Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2017-236

Resolution Approving the Acquisition of 2819 and 2823 15Th Avenue South, Minneapolis (Shalom Gardens) from Hennepin County, Tax Forfeited Land Division, in the Amount of $1,185.40, to Ensure Stability of Community Gardens

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Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) was created by the Minnesota Legislature in April 1883 and has the authority to acquire parkland with six votes of the Board of Commissioners;

 

Whereas, The MPRB is a governmental entity of the State of Minnesota pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 282.01, subdivision 1a(i), and eligible to request acquisition of tax forfeited land;

             

Whereas, The MPRB currently holds title to tax-forfeited land for community garden use;

 

Whereas, The MPRB has stated it will “develop policy and procedures for establishment [and expansion] of community gardens within neighborhood parks and tax-forfeited property” per the urban Agriculture Activity Plan it adopted in 2014;

 

Whereas, Hennepin County has offered MPRB the opportunity to purchase two tax-forfeited parcels at $500 each (plus applicable fees) at 2819 and 2823 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis (Parcels);

 

Whereas, The Parcels are currently used as community gardens and have a standing easement through the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development department stating that the Parcels must remain community gardens;

 

Whereas, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church currently holds insurance on both Parcels to support community gardening and has stated its intent to continue insurance and lease on both parcels for the long term to continue community gardening activities;

 

Whereas, There is both current and committed community volunteer interest in continuing community gardening activities on the Parcels; and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs;”

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approve the acquisition of 2819 and 2823 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis (Shalom Gardens) from Hennepin County, Tax Forfeited Land Division, in the amount of $1,185.40, to ensure stability of community gardens; and

 

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

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BACKGROUND

 

This action would allow the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to acquire two parcels in south Minneapolis that are currently used for community gardening. Acquisition of these parcels by MPRB will provide stability for the gardens and remove tax burden from the gardeners.  

 

In June 2017, a Property Manager with Hennepin County Tax-Forfeited Land Division sent an inquiry to MPRB’s Real Property Administrator, inquiring if MPRB would have an interest in purchasing two separate parcels being used as one combined community garden. The garden, known as Shalom Gardens, went into tax forfeiture on July 28, 2016. The non-profit company that owned the garden went defunct in 2009. The community gardeners, who are volunteers, continued to pay property taxes on the parcels until 2013, after which taxes went unpaid for approximately three (3) years causing delinquency of the property taxes, followed by forfeiture in 2016. These parcels are now owned by the State of Minnesota with no possibility of the former, now defunct non-profit owner being able to repurchase them. The community gardeners are involved, or work very closely with, the neighborhood church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, under Pastor Patrick Hansel.

 

The church holds insurance on the parcels and agreed to enter into a garden lease with Hennepin County Tax Forfeited Land for the remainder of the 2017 gardening season. There is an easement on the property with a restriction that the property must remain a community garden. The easement originated from Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) (now Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) when the property forfeited years before and was purchased from Tax Forfeited Land by MCDA and sold to the now defunct non-profit as a green space.

 

 

FUNDING/COST SUMMARY

 

To purchase 2819 and 2823 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, the MPRB land acquisition fund will be utilized for the total amount of purchase equal to $1,185.40.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends approving the acquisition of 2819 and 2823 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis (Shalom Gardens) from Hennepin County, Tax Forfeited Land Division, in the amount of $1,185.40, to ensure stability of community gardens.

 

This action supports the 2007-2020 MPRB Comprehensive Plan through:

 

Vision Theme 3:               Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs

Goal:              Focused land management supports current and future generations.

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, this action is supported by the following goal, strategy, and strategy detail identified in the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan MPRB adopted in 2014.

 

Goal Three:                           Food available on parkland benefits residents, park visitors, and the environment.

 

Strategy:                               Develop policy and procedures for establishment of community gardens within neighborhood parks and tax-forfeited property.

 

Detail:                Parks will continue to hold title to tax-forfeited land for community garden use as supported by the MPRB since 2001. Staff will include procedures for the expansion of this program within the new policy for establishment of community gardens.

Meeting History

Jul 12, 2017 5:20 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:TABLED [UNANIMOUS]Next: 8/9/2017 5:10 PM
MOVER:John Erwin, Commissioner At Large
AYES:Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, John Erwin, Steffanie Musich
ABSENT:Jon Olson
Aug 16, 2017 5:10 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [3 TO 0]
MOVER:John Erwin, Commissioner At Large
AYES:Scott Vreeland, John Erwin, Steffanie Musich
ABSTAIN:Liz Wielinski
ABSENT:Jon Olson
Sep 6, 2017 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [6 TO 1]
MOVER:Scott Vreeland, Commissioner District 3
SECONDER:Meg Forney, Commissioner At Large
AYES:Anita Tabb, Brad Bourn, Meg Forney, Steffanie Musich, Jon Olson, Scott Vreeland
NAYS:Liz Wielinski
ABSENT:John Erwin, Annie Young