NEW WEBSITE: A new Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) website was set to go online sometime in April. The new site will retain the old website’s address (www.bmna.org).
ANNUAL MEETING: The BMNA annual meeting is 6:30–8 p.m. May 14 at Bryn Mawr Community School, 252 Upton Ave. S.
ROSEFEST: The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) is looking for volunteers for Rosefest, the neighborhood’s signature event planned for July 19 at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S. For more information, visit www.eastharriet.org.
MOTHER’S DAY: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will host a Mother’s Day open house May 11 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. in the Peace Gardens, 4121 Roseway Road.
MEMORIAL TREES: The Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) Board voted to memorialize longtime Kenwood resident Martha Platt with the planting of one or two trees on Arbor Day.
Platt, 100, a well-known Twin Cities activist, died in March. She lived in Kenwood for more than six decades, KIAA board members said.
The plantings will coincide with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 125th anniversary celebration May 9 on the north end of Lake of the Isles.
ANNUAL MEETING: KIAA holds its annual meeting 6:30–9 p.m. May 5 at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
The agenda includes election of new board members, an update on the Southwest Transitway light rail corridor planning and a report on Lake of the Isles renovation. There will be discussion of other neighborhood issues and refreshments.
FARMERS MARKET: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) hired Sheila Delaney as the new Kingfield Farmers Market coordinator. The market takes place from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month from June-October.
3700 NICOLLET: The KFNA board approved eight variances sought by Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation for a 42-unit affordable housing development planned for 3700 Nicollet Ave. S. The variances included a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for supportive housing; a variance reducing the setback on 37th Street from 15.5 feet to 11 feet and another reducing the setback on Nicollet Avenue from 22 feet to six feet; a variance allowing an increase in the total number of units from 32 to 42; a variance increasing the total amount of allowed commercial space from 2,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet; a parking variance asking for 19 fewer spaces than the 45 required; a variance asking for the vacation of a boulevard easement along Nicollet and a variance to create a family housing property along 37th Avenue.
ANNUAL MEETING: The KFNA Annual Meeting is set for April 21 at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park, 41st Street and Nicollet Avenue. The event will include samplings of food from local restaurants, board elections and information about KFNA. Free childcare will be provided.
NAME CHANGE: The board voted to change the neighborhood organization’s name from Lowry Hill Residents Inc. (LHRI) to Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA). “We aren’t a corporation. We don’t sell a product. The Inc. just didn’t reflect what this group represents,” said board member Beth Kehoe.
MEMBERSHIP DUES: The board voted to abolish its $20 annual membership fee in favor of voluntary donations for the 2008-09 year. Previously anyone who hadn’t paid their dues was not allowed to vote at general membership meetings. Kehoe characterized the dues as a “poll tax.”
Neighborhood Revitalization Program committee chair Janne Flisrand agreed. “I understood that the purpose of this organization was to represent everyone in the neighborhood. We need to remove any barriers to entry,” she said.
Changing from a dues-based to a donation-based organization will also allow LHNA to take advantage of approximately $2,000 annually from the city.
VOTING RIGHTS: The board agreed to extend voting rights to all residents of Lowry Hill who are at least 16 years old. In the past, votes were limited to one person per household, provided that person had paid their annual dues and was at least 18 years old.
ANNUAL MEETING: LHNA will hold its annual meeting on May 20 at the Walker Art Center Film Center. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
REDEVELOPMENT MEMORANDUM: A memorandum of understanding between Nicollet Avenue landowners was approved by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) Board.
The memorandum aims to build a working agreement among the six major landowners on Nicollet Avenue between East 19th Street and Interstate 94. If approved by the landowners, it could advance redevelopment along that stretch of Nicollet, said Steve Gallagher, SSCO executive director.
Gallagher said three of the six landowners tentatively agreed to sign the memorandum.
GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS: The Whittier Alliance presented its annual Good Neighbor and Good Business awards at its annual meeting April 3.
Good Neighbor Award recipients were Charles Glasgow, Paul and Sue Marino and Jo Ann Musumeci. Good Business Award recipients were: Hassan Warsame of the BP Amoco gas station at West Franklin Avenue and 3rd Avenue South; Sharon Lund and Bob Falls of Falls Agency, an advertising firm; and Denise and Aris Arambadjis of It’s Greek to Me restaurant.
Award winners received a certificate and plant.
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 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.
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]