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Current Edina $ 1 Thursday, May 25, 2017 Vol. 47, No. 22 Population surge Perfect storm eludes Public notices The Metropolitan Council released its population predictions for the metro area. Page 15 Wayzata won its fi fth straight True Team track and fi eld championship against Edina. Page 9 Check out the latest public notices from the city of Edina and the Edina School District. Page 11 Council reviews Grandview senior housing proposal Facility would replace the school bus garage BY ETHAN GROOTHUIS SUN CURRENT NEWSPAPERS The school bus garage in Grandview, frequently de- scribed analogous to Jenga or clown cars, has a replacement in the works. The Edina School District will be moving its busing operations just north of Interstate 494 for the 2017-18 school year, leaving a vacant site ripe for redevelop- ment in a crucial area of Edina. The city council was asked during its May 16 meeting to give non-binding comments for a potential senior housing proj- ect. The proposal is to tear down the existing bus garage and construct a six-story, roughly 160- to 165-unit senior housing development with underground parking. To accommodate, the council would need to grant a compre- hensive plan amendment to in- crease density and rezone from industrial to planned-unit devel- opment. Trammel Crow Company, the developers on the project, have recently overseen high-end residential projects such as the Junction Flats by Target Field and the Foundry Lake Street near Lake Calhoun. The unique difference for the Edina project is that it is designed for residents 55 and older. Grady Hamilton of Trammel Crow Company said that se- nior apartments would benefi t both seniors looking for new housing options but also new A preliminary rendering of a six-story senior housing project would replace the Edina School District’s bus garage in Grandview along Eden Avenue. (Submitted graphic) residents looking for a single- family home that would be left behind. “We tried to differentiate it by calling it ‘active adult.’” Hamil- ton said, adding that residents acres behind Jerry’s, presented can get housekeeping, transpor- several hurdles for potential tation and meals on an a la carte developers seeking to revamp a basis. GRANDVIEW - TO PAGE 8 The site, which is a snug 1.64 Student-led group holds fi rst Unity Walk Hundreds of students and community members marched through the neighborhood near the Edi- na Hig School to show solidarity and respect on Wednesday, May 17. It was the fi rst event held by Mosiac (symboliz- ing many pieces that make one) a new student group that was created to execute the Edina High School Creed. Student leaders collaborated in December to cre- ate an Edina High School Creed that adorned a large sign leading the march that read: “We, as members of the Edina High School Community, will uphold equity, empathy, and respect for race, religion, gen- der, sexuality, and ability. Together, we will strive to create a socially just environment in our community every single day.” Students hope that the community Unity Walk will become a tradition. (Sun Current staff photos by Ethan Groothuis) School board approves several contract negotiations BY ETHAN GROOTHUIS SUN CURRENT NEWSPAPERS Sun Current 10917 Valley View Rd. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-829-0797 The Edina School Board approved a series of negotiations at its May 15 meeting, includ- ing with Education Min- nesota. A new two-year col- lective bargaining agree- ment was approved between Education Min- nesota and Edina start- ing July 1. “I’m pleased to say we had a very collaborative session,” Director of Hu- man Resources & Opera- tions Gwen Jackson said. Salaries would increase 2 percent in the fi rst year and 2 percent in the sec- ond year. District contributions for health insurance would also increase by 1 percent in year one and 2 percent in year two. Other specifi c increases included school social workers receiving a sti- pend of $2,000 per year if they have acheived national certifi cation, as well as the creation of a sick leave pool estab- lished by members. The total compensa- tion package is an in- crease of 6.11 percent or $5.16 million over both fi scal years. The school board also unanimously approved an agreement between the school district and the group of classifi ed supervisors, confi dential employees and other sup- port staff. The two-year agree- ment, also beginning on July 1, is a 4.34 percent increase., or $149,350. Salary increases are 2.5 percent for both year one and year two. Heath insurance would not increase in the fi rst year but will increase by 2 percent in the second year. There is also a new dis- trict-wide snow removal coordination stipend of $7,000 per year. In other news, three teachers were placed on unrequested leave of absence. “Unfortunately, we don’t have enough posi- tions some years, and this is one of the cases,” Jack- son said. “These are ten- ured teachers. They will be placed on unrequested leave. As time goes on, will keep these teachers in mind ... if we can bring them back on, we will do so.” Contact Ethan Groothuis at ethan.groothuis@ecm-