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1200 Central Ave Development, Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Joshua Howe has submitted the following land use applications to allow the construction of a new six-story mixed-use building with 111 dwelling units, approximately 3,600 square feet of light industrial space, and approximately 1,700 square feet of retail space at 1200 Central Ave NE:

  • Conditional use permit to allow dwelling units in the Industrial Living Overlay District.
  • Conditional use permit to increase maximum height in the I1 Light Industrial District.
  • Site plan review.

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv.   

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.

If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below.  If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:

Andrew Frenz, Senior City Planner – 250 S 4th St Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-3790 E-mail: Andrew.Frenz@minneapolismn.gov.

Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/planning for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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The LPNA Board of Directors, with the guidance from the LPNA Development Committee, have written a letter of support for the conditional use permits.

Hennepin County History Classes

Join Hennepin County Library for a free, live, online class, Researching the History of Your Minneapolis Home, on Thursday, June 18, 7-8:30pm. Registration is required in order to receive the Microsoft Teams meeting link, which you can join via web or app.

Learn about the historical resources at the library and across the county that will help you piece together a history of your Minneapolis house, neighborhood or property. Staff from Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections will explain and demonstrate resources, emphasizing online resources that will allow you to jump-start your research from home – including permit records, maps, city directories, photos and more.

The link to the live online presentation (Microsoft Teams) will be emailed to registrants in advance.

LPNA Call for Action + Direct Support

June 5th, 2020

The Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) supports the need for change that protesters, starting with our Black neighbors, are tirelessly working toward. Police brutality and the murder of George Floyd have no place in any community, we recognize a systemic problem that exists in specific communities and will work with and support our neighbors toward change. We stand in solidarity with those working for justice and healing in Minneapolis and beyond. 

We request our council member and representatives pursue these concrete short terms steps:

  • Join the chorus of community members and organizations who are calling on Bob Kroll to resign. 
  • Support Indeed Brewing and other local businesses who are requesting changes to the event permitting process – which currently requires they hire off duty officers
  • Show of support for the Minneapolis school board and Park Board who voted to end their relationship with the MPD
  • Enact the “8 can’t wait” policies from the Campaign Zero framework.
  • Support the call for new community-based services for public safety and outreach

We have heard Black organizers ask for direct donations and direct support.

The LPNA believes the trial might call on Darnella Frazier, the young woman that videotaped the killing of George Floyd and whose testimony and videotaped evidence will play a role in the trial of Mr. Floyd. Ms. Frazier’s efforts exposed a crime of humanity and a system that has permitted racial bias to perpetuate, we offer this support to Ms. Frazier as an involved member of her community and a show of support for the emotional trauma she may encounter. This is a self-determining fund that directly supports Darnella and her family. LPNA contribution: $1000 

The LPNA also recognizes the need to support organizations that promote justice for all community members and specifically marginalized ones that encounter individuals hired to protect and serve without brutality or life threatening actions. We encourage and challenge every neighborhood group and resident of our city to align themselves with issues facing our city that have become systemic and no longer tenable as they currently exist.  LPNA contribution to Black Visions Collective: $1000 

These are merely first steps in pursuit of justice, change and policy. We recognize that anti-racism requires continuous action.  LPNA should be a source of advocacy and community, and we recognize now is the time to act, invest and commit to action. LPNA is examining our role in deeply entrenched racism, and we commit ourselves to improving how we serve our community.  We must work together to dismantle the systems that have allowed this violence and injustice to occur, and we join the voices calling for equity and justice in Minnesota.  

-The Logan Park Neighborhood Association Board

Don’t Recreate Policing With Our Community Watch

Don’t Recreate Policing With Our Community Watch

Quick tips for non-Black neighbors

The best way to protect your neighborhood is to invest in community building directly with neighbors.  Community watches often recreate the violent police state we are attempting to uproot, especially if we don’t organize thoughtfully. Here are a few tips to build community and an effective community watch. 

  • Doorknock your block and introduce yourself. 

Go to every house. The goal is to be known to all of your neighbors, not just those who were invited to organize.

  • Provide your contact info and your house number.

Make sure your block is well connected. If giving out your contact info to known neighbors makes you nervous, please question why you want to do community watch. If neighbors of color don’t share back, don’t be suspicious. You haven’t earned their trust. Ask if they have folks nearby to connect with and trust their answer. 

  • Be present and visible as a neighbor. 

If you have a porch, a stoop, or a big street-facing window, try to be visible several times per hour. Keep your lights on. Bad actors are less likely to come into a neighborhood that is present and active. Keep eyes on houses that are unable to do this themselves.

  • Disarm folks by engaging them. 

If you see someone you don’t recognize, say something simple like “Hey – you good?” Engage rather than attempting to scare, threaten, or make assumptions by reporting them. They might just be trying to get home. 

  • Document what you observe, but only report when something actually happens. 

The goal of community watch is to promote safety, not to recreate police surveillance and targeting. That first step is visibility and presence. The second is sharing information. 

Only report when and what has actually happened that poses a credible threat. Try to only share information that you’ve witnessed, or name the source if it’s second-hand. Try not to create panic by making judgments of what “seems suspicious.”

  • Send direct, plain language updates in one message. 

Provide only the factual information in a useful way: “Red Chevy truck, plates XXX-123, slowly headed south on Nicollet from 24th Street, 3 white men inside flashing automatic rifles. 12:31AM” That’s it. That’s the update. 

If there were no automatic rifles in that update, is it still a threat? Interrogate why or why not. 

You can access a digital version of this document and further resources at bit.ly/MplsNeighbors

Further Resources and Reading

Image designed by Micah Bazant with the Ella Baker Center in July 2013, for Night Out for Safety & Democracy, their community alternative to the police-sponsored event National Night Out.

You can access a digital version of this document and further resources at bit.ly/MplsNeighbors

LPNA Annual Meeting May 20th, 2020 /Reunión Anual de Afiliación de Mayo El 20 de mayo de 2020, 7 de la noche

The Logan Park Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on May 20th, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 954 1556 7130

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La Asociación del Barrio de Logan Park (LPNA) Reunión Anual de Afiliación de Mayo   El 20 de mayo de 2020, 7 de la noche, Reunión en línea por Zoom
Agenda: Actualizaciones de Prioridades de Planear, Elecciones del Directorio, Actualizaciones del Barrio

LPNA Podcast Episode 10: Zach Robinson, Spark-Y

We interview Spark Y’s executive director, Zach Robinson, about Spark Y’s mission of youth empowerment, aquaponics, and tree hugging. Spark Y’s world headquarters are located right here in Logan Park. Part of Spark Y’s programming includes a summer youth internship. This summer, the interns will help construct a timber framed pavilion in Logan Park.

Proyecto de Pabellón de Logan Park: Participación Comunitaria – 15 de abril, 7 de la noche

Proyecto de Pabellón de Logan Park: Participación Comunitaria –
15 de abril, 7 de la noche

Reunión en línea por ZoomLa Asociación del Barrio de Logan Park (Logan Park Neighborhood Association o LPNA en inglés) planea edificar un pabellón de armazón de madero y lugar de funciones en Logan Park este verano.

¡Únete a nosotros el 15 de abril para hacer preguntas y proveer reacciones!

Como parte de nuestro proceso de planear para la priorización del barrio, los proyectos relacionado a los parques se identificaron como una de las áreas de prioridad general. Entonces conducimos una sesión de lluvia de ideas del barrio y solicitamos unas ideas de proyectos específicos por los residentes a través nuestro boletín informativo mensual, lista de correo electrónico, y redes sociales.

Celebramos y se publicó una votación general del barrio en febrero de 2019 aprobando la lista de proyectos. El plan de priorización que se aprobó por la ciudad en julio de 2019. El proceso y el plan final aprobado están disponibles en el sitio web de LPNA.

El pabellón serviría como refugio de picnic además como un escenario para música y otras funciones en el parque. Actualmente, Logan Park no tiene un refugio de picnic. Participantes y espectadores para varias actividades atléticas dentro del parque disfrutarán el pabellón como un lugar sombreado de concurrentes.

LPNA se asignó un mínimo de $35.000 hacia éste proyecto por nuestro fondos del Programa de Revitalización del Barrio (NRP en inglés). LPNA ha recibido un subsidio de $15.000 por People for Parks (Gente para los Parques). LPNA también buscará contribuciones en especie por negocios locales y la biblioteca de herramientas al noreste de Minneapolis para materiales y equipos de alquiler. Residente de LPNA y obrero de armazones de madera, Clark Bremer,
dona su tiempo y pericia en este proyecto. El Laboratorio Juvenil de Acción Spark-Y (Spark-YYouth Action Lab en inglés), basado en Logan Park, se une con nosotros como una actividad de entrenamiento juvenil. Residentes y miembros de la comunidad se animarían a que se ofrezcan como voluntarios durante todo del proyecto a ayudar construir además proveer comida y apoyo a los obreros. El directorio de Parques y Recreación de Minneapolis será responsable para el mantenimiento continuo de la estructura.

Planeamos empezar la preparación del trabajo in situ en la primavera de 2020, con la finalización fijada a finales del verano de 2020.

Visita loganparkneighborhood.org para escuchar el podcast de LPNA en que aparece el líder del proyecto del pabellón, Clark Bremer.

Rendering of the pavilion

LPNA Board Nominations Open

Logan Park Neighborhood Association Board nominations open on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. Board elections will be held on May 20th, 2020.

If you are interested in running, please email us at admin@loganparkneighborhood.org and tell us why you want to be on the LPNA board!

Logan Park Pavilion Project: Community Engagement— April 15th, 7pm

Logan Park Pavilion Project: Community Engagement— April 15th, 7pm
Online Zoom Meeting

Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) is planning to build a Timber Framed Pavilion & Performance Space in Logan Park this summer

 Join us on April 15th to ask questions and provide feedback!

As part of our neighborhood priority planning process, park-related projects was identified as one of 5 general priority areas. We then conducted a neighborhood brain-storming idea session and solicited specific project ideas from residents through our monthly newsletter, email list and social media.

We held a published general neighborhood vote in February 2019 approving the list of projects. The priority plan was approved by the city in July 2019. The process and the final approved plan are available on the LPNA website.

The pavilion would serve as a picnic shelter as well as a performance stage for music and other performances in the park. Currently, Logan Park does not have a picnic shelter. Participants and spectators for the many athletic activities within the park will enjoy the pavilion as a shady gathering area.

LPNA has committed a minimum of $35,000 towards this project from our NRP funds. LPNA has received a grant of $15,000 from People for Parks.  LPNA will also seek in-kind contributions from local businesses and the NE Tool Library for materials and equipment rental. LPNA resident and timber framer, Clark Bremer, is donating his time and expertise to this project. Spark-Y Youth Action Labs (based in Logan Park) is partnering with us as a youth training activity. Residents and community members will be encouraged to volunteer throughout the project to help build as well as provide meals and support for the workers. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the structure.

We plan to start site work preparation in the spring of 2020, with completion scheduled for late summer 2020.

Visit loganparkneighborhood.org to listen to the LPNA podcast featuring Pavilion project lead, Clark Bremer.

Proyecto de Pabellón de Logan Park: Participación Comunitaria –
15 de abril, 7 de la noche

Reunión en línea por ZoomLa Asociación del Barrio de Logan Park (Logan Park Neighborhood Association o LPNA en inglés) planea edificar un pabellón de armazón de madero y lugar de funciones en Logan Park este verano.

¡Únete a nosotros el 15 de abril para hacer preguntas y proveer reacciones!

Como parte de nuestro proceso de planear para la priorización del barrio, los proyectos relacionado a los parques se identificaron como una de las áreas de prioridad general. Entonces conducimos una sesión de lluvia de ideas del barrio y solicitamos unas ideas de proyectos específicos por los residentes a través nuestro boletín informativo mensual, lista de correo electrónico, y redes sociales.

Celebramos y se publicó una votación general del barrio en febrero de 2019 aprobando la lista de proyectos. El plan de priorización que se aprobó por la ciudad en julio de 2019. El proceso y el plan final aprobado están disponibles en el sitio web de LPNA.

El pabellón serviría como refugio de picnic además como un escenario para música y otras funciones en el parque. Actualmente, Logan Park no tiene un refugio de picnic. Participantes y espectadores para varias actividades atléticas dentro del parque disfrutarán el pabellón como un lugar sombreado de concurrentes.

LPNA se asignó un mínimo de $35.000 hacia éste proyecto por nuestro fondos del Programa de Revitalización del Barrio (NRP en inglés). LPNA ha recibido un subsidio de $15.000 por People for Parks (Gente para los Parques). LPNA también buscará contribuciones en especie por negocios locales y la biblioteca de herramientas al noreste de Minneapolis para materiales y equipos de alquiler. Residente de LPNA y obrero de armazones de madera, Clark Bremer,
dona su tiempo y pericia en este proyecto. El Laboratorio Juvenil de Acción Spark-Y (Spark-YYouth Action Lab en inglés), basado en Logan Park, se une con nosotros como una actividad de entrenamiento juvenil. Residentes y miembros de la comunidad se animarían a que se ofrezcan como voluntarios durante todo del proyecto a ayudar construir además proveer comida y apoyo a los obreros. El directorio de Parques y Recreación de Minneapolis será responsable para el mantenimiento continuo de la estructura.

Planeamos empezar la preparación del trabajo in situ en la primavera de 2020, con la finalización fijada a finales del verano de 2020.

Visita loganparkneighborhood.org para escuchar el podcast de LPNA en que aparece el líder del proyecto del pabellón, Clark Bremer.

2020 Census Video

Edison High School students, in partnership with Logan Park Neighborhood Association and Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, have created a video promoting the 2020 Census in several languages. Thanks to Edison High School students, Edison teacher David Salzer, and MTN TV Studios for making this video happen!

Covid-19 Resources

We here at LPNA acknowledge this is a difficult time for our community and will do our best to continue connecting people digitally.

The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the state and city preparedness and information dissemination. If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT).

Follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov or their social channels (FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube).

  • Electricity: Xcel Energy, the electricity provider for Minneapolis residents and business owners, announced over the weekend that it will indefinitely suspend service disconnections. The company also said it would work with customers who face difficulty paying their electricity bill to arrange payment plans to meet those circumstances. If you have questions about your electricity bill or service, call Xcel’s customer service line at 1-800-895-4999.
  • Gas: CenterPoint Energy, the gas provider in Minneapolis, also announced it will suspend service disconnections and work with customers who need payment assistance, extensions, or other help. If you have questions about your gas bill or service, contact CenterPoint Energy’s customer service line at 1-800-245-2377.
  • Internet: Comcast announced yesterday that it will open Xfinity WiFi network nationally for free, will be offering free unlimited data, and will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. More information on what Comcast is doing to help make sure everyone has internet access, especially low-income families, can be found here.

Looking for information on coronavirus disease 19 in more languages? 
The Minnesota Department of Health has translated some of its coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) information and materials into several languages. Please share these links with your neighbors, colleagues and connections and help protect our communities:

CANCELLED: LPNA Pavilion Engagement Meeting

Meeting annoucment

Logan Park Pavilion Project: Community Engagement—March 18th, 7pm @ Logan Park Cancelled  

Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) is planning to build a Timber Framed Pavilion & Performance Space in Logan Park. Come to the March 18th meeting to ask questions and provide feedback!

As part of our neighborhood priority planning process, park-related projects was identified as one of 5 general priority areas. We conducted a neighborhood brain-storming idea session and solicited specific project ideas from residents through our monthly newsletter, email list and social media. We held a published general neighborhood vote in February 2019 approving the list of projects. The priority plan was approved by the city in July 2019. The process and the final approved plan are available on the LPNA website.

The pavilion would serve as a picnic shelter as well as a performance stage for music and other performances in the park. Participants and spectators for the many athletic activities within the park will enjoy the pavilion as a shady gathering area. LPNA has committed a minimum of $35,000 towards this project from our NRP funds. LPNA has received a grant of $15,000 from People for Parks. LPNA will also seek in-kind contributions from local businesses and the NE Tool Library for materials and equipment rental.

LPNA resident and timber framer, Clark Bremer, is donating his time and expertise to this project. Spark-Y Youth Action Labs (based in Logan Park) is partnering with us as a youth training activity. Residents and community members will be encouraged to volunteer throughout the project to help build as well as provide meals and support for the workers. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the structure. We plan to start site work preparation in the spring of 2020, with completion scheduled for late summer 2020. Visit loganparkneighborhood.org to listen to the LPNA podcast featuring Pavilion project lead, Clark Bremer.

Rendering of the pavilion
Rendering of the pavilion
Placement of the pavilion

2019 Monroe Street Safety Results

2019 Monroe Street Safety Results

Survey Summary

  • Conducted summer of 2019
  • Surveys were submitted either via paper or google doc
  • Surveys were available in English, Spanish, and Somali 
  • 186 responses

Street safety summary
View full survey comments here.
Original Survey

Results

What are your concerns about Monroe St. NE?

  1. Speeding 51.9%
  2. Danger to pedestrians crossing Monroe 48.7%
  3. Danger to bicyclists 44.9%
  4. Deteriorating Sidewalks 44.4%
  5. Traffic flow/amount 29.9%
  6. Lack of curb/sunken curb 26.2%
  7. Street lighting 23%
  8. Danger to pedestrians walking along Monroe 21.9%
  9. Parking 20.9%
  10. All of the above 10.2%
  11. None of the above 2.7% 
  12. Other: 
    1. Drivers going through stop signs without stopping or only slowing down without a full stop
    2. Rolling stops at stop signs- especially Monroe and 13th
    3. People running stop signs on 13th and 15th
    4. Hard to see stop signs (parking to close stop signs)
    5. Sidewalk is very narrow and should be wider
    6. Lack of buffer between sidewalks and cars
    7. Very narrow sidewalks! Doesn’t feel safe with folks speeding down. But luckily cars parked along the side as a buffer so it feels safer.
    8. Snow shoveling issues in winter. Very narrow this year and buses had trouble turning onto street off of Broadway
    9. allowing parking on the west side of the street. it should be removed
    10. littering
    11. enforcing shoveling in winter
    12. Turning Left onto Broadway going Southbound sometimes takes several green lights during busy time
    13. Railroad bridge lighting
    14. Danger from bike and scooter drivers
    15. Lack of development. Investment in the neighborhood.

 

Survey takers were also asked to share if they have witnessed or been part of a safety incident on Monroe? 

  • 72 of the 186 please responded with some story of a safety incident

Survey takers were also asked to share if they had other safety concern for Monroe?  

  • 57 of the survey takers had another safety concern 

 

The stories and safety concerns shared by survey participants mostly fell into these categories:

Category Number of examples
Accidents: car, bike, pedestrian, property 26
General safety concerns 24
Stop sign concerns: running, rolling stops, not stopping for pedestrians, parking too close to stop signs 24
Traffic: volume and speed 18
Pedestrian safety 17
Bike safety/concerns 14
Parking concerns 11
Sidewalk concerns 6