Ward 1 June Newsletter

Meet with Your Council Member

Contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the June schedule:

Thursday, June 7, 8 – 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1618 Central Avenue NE

Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Bauhaus  Brew Lab, 1315 Tyler Street NE

Ward 1 Community Forum: Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan

All municipalities in the Twin Cities are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. Toward that end, the City of Minneapolis has been working on an update to the Minneapolis Plan for the past two years. We now have a draft Comprehensive Plan – Minneapolis 2040 – that envisions how the city will grow and change. The draft covers such topics as the built environment, job access, housing, and transportation connections. Council Member Reich will be hosting a Ward One forum to present highlights of the plan and offer another opportunity for community members to participate in the citizen engagement process, ask questions and offer input.

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE

Your City, Your Streets: 2017 Public Works Progress Report

The Public Works 2017 progress report presented at the May 15 Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting provided details on the City’s investment in its street network. Last year the City completed 25 miles of street resurfacing, 5 miles of concrete street rehabilitation and 5 miles of street reconstruction. These numbers include the 18th Avenue NE project which is reconstructing the street and adding a bike/pedestrian path and enhanced ADA infrastructure, as well as the first-of-its-kind concrete rehabilitation project in the Waite Park Neighborhood.

Other highlights included infrastructure improvements to increase the pedestrian safety and walkability of our city:

  • 12 miles of improved pedestrian realm, including sidewalks & boulevards
  • 3700 parallel crosswalks converted to more visible zebra crosswalks
  • 388 pedestrian ramps installed
  • 160 curb extensions constructed

Bicycle infrastructure also saw expansions and improvements:

  • 14.5 miles of new bicycle facilities installed
  • 7.4 miles of on-street bicycle lanes
  • 4.5 miles of protected bicycle lanes
  • 2.4 miles of bicycle boulevards

To read the full presentation, visithttp://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/RCA/4786/–2017%20Report%20Card_TPW.pdf.

Washington St NE Bumpouts

NE Arts District Forum: Tuesday, June 12

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Ritz Theater will host a forum with elected officials on Tuesday, June 12. This forum is a follow up to last fall’s forum and will feature a panel that includes Council Members Kevin Reich and Steve Fletcher and Mayor Jacob Frey. As part of the forum, the Northeast Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce will present the data from the recent survey of artists in the arts community. The survey was intended to provide a snapshot of the arts community and how it interacts with the larger Northeast community. All are invited to attend:

Tuesday, June 12, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE

Door open at 6 p.m., forum starts at 6:30 p.m.

An after party at Rogue Buddha Gallery next door begins immediately following the conclusion of the one hour forum.

Volunteer to Help Seniors with Outdoor Chores

Looking for a group activity for your family, organization or business? Senior Community Services’ HOME Program is looking for group volunteers to help seniors with outdoor chores. Have fun and build team spirit while helping older adults in your own community stay in their homes. For more information, contact Cat at c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894.