Neighborhood notebook

Nice Ride grant will aid expansion

Nice Ride Minnesota received a $1 million expansion grant Feb. 28 that could push the bike-sharing program farther out into the city.

Approximately 50 new stations could be installed in 2011 as part of Nice Ride’s $5.8-million Phase II expansion, which consists of 130 proposed station sites. The new stations will be built out from the core of downtown, along the future Central Corridor and near Macalester College.

North Minneapolis is slated to get eight stations with money already set aside. Southwest Minneapolis is part of the Phase II expansion, but is unlikely to see new stations in the near future, said Nice Ride executive director Bill Dossett.

“[Southwest Minneapolis] is a little further away from the core,” Dossett said, which makes initial expansion there difficult.

— Andre Eggert

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East Harriet

Board opposes Park Board’s process for finding new dog park

The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association sent a letter to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in March opposing the Board’s process for picking a site for an off-leash dog area in Southwest.

East Harriet asked the Park Board to delay the process for picking a new site until it finishes its long-term management plan for the Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

A 19-member Citizens Advisory Committee tasked by the Park Board with recommending a dog park site will consider three options, two of which are near the bird sanctuary in Lyndale Park. The other is a few blocks north at Lyndale Farmstead Park.

Members of the Minneapolis Chapter of the Audubon Society have said putting a dog park close to the sanctuary will scare off migrating birds.

Park Board President John Erwin said East Harriet would be able to voice its opinions about the sites, since it has a member on the CAC.

East Harriet’s Board Chairman Nicholas Petersen said in a press release that the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council should also be able to sit on the CAC, since it has been active in the sanctuary management plan. Erwin said that the CAC is allowed to vote other members into the CAC, and could do so for Linden Hills.

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Lyndale

Open house

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s annual open house event is scheduled for March 31, 6-8:30 at the Lyndale School off W. 34th St. and Grand Ave. S.

The event features a Taste of Lyndale including food from neighborhood restaurants, a raffle, silent auction and a chance to converse with LNA staff and board members.

More information is available at lyndale.org.

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Fulton

Meeting on park renovations

The Parks and Recreation Board is hosting a meeting to provide information and solicit public input regarding planned renovations at Pershing Park 6:30-8 p.m. March 30 at the park’s recreation center, 3523 W. 48th St.

Renovations, made possible by an $80,500 grant from the Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant Program, are set to include the installation of an irrigation system and grading throughout the park. Construction is scheduled for this summer.

Neighborhood notebook

The Wedge

LHENA board supports plan for Lehmann redevelopment

At its Feb. 16 meeting, the LHENA neighborhood board supported Dominion Development’s $30 million plan to convert the old Lehmann Center, 1006 W. Lake St., into a 130-unit affordable rental housing development.

According to Dominion Vice President Chris Barnes, the redevelopment plans will go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission this month. If they are approved, redevelopment work could begin on-site as soon as this fall, though Barnes said it is more likely that work won’t commence until next year.

Dominion plans to convert the sprawling former factory into a “workforce housing” development. Barnes said in order to be considered workforce housing, rents must not exceed 60 percent of the area’s median income. In the 1006 W. Lake St. area, this means that efficiencies will rent for just under $900 per-month, one bedrooms for just over $900, and two bedrooms in the low $1,100s.

Project renderings indicate that the redeveloped Lehmann Center will look much like the existing building. Its distinctive tower will remain intact, and the building’s facing will remain reminiscent of an old factory. Barnes said that Dominion has little choice but to preserve the building’s old-school look, as the firm’s plan to finance the development relies on federal historic rehabilitation tax credits that require preserving much of the existing structure.

LHENA Zoning and Planning Chair Carina Ruhlandt said that she and other board members were happy with Dominion’s plans to leave much of the Uptown landmark intact.

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Board supports rezoning for tobacco shop

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association [LHENA] Board of Directors voted to support the rezoning of a Hennepin Avenue property to allow for the opening of a tobacco shop.

The rezoning of 2653 Hennepin Ave. S. to C2 from C1 was required because C1 is the only commercial zoning district in which a tobacco shop is not a permitted use, according to a city report on the request. The rezoning also would apply to a computer sales and service business, PC Doodle Computer Repair, located in an adjacent space in the same building.

The proposed tobacco shop would open in a space formerly occupied by a tailor.

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Board supports full liquor license for Common Roots

Common Roots Café has the support of the LHENA Board of Directors in its bid to upgrade its liquor license.

The upgrade to a Class E on-sale liquor license with Sunday sales would allow Common Roots — which currently serves wine and beer — to stock a full bar. But representatives of Common Roots, 2558 Lyndale Ave. S., told LHENA the upgrade was necessary only for its catering business, and that there were no plans to serve liquor in the café.

The board voted in favor of the upgrade.

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Armatage

Annual meeting

Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council Member Betsy Hodges (13th Ward) and Brian Elliott on behalf of Congressman Keith Ellison are scheduled to speak at the Armatage Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting on March 8, 6:30 p.m. There will also be board elections a quarterly safety meeting. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Swanson at jasmpls@gmail.com.

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East Isles

Free home energy workshop

There will be tips for homeowners on ways to become more energy efficient on March 10, 6:30 pm., at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. The event costs $30. To RSVP, contact Ashley Robertson at 335-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org.

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East Calhoun

Meet at the movies

A special get-together for neighbors at Suburban World on March 13, 10 a.m.–noon. There will be vintage cartoons and free pancakes for youth under age 12. The event is free at the theater, 3022 Hennepin Ave. S.

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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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 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 Walker Methodist, 3737 Bryant Ave. S. (Health Service door)

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 southwestjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.