COMPETITOR WEBSITE: Noah Schuchman, president of the Armatage Neighborhood Association, wrote a letter to Jane Paulus of Edina Realty, asking her to stop publicizing armatagenews.com, a website that provides information about the neighborhood. “Given the absolute lack of actual information about the Armatage neighborhood,” he wrote, “your self-promotional mailing and website are incredibly misleading.” He asked her to find other ways to participate in the neighborhood and leave distributing information up to the neighborhood association, which has a site at armatage.org.
AQUATICS CENTER PROPOSAL: A Minneapolis real estate broker pitched his proposal for the construction of an aquatic complex in the Bassett Creek Valley area to the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association board. Todd McIntyre of Investment Property Services told the board an aquatics center — planned for the Linden Yards area along Interstate 394 — would be an amenity for the multi-family housing planned in the area and could someday host Olympic-level competition. There are too few large swimming facilities to meet the demand in the Twin Cities, McIntyre added. Board members recommended McIntyre take his proposal to the neighborhoods land use committee and the Bassett Creek Valley Redevelopment Oversight Committee.
RESIGNATION: Long-time board member Ed Juda announced his resignation. Juda is moving out of state.
ELECTIONS: At the Sept. 12 meeting, the Fulton neighborhood voted in five new board members, including four incumbents and one new member.
AWARDS: Also at the meeting, state Sen. Scott Dibble handed out Friends of Fulton awards to neighbors and groups that helped out throughout the year and three Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design awards to homeowners and companies that recently completed construction or remodeling projects.
TENNIS: A private donor is paying to completely renovate the tennis courts at Pershing Park. The work starts this fall and should be complete in the spring.
PARADE STADIUM: The Kenwood Isles Area Association declined to pass a resolution recommended by the Lowry Hill Residents Inc. Board regarding the Parade Stadium project.
The board instead passed its own, similar resolution.
The Lowry Hill resolution called for the Minneapolis Park Board to produce an environmental assessment worksheet for the Parade Stadium project, which would give a brief overview of its possible environmental impact. Lowry Hill board member Marty Broan said the worksheet could delay the project and give area residents more oversight.
Over concerns about the potential cost and effectiveness of that approach, the majority of board members supported an alternative resolution requesting the formation of a citizens advisory committee on the project. The alternative resolution, passed on a divided vote, requests an environmental assessment worksheet only when required by law.
ALMSTED’S: Linden Hills, Inc. Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) has written a letter thanking Almsted Grocery, 44th Street and France Avenue, for its service over the years and explaining, through the owner’s words, that the store closed because of financial trouble, not a buy-out deal with a larger chain. The letter will be posted on lindenhills.org.
FALL GRANTS: LHiNC has awarded grants to the following organizations: $800 for the Lake Harriet Community School; $250 for the Joyce Food Shelf; and $825 for the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra.
UNMARKED CROSSING: Lowry Hill resident, Kathy Spraitz, expressed concern at a recent Lowry Hill Residents Inc. meeting about an unmarked street crossing that neighborhood residents, including children on bicycles, use to get from Kenwood Park to Lake of the Isles. The crossing is east of the Kenwood Recreation Center between Oliver and Logan Avenues on Franklin Avenue. The sidewalk through Kenwood Park comes to a dead end at Franklin Avenue and begins again on the other side of the street.
“It basically forces you out onto the street,” said Hammond. “And kids come flying through there.” Hammond would like to see a stop sign put on the sidewalk to encourage people to look for traffic before crossing the street. Board members agreed to work with the city on safety
HOUSING FUND FROZEN: The Stevens Square Community Organization board voted to not accept any new proposals for its housing fund until next year because of questions about funding.
The board decided to wait until their next round of Neighborhood Revitalization Project funding is secured, possibly early next year. No new proposals will be accepted to the Perpetual Affordable Housing Fund until spring 2008.
Since 20005, Stevens Square has committed $240,000 to the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation for the creation of affordable housing.
CREEKSIDE COMMONS: Members of Minneapolis Residents for Smart Density, a group of neighbors who are opposed to the development of a 30-unit affordable housing complex on 54th Street and Stevens Avenue, gave a presentation to Windom Community Council members at the Council’s Sept. 13 meeting. Citing potential traffic, parking, and management problems, among other issues, the group asked the board to write a letter to the city Planning Commission opposing the project. Council members decided to research the matter further and write a letter based on their findings.
— Sarah Phemister, Dylan Thomas and Mary O’Regan
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 Coldwell Banker Burnet Building, 5516 Lyndale Ave. S.
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 Residents Inc. (LHRI): 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 Thursday monthly at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at 1707 3rd Ave. S. in the community room.
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 Whole Foods (classroom), 3060 Excelsior Blvd.
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.”