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Building Redevelopment
no. 5

Create economic and regulatory incentives for redevelopment and repurposing of existing buildings.
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Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

Complete an historic resources survey of the city to determine which buildings are community assets and have more potential for reuse due to potential access to financial incentives.
Designate a historic district; incorporate historic preservation-friendly language into the city’s zoning code and/or into regulatory ordinances (relating to signs and other design guidelines); adopt an historic preservation ordinance (which typically establishes an historic preservation commission); incentivize historic preservation.
Become a Certified Local Government (CLG) for historic preservation; pair rehab financial incentives with energy and resource conservation, indoor air quality and other green building practices.

Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   01/16/2014

Implementation details:
The City has a Historic Preservation section of the city code which allows reuse of historic buildings. The City is also a Certified Local Government (CLG) and has an active Heritage Preservation Commision.

Descriptive links: http://www.mnhs.org/localhistory/mho/heritage.html             view file

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

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Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
The city encourages citizens to update existing homes and provides guidance through the "Green Modeling Plan" book. This is part of the "Living Smarter" program. Energy efficiency audits are offered to 200 residents free each year through X-cel Energy.

Descriptive links: http://www.cityofroseville.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/19847

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/18/2016
Date of last report update:   12/06/2018
Year action initially completed:   2005
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Downtown Albert Lea is designated as a historic commercial district. The historic district includes 91 contributing buildings. These buildings are the target of adaptive reuse and are eligible for state and federal funding. The City has worked directly on a number of redevelopment projects in the historic commercial district. Albert Lea has been a CLG since 2005.

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For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

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Date action report first entered:   12/01/2015
Date of last report update:   12/01/2015

Implementation details:
In 1999, a Planning Committee comprised of 23 members outlined goals in a Long-Range Plan. One of the goals was a Rehabilitation and Preservation Goal to preserve the City's history for future generations.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Rehabilitation and preservation efforts were focused primarily along the Main Street of Arlington. The first few projects included the rehabilitation of the old fire hall and the movie theater. Since then, the Planning Commission worked for nearly a year to present Ordinance No. 297 to the City Council. The Council adopted the ordinance which calls for design standards in the B-2 Central Business District which calls for design standards that are sensitive to, compatible with and reminiscent of historic building patterns. The EDA is now working on drafting a Facade Improvement Grant Program to support the new ordinance.

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For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor)   |   cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com   |   507-964-2378

Arlington Historical Society, Planning & Zoning Committee and City Council

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Cottage Grove

Date action report first entered:   04/10/2013

Implementation details:
Cottage Grove has adopted a Historical Preservation Ordinance protecting places, areas, buildings, structures and other odjects having a special historical, community or aesthetic interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of the people. This ordinance also established an advisory committee on historic preservation who will request to council designation of historic landmarks, sites or districts within the community.

Descriptive links: http://sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=&chapter_id=27123

For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff)   |   rburfeind@cottage-grove.org   |   651-458-2899

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

Implementation details:
The City of Hastings has historic preservation ordinances/regulations.

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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Lake Elmo

Date action report first entered:   05/02/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Lake Elmo recently adopted a new Planned Unity Development (PUD) Ordinance (attached) that allows for a 10% density bonus for projects that include Historic Preservation. In addition, a 5% density bonus is provided for projects that include Adaptive Reuse.

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For more information contact:
Jake Foster (City staff)   |   jfoster@lakeelmo.org   |   651-747-3908

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Date action report first entered:   04/15/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Mankato established its Heritage Preservation Commission in 2008, after adoption of the Heritage Preservation Ordinance incorporated within the City's Zoning Ordinance. The Heritage Preservation Commmission (HPC) oversees and encourages utilization and reuse of buildings in older and historic neighborhoods, which fosters creative reuse of existing buildings without need for new construction, while also acknowledging and encouraging preservation of Mankato's history. The City of mankato is recognized by the MN State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as a Certified Local Government; list of CLG's available at http://www.mnhs.org/localhistory/mho/heritage.html

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/CityCode/Section-10.82.aspx

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Date action report first entered:   04/12/2014

Implementation details:
The city of Maplewood has an historic preservation commission and ordinance to address the preservation of historical buildings and the environmental surrounding in future city planning and development projects. The Heritage Preservation Commission was created to help the city of Maplewood with its overall historic preservation goals. These goals include; supporting the protection of the City’s heritage by preserving, protecting, conserving, and wisely using the significant historical, cultural, architectural, or archaeological objects, structures, buildings, sites in the City.

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For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 4.5 indicates the use of a Heritage Preservation Commission that submits an annual report. This annual report identifies historic buildings that have been re purposed. These buildings are typically in our Downtown area. For example, the historic Depot site is being moved to another site adjacent to the Railroad where is will be repurposed as a transit hub building.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/northfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIINOCO_CH34LADECO_ART4AD

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

Save the Northfield Depot

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Red Wing has one of the oldest Historic Preservation Ordinances in Minnesota. The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission has worked with dozens of adaptive reuse projects including the St. James Hotel, Riverfront Center, Sheldon Theatre, Pottery Factories, Red Wing Depots, Central High School, and many others.

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

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   06/03/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Saint Cloud adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1990 for the purposes of protecting and preserving the historic neighborhoods, structures and properties within the city. In 2003 the City adopted the Residential Historic District Preservation Design Manual and the Downtown Preservation Design Manual as tools for property owners to design and build new structures within the historic districts, and/or renovate existing structures within the districts. Both the Residential and Downtown Design Manuals encourage in-fill development and designing and building structures to maintain the historic character of the district including design elements, facades, window and sign structure and placement and setbacks. In addition, the Manuals encourage the use of modern building techniques, styles and materials to achieve the design guidelines which would include green building materials and practices aimed at reducing energy and resources.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/Planning/HeritagePreservation.aspx

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Date action report first entered:   11/08/2017
Date of last report update:   12/12/2017
Year action initially completed:   1989
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Winona has an heritage preservation ordinance defined in City Code 22.27. A heritage preservation commission meets on a monthly basis to identify, designate, protect, and promote significant historic resources of the City. The City has two historic districts: Downtown (commercial) and Windom Park (residential).

Descriptive links: https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/boards-commissions/heritage-preservation-commission/heritage-preservation-committee/             view file

For more information contact:
Luke Sims (City staff)   |   lsims@ci.winona.mn.us   |   (507) 457-8250

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   11/17/2016
Date of last report update:   11/17/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Belle Plaine has adopted code that provides design guidelines to preserve the historic central business district.

Descriptive links: http://www.belleplainemn.com/sites/default/files/images/1107.22%20PRESERVATION%20OF%20BP%20CHARACTER%20DESIGN%20STANDARDS_1.pdf

For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff)   |   lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   |   952-873-5553

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Date action report first entered:   03/14/2012

Implementation details:
The heritage preservation ordinance was approved on February 16, 1999 in order to preserve buildings in our city. It's purpose was to do the following: 1. The quality of significance in history, architecture, archeology, and culture is present in buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and: (a) That are associated with specific events or a pattern of events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or (b) That are associated with the lives of persons or groups significant in our past; or (c) That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master builder, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity those components may lack individual distinction; or (d) That have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history. 2. The singular physical appearance, historic character or aesthetic value of an established or familiar feature of a neighborhood or community within the City. The ordinance is explained below: Discussion of the Heritage Preservation Commission's Duties and Powers, the designation of Heritage Landmarks; Design review of old and new buildings requesting permits; and the demolition of buildings over 50 years old.

Outcome measures/metrics:
An ordinance that requires the review of a building that is 50 years or older to be discussed before any demolition may occur. In those discussions, the determination of use, building restoration or rehabilitation is reviewed.

Descriptive links: http://sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=463

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Date action report first entered:   04/23/2012
Date of last report update:   02/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   1997

Implementation details:
The City has a Heritage Preservation Ordinance in its City Code that preserves and protects areas, places, buildings, structures and objects that have a historical, community or aesthetic interest to the City of Newport.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/newport/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH16HEPR

For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Date action report first entered:   06/14/2011

Implementation details:
The Rochester Urban Service Area Land Use Plan encourages and the Rochester Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Manual provides incentives for adaptive reuse of existing historic or cultural buildings.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.rochester.mn.us/departments/planning_zoning/Chapter%2062/62740ADAPTIVE_REUSE_CULTURAL_BUILDINGS.asp

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Date action report first entered:   03/10/2012

Implementation details:
Chapter 5 Section G and H address Historic Preservation The city of Willmar has adopted a Downtown Plan with a Chapter on Historic Preservation.

Outcome measures/metrics:
2 Buildings in the Central Business District have recently been selected as historic structures. Lakeland Hotel and Tribune building (Engan Associates Building)

Descriptive links: http://www.willmarmn.gov/sites/default/files/u15/Downtown%20Plan.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

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greenstep advisor
Erin Hanafin Berg, Director of Outreach & Policy, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota: 651-293-9047, ehberg@mnpreservation.org, http://www.mnpreservation.org