Neighborhood notebook

BRYN MAWR

Garage sale festival 

is May 5–6

Bryn Mawr’s annual Festival of Garage Sales returns May 5–6.

Sales will be held across the neighborhood, including one sponsored by the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association at 249 Queens Ave. S. Proceeds from the neighborhood association-sponsored sale, which last year raised more than $1,200, benefit the Bryn Mawr Bugle neighborhood newspaper.

Go to bmna.org for a map of neighborhood sale sites and information for donating items, or contact Neighborhood Coordinator Patty Wycoff at pwcoordinator@comcast.net or 377-4565.

Annual dinner and 

board elections

The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) hosts its annual dinner and officer elections May 9.

Neighbors who attend the potluck dinner are asked to bring a dish to share. Neighbors will vote to elect a BMNA board president, vice president and secretary, as well as representatives to the board from Byrn Mawr areas 2, 4 and 6.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Bryn Mawr Community School, 252 Upton Ave. S.

CEDAR-ISLES-DEAN 

CIDNA annual meeting

CIDNA’s annual meeting is planned for May 9. It starts at 5:45 p.m. at Jones-Harrison Residence with a chance to chat with neighbors and elected officials. There will be updates on neighborhood projects and a Q&A with City Council members, state lawmakers, county and Park Board officials. For more info, go to cidna.org.

EAST ISLES

Board meeting 

time change

The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is changing is board meeting time to the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The board meets at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. 

LINDEN HILLS

Linden Hills looks to form planning task force

Linden Hills leaders are looking for residents who are interested in serving on a task force that would oversee the creation of a new small area plan for the neighborhood.  

Patrick Smith, the president of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, said the hope is to get a cross-section of residents, including architects, renters and senior citizens to serve on the task force. 

The group would help define the scope of the planning effort, select a consultant and help oversee the actual planning process. When finished, the small area plan would lay out a vision for the neighborhood and supplement city zoning rules. 

Smith said the hope is to get as many as 15 people to serve on the task force, which could be selected by May. Interested residents are encouraged to submit their information through the LHiNC website, www.lindenhills.org. 

The neighborhood is creating a small area plan amid concerns over development in the community. Linden Corner, a mixed-use project planned for the Famous Dave’s site, served as a catalyst, but there are also concerns about residential tear downs. 

A moratorium on new large-scale developments was passed by the city council in late March in response to the concerns. The moratorium restricts developers from applying for conditional use permits to build higher than what is entitled in the zoning code. It covers the 43rd and Upton business node, the 44th and France business node and the corridor in between.

Smith said creating a task force would inevitably prolong the planning process, and that it may now be 2013 before the group’s work is finished. 

While that could prolong the moratorium, he said involving a large group of residents was critical to creating a successful small area plan. 

“That’s the conundrum of planning: you want it to happen quickly, but you also want to involve as many stakeholders as possible, which takes more time,” he said. 

The only other large development in the works in Linden Hills now is a plan for a 62-unit building at 45th Street and France Avenue, just south of the commercial area that includes the Linden Hills Co-op and France 44 Wines and Spirits.

Neighbors in the immediate area have voiced some concerns about the scale of the project, Sunnyside Flats, and the developer has been meeting with neighborhood leaders to talk about his plans. 

The project would need approval from the Minneapolis City Council because it involves rezoning the property. It is not subject to the moratorium. 

WHITTIER

I-35W Access 

Project update 

Plans to improve access to Interstate 35W from Lake Street are coming back into focus.

Officials behind the long-planned project, which aims to add on- and off-ramps as well as a new transit station, are holding an open house on Tuesday, May 1 at the Whittier Community Center, 425 W. 26th St.

The open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and give residents an opportunity to ask questions and see renderings of a proposed transit station that would be built in the middle of Interstate 35, as well as potential routes for new on- and off-ramps.

Officials have been talking about such improvements for around 15 years, but questions over cost and concerns about razing buildings adjacent to the interstate have slowed progress. 

Joyce Wisdom, the executive director of the Lake Street Council, said plans under consideration now limit the need to raze any buildings adjacent to the interstate.

Wisdom said the on- and off-ramps are needed to improve Lake Street access for businesses and residents. Commuters on Interstate 35 now exit several blocks north or south of Lake Street.

A new transit station would also serve as a marked improvement over the existing bus stops, which sit at the top of a steep staircase. Officials are hoping to build a two-story bus station that would be similar to the one built at Interstate 35 and 46th Street, which opened in December 2010.

Officials say the plans are now estimated to cost around $150 to $160 million. While funding sources are still being identified, plans could take shape in the next two years, they say.

The efforts come at the same time officials move ahead with plans to connect north and south Nicollet Avenue, just two blocks west of Interstate 35. A Kmart store currently separates the corridor. 

Whittier hosts annual May Day Soiree

The Whittier Alliance neighborhood organization’s 12th-annual May Day Soiree fundraiser is 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Blaidsell Manor, 2322 Blaisdell Ave. S.

The event will include food provided by neighborhood restaurants, live music, a raffle and silent auction. Among the raffle items are an iPad 3 donated by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and participants in the silent auction will bid on restaurant gift certificates, music and theater tickets and other prizes.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Go to whittieralliance.org to order tickets online.

Drew Kerr, 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 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 2nd 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 Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St.

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.”