Neighborhood notebook

Linden Hills

Register now for May 14 garage sales

The deadline for Linden Hills residents to register for the neighborhood’s spring garage sale event is May 8.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale was scheduled for 8 a.m.­–2 p.m. May 14. Registration costs $10 and includes promotion of the sale in local newspapers, including the Southwest Journal and Star Tribune, placement of street and yard signs and inclusion on a garage sale map.

To register, go to lindenhills.org. Those who have questions or wish to volunteer for the event should contact garage sale coordinator Christina Cassano at 208-1205 or [email protected]

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Lynnhurst

Phase II meeting

The Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association will be voting on its NRP Phase II action plan at its May 12 board meeting. The neighborhood is invited to vote on the plan. The board meets 6 p.m. at the Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.

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LHENA (The Wedge)

Planning Commission approves revised Track 29 plans

On April 7, the Planning Commission approved revised plans for a 198-unit apartment development at the corner of Bryant Avenue South and the Midtown Greenway.

The revised plans call for the so-called Track 29 development to consist of two buildings, with a six story building fronting the Greenway and a four story building on the north side of the lot along West 28th Street. This represents a change from earlier plans that called for both buildings to be five stories tall, which prompted neighbors to express concerns about the potential for the northerly building to tower over shorter single-family homes on the other side of 28th.

Other changes from earlier plans include moving a pet exercise area to a part of the lot further away from neighboring properties, the relocation of the main access point for Track 29 from Bryant Ave. to W. 28th St. and lengthening the setback along Bryant from 10 to 15 feet.

The changes, which were the product of a meeting between project developers and neighbors who were unhappy with previous iterations of the project, seemed to allay any concerns the Planning Commission had about Track 29.

“I think we’ve ended up with a much better project not just for (developers) but for the neighborhood,” said Council Member (Ward 10) and Planning Commissioner Meg Tuthill.

The revised Track 29 plans are scheduled to come before the City Council during its April 15 meeting.

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Stevens Square

Art Squared fundraiser is April 23

Art Squared, an annual fundraiser supporting the Cinema and Civics outdoor film series and the Red Hot Art festival, both held in Stevens Square Park, is 7 p.m.–11 p.m. April 23 at Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S.

Proceeds from an art sale featuring pieces by 30 local artists will benefit both events. Prizes in a raffle drawing include art projects donated by local artists, such as custom-designed business cards.

Artists from the Rogue Citizen collective will do live painting, and bands Kicks and Spurs, The Absent Arch and The Cord and the Fawn will perform. Barrio, Whole Foods, Surly Brewing Co. and Haskell’s will provide food and beverages.

Tickets are $6 at the door the night of the event or $5 in advance when purchased at The Boiler Room café, 1820 3rd 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 Thursday 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 [email protected]

Neighborhood notebook

ARMATAGE

Sex offender unlikely to move to Armatage after all

It appears that a Level III sex offender will not be moving to the Armatage neighborhood after all.

On March 21 at Armatage Park, Minneapolis police representatives told a packed house of neighborhood residents that Lemont Williams is more likely to end up in prison than he is to reside in an apartment rented by family members on the 5500 block of Penn Ave. S.

Williams, 37, was convicted of two sexual assaults against adult female victims in the 1990s. After being released from prison, he was arrested last October in connection with an armed robbery on East 34th Street and Chicago Avenue South.

For a short period of time prior to the neighborhood meeting, Williams was cooperating with an FBI drug sting and was placed on supervised release. While out of jail, he was living at the Penn Avenue apartment in Armatage, prompting City Council Member Betsy Hodges (13th Ward) and Alisha Strowbridge, vice president of the Armatage Neighborhood Association, to send a letter to Armatage residents informing them that Williams intended to live in the neighborhood.

However, just days before March 21, a judge revoked Williams’s supervised release and placed him back in jail on a $100,000 bond pending the resolution of the armed robbery charge. An alleged accomplice of Williams’s was recently sentenced to five years in prison in connection with the October incident, so it appears unlikely that Williams will return to Armatage anytime soon.

Williams’s hearing on the robbery charge is scheduled for March 30, just after this edition of the Southwest Journal goes to press.

Jon Hinchliff, sexual offender notification coordinator for the city of Minneapolis, said that the neighborhood meeting was an attempt to prepare Armatage residents for the “worst-case scenario.”

“The concern was that if he produced what the Feds wanted, there would’ve been some of plea agreement and he could’ve ended up getting a suspended sentence. And that can be wounding for the community because then they end up having to have this guy on their hands,” he said.

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Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood (CIDNA)

Free home energy workshop

The workshop will cover free and low-cost ways to make your home more energy efficient. The event will be April 12, 6:30 p.m., at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. RSVP to Ashley Robertson at 335-5869 or [email protected]

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Kingfield


Solar programs

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association has just begun to roll out its Solarize Kingfield program, which aims to get commercial properties in the neighborhood set up with solar PV systems.

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA executive director, said she has been contacting area businesses with rooftops suitable for PV to gauge interest. She encouraged business owners who are interested but haven’t been contacted to get in touch with KFNA.

Last summer, KFNA was awarded a $10,000 climate change grant by the city. Funds will be used for outreach, commercial energy audits and solar site assessments. The goal is to build 40 kilowatts of commercial solar capacity in the neighborhood by the middle of this year.

Installing PV systems on commercial properties can be trickier than residential PV, as commercial properties often have flat roofs, whereas angled roofs are more conducive to efficient collection of the solar energy.

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East Isles

EIRA annual meeting

The East Isles Residents’ Association (EIRA) will hold its annual meeting 7 p.m. April 5 at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. There will be a vote on the NRP Phase II Plan and a board election.

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THE WEDGE

Annual Meeting

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association [LHENA] will hold board member elections at its annual meeting, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. April 20 at Jefferson Community School, 1200 W. 26th St.

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Support for Tuthill ordinance

Council Member Meg Tuthill (Ward 10) won support from the LHENA Board of Directors for her proposed ordinance that would place new restrictions on outdoor restaurant patios.

The Board voted March 16 to support an ordinance that would, according to information provided by Tuthill, “more clearly define outdoor customer capacity,” require outdoor amplified music to end by 10 p.m. and make other changes to address patio safety and limit their negative impact on nearby residents. A vote on the proposed ordinance was tabled in February by the City Council.

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WHITTIER

Annual Meeting

Whittier Alliance will elect new board members at its annual meeting to be held 5:30 p.m.–8:15 p.m. April 7 in the multi-propose room at Whittier Internal Elementary School, 315 W. 26th St.

Guest speaker Erin Bowley, a strategic planning consultant, will share results from focus group meetings and a recent community survey and talk about development of a neighborhood strategic plan. Also on the agenda were a review of 2010 neighborhood and business activities and presentation of the Good Neighbor and Good Business awards.


Alliance supports NRP lobbyist

The Whittier Alliance passed a resolution March 24 encouraging the Neighborhood Revitalization Program [NRP] Policy Board to hire a lobbyist who would advocate for neighborhood funding at the state capitol.

Some neighborhood activists are seeking legislative action to reverse the City Council’s recent decision to freeze payment of some NRP funds to neighborhoods and redirect them to a new neighborhood funding system. The resolution specified that the lobbyist be hired using NRP administrative funds and not funds that otherwise would go to neighborhood organizations.

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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 [email protected]