St. Louis Park Historical Society offers ‘Historic Connections’ program

The St. Louis Park Historical Society is hosting a program “Historic Connections: How Development Shapes Our City” Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Park High School, room C350.

The historical society will share a brief history of development in St. Louis Park and then have a panel discussion moderated by Mayor Jeff Jacobs about the current and future trends in development and unique development aspects of St. Louis Park. The program is free and open to the public.

This is the first in a quarterly series that the SLPHS will host to look at topics that are relevant to the city’s past and present. There will be a 20-minute presentation of pictures, with topics such agricultural beginning, post-war growth and Baby Boom years.

The moderated discussion will last about 40 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for audience questions. Featured on the panel will be:

Robb Bader, Bader Development, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development.

After college, Bader spent eight years as an investment sales and leasing broker in the California submarkets of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. In 2008, he moved to Minneapolis and started at Bader Development and is currently in charge of new development and acquisitions for the company. Since moving to Minneapolis, he has been involved as a member of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association and currently serves on the MHA Board of Directors as well as the leadership committee for the MHA Young Professionals Group.

Greg Hunt, economic development coordinator, City of St. Louis Park.

Hunt staffs the Economic Development Authority for the City of St. Louis Park. The EDA handles business assistance activities, tax increment financing, redevelopment project assistance, public/private financial packages, real estate transactions, Brownfield assistance, commercial rehabilitation/small business loans and other related activities that promote economic development and redevelopment in the city.

Carl Robertson, president of Sjoquist Architects, and member of the St. Louis Park Planning Commission.

Robertson is president of SAI, an architecture firm providing a full range of services for commercial project and is the premier dental design firm in the upper midwest. He is also a current and long-time member of the city’s planning commission which advises the city in matters concerning comprehensive planning, zoning, and general planning and development. Before becoming a licensed architect, Robertson spent several years working in various building trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, electrical and plumbing which gives him hands on knowledge of the design process that few other architects possess.

A representative from Citizens Independent Bank will also participate. Citizens Independent Bank has been the hometown bank of St. Louis Park for 65 years and has financed the development of numerous local businesses and projects over the years.

Information: SLPHS Office: [email protected] or 952-583-9893 (leave a message)