474

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Golden Valley pending

Date action report first entered:   12/05/2017
Date of last report update:   12/05/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
While Golden Valley does not define business or industrial parks, there are a few areas in the City that are loosely considered business parks by staff due to their attributes. The Sandburg Road/Medicine Lake Road area, the Downtown West area (between Highway 169 and Wisconsin Avenue North), and the area east of Douglas Drive between Golden Valley Road and Highway 55 are all largely composed of commercial, light industrial, and/or industrial zoning districts and are centers for office buildings and industrial uses. There is transit service through the Downtown West area as well as along Highway 55 and Interstate 394. All three areas are within 0.5 miles of single-family zoning. One business resident, who renovated an existing building in the Downtown West area before moving into it in the summer of 2017, was granted a reduction in the minimum parking required by the City in exchange for evidence of adjacent properties that it can share parking with. The City also facilitated shared parking for the Central Park West property on the southwest corner of the Highway 100 and Interstate 394 interchange (an area which is zoned for business and professional offices).

Descriptive links: http://www.goldenvalleymn.gov/zoning/pdf/zoning-map85x11.pdf

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

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Hastings pending

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
A. Shared parking allowed in DC Zoning District but not required. C. Most commercial districts are within walking distance of residential areas though it's not a requirement. D. The City and HEDRA promote the use of renovated buildings though it is not a requirement.

For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff)   |   jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2378

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe pending

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2015
Date of last report update:   04/16/2015

Implementation details:
Shared parking and childcare facilities have been completed for multiple locations on the reservation. Tribal college construction trades practices and implementation into program. There are multiple facilities within the 11 communities on Leech Lake that are located within walking distance of transit and residential zoning. We have a continuous effort to renovate buildings on the reservation.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Lexington pending

Date action report first entered:   09/25/2015
Date of last report update:   10/06/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has a small shopping mall that has be updated recently. Most of the stores have been updated and remodeled in their original locations. The mall is located with in walking distance of most of our residents and the parking lot is shared by all stores.We also have a new dentist office that remodeled a gas station into their offices. With the new construction on the shopping center holding ponds were created for storm water run off.

For more information contact:
Peggy McNamara (City staff)   |   pmlexington@comcast.net   |   763-784-2792

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New Hope pending

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   12/03/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The Hy-Vee development that was completed in 2015 is be located within walking distance of both transit and residential zoning districts.

Descriptive links: https://www.newhopemn.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalid=9826709&pageid=11168048

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Red Wing pending

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Mall, Pottery Pond Stores, Smokin' Oak/Country Inn, Perkins/Best Western, etc. are examples of shared parking within the city. The Zoning Code encourages shared parking arrangenments. For childcare facilities, the Colvill Family Center is available to Red Wing residents. Numerous examples of this can be found in the downtown area of Red Wing. One good example would be the old High School being converted to condominiums.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Saint Anthony pending

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony provides the following: a.       Shared parking/access b.      Shared recreation /childcare facilities e.       Buildings located within walking distance of transit and/or residential zoning. f.       Renovated buildings

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Shoreview pending

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2013

Implementation details:
Shoreview has multiple examples of allowing for shared parking and access in both industrial/business parks and commercial areas including Rice Creek Corporate Park, PaR Systems, Shoreview Corporate Center and even the new Red Fox Retail area. As far as "shared recreation" the best example would be again the Rice Creek Corporate Park where as part of the development partnership the City received dedication of a 10-acre tract to construct Rice Creek Fields, a community park for the businesses and adjacent Village at Rice Creek neighborhoods including playground and a fastpitch softball complex plus additional dedication of trails and open space. Shoreview has participated financially in a number of business/manufacturing expansion and building renovation projects including PaR Systems and TSI Incorporated. In the case of PaR Systems the City provided funding assistance for their acquisition of the vacant former Curtis 1000 printing facility and we also purchased and resold at a discount the former Ramsey County Sheriff's patrol station building to retain PaR in the community and they undertook major multi-million dollar building renovations and upgrades. Cummins Power Generation purchased and did major renovations and improvements to the former Medtronic building at Victoria/I-694 --- although the City didn't directly assist, the building was re-purposed and updated.

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Angie Bourdaghs, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2176, angela.bourdaghs@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/sbeap