Neighborhood notebook


Uptown Neighborhood News discussion in January

A proposal to restructure the managing board of the Uptown Neighborhood News was on the agenda for the Jan. 19 CARAG neighborhood meeting.

CARAG Board Member Anna Matthes and Jill Bode, a CARAG representative to the neighborhood newspaper’s managing board, briefly introduced a plan to restructure that body at the November CARAG meeting. They described the structure current managing board — a six-person board with three representatives each from CARAG and East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) — as inefficient.

Matthes and Bode introduced a motion that called for all management functions at the newspaper to transfer to them for three months. After that time, ownership of the paper would transfer to a limited liability company they would control.

A vote on that motion and a related motion was tabled at the November meeting. It was subsequently rejected at an Uptown Neighborhood News Board meeting.

The Matthes and Bode proposal was discussed only briefly in December, but a motion to devote “significant time” to the topic in January was approved.

Building proposed for Emerson

A group of investors working with local architecture firm BKV Group has proposed a new, one-story retail development for what is now a parking lot at 3005 Emerson Ave. S.

Investor John Stephenson, one of the property’s buyers along with area developer Clark Gassen, said the project is in a preliminary phase and the construction timeline and tenant are unknown.  

“The main thing right now is to get it entitled,” Stephenson said. “Right now it’s a very tough market to get financing in.”

Ultimately, the developers would like to see a small boutique operator, possibly a restaurant similar to Southwest establishments Café Maude, Blackbird Café, or Heidi’s. But in the current market, nothing is certain, Stephenson said.

“It could be a dang office building, you never know,” he said.  

Developers attended a CARAG zoning committee meeting in early December to present plans, which called for a 20-foot-tall structure with a 3,000-square-foot main floor and 1,500-square-foot mezzanine level. The plans required two variances: one allowing the use of six parking spaces instead of eight and another asking for a front setback of zero feet.

East Harriet

Kite Festival coming soon

The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) and Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) are once again hosting the annual Lake Harriet Kite Festival, scheduled for Jan. 9, from noon–4 p.m. on the lake in front of the band shell. Activities at the free event include kite flying, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot-cocoa sipping and general merry-making. For those without their own kites, some will be available for purchase. If by Jan. 9 Lake Harriet’s ice isn’t thick enough to support droves of kite flyers, a back-up date of Jan. 16 has been set.

Linden Hills

Need help with your energy bills?

Linden Hills Power & Light (LHP&L) wants to help people who are having trouble paying their energy bills.

The neighborhood nonprofit is offering to help people insulate their windows to save on heating bills. Seniors, fixed income and people with special needs are preferred.

If you’re interested, contact Felicity Britton at [email protected] or call 612-925-4249 for more information.

Also, the nonprofit is working on getting the word out about stimulus fund money for free attic and home insulation and/or mechanical upgrades. Households of one earning $21,184 per year or less, households of two people earning $27,700 or less, families of four earning $40,735 are automatically eligible. Both renters and homeowners can apply. Contact 612-335-5837 for more information.

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): General membership meetings are on the 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.