Neighborhood notebook


Candlelit dessert social

Join East Calhoun neighbors for a dessert social on Nov. 17, 6–7 p.m. Bring a candle or lantern and a dessert to share. Meet at the 34th Street entrance to the Loon Lake Trolley Path.


NRP Steering Committee meeting

There will be a meeting Nov. 16, 7–9 p.m., to review the results of the neighborhood survey at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.


Kenwood to host light rail historic review presentation

Minnesota Department of Transportation historian Dennis Gimmestad will explain the role of Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) in the review of historic properties along the future Southwest Transitway light rail corridor at the organization’s December meeting.

The Federal Transit Administration this fall granted KIAA’s request for “consulting party” status on the historic review. That gave the neighborhood organization a clearer role in determining which properties would be included in the review, as well as a say in plans to mitigate light rail’s impact on historic structures.

KIAA applied for consulting party status when some board members expressed concerns that historically significant properties in the neighborhood might be left out of the process.

The Dec. 6 meeting was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., one half-hour earlier than usual, for Gimmestad’s presentation.


East Harriet elects new board members

The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association elected five new board members at its annual meeting in October.

The new members include Brian Nalesny, Jeremy Fink, Mike Jensen, Chris Iverson and Nick Petersen, who will serve as a board president.

Six board members chose not to run for re-election, including Board President Matt Perry. Also departing the board are Dean Carlson, Bruce Wadman, Roger Worm, Andrea Breen and Staven Bruce.


Public hearing set for new Kingfield restaurant

Lowbrow, the new restaurant moving into half of the rau + barber space at 4244 Nicollet Ave., is seeking a wine and beer license from the City of Minneapolis.

A public hearing on the license is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 40th Street and Bryant Avenue.

Comments can be sent to [email protected]


Community Engagement Commission to present funding recommendations

The Minneapolis Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission has drafted a recommended allocation formula to determine home much funding each city neighborhood gets from the city.

The NCEC made a few changes to its original allocation formula released in August. The Commission is trying to split a pot of $3 million for 84 neighborhoods each year.

The City’s Committee of the Whole will discuss the allocations at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 in City Hall. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the allocations Dec. 10.

— Dylan Thomas and Nick Halter


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]

Neighborhood notebook

Neighborhood funding outlook bleak

Southwest neighborhoods got a rough estimate in October as to how much money they can expect from the city over the next 10 years to fund things like housing improvement programs, youth activities and park improvements.

The short story is that Minneapolis’s 84 neighborhoods will be getting far less than they did over the past decade and ever farther less than they got in the 1990s. But that doesn’t mean all of the popular neighborhood programs will end in 2010. Large pots of money are still left over from funds that Southwest neighborhoods have not yet spent.

“People are going to start to see changes, but they’re not going to be rapid changes,” said Matt Perry, a member of the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission that drafted a proposal of how neighborhoods will be funded in the future.

The Minneapolis City Council is scheduled to vote on those funding recommendations Nov 4. The funding allocations are likely to change after 2010 because that’s when the city will get 2010 U.S. Census results. The funding allocations are based on factors like population, housing, diversity, income, foreclosures and crime.

For Southwest residents, changes aren’t likely to occur quickly.

Take for instance the Linden Hills Neighborhood Association. Linden Hills was given, on average, about $164,000 a year during the 1990s. In the 2000s, the neighborhood was given, on average, $59,000 a year. In 2011 it would get $31,000, and perhaps a little more from a small programming pot that has not been divided up yet.

That does not, however, mean that Linden Hills will cease to hold its annual festival, stop sending out e-newsletters or give out loans for home improvement projects.

Neighborhood groups have, over the past several years, found alternative revenue streams. And many, like Linden Hills, have programming money left over from the last decade — in Linden Hills’ case, more than $300,000 — to keep them active for the time being.

But as LHiNC Board President Lesley Lydell points out, the long-term outlook of neighborhood funding is concerning.

“It’s going to definitely be adequate for our administrative budget,” she said. “Where we’re going to be challenged is on the programmatic side.”

To simplify a complicated and confusing funding system, neighborhood allocation projections for the next 10 years will allow the city to dole out $5.4 million a year to neighborhood-related causes. In the 2000s, the city made available about $9 million to neighborhoods and in the 1990s, the city gave out $20 million a year. The funding comes from Tax Increment Financing districts, not property taxes.

This funding, over the years, has made significant impact on city neighborhoods. Whittier invested $4.5 million into housing initiatives that helped the neighborhood increase home ownership by 15 percent. Stevens Square used $500,000 to help renovate and rehab 613 apartment units in 23 low-income buildings. Many neighborhoods have invested money into the development of the Midtown Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path.

Most Southwest neighborhoods still have large amounts of leftover money dating as far back as 1991 to draw from in order to continue funding new programs. For instance, Lowry Hill East has over $600,000 in un-contracted money left. Lyndale has more than $200,000 and Whittier has more than $1.3 million remaining. Those figures don’t take into consideration future revenues the neighborhood groups will get as homeowners pay back loans given to them by neighborhood associations.

Perry has served as the board president of the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association since 2004, although he recently resigned in order to spend more time on his small business and the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association.

East Harriet still has $180,000 in un-contracted funds from the first 20 years of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Plus, Perry said, the group has spent the last several years diversifying funding by becoming more aggressive in seeking grants and expanding its annual Rosefest event to raise more funds.

“We’ve been working to position ourselves for this new funding era,” he said.

Perry recognizes that less funding will change the way all neighborhoods operate. But he said there is a silver lining to the way the new allocation formula is drafted.

“I would hope that folks start to see more activities around including folks not traditionally involved in neighborhood activities and neighborhood organizations,” Perry said. “So that neighborhood organizations are becoming more relevant to more people throughout the neighborhood.”

Neighborhood funding yearly averages
1991-2001: $20 million
2001-2010: $9 million
2011- $5.4 million (projected)

Who stands to get what in Southwest?

Armatage: $22,000
Bryn Mawr: $15,000
CARAG: $38,000
Cedar-Isles-Dean: $15,000
East Harriet: $19,000
East Isles: $21,000
ECCO: $19,000
Fulton: $21,000
Kenny: $16,000
Kenwood: $7,000
Kingfield: $40,000
Linden Hills: $31,000
Lowry Hill: $23,000
Lowry Hill East: $42,000
Lyndale: $60,000
Lynnhurst: $19,000
Stevens Square: $38,000
Tangletown: $21,000
West Calhoun: $16,000
Whittier: $102,000
Windom: $34,000