Neighborhood notebook

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The 28th annual Hennepin-Lake Community Wine Tasting will be Oct. 20, 6–9 p.m. at Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S.

The event will feature more than 400 varieties of wine and appetizers by Tim McKee of Il Gatto. All proceeds will benefit Southwest-area neighborhood organizations.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more details, contact event director Pat Fleetham at [email protected]



KIAA a ‘consulting party’ on light rail historic review

The Federal Transit Administration granted a request from Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) for “consulting party” status on a review of historic resources along the proposed Southwest Transitway light rail corridor.

The review is federally mandated under the National Historic Preservation Act and open to the public, with a few exceptions. But as a consulting party the neighborhood organization will have a clear seat at the table, said Dennis Gimmestad of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the state agency that is conducting the review for the transit administration.

“It brings them into the process in a little bit more regular fashion,” Gimmestad said.

Consulting parties are sent planning documents during the review, including those used to determine how large an area is to be included in the review and which properties are considered historic. KIAA could be involved in negotiating agreements to minimize or mitigate the future light rail line’s impact on area historic properties.

KIAA applied for consulting party status because members of the Board of Directors were concerned the review might overlook potentially historic Kenwood homes, said Jeanette Colby, the neighborhood’s representative on the Southwest Transitway Community Advisory Committee.

“Our understanding of what constitutes property needing to be evaluated was that it was any building over 50 years old, which is of course the vast majority of homes in Kenwood,” Colby said.

Gimmestad said KIAA was the first neighborhood group granted consulting party status to the historic review.


Neighborhoods support extended comment period on LRT study

Six neighborhood organizations joined Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman (District 3) in calling for a longer public comment period on a Southwest Transitway environmental analysis.

The Federal Transit Administration was expected to complete its review of the draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS, for the proposed light rail corridor in early November, initiating a 45-day public comment period. The DEIS examines both potential benefits and negative impacts of the light rail line expected to connect Downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie by 2017.

Dorfman said the public comment period would then fall over the holidays, making it difficult for area residents to examine the 500-plus-page document and participate in public meetings. She said an extension of the public comment period to 70 or 90 days would be appropriate.

In October, the Kenwood Isles Area Association Board of Director approved a motion to send Dorfman a letter in support of the extended public comment period. The letter was signed by neighborhood organizations representing Bryn Mawr, Harrison, West Calhoun, Cedar-Isles-Dean and Lowry Hill, as well.

— Dylan Thomas


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 Grace-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 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]