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  • April 27, 2022

    MINNESOTA HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES AUTHORITY NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING Pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 of the Bylaws of the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority (the “Authority”), the Authority will hold a special meeting at the call of Chair Gary D. Benson on Wednesday April 27, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. The special meeting will be conducted by telephone or other electronic means in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. Chair Benson has determined that an in-person meeting at the regular meeting location for the Authority, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, is not practical or prudent because of the extraordinary public-health circumstances related to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The chief administrative officer of the Authority, Executive Director Barry W. Fick, will be physically present at the Authority offices, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, for this special meeting. Members of the public may monitor the meeting via telephone by calling toll-free 1 877 978-6969; Access Code 645-016-646# or by video at https://www.gomeet.com/645-016-646 (requires Google Chrome for best performance). Some members of the Authority may participate by telephone or other remote means. At the special meeting the Authority will consider a request by the University of St. Thomas (the “University”) for approval of U.S. Bank National Association or an affiliate to serve as trustee with respect to the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2022A (University of St. Thomas) (Green Bonds) and Revenue Bonds, Series 2022B (University of St. Thomas), proposed to be issued by the Authority on behalf of the University, in lieu of the trustee previously approved by the Authority. Certain materials related to the agenda item are posted separately at mnhefa.org. Dated: April 22, 2022
  • April 20, 2022

    Public attendees may attend via video conference through: https://www.gomeet.com/441-015-060 or by phone at: 18779786969 and PIN: 441-015-060#
  • March 23, 2022

    This meeting was moved from March 16th to March 23rd. **Please note that the public hearing notice with the referenced campus map included can be downloaded by clicking the link below.** https://mnhefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Notice-of-Public-Hearing-St.-Thomas-2022-1394867-7x89580-1.pdf MINNESOTA HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES AUTHORITY NOTICE OF MEETING CONDUCTED BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON REVENUE OBLIGATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority (the “Authority”) with respect to a proposal to issue revenue bonds or other obligations on behalf of the University of St. Thomas (the “University”), as owner and operator of University of St. Thomas, at the regular meeting of the Authority to be held on March 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Under the proposal, the Authority would issue its tax-exempt or taxable revenue bonds or other obligations in one or more series (the “Obligations”) to finance a project (the “Project”) consisting of (a) the acquisition, design, demolition, construction, renovation, improvement, furnishing and equipping of various facilities, including (i) construction of a 5-level academic building for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics of approximately 129,600 square feet on the former site of Loras Hall which was demolished in 2021 for this purpose, to be known as the Schoenecker Center (the “Schoenecker Center”), to be used for classrooms, offices, laboratories, and related purposes, (ii) renovation of Brady Educational Center to provide faculty offices and student music practice spaces relocated from Loras Hall, (ii) renovation of the Facilities & Design Center to relocate Engineering workshops from O’Shaughnessy Science Hall; (iii) renovation of the Anderson Parking Facility to relocate the recycling center from the Facilities & Design Center to make room for the Engineering workshops; (iv) renovation of O’Shaughnessy Science Hall to repurpose the space vacated by the Engineering workshops and modifications related to the Schoenecker Center central utility plant; (v) renovation of Owens Science Hall to repurpose faculty offices that will be relocated to the Schoenecker Center and modifications related to the Schoenecker Center central utility plant; (vi) renovation of Brady Residence Hall and Dowling Residence Hall and Koch Commons connecting them; (vii) renovation of the Summit Classroom Building to provide start-up space for the University’s new nursing program, and (viii) acquisition of a single-family residence adjacent to the University’s Saint Paul campus (the “Residential Property”); all of the foregoing activities described in clauses (i) through (viii), inclusive, collectively, the “Main Campus Projects”); (b) acquisition of an approximately 22-acre tract of land (the “CP Rail Tract”) and preliminary design work for a University hockey arena, softball and baseball fields, and related athletic facilities, in the Highland Bridge redevelopment area in Saint Paul (the “Athletic Facilities Project”); and (c) the refunding on a current refunding basis of the following Authority obligations issued on behalf of the University: (i) the Authority’s outstanding Revenue Note, Series Seven Z (University of St. Thomas), dated March 14, 2014, issued in the principal amount of $24,210,000 (the “Series Seven Z Note”); (ii) the Authority’s outstanding Revenue Refunding Note, Series 2017B (University of St. Thomas), dated December 29, 2017, issued in the principal amount of $8,220,000 (the “Series 2017B Note”); and (iii) the Authority’s Revenue Refunding Note, Series 2020A (University of St. Thomas), dated July 17, 2020, issued in the principal amount of $9,610,000 (the “Series 2020A Note”), and the Authority’s Revenue Note, Series 2020B (University of St. Thomas), dated July 17, 2020, in the principal amount of $9,135,000 (the “Series 2020B Note”) (collectively, the “Refunding Project”). The Series Seven- Z Note was issued to provide funds to be loaned to the Corporation to advance refund the Authority’s Series Five Y Bonds. The Series Five Y Bonds were issued to provide funds to finance the construction, equipping and furnishing of Flynn Residence Hall (formerly known as Selby Residence Hall), a seven-story student residential hall and related parking facility. The Series 2017B Note was issued to provide funds to be loaned to the Corporation to current refund the Authority’s Series Seven O Bonds. The Series Seven O Bonds were issued to provide funds to finance the refunding of (A) the Authority’s outstanding Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds, Series Four O (University of St. Thomas) dated September 25, 1997, which were issued in the original principal amount of $10,800,000 to finance (i) the construction, furnishing and equipping of Morrison Hall, a residence hall for approximately 350 beds, (ii) the construction, furnishing and equipping of an approximately 350 stall parking ramp beneath Morrison Hall, (iii) the construction, furnishing and equipping of a Commons Building connecting Brady Hall and Dowling Hall for administrative and office space and recreational facilities and related improvements to connecting areas of Brady and Dowling Halls, and (iv) the construction of a skyway between the Commons Building and Morrison Hall and related site improvements; and (B) the Authority’s outstanding Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds, Series Five C (University of St. Thomas) dated October 28, 1999, which were issued in the original principal amount of $10,000,000 to finance the renovation, furnishing and equipping of Albertus Magnus Hall for use as an office and classroom facility. The Series 2020A Note was issued to provide funds to be loaned to the Corporation to refund the Authority’s Revenue Refunding Note, Series 2017C (University of St. Thomas), dated December 29, 2017, which was issued in the original principal amount of $10,815,000 to provide funds to finance the refunding of the Authority’s outstanding Revenue Bonds, Series Seven P (University of St. Thomas), dated May 30, 2012, which were issued in the original principal amount of $12,300,000 to provide funds to finance the refunding of the Authority’s outstanding Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds, Series Six H (University of St. Thomas) dated February 16, 2006, issued in the original principal amount of $12,300,000 to finance the construction, equipping and furnishing of McNeely Hall, an approximately 73,000 square foot undergraduate business building. The Series 2020B Note was issued to provide funds to be loaned to the Corporation to finance the design, construction, renovation, improvement and equipping of various facilities, including renovation of John Ireland Hall and renovation of the Center for Well Being. The Obligations to finance the Project would be issued in an original aggregate principal amount of up to approximately $165,000,000, consisting of up to approximately $121,000,000 original principal amount to finance the Main Campus Projects, up to approximately $10,000,000 original principal amount to finance the Athletic Facilities Project, and up to approximately $34,000,000 original principal amount to finance the Refunding Project. All the facilities and improvements to be financed or refinanced by the Project are or will be owned and operated by the University and, except for the Residential Property and the Athletic Facilities Project, are or will be located on the University’s main campus, the principal street address of which is 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota. As shown on the attached campus map, the University’s Saint Paul campus is bounded on the north by Selby Avenue and Summit Avenue, on the east by Cleveland Avenue South and Cretin Avenue South, on the south by Grand Avenue and Goodrich Avenue, and on the west by Cretin Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard. The Residential Property is located at 2037 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, on a city block directly across Cleveland Avenue South from the University’s Saint Paul campus on which other University buildings are located and next door to the University president’s house. The CP Rail Tract relating to the Athletic Facilities Project is located near the intersection of Cleveland and Montreal Avenues in Saint Paul, within the Highland Bridge redevelopment area, approximately 2.5 miles from the University’s Saint Paul campus. The Authority’s meeting and public hearing on March 23, 2022, will be conducted by telephone or other electronic means in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or via telephone by calling toll-free 1 877 978-6969; Access Code 055-776-752# or by video at https://www.gomeet.com/055-776-752 (requires Google Chrome for best performance). Some members of the Authority may participate by telephone or other remote means. Written comments may be sent by regular mail to the attention of the Operations Manager at the offices of the Authority, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, or emailed to [email protected] or sent by facsimile to (651) 297-5751. Anyone requiring an accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Authority at (651) 296-4690 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to arrange for any necessary accommodations. For additional information on such public hearing, see the Notice of Public Hearing – University of St. Thomas, on the Authority’s website: mnhefa.org – Recent News. At said time and place the Authority shall give all parties who appear or have submitted written comments an opportunity to express their views with respect to the proposal to undertake and finance the Project. Dated: March 13, 2022 By Order of the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority Barry W. Fick Executive Director **Please note that the public hearing notice with the referenced campus map included can be downloaded by clicking the link below.** https://mnhefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Notice-of-Public-Hearing-St.-Thomas-2022-1394867-7x89580-1.pdf
  • February 16, 2022

    Two public hearings will be held at the Authority's February 16, 2022 Board Meeting. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or via telephone by calling toll-free 1 877 978-6969; Access Code 301-096-016# or by video at https://www.gomeet.com/301-096-016 (requires Google Chrome for best performance). The details are below. MINNESOTA HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES AUTHORITY Per the Authority Board Chair’s determination that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent because of the extraordinary public-health circumstances related to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this meeting of the Authority Board will only be offered virtually. Notice of Public Hearing on Revenue Obligations on Behalf of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority (the “Authority”) with respect to the proposal to issue revenue bonds or other obligations on behalf of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation (the “College”), an institution of higher education, at the Authority’s offices at 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Under the proposal, the Authority would issue its revenue bonds or other obligations in an aggregate original principal amount of up to $1,500,000, to finance the acquisition and related expenses of properties located at 2450 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be used to support administrative functions of the College and at 2601 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be used to store equipment and supplies and serve as a maintenance shop for the College (the “Project”), which will be incorporated into the College’s main campus, the principal street address of which is 2501 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Authority’s meeting and public hearing on February 16, 2022, will be conducted by telephone or other electronic means in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or via telephone by calling toll-free 1 877 978-6969; Access Code 301-096-016# or by video at https://www.gomeet.com/301-096-016 (requires Google Chrome for best performance). Some members of the Authority may participate by telephone or other remote means. Written comments may be sent by regular mail to the attention of the Operations Manager at the offices of the Authority, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, or emailed to [email protected] or sent by facsimile to (651) 297-5751. Anyone requiring an accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Authority at (651) 296-4690 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to arrange for any necessary accommodations. For additional information on such public hearing, see the Notice of Public Hearing – Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on the Authority’s website: mnhefa.org – Recent News. By Order of the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority Barry W. Fick, Executive Director MINNESOTA HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES AUTHORITY NOTICE OF MEETING CONDUCTED BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON REVENUE OBLIGATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority (the “Authority”) with respect to a proposal to issue revenue bonds or other obligations on behalf of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, formerly known as William Mitchell College of Law, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation (the “School”), as owner and operator of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, an institution of higher education, at the regular meeting of the Authority to be held on February 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Under the proposal, the Authority would issue its tax-exempt or taxable revenue bonds or other obligations in one or more series in an original aggregate principal amount of up to approximately $13,750,000 to finance a project (the “Project”) consisting of (a) the acquisition, design, construction, renovation and equipping of various facilities, including improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, (b) acquisition and installation of a new student information system (SIS) and enterprise resource planning system (ERP), (c) the refunding of the Authority’s outstanding Revenue Note, Series Seven V (William Mitchell College of Law), dated May 30, 2013, issued in the original principal amount of $10,800,000 (the “Series Seven V Note”), and (d) the funding of a payment arising from the termination of an interest rate swap, dated as of May 30, 2013, entered into by the School in relation to the Series Seven-V Note. The Series Seven V Note was issued to provide funds to finance the refunding of the Authority’s outstanding Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds, Series Five S (William Mitchell College of Law), dated October 2, 2003, issued in the original principal amount of $15,800,000 (the “Series Five S Bonds”). The Series Five S Bonds were issued to provide funds to finance (a) construction, renovation and expansion of a student center, (b) construction, renovation and expansion of classroom space with enhanced technology, and (c) expansion and upgrade of facility infrastructure, consisting of approximately 27,000 additional square feet and approximately 22,000 square feet of remodeled space. All the facilities and improvements to be financed or refinanced by the Project are or will be owned and operated by the School and located on the School’s main campus, the principal street address of which is 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The School’s Saint Paul campus is generally bounded on the north by Portland Avenue, on the east by Victoria Street North, on the south by Summit Avenue, and on the west by Milton Street North. The Authority’s meeting and public hearing on February 16, 2022, will be conducted by telephone or other electronic means in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or via telephone by calling toll-free 1 877 978-6969; Access Code 301-096-016# or by video at https://www.gomeet.com/301-096-016 (requires Google Chrome for best performance). Some members of the Authority may participate by telephone or other remote means. Written comments may be sent by regular mail to the attention of the Operations Manager at the offices of the Authority, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 450, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, or emailed to [email protected] or sent by facsimile to (651) 297-5751. Anyone requiring an accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Authority at (651) 296-4690 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to arrange for any necessary accommodations. For additional information on such public hearing, see the Notice of Public Hearing – Mitchell Hamline School of Law, on the Authority’s website: mnhefa.org – Recent News. At said time and place the Authority shall give all parties who appear or have submitted written comments an opportunity to express their views with respect to the proposal to undertake and finance the Project. Dated: February 4, 2022 By Order of the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority Barry W. Fick Executive Director
  • January 19, 2022

    Per the Authority Board Chair’s determination that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent because of the extraordinary public-health circumstances related to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this meeting of the Authority Board will only be offered virtually. The general public may monitor the meeting via telephone by dialing 1-877-978-6969 and entering Access Code: 678-691-257# or by video through this link: https://www.gomeet.com/678-691-257