Neighborhood notebook

ARMATAGE
ONLINE STORE: The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) has created an online store at www.cafepress.com/armatagegear where residents can purchase sweatshirts, T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads and other items featuring two different Armatage logos. Apparel runs from $10.99 for an infant bodysuit to $43.99 for a full tracksuit. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the neighborhood organization — an attempt to boost funds in the wake of NRP cuts.

POLICING SUGGESTIONS: The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for suggestions from Armatage residents about how the police can better protect the neighborhood. Send your name, address, phone number, two highest crime concerns, ideas about how the neighborhood and police can address your concerns and status in the neighborhood (resident, board member, etc.) to [email protected]

HOME LOANS: The ANA has selected the Center for Energy and Environment as its home loan vendor.

DONATIONS: The board included donation envelopes in all of the recent Armatage newsletters — a process that cost $260. So far, the board has only received $190 in donations.

COORDINATOR: ANA coordinator Jennifer Swanson has agreed to continue working for the board for another year.

BP STATION: In response to a letter from the BP gas station at 60th and Penn about its plans for renovation, the ANA is crafting a list of improvement ideas such as lighting adjustments and better landscaping for the station. The list will be sent to the Planning Commission, which will likely hear the gas station’s renovation requests.

FULTON

TENNIS COURTS: Ellen Doll, a representative from Support the Courts, the organization behind the tennis court renovation project at Pershing Park, approached the Fulton NRP Implementation Committee to ask for its help in funding the renovation. The committee said that their NRP Phase II money has been cut by 30 percent and most of it will have to go to housing-related projects, so they aren’t able to help. Doll suggested that the board co-sponsor a fundraiser when the courts reopen instead.

GRANT PRGRAM: The Fulton Neighborhood Association has decided to use the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council’s scope of service guidelines in implementing the Fulton Education Committee’s grant program. Religious organizations will not be eligible to apply for the grants.

50th STREET STREETSCAPE: The board has decided to create separate business associations for business nodes along 50th Street as part of its streetscape improvement plan. Once the neighborhood establishes representatives for each node, the board can begin to work with Public Works on the project.

STEVENS SQUARE
NRP PLAN MODIFICATION: About $30,000 in unused Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds were put to use on Nicollet Avenue by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) Board of Directors.

The board voted to split the funds between redevelopment on Nicollet Avenue and a neighborhood “human asset study.” The study of neighborhood demographics will help determine who lives in Stevens Square, how long they have lived there and what kind of talents they may have to contribute to the neighborhood.

WINDOM
POLICING SUGGESTIONS: The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for suggestions from Windom residents about how the police can better protect the neighborhood. Send your name, address, phone number, two highest crime concerns, ideas about how the neighborhood and police can address your concerns and status in the neighborhood (resident, board member, etc.) to [email protected]

COMMUNITY GATEWAY: The Windom Community Council is initiating a community gateway project using NPR money. They hope to put Windom-identifiable objects like plantings or signage in select business nodes such as 50th and Nicollet and 58th and Lyndale. The council hopes to recruit volunteers to help with the project.

SMACC: Board member Dave Evans has agreed to take on the role of Windom representative for the airport watchdog group South Metro Airport Action Council (SMACC).

NEWSLETTER: The council agreed to change the frequency with which its newsletters are published from four issues per year to three issues per year. The newsletters will come out in March, July and November.

FALL FESTIVAL: The 2008 Windom Fall Festival will be held on Sept. 6 from 4–8 p.m. The council is looking for several dedicated volunteers to help plan and carry out the event.