The following is a timeline of events for the neighborhood community
* Shoreham Area Advisory Committee (SAAC) formed in June 1998 as part of court settlement between city of Minneapolis
and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) relating generally to demolition of various Shoreham buildings for which city had denied
demo permits. Court orders all permits sought by CPR to be granted except for roundhouse permit, which is treated separately
and allowed special review.
* Court writes: "In order to promote and maintain good corporate, citizen and community relations regarding Shoreham
Yard, CPR and the City agree to establish a Shoreham Area Advisory Committee ("SAAC") composed of representatives from CPR
and the City, as well as residents of the Shoreham Yard area. The purpose of the SAAC will be to establish and maintain a
forum and methods for community outreach and communications, and for non-binding, informal resolution of issues that may arise
out of changes in the operations at the Shoreham facility."
* SAAC meets monthly starting in 1998; committee includes city, railroad, neighborhood organization reps, business
reps, community members and other interested parties. Lengthy discussions of "charter," bylaws and membership take place.
CPR insists that only scope of SAAC should be landscaping along 27th Avenue; community disagrees.
* Community members attend various hearings to seek denial of demo permit for roundhouse in summer 1998, as SAAC starts
to meet regularly. CPR and lawyers strongly urge granting demo permit, since desire is to sell land in cleared condition,
and roundhouse (as well as "teardrop" parcel) is no longer needed by railroad, they say. City Planning Department staff recommend
granting demo permit, but Heritage Preservation Commission (and State Historical Preservation Office) disagrees and forwards
recommendation that roundhouse be designated historic landmark to various city council committees and to city council, which
finally grants designation in summer of 2000 or 2001.
* CPR appeals historic designation to state Court of Appeals and loses.
* One of first projects for SAAC shortly after forming: October 1998 community-wide Town Meeting at Logan Park to
provide background on various issues facing Shoreham: pollution, re-development, hazardous materials, historic preservation,
current yard operations, 27th Ave. landscaping. Community, city and CPR participate.
* At time of SAAC formation, "teardrop" parcel (18 acres fronting Central Ave.) is for sale and has been for some
time CPR actively tries to sell property. One prospect noted by CPR is from Aurora, Ill., roundhouse redeveloper for similar
restaurant/bar/brew-pub/national sports figure museum. Developer presented ideas to community prior to SAAC (approx. 1996-97)
at Minneapolis Plan meeting to get feedback/reactions. Later says he was ignored by city officials although CP Rail was cooperative
and interested in his concept. CPR eventually says other interested buyers include Lumber 84, but adds that most potential
buyers want roundhouse removed.
* Irate residents from Holland neighborhood attend SAAC meetings in early 1999 to discuss dust problems created as
a result of CPR crushing material from demolished Shoreham buildings on south end of property near residents' homes.
* Task force, with SAAC and Holland neighborhood input, creates and implements landscaping plan with CPR for 27th
Avenue side of Shoreham.
* Community and SAAC urge redevelopment of teardrop parcel due to blight. CPR agrees that redevelopment would create
good buffer and continues to market land but complains that city is not actively involved and should be. Community members
privately talk to developers to seek interest in site. In late summer/fall 1999, MCDA issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
for site, with CPR's "blessing."
* City forms Shoreham Area Redevelopment Committee (SARC), consisting of business, community and SAAC representatives,
as well as mayoral and council member appointees, to review RFPs. CSM and Awsumb & Associates submit proposals; SARC meets
for several months to review and assess proposals and developers.
* SARC in Spring 2000 recommends Awsumb proposal to city council committee, which votes to recommend city council
accept Awsumb as proposed developer for MCDA to work with to pursue project; city designates teardrop a "redevelopment district"
to clear way for financing, etc. MCDA initially says eminent domain process could be used, if needed; city later removes this
portion of paperwork, indicating to SAAC/SARC that this helped CPR negotiations related to teardrop.
* CPR, on same day as report presented to city by SARC, announces withdrawal of land from market, initially being
unclear about reasons for sudden change. Initial reasons from CPR site vague change in corporate plans; sometime later CPR
claims pollution as reason. Community members are baffled, since pollution had previously been discussed and CPR indicated
it would not be determining factor for sale. Awsumb (with former MPCA Commissioner as consultant) is still interested in pursuing
project and thinks it廣 feasible, even with pollution issues. Various parties suggest parceling out roundhouse area to do
redevelopment project in phases. CPR not interested and says land is not for sale at this time. Eventually CPR says it may
need the land for railroad use but that it is not interested in discussing future plans.
* Following April-May 2000 move by CPR, relationship between SAAC and CPR deteriorates further. CPR writes to city,
suggesting that SAAC meet once or twice a year at most. SAAC goes on record as wanting to continue to meet monthly, regardless
of whether city or CPR show up. CPR says it will attend quarterly. SAAC continues to meet monthly, noting the many issues
facing Shoreham and the full agendas at SAAC meetings.
* SAAC continues to meet, hearing presentations by the city fire marshal on emergency response/material storage issues,
city environmental staff on noise complaints, CPR廣 haz-mat team on items shipped through the yards and security issues, and
CPR廣 environmental specialist on pollution updates.
* Teardrop area near roundhouse is used mainly as rental space/parking lot for truck containers, unrelated to rail
operations. Community expresses concerns about appearance and safety issues with unlocked containers facing Central Avenue.
Yard operations have shifted overall to less rail and more truck-related (bulk transfer and intermodal).
* State Historic Preservation Office says Shoreham preliminary review indicates whole yard is eligible for National
Register of Historic Places designation; community members lack funding to pursue national register paperwork/process at time.
* Pollution testing continues and appears more visible. SAAC seeks and receives regular updates from Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency (MPCA). SAAC seeks clarification on pollution-related deadlines/scheduling of analysis and eventual clean-up.
Dates are elusive.
* By summer 2002, pollution issues delay Central Avenue reconstruction while MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation)
looks into matter from, in part, worker safety perspective.
* MPCA indicates that by 2003, pollution remediation would be underway. SAAC feels city should have ducks in a row/plan
in place before clean-up is finished. Awsumb remains interested in site.
* Some SAAC members perceive reluctance by or inability of city to get more involved. In late 2001, SAAC members decide
that federal preemption laws/regulations make issues facing Shoreham more than just municipal problems. SAAC contacts offices
of U.S. Senators Mark Dayton and Paul Wellstone and U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo.
* Dayton aide meets with SAAC, says office interested in helping. Refers to similar situation in Shoreview, Minnesota.
Ditto for Wellstone's office, which puts community members in contact with Shoreview residents. Shoreview residents initially
unable to talk due to gag order imposed via CPR, they say.
* August 2002: Senators' aides join SAAC members for tour of site.
* September 2002: Community members meet privately with Shoreview residents to learn strategies used by them, Shoreview
city officials and Wellstone廣 office to successfully resolve problem in that city.
* SAAC seeks info from CPR on what, if any, property-type taxes it contributes to Minneapolis. MCDA (and city assessor廣
office) say they are unaware of any money received by city from railroad because it is "exempt." CPR maintains that it does
pay some amount to state; SAAC unable to get definitive answers on amount or formula, if any.
* SAAC seeks meeting with Minneapolis mayor to see what his plans are for Minneapolis' largest polluted site and to
pass on what they learned about successful Shoreview outcome. Federal aides wonder where city stands. After months of delay
and lack of response, SAAC meets with mayor in September 2002, following phone call made by Wellstone aide to mayor's office
on SAAC's behalf to request meeting.
* Mayor agrees to follow general Wellstone/Shoreview model outlined by SAAC i.e., in part, talk to Sens. Wellstone
and Dayton about dealing directly in one-on-one phone calls with CPR headquarters/president in Canada, not local office. Message
is that CPR should be a good corporate neighbor. Shoreview also purchased part of CPR land. Wellstone also involved with
legislation related to railroad preemptions. Mayor is shown Awsumb plans for site and seems interested. SAAC stresses blight
(collateral and on-site) clean-up, pollution remediation and job creation of 200-400 jobs noted in Awsumb proposal.
* 2003: Pollution deadlines continue to move backwards. SAAC continues to seek updates on deadlines. Pollution scope
widens; pollution has contaminated major aquifer that would be source of water for future generations or in the event of accident.
Pollution appears to be heading towards Mississippi River, but test results not in. CPR says it has spent $12 million on testing
thus far and work continues.
* CPR suing Ashland Inc. and others regarding pollution costs. Ashland legal reps begin attending SAAC meetings.
* SAAC chair makes repeated attempts to re-contact mayor for progress report/reminder of agreements made in September
* As April 2003 Second Annual SAAC Bag-Off trash pick-up nears, city hauls away two trucks of garbage from Shoreham
teardrop, and police note use of area by vagrants. Police warn nearby store and bus riders. CPR tells SAAC site does not need
help during bag-off, but SAAC and helpers pick up 17 bags of trash, a bicycle, clothing and a TV set. Police and community
also note prostitution across street.
* April 2003: Sen. Coleman's Washington aide and local aide meet with SAAC rep and developer reps. In follow-up meeting,
aides say Senator hopes to assist with seeking some manner of resolution. Aide and police officer who assists Senator also
report vagrancy and prostitution complaints to SAAC.
* May 2003: Shoreham Yards and Roundhouse named one of Minnesota's Ten Most Endangered Properties by Preservation
Alliance of Minnesota.
* New Third Ward city council member meets with SAAC; appears very interested in delving into issues using general
Wellstone/Shoreview ideas in summer 2003.
* June 2003: CPR holds community meeting on pollution status. SAAC contacts various elected officials and environmental
organizations regarding meeting. Clean Water Action makes contact with SAAC to provide info; says it would like to become
* After learning from MPCA that November 2004 was key court-imposed deadline for pollution case, SAAC learns that
court has set Dec. 15, 2006, deadline for being ready for jury trial. SAAC questions what this means for clean-up schedule
and questions these delays.
* August 2003: City says it has hired consultant Peer to review pollution data with an eye towards roundhouse area.
* Fall 2003: CPR turns down city request for entry onto property (as part of proposed grant application) to verify
pollution data and assess potential for phased redeveloment. CPR says its data should suffice and new reports are due February
* December 2003: Due to past delays, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency meets with CPR to suggest that more defined
schedule for clean-up be implemented and enforced. Discussions continue between MPCA and CPR.
* January 2004: SAAC appeals to MPCA Commissioner that schedule outlined by MPCA during December '03 negotiations
be strictly adhered to unless earlier compliance can be achieved.
* Pollution clean-up is under way at various sites within Shoreham Yards. SAAC continues to monitor this and has asked
that private wells in use (with contaminated water) be shut down in northeast Minneapolis and all be placed on city water
* Two "Health Consultation" documents are researched and produced by the state and federal government; a third is
in the works. Indeterminant health risk is noted.
* 2008 -- Roundhouse Reuse Study, Central Avenue Small Area Plan and Mayor's Great City Design Team charrette all
involve community in creating a vision for the part of our neighborhood in which Shoreham resides; desires of community include
living-wage jobs, urban-style Central Avenue frontage with green space and higher-density/low impact mixed uses that buffer
railyard, and preservation of Historic Shoreham Roundhouse as focal point and key to redevelopment. Shoreham on Central with
Roundhouse is listed as "transformational, once-in-a-generation" opportunity in city's Small Area Plan. SAAC community members
continue to object to demolition permits issued by city for Historic Shoreham Roundhouse.
* The "Nine Lives Project," created by artist Foster Willey, is launched in the hopes of drawing attention to the
valuable asset that the Historic Shoreham Roundhouse is to our community.
* Community members continue to seek mitigation of impacts related to intermodal distribution
center in urban setting.