Neighborhood notebook


Board supports zoning change

A proposed zoning change to allow a Bryn Mawr house to operate as a bed and breakfast won support from the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) Board of Directors at its Feb. 10 meeting.

The Board approved a letter to city planners expressing support for a proposal to rezone 2006 Laurel Ave. to R-3 from R-1. Support was conditional on two factors: one, that the house be submitted for historical designation from the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission; and, two, that it is purchased by the Bryn Mawr couple planning the bed and breakfast.

BMNA Area 3 Representative Rick Carter (who recused himself from the rezoning discussion) and his wife planned to purchase the property.

The zoning change, required for operation of a bed and breakfast, also would allow a three- to four-unit dwelling on the property. A draft of the BMNA letter to city planners noted Board members would accept that possibility since the existing house has been divided into several units since at least the 1950s.



Community garden application deadline coming up

Applications for plots in either of Kingfield’s two community gardens planned to open this spring are due March 15. One of the gardens is planned along Pleasant Avenue near the Center for Performing Arts. The other is slated for 3912 Van Nest Ave. For details on the gardens and application information, visit

Art show registration open through March 10

Registration for the Kingfield Neighborhood Association’s (KFNA) annual art show ends March 10. This year’s show, themed “thinking outside the box,” is open to artists of all mediums. Artwork needs to be finished by March 14 and all works will be sold at auction at the show March 20. The show will run from 7–10 p.m. at Rau + Barber, 4244 Nicollet Ave. Visit for more information.  



Open house March 25

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s (LNA) annual open house is scheduled for March 25, from 6–8:30 p.m. at Lyndale Community School on 34th Street and Grand Avenue. The event, themed “It Takes a Neighborhood,” will highlight how the neighborhood comes together to impact the community. It will also feature food from local restaurants, a silent auction and raffle, kids’ activities and more. More information will be available soon at



New board members elected

After running short for a few years, the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS) again has a full board. Neighborhood residents at the organization’s Feb. 8 annual meeting unanimously elected 12 board members: Lauren Beagle, Kathy Cima, Shahnaz Coyer, Christopher Dark, Jennifer Kosch, Paul Lohman, Matt Moosbrugger, Peter Nussbaum, Michael O’Brien, Suzanne O’Brien, Mary Vander Leest and Chuck Ott.   

Neighborhood notebook


Newspaper proposal withdrawn

CARAG residents approved a motion to support the current management structure of the Uptown Neighborhood News in January, putting an end to a months-long discussion of a possible reorganization.

CARAG Board of Directors Member Anna Matthes and Jill Bode, a CARAG representative to the newspaper’s managing board, requested in November that CARAG consider transferring management of the newspaper to them for several months. Matthes and Bode proposed they eventually take control of the paper, which they said was operating under an inefficient management structure.

In January, Matthes also said newspaper managers had lost focus on community-building efforts, instead focusing on “the business aspect” of the newspaper.

Both Matthes and Bode said their plan was never given a fair hearing by the neighborhood. Bode withdrew two motions that, if approved, would have led to the newspaper’s reorganization.

New board member

CARAG resident Jennifer Nelson was elected to an open seat on the neighborhood board in January. Nelson was nominated for the position at the December CARAG meeting.



February board meeting

Because of the Feb. 2 caucuses, the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) board will meet Feb. 9. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Jones Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.



Midwinter Mixer

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is hosting a Midwinter Mixer on Feb. 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Dunn Bros at 34th & Hennepin. There will be cookies, cider and games for kids. Check out for more information.



February board meeting

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) moved its monthly meeting from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9 because of the state’s precinct caucuses. The meeting is still scheduled from 7–9 p.m. at Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 W. 43rd St.



Board members sought

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is looking to fill two open positions on its board of directors. The positions became available in December when Randy Ferguson and Courtney Lerdon left the board. Any individual over age 18 who lives or owns property or a business in the neighborhood is eligible for a board position. For details on the LNA board and member appointment process, go to or call 824-9402.



Red’s Savoy seeking beer and wine license

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Board of Directors voted in January to support Red’s Savoy Pizza Uptown’s application for a strong beer and wine license.

A manager for Red’s Savoy, 2329 Hennepin Ave. S., said there were no plans to add a bar to the restaurant or schedule entertainment. The LHENA motion in support of the license asked that managers work with the neighborhood if any problems arise.



Monthly meeting time

The West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC) changed its meeting time from 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to 6 p.m. The next meeting is set for Feb. 9 at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.



Board wants hotel planning to go through neighborhood

The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors approved a motion in January asking the city to delay any action on a hotel proposal until the developer agreed to work with the neighborhood.

Basim Sabri of Sabri Properties sent a letter to Whittier Alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn informing the neighborhood of his plans to develop a hotel above his Karmel Plaza mall, 2910 Pillsbury Ave. S. The letter states that Sabri will apply to the city to construct a two-story, 20,000-square-foot addition above the mall for the purpose of a hotel.

A copy of the letter was dated Nov. 30, but Biehn said she didn’t receive it until January.

The board motion asked the city to delay action until Sabri Properties provided more information on building height, setback, shadowing and other details, including the hotel’s potential impact on neighborhood traffic patterns.


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): General membership meetings are on the 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
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