Neighborhood notebook

LINDEN HILLS

Lake Harriet Band Shell receives prestigious architectural award

The Lake Harriet Band Shell is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota 25-Year Award.

Established by AIA Minnesota in 1981, the 25-Year Award recognizes exemplary architectural projects that have stood the test of time.

Other than the paint color, the band shell remains largely unchanged from its opening in 1986. In a press release, AIA Minnesota describes the band shell as an “icon” and “one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis.”

In the release, jurors on AIA Minnesota’s 25-Year Award committee said “The Lake Harriet Band Shell has a positive impact on its surrounding community and is beloved by the city.”

They continued: “The design was well planned, taking the context of the site in mind and set the tone for other band shells to follow… It provides an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrating festivals and events in a beautiful setting.”

Bike lanes being installed along 1st, Blaisdell avenues

The city is currently installing on-street bike lanes and shared line markings along long stretches of 1st and Blaisdell avenues.

On 1st Avenue, bike lanes will be striped from 40th Street to 15th Street, while lanes on Blaisdell Avenue will extend from 40th Street to Franklin Avenue.

Work should be done by early July. No road closures are planned, but there will be temporary lane closures.

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BRYN MAWR

LRT, not freight, wanted for Kenilworth

The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution stating “strong” opposition to maintaining freight rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, the proposed route of a future light rail transit line.

Freight rail currently runs through the corridor, as do the Kenilworth and Cedar Lake bike and pedestrian trails. But plans call for the freight trains to be rerouted to the west to make way for the future Southwest Transitway light rail line connecting Eden Prairie to Minneapolis.

The resolution stated BMNA was against any proposal “potentially displacing the bike and pedestrian trail” to make room for freight service to continue alongside a future LRT line. BMNA also affirmed its opposition to realignment of the proposed LRT route.

The BMNA resolution came in response to a campaign supported by some St. Louis Park residents to keep freight rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, instead of rerouting the trains through their city.

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East Calhoun

Tour de Compost: A Progressive Party

There will be a walking tour of East Calhoun households on June 28 to give people a chance to learn tips and tricks for recycling and composting. The event starts at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to [email protected] For more information, go to eastcalhoun.org and click on Waste Watchers.


Free energy workshop

There will be a free education workshop for East Calhoun residents to learn simple techniques for reducing energy use and saving money in the home. The meeting will be June 28, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

ECCO board meeting

The July East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) board meeting originally scheduled for July 7 has been rescheduled for July 14.

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East Isles

Triangle Park meeting

There will be a meeting to give residents a chance to provide feedback on Triangle Park renovation and design ideas June 28, 6:30–8 p.m., at Kenwood Rec Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

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Cedar-Isles-Dean

Sunset Boulevard meeting

There will be a chance to see design concepts for the reconstruction of Sunset Boulevard June 29, 6–8 p.m., at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

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Kingfield

Southwest Journal Meet & Greet

Journal editor Sarah McKenzie will be at Anodyne Coffeehouse, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S., to chat with readers Friday, June 24 from 1–3 p.m. If you have story ideas to pitch or feedback to share about the Journal, swing by and say hello.

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East Isles

Zoning and Land Use Committee meeting

East Isles neighbors will meet to discuss Mesa Pizza’s application for late-night hours June 14 at 5 p.m. at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. The pizza spot at 1430 W. 28th St. is zoned to close at 1 a.m., but is requesting to be open until 3 a.m. 

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WHITTIER

Mixed response to MCAD historic building changes

The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors supported most, but not all, of the changes proposed for the 95-year-old Morrison Building on the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) campus.

According to MCAD officials, portions of the historic 1916 building that were originally built above ground are now below grade due to alterations of the surrounding landscape. Citing a history of floods, including two last summer, MCAD applied with the city for a certificate of appropriateness to complete a number of alterations intended to end water infiltration during heavy rain events.

The board voted to support MCAD’s plans to remove or renovate several basement-level doors, but did not support the college’s request to remove two below-grade windows on the west side of the Morrison Building, asking the city to deny that request. Members cited concerns over how the window changes could affect the historic character of the building.

The board considered each change separately, and there were a number of abstentions on each vote.

MCAD sign master plan supported

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) campus sign master plan won support from the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors.

MCAD plans to add two backlit aluminum signs at the campus’ main entrances. The signs at the intersections of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue South and East 25th Street and Stevens Avenue South will be illuminated with LED lights.

MCAD also plans to add two internally illuminated way-finding signs and two non-illuminated metal signs located on its campus.

— Dylan Thomas

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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]