CAPITAL PROJECT: Choosing from among the suggestions of neighborhood residents, the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) selected an annual capital project that this year will focus on beautifying its small business district.
Known by neighborhood residents as Bryn Mawr’s downtown, the area around the intersection of Penn Avenue South and Cedar Lake Road is the potential site of a new mural depicting the neighborhood’s history. The BMNA board of directors also discussed plans to install street banners in the downtown area.
CELEBRATING DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY: First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., is celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday on Feb. 8. The "Darwin Day: Celebrating 150 Years of Evolution, Truth and Independence" will feature a panel discussion, birthday cake and children’s activities.
CRIME MEETING: The Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) and the Linden Hills Community Council (LHiNC) will host a joint crime and safety meeting Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Pershing Neighborhood Center, 3523 W. 48th St. Assaults around the Chain of Lakes will be the main topic of discussion, and police from the 5th Precinct will be there to answer questions.
TRAFFIC STUDY: The city’s Traffic and Parking Services Division prepared a traffic study draft in response to community concerns about safety along a section of Upton Avenue. The study’s limits were Upton Avenue from 44th Street to 49th Street.
The city looked at traffic speeds between 45th and 46th Streets and 48th and 49th Streets, where the speed limit is 30 mph. The average speed was lower than the speed limit, but 5 percent of drivers drove above 35 mph on the 45th to 46th Street stretch and 3 percent drove faster than 35 mph between 48th and 49th Streets. Residents at the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council’s (LHiNC) where the draft was presented asked that speeds be measured between 46th and 47th Streets as well.
Few crashes have been reported in the area, the study found, but a fatality on Upton last year is what prompted much of the community’s concern.
A couple of the city’s recommendations are replacing existing speed limit signs with larger ones and creating a double yellow center line between 49th and 44th Streets. Further study of the area is planned for this spring.
WALKER TO SELL ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING: City Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) informed the board that the Walker Art Center is planning to sell its administrative building to local developer John McCarty.
Goodman, LHNA President Craig Wilson and former board member Fran Davis all serve on a citizens’ advisory committee that should have been informed of the Walker’s decision to sell property.
Goodman pointed out that the land on which the administrative building stands is zoned office/residential 2. This zoning will allow a structure 56 feet, or four stories, tall. Wilson and Davis agreed to contact the Walker to discuss its plans for the sale.
MEDIATION POLICY: The board decided to write a mediation policy that would allow them to steer disputing parties toward available services.
In addition, the board approved writing an editorial in the Hill and Lake Press that would stress LHNA’s commitment to peaceful conflict resolution and its intolerance of violent or threatening behavior in Lowry Hill.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Two new members were appointed to vacant seats on the Stevens Square Community Organization [SSCO] board of directors in January.
Jay Damberg, a Stevens Square resident and former board member, was welcomed back to the board. Damberg was later nominated for, and accepted, the position of board secretary.
Project for Pride in Living Vice President Brad Linville was appointed to a second vacant seat. Linville oversees nonprofit agency’s educational programs, which share space in the same building occupied by SSCO’s staff and offices at 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.
RED HOT ART: Always the major supporter of the annual Red Hot Art event in Stevens Square Park, anyway, the SSCO board of directors made their ownership of the event official Jan. 8.
The board approved a motion to take over all operations of the event, which takes place every year in June. In past years, the event involved some collaboration with Stevens Square Center for the Arts, but the nonprofit community arts organization was no longer able to
CITY OF LAKES LOPPET: The annual City of Lakes Loppet cross-country ski weekend is Jan. 31–Feb. 1. Several events such as the Sprints, Luminary Loppet and the Skijoring Loppet are planned for Jan. 31, but the main 33-kilometer race is set for Feb 1. It starts in Theodore Wirth Park and winds its way to the streets of Uptown.
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 Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. 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 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.
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