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State of Our Neighborhood (1/15)

In 2019, NENA along with many others have plans to make our neighborhood an even better, more vibrant community. Come to the State of Our Neighborhood to learn more about the upcoming year from the perspectives of local governments, educational institutions, businesses and community organizations.

Fourth Annual State of Our Neighborhood
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center – 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway

Desserts from Berry Sweet Kitchen will be served.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Confirmed Guest Speakers
– State Senator Patricia Torres Ray
– State Representative Jean Wagenius
– Commissioner-Elect Angela Conley (Tentative)
– Council Member Jeremy Schroeder (Ward 11)
– Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12)
– Commissioner Steffanie Musich, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
– Commissioner Isaac Russell, Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission
– Inspector Michael Sullivan, MPD Third Precinct
– Jennifer Neale, MPD Crime Prevention Specialist
– Principal La Shawn Ray, Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin
– Jack Dickinson, Chair, Nokomis East Business Association (NEBA)

New – Community members are invited to send in your questions ahead of the event for our elected officials, community, school and business leaders and NENA by January 14, 2019! Community Questions

NENA spent 2018 working to improve, empower and energize our neighborhood. Some of our major accomplishments include the 10th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival, biweekly Twin Cities Mobile Market stops in the Bossen area, new marketing matching grants for area businesses and home improvement loans.

In the past year, NENA hosted over a dozen meetings bringing together hundreds of neighbors to address high priority issues such as the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, 34th Avenue reconstruction as well as safety and crime concerns. This will also be the first chance to view NENA’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

Come hear from NENA, our business community, neighborhood leaders and elected officials. This is your community and your time to get involved!

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Get the Latest on Park Projects

With our community rich in parks and trails, it can be hard to follow all of the latest news. Below are links to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) project pages. Find up-to-date information on planning and community engagement, and sign up for email project updates.

  1. Bossen Field Park Building Improvements
  2. Keewaydin, Morris Park and Lake Nokomis Community Center ADA Improvements
  3. Minnehaha Parkway Trail Master Plan
  4. Morris Park Sidewalk and Pavement Rehabilitation
  5. Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

MPRB Planning Projects

MPRB Commissioner for our neighborhood is Commissioner Steffanie Musich. Sign up for the Fifth District E-Newsletter.

For more information, visit NENA’s Park and Recreation Resource Page.


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NENA Welcomes Returning Morris Park Board Member

In October, Danielle Isaacson of Morris Park was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the Board of Directors. Danielle has been co-chair of the Green Initiatives Committee since 2015 and previously served on the NENA Board.

Danielle has been a Morris Park resident for almost four years, and during this time, she has grown to greatly appreciate the neighborhood, its residents, and its unique attributes.

Danielle said, “My primary hope and goal for NENA is to increase resident awareness and participation in NENA’s programs and committees. NENA has wonderful opportunities for residents to get involved and make meaningful changes in their neighborhood. NENA also provides valuable services to homeowners and renters. I would like to see residents become more engaged, either by taking advantage of NENA programming or by becoming involved as volunteers, committee members, etc.

During my Board term I will continue my role as the Green Initiatives Committee co-chair and as a member of the Giving Garden. Through these two groups I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with residents via projects that are aimed to improve the neighborhood and environment. I have greatly enjoyed my role with these groups and look forward to the community engagement opportunities with both during my Board term. The knowledge and connections I build as a member of the Board will also help me better support and contribute to the Green Initiatives Committee and the Giving Garden.”

We are glad that Danielle has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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Development Projects on Minnehaha Ave & 54th Street

New! Updated Site Plans Filed with the City of Minneapolis in July 2018

1. Oaks Longfellow (4912 E 54th Street)
Summary:  The applicant is proposing to construct a 68 unit residential development, with approximately 1,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space, on the site. Unit sizes range between studios and two-bedrooms. The building will be four stories in height with one level of underground parking. The underground parking will be accessed from the existing alley on the block. The applicant is proposing to provide a total of 60 vehicle parking spaces and 30 bicycle parking spaces.  Application Link 

2. Oaks Minnehaha (5310 Minnehaha Avenue)
Summary:  The applicant is proposing to construct a 108 unit residential development on the site. Unit sizes range between studios and two-bedrooms. The building will be four stories in height with one level of underground parking. The underground parking will be accessed from the existing alley on the block. The applicant is proposing to provide a total of 67 vehicle parking spaces and 60 bicycle parking spaces.

Please contact City Planning Staff Hilary Dvorak at
You can also contact Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12) at 612-673-2212 or

NENA and Council Member Andrew Johnson co-hosted a community gathering to keep the neighborhood informed on upcoming developments near you.

Four parcels of land, located near Vantage Flats apartments between Minnehaha Ave and Hiawatha Lane on 54th St, and eight parcels of land near Snelling Motel on Minnehaha Ave have been recently purchased by a private developer, Oaks Properties.

Community Gathering
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Minnehaha Place Condominiums – 4824 E 53rd Street
Facebook Event

Oaks Properties President Norm Bjornnes
Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects

Becky Timm, NENA Executive Director (612) 724-5652

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Minnehaha Townhomes on Riverview Road

From the MPHA Website:
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) will develop, own, and manage the Minnehaha Townhomes, 16 townhomes for families experiencing homelessness. Families will come as referrals from the Hennepin County homeless shelter system, with the units reserved for families below 30 percent of area median income.

The four buildings will revitalize this long-vacant site, donated by the City of Minneapolis. The Minnehaha Townhomes will be the first new public housing built in Minneapolis since 2010. The development includes four two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom units, along with a playground, ample green space, community patio, storm-water management, and connections to the city sidewalk and trail system. Four units will be permanent supportive housing, reserved for families experiencing long-term homelessness.

The families who will live at the Minnehaha Townhomes will receive services from the county and a rapid rehousing provider. These supportive services will emulate Hennepin County’s Stable Families Initiative Pilot Program, including the highly successful Young Parents Program and Integrated County Service components, which focus on families at risk of repeat shelter stays.

Transit will be essential to the families who will make their homes here, and the Minnehaha Townhomes are just a five-minute walk from the VA Medical Center LRT station.  Improved sidewalks and exterior lighting will help residents access the transit that serves the area. The site is located between two major job centers (Downtown Minneapolis and Bloomington/MOA/MSP) and walking distance from another large employer (the VA Medical Center). The townhomes are also a short walk from Minnehaha Falls, one of the Twin Cities’ finest regional parks.

At a cost of approximately $5 million, the Minnehaha Townhomes will represent the financial contributions of MPHA, Minnesota Housing, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Met Council, and Federal Home Loan Bank. They will also embody the culmination of years of work and collaboration with our design, construction, and

Questions should be directed to Contact or (612) 342-1400

Visit the MPHA Project Page.



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34th Avenue S Reconstruction Project Tracker

The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct 34th Avenue S between E. Minnehaha Parkway and E. 58th Street. The 1.37 mile project is scheduled to occur over the course of the 2019-2020 construction seasons and will consist of improvements to the roadway, sidewalk and utilities. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

The 34th Avenue S reconstruction project is now planned to begin early in 2019, with final clean (repair of defects, final tree plantings, etc.) in 2020. The project timeline was shifted to limit the overlap with other projects in the area and reduce the total amount of construction time.

Construction is planned to begin with the storm and sanitary main realignment between 56th and 58th St E, in January/February 2019 and estimated to be substantially completed with new pavement by late November 2019. The project staging will be further developed in coordination with a Contractor; however, please understand that the construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. The City is planning on bringing on a Contractor this fall.

The project will include complete removal and replacement of the pavement surface, curb and gutter, storm drains, driveway approaches, some sidewalk, and new trees and sod. Once the removals and underground utility work is complete, the new asphalt pavement can be placed.

A preconstruction meeting will be held later in 2018 to provide more information regarding the construction coordination and staging.

Visit the City of Minneapolis 34th Avenue S Project Page

For more information and questions, please contact the City of Minneapolis Public Works Staff:
Becca Hughes at or, 612-673-3594.

For Businesses: 
Our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum.  If you have any questions or concerns about this improvement project during construction, please call the construction manager Menbere Wodajo, at 612‐673‐3716 or You can also contact the Chief Field Inspector on the Project, Brad Mikiska at 612‐297‐4660.

For Homeowners:
To install new curb and gutter, driveways, and sidewalks we will need to excavate within the City right of way. Please note that the City right of way extends beyond the back of the existing sidewalks.  After we complete this work we will remove our construction debris and place new topsoil and sod where it was disturbed. We plan to place sod in the fall of 2019.  Any private lawn sprinkler systems, decorative carriage walks, special flowers, bushes or other decorative lawn items in the City right of way are the responsibility of the property owner. If you have concerns or questions regarding your specific property, contact Menbere or Brad.

01/30/18 Community Input Session #3
City Presentation

01/25/17 Community Input Session #2
City Presentation

11/28/16 Community Input Session #1
City Presentation
Project Fact Sheet

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