Neighborhood notebook


Summer festival returns to Armatage Park

The Armatage Neighborhood Association’s annual summer festival will take place from 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. July 21 at Armatage Park, 2500 W. 57th St.

Attendees can enjoy Sebastian Joe’s ice cream, a magic show, face painting, inflatable rides, a skateboarding contest, a silent auction and other activities. Beloved neighborhood band Armatageous will rock the festival again this year and a free showing of the movie Madagascar will start at 8:45 p.m.

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ECCO events

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) has a few upcoming events worth noting:

— The ECCO NRP Steering Committee is meeting July 14, 7–9 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

— The ECCO board is hosting a barbecue for neighborhood residents on July 22, 6–7:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Dunn Bros at 34th & Hennepin. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a dessert or salad to share.

— The neighborhood group will be holding a board and community meeting Aug. 6, 7–9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.



Rosefest set for July 18

The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association’s (EHFNA) signature summer festival, Rosefest, is scheduled from noon–8 p.m. July 18 at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

The event will feature food, live music, inflatable rides, pony rides, a puppet show by Open Eye Figure Theatre, a classic car show, a hula-hoop workshop and performance, business booths and more.

Rosefest is a community-building event and neighborhood fundraiser. All of the proceeds go toward neighborhood programs and improvements.

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Karmel Village expansion request denied

A plan to enlarge the Karmel Village residential project now under construction near the Midtown Greenway met with resistance from the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors.

The Board voted to deny developer Sabri Properties’ request for a conditional use permit to expand the project to 135,281 square feet, an increase of more than 26,000 square feet from the previous planned size. The four-story structure is located at 2848 Pleasant Ave. S.

Plans presented by the developer called for an expansion that would increase the average size of 77 housing units within the structure. Board members asked that the 77 units be constructed within the original square footage.



Gas station’s bid for liquor sales denied

Concerns about traffic and parking contributed to the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors’ decision to deny a conditional use permit for an off-sale liquor store in the Marathon Loon Express.

The owner of the gas station at 2801 Lyndale Ave. S. presented plans to construct a small liquor store within the existing building. The liquor store would be separated from the gas station and have a different entrance.

Board members expressed concerns about the availability of parking for customers and delivery vehicles. Some Board Members suggested a liquor store might have a negative impact on traffic at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and West 28th Street.



Whittier selects new LRT representative

Whittier resident David Bagley was selected to represent the neighborhood on the Southwest Transitway Community Advisory Committee, a citizen group involved in planning for a new Minneapolis light rail line.

The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors selected Bagley to replace Alex Bauman, a former board member who left the board after moving out of the neighborhood.



Kenwood to fund Cedar Lake patrols

The Kenwood Isles Area Association [KIAA] Board of Directors approved a plan to fund additional police patrols of East Cedar Lake Beach, a popular swimming spot better known as Hidden Beach.

Board Members approved a plan to make $5,000 available to the Minneapolis Park Police to fund additional patrols of the beach, where swimmers often congregate after hours. With the decision, the KIAA Board will spend half the $10,000 worth of unallocated Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds still available to the neighborhood.



Art, flavor and flair

“A Fusion of Art, Flavor and Flair” is the theme of this year’s Uptown Art Fair Kickoff Party, set for July 23 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Calhoun Square.

The annual event is meant to recognize people involved in the fair and highlight new attractions. The kickoff party will include a fashion show, artist gallery, gift bags and food. It will also feature a drink-mixing contest, during which judges will select an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage with the most flavor and flair.

The Uptown Art Fair is scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Check out for more art fair information.


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 3rd 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.

For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected]