Courtesy Contempt

From: Jenkins, Andrea D.
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 10:04 AM
Cc: Glidden, Elizabeth A.Subject: 3009 Park Avenue South

Courtesy notice of debris removal at 3009 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

Debris removal at the Pauline Fjelde Residence at 3009 Park Avenue will begin next Monday morning, February 8, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. The City of Minneapolis is contracting with Veit Construction to carry out the operation. Members of the public will not be allowed on site during the demolition operation, but may observe from offsite locations. A staff member from the CPED-Preservation and Design team will be at the site and in direct communication with the wrecking contractor throughout the debris removal operation. If necessary, and with the express permission of Veit, CPED staff may be allowed on site periodically to examine debris for items of possible historical value as specifically relates to the life of Pauline Fjelde.

Veit will have control of the demolition site throughout the operation and have all authority to determine who may have access to the site including the property owner and/or City staff. A representative of 8th Ward Council member Elizabeth Glidden will also be in attendance so that he/she can convey information from the public to CPED staff. If items of possible historical significance are found amid the debris, some or all of them may be transported off site and stored by the City of Minneapolis for subsequent evaluation of authenticity and historic value.

If such an evaluation is needed, it will be conducted in conjunction with the property owner. Items salvaged form the site will remain the property of the current property owner unless and until other arrangements are made between the property owner and the City of Minneapolis at some future date. No such arrangements will be considered at the site during debris removal.

A summary of the day’s proceedings will be made to the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission at their regularly scheduled meeting of February 16th, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 317 City Hall.

This activity does not require formal legal notice. This notice is being sent as a courtesy extended by the City of Minneapolis to neighborhood and preservation representatives. Legal notice of the upcoming HPC meeting is sent separately using the standard procedures defined in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.

Further questions can be addressed to John Smoley, CPED-Preservation and Design.

Andrea Jenkins
Senior Policy Aide
Office of Elizabeth Glidden
8th Ward City Council Office
350 5th Street South
Minnepolis, MN 55407
(612) 673-2208
(612) 673-3569 Direct
(612) 673-3940 Fax

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I remember a sleepless night working on protest signs. 2010 was a winter like this one, (2014) with endless snow and mountainous snow banks. I recall planting myself and my signs in a snowbank as yet another snow fall slowed the traffic on Park Avenue to an ideal speed for viewing them. A minivan was parked nearby. Until the Schoffman’s attorney Daniel Kennedy got out and crossed the street to speak to the City employees who were there to “observe” Jack Byers, Aaron Hanauer and aspiring HPC commissioner and one time Fjelde advocate Susan Hunter Wier…I did not realize that the Schoffmans…or at least Jim Schoffman was also in the minivan.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden briefly visited the site.

The same Veit backhoe that had destroyed the house plunged into the debris, lifted it up in its jaws and then regurgitated a stream of unidentifiable debris. Since everything was too absolutely shattered to begin with, this charade was pointless. Why Aaron Hanauer who had initially been assigned as the staff for the Fjelde house was an observer instead of John Smoley was a mystery.

A letter from Daniel Kennedy complained of John Smoley’s temporary removal from the case and expressed an affectionate preference for him.

The dig and dump went on for about 45 minutes, I and my signs slipped and slided in the snowbank. A layer of snow covered me and infiltrated my shoes. The employees from the nearby Car Wash pelted me with a snow stream from their snowblower and laughed.

All of the Fjelde advocates were smarter than I — they were elsewhere.

As the Schoffman’s minivan departed, Jim Schoffman rolled down his window and said, “Show’s Over.”

He was almost right. Later that day, the remains of the Pauline Fjelde house would be scooped up and deposited in a fleet of trucks that took the house to a sorting facility in Becker Minnesota where any recyclable metals the scavengers hadn’t extracted would be removed. What was left would be transported down a long, barren concrete road in a funeral procession toward the vast Becker landfill to be layered upon layered of debris and earth. A truly horrible place at the end of the world and beginning of nightmares, burial mounds as far as sight could perceive. An old house cemetery resounding with the sorrowful mourning and angry songs of generations ghosts.

The City’s “historic landmark designation” process for the Fjelde house was still barely breathing in the bureaucratic engine with a few cogs left to turn and a few arses left to ineffectually cover before the death of the Pauline Fjelde house was signed, sealed, delivered, rubber stamped and archived in the Clock Tower.
Gone but not forgotten. Never forgotten.


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