East Isles supports LRT on the Kennilworth Corridor
The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) Board of Directors expressed strong preference for light rail transit on the Kennilworth Corridor over other proposed routes for the Southwest Transitway.
Other proposed routes for light rail would put trains on the Midtown Greenway through Uptown. Board members expressed several concerns about that route, including its impact on bike and pedestrian traffic along the Greenway.
They said the Greenway route would obstruct traffic in the neighborhood at three at-grade crossings at James, Humboldt and Irving avenues. Board members also said the Kennilworth alignment would do more to spur development near the light rail line.
The EIRA Board voted June 2 to have new President Nancy Johnston draft a letter outlining the neighborhood’s position and send it to members of the Southwest Transitway Policy Advisory Committee.
MCAD lot approved
Plans by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) to construct a surface parking lot won the support of the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors, although some board members continued to oppose the lot plans.
A motion to support the lot as an interim use for five years was approved May 28. One condition of the approval was a request that MCAD administrators provide annual updates to the board on long-term parking plans.
The proposal for a surface lot near the intersection of Stevens Avenue and West 26th Street was controversial because of its location in an historic district, and the need to relocate an older home on the site. Several board members also expressed concern that the lot would not meet MCAD’s future or even current parking needs.
The school’s plan for the lot includes a sculpture garden.
Southwest neighborhood group meeting times
Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Armatage Park, 57th & Russell.
Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Bryn Mawr School, 252 Upton Ave. S.
Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) meeting: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.
Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) meeting: Board meets every 1st Tuesday at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.
East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO): Board meets 1st Thursday monthly at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.
East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA): Board meets 1st Wednesday monthly at Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.
East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.
Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.
Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Kenny Park Building, 1328 W. 58th St.
Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA): Board meets 1st Monday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st & Nicollet.
Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.
Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
Lowry Hill East (Wedge): Board meets 3rd Wednesday monthly at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St.
Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 3rd Thursday monthly at the Loring-Nicollet Community Center, 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.
Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA): Board meets 3rd Monday monthly at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave.
West Calhoun Neighborhood Council: Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.
Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.
For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected]