Grow and Preserve Prospect Park - Witch's Hat Tower & Tower Hill Park Preservation

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We Can Both Grow – and Preserve – Prospect Park!

Whereas, Prospect Park draws strength from both the historic landmark of the Prospect Park Water Tower and also from the diversity of its housing stock, and

Whereas, the “Witch’s Hat” Water Tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and is the unique and irreplaceable landmark of the neighborhood, so it is essential to preserve open views both of the Tower and also from the Tower, and

Whereas, we recognize that both our neighborhood and our city are growing, and that this growth can help preserve affordability and also provide the customer base to support new restaurants, stores and other amenities on University Avenue near and between the Prospect Park and Westgate LRT Stations, and

Whereas, new developments will bring new residents and new pedestrians to the neighborhood, who must be able to cross University Avenue safely, and

Whereas, we want to work with developers who will build high quality projects and invest in Prospect Park as a neighbor, not build more cheap, poorly-constructed buildings, and 

Whereas, while this resolution is intended in part to be a community response to the height of the Vermilion development, it also provides direction to other upcoming developments near the Tower. We believe we can both grow – and preserve – Prospect Park if the community sets clear and reasonable expectations that balance competing needs. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we appreciate many positive aspects of the Vermilion development including the use of high quality building materials, the preservation of the Art and Architecture Building, traffic primarily merging onto University rather than side streets, protection from bird strikes, a wider sidewalk along University, screening on the building and units that look into residential homes, breaking up the building into distinct structures, the Bedford Entryway Park + Art/Sculpture Area and the availability of high quality housing for aging residents who want to stay in Prospect Park. These are among the types of features we would expect to see in future developments. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that to preserve all views of and from the Water Tower no building within 600 feet of Tower Hill Park (PID: 3002923410047) should have a maximum height that exceeds the floor of the observation deck of the Tower at 1030 above sea level. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that to preserve the current Westward views from Tower Hill Park, including unique views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, no building in Prospect Park west of Malcolm and south of University should have a maximum height that exceeds the base of the Tower at 970 above sea level. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any future redevelopment of the former Clary site, SuperAmerica or the KSTP/Hubbard-owned properties must improve pedestrian safety of the University & Bedford intersection by realigning Bedford Street north of University with Bedford south of University. Draft Design here

Thank you for supporting Prospect Park - please join us at Pratt Ice Cream Social on Friday June 1st at 5:30pm - The Witch's Hat Tower will be open!  



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