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Southwest LRT open houses lined up for August

There are four open houses planned in August to brief people on three potential Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines. A number of factors will be considered to evaluate the three options, including: ridership forecasts, cost estimates, cost-effectivness calculations and transit mobility measures, among other things.

The information gathered will be used to name the preferred LRT route, referred to as the Locally Preferred Alternative or LPA. The Southwest Transitway is expected to pick an LPA and forward it along to the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) later this month.

Here’s a schedule for open houses:

— Aug. 11, 6:30–8 p.m. Hopkins City Hall, 1010 1st St.

— Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.

— Aug. 13, 6:30–8 p.m. Marriott Southwest Hotel, 5801 Opus Parkway

– Aug. 18, 6:30–8 p.m. St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.

— Aug. 19, 6:30–8 p.m. Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie.


East Calhoun

Neighborhood barbecue planned for Aug. 12

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is hosting a neighborhood barbecue Aug. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Gateway Art Park, located at Lake Street and Calhoun Parkway. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share.


East Isles

Ice Cream Social set for Aug. 13

The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is hosting an ice cream social on Aug. 13, 6–9 p.m. at Joanne Levin Triangle Park, 1600 W. 26th St.

Other activities lined up for the event include an exotic petting zoo, face painting and fun-jump bouncers for children. For more information, visit



Summerfest scheduled for Aug. 8

The Kenny Neighborhood Association’s annual Summerfest is set for Aug. 8, from 5-10 p.m. at Kenny Park, 1328 W. 58th St. Live music, food from local restaurants, inflatable rides and a variety of activities are planned. Visit for more information.



Affordable housing project wins support

A proposed mixed-used development near the intersection of Lyndale Avenue and West 28th Street won the support of the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors July 23.

Known as Lyndale Green, the mixed-use development would be built on land adjacent to the Salem Lutheran Church building at 610 W. 28th St. The four-story building will include 61 affordable housing units and ground-floor retail space.

The Board voted to approve the site plan review and a variety of requests for variances and a conditional use permit.

There are also plans to rehabilitate the church building on the site, which has been vacant for several years.


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 Nezighborhood 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