HOME LOAN PROGRAM: The Armatage Neighborhood Association has sent out a mailer to residents, letting them know that the neighborhood’s revolving home loan program is about to start. Applications for the 4-percent simple interest loans, which range from $2,000-$10,000, will be accepted beginning Apr. 11. The funds are for exterior improvements like painting, driveway work or roofing and only homes within the boundaries of Armatage are eligible.
ICE SKATING: Over 5,000 people visited Armatage Park’s ice skating rink this season.
FESTIVAL: Volunteers are needed for the neighborhood’s summer festival, which will take place Jul. 22 from 6–8:30 p.m.
ANNUAL MEETING: East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) holds its annual meeting 7–9 p.m. April 8 at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.
EIRA board members voted in March to create a nominating committee, which will recruit community members to fill open positions on the board.
3700 NICOLLET: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) approved a Community Benefits Agreement with the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF) regarding an affordable housing project for young adults planned for 3700 Nicollet Ave. S. The agreement is the result of numerous community meetings and holds PCNF accountable for creating a development that meets standards that the organization and the neighborhood have agreed upon.
NRP: The KFNA approved a response to the city’s draft proposal for the future of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and community engagement. The response argues that the city’s proposal of at least $2 million in administrative funding for neighborhood groups is not enough and states that the proposed NRP governing structure is inadequate.
For more information on the NRP response or the 3700 Nicollet project, call the KFNA office at 823-5980.
PARK DEDICATION FEE: Board members discussed the City Council’s recent passage of a statement of intent for a park dedication fee with Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward). If the statement of intent becomes an ordinance, developers would need to dedicate a specific percentage of any land being redeveloped for use as a public park or, if there is no suitable land, pay a one-time fee to develop park facilities in the general area of the new development.
Goodman, one of two Council members to vote against the fee, told the board that she felt it was disingenuous to say this fee would offset the additional stress on the park system that new development could cause.
NEW TREES: The Park Board has 3,500 new trees in its 2008 budget, none of which were going to be planted in Lowry Hill. That plan has changed thanks to the efforts of board members Marty Broan and Rob Reul. The Park Board will plant 97 new trees in the Lowry Hill neighborhood this spring.
DESIGN CHARETTE: Board members from LHRI and Citizens for a Loring Park Community will hold a design charette in mid-April. The charette will focus on the freeway-dominated area from Dunwoody Boulevard to Franklin Avenue that separates the two neighborhoods.
COMMITTEE RENAMED: Aiming to encourage broader community participation, the Stevens Square Community Organization Board approved a name change for the Housing and Development Committee.
It will now be known as the Community Development Committee. The committee reviews development proposals and land use applications, and works to promote neighborhood development.
DANCE PARTY: For the second year, the Windom Community Council is putting on Tots Rock Dance Party at the Community Center Gym, 5821 Wentworth Ave. S., from 4–7 p.m. The event is geared toward kids ages 6 months to 7 years old at a cost of $3 per child or free for those under 1 year old.
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 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 Monday 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.