Light rail on Kenilworth Corridor looks likely
It appeared all but certain in October that a light rail line connecting Downtown with the southwest suburbs would run down the Kenilworth Corridor and not the Midtown Greenway through Uptown.
The Southwest Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), a group of city and county government officials, recommended the Kenilworth Corridor route that snakes between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles at their meeting Oct. 14. The vote meant route 3A cleared one of its final hurdles on the way to the Metropolitan Council, which makes a final recommendation on light rail in November.
City Council Member Ralph Remington (10th Ward) was the only PAC representative to vote in favor of route 3C through Uptown on the Midtown Greenway. Late this summer, cost estimates that strongly favored 3A made it seem unlikely 3C would win federal funding.
One amendment to the PAC resolution called for continued exploration of rail transit down the Midtown Greenway. A streetcar connecting the Southwest and Hiawatha light rail lines is one possibility with strong support.
Other amendments addressed the need to reroute freight rail and preserve bicycle and pedestrian trails along the recommended route.
Groundbreaking set for affordable housing
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nicollet Square affordable housing development for youth and young adults is set for Nov. 12, from 4:30–6 p.m. at 37th Street and Nicollet Avenue. Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation is developing the project, which initially stirred controversy in the neighborhood because of its size, design and concerns about traffic and crime. The 42-unit building will offer social services for homeless and at-risk youth and young adults.
New board members elected
Five new board members and two incumbents were elected to the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) at its annual meeting last month. They are incumbents Tom Bicanich and Lesley Lydell and new members Christina Cassano, Marilyn Doyle, Bruce Manning, Rod Qualle and Patricia Vekich.
— Dylan Thomas and Jake Weyer
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 www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected]