Solar project continues
Applications to the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) solar energy project will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis after the first deadline to join passed in July.
Board Member Scott McLaughlin, who coordinates the BMNA Neighborhood Revitalization Program committee, said neighborhood residents applied for about $30,000 worth of grants by the July deadline, leaving one-quarter of the $40,000 dedicated to the solar energy project available for distribution. The grants are intended to help Bryn Mawr residents install solar energy systems on their homes.
McLaughlin said the neighborhood would not hold a planned grant lottery, which would have been necessary if the first round of grant applications exceeded the funding available. New applications will be considered in the order they are received, he said.
Contamination near Lyndale and 40th update
Soil contamination near the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and 40th Street West came from the site of multiple dry cleaning businesses, which is now a Laundromat, according to a letter to residents sent by state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-60).
The dry cleaning businesses were located in what is now Bev’s Coin Laundry, 3944 Lyndale Ave. S.
As the letter notes, the Laundromat is not responsible for the contamination.
According to the PCA, two registered dry cleaning businesses occupied that space — City Coin Laundry from 1987 to 1993, and Agitate & Tumble from 1993 to 1999. A PCA spokesman said the agency has not determined which business is the culprit. It’s possible it could have been both.
Dibble wrote in the letter that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that perchloroethylene, or “perc” was the contaminating chemical. It’s a fluid used in dry cleaning.
The PCA said the vacant
SuperAmerica site is not responsible for the contamination, according to the letter.
Since perc is harmful at certain levels, the PCA will do more testing near area residences to find out how much is in the soil. If the contamination is near any homes, the PCA will ask permission to collect samples from beneath basement floors, according to the letter. The goal is to do that in the winter, when it is easier to test for the chemicals.
If the results show that remediation is necessary, the PCA will try to find the dry cleaning business’s former owner to pay for it. If not, Dibble wrote, the PCA will likely have to cover the cost.
Mural stolen from historic home
A large mural was stolen from one of Southwest’s most historic homes in the Whittier neighborhood in late April, according to a flyer released on July 7. To supplement a Minneapolis police investigation, officials at TCF National Bank, the home’s current owner, have offered a $5,000 reward for the artwork.
Last year, as part of a so-called renovation, an auctioneer began selling structural parts of the house individually. The auction angered area preservationists and, according to Jason Korstange, TCF’s director of corporate communications, it went against the agreement of the mortgage.
About six months ago, before nearly any of pieces of the house were stripped, TCF stepped in and put the house up for sale as a single unit.
On April 21, the house was shown to a potential buyer. At about 4 p.m. that day, the house was vacated until 1 p.m. the next day. During that time, officials said, someone stole the mural, which was imbedded above the home’s fireplace.
The flyer asks anyone with knowledge of the mural to call 718-9238.
Donation benefits homeless youth
The Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) Board of Directors voted July 12 to allocate $10,000 of its remaining Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to The Bridge for Youth, a shelter for homeless youth.
The shelter is located in East Isles, an adjacent neighborhood, but has received KIAA donations in the past. The donations help KIAA satisfy NRP rules, which require neighborhood associations to spend a significant percentage of the NRP funding on housing.
No August board meeting
The next KIAA Board of Directors meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 at Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.
The board does not meet in August. Meetings are typically held on the first Monday of the month but are held on the second Monday in September because of Labor Day.
Linden Hills coordinator departs
Linden Hills Neighborhood Council Coordinator Scott Engel quit his position with the council after his six-month contract ended in June, electing not to stay on in a month-to-month capacity, according to LHiNC co-chair Bruce Manning.
The coordinator position is part-time and assists in various LHiNC functions and administrative tasks, including communications, finances and day-to-day business, Manning said.
Manning said the council plans to quickly hire a replacement. Co-chair Lesley Lydell said the position is an independent contactor and pay is based on an applicant’s qualification. LHiNC will begin advertising for it this month.
Engel is also the coordinator for the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group. Mannning said he still holds that position. E-mail and phone messages left for Engel at CARAG were not returned.
The ECCO Board is hosting a potluck social for East Calhoun residents on Aug. 11, 6–7:30 p.m. at Lake Calhoun, near the 33rd Street stairs. Bring a dish to share. For more details, visit eastcalhoun.org.
The East Isles NRP Steering Committee will meet Aug. 10, 7–9 p.m., in the Gable Room at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. Contact Monica Smith, East Isles NRP consultant, at 821-0131 or [email protected] for more 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. (** No meeting in July)
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 Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. (** No meeting in August)
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 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.