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Minnehaha Townhomes Breaking Ground in June

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 ContactMPHA@mpls.org 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:
Chris Engelmann, 612-673-3274

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 Menbere.Wodajo@minneapolismn.gov. 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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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.

Questions?
Please contact City Planning Staff Hilary Dvorak at hilary.dvorak@minneapolismn.gov.
You can also contact Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12) at 612-673-2212 or andrew.johnson@minneapolismn.gov

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

Presenters:
Oaks Properties President Norm Bjornnes
Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects

Questions:
Becky Timm, NENA Executive Director
becky.timm@nokomiseast.org (612) 724-5652

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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 (MBRB) 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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Nokomis East Garage Sale Day (6/18)

Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

The annual NENA garage sale brings buyers and sellers together for a neighborhood-wide event. Whether you’re looking to clean out the basement or seeking reasonably priced hidden treasures, this is the event for you, your friends and family. Last year, over 100 sales took part in the all-day event, which draws bargain hunters from all over the metro area.

Online Registration

Please consider making a donation to support this free event.

Questions, comments, feedback? Contact us: garagesale@nokomiseast.org

 

 

 

 

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Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop (5/19)

 

 

Workshop Registration Link

The 2017-2018 monarch population is down 15% from last year. As monarch numbers have continued to plummet in recent years, researchers and naturalists are urging people to create monarch habitat, especially throughout the Midwest Corn Belt – the monarch’s traditional breeding grounds. There is an urgency to replace lost habitat that once held the monarch’s host plant, milkweed, alongside essential nectar plants. This how-to workshop will provide the information and essential plants to get started. Our urban and suburban gardens can help make a critical difference!

This year, the two new workshop presentations will be offered consecutively to cover different aspects of being a monarch/pollinator habitat gardener. Both sessions are taught by Vicki Bonk, a Nokomis Naturescape stewardship leader for over 20 years and native plant gardening speaker. Each session will be followed with Q&A time.

 

Grow Monarch Habitat – An Introduction to The Essentials of Gardening For Monarchs
A 45-minute presentation covering the monarch life and migratory cycle and how these two cycles determine the habitat components. The current environmental status of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators is also addressed.

NEW! Grow Monarch Habitat – A How-To on Planting, Maintaining and Expanding Your Garden
A 45-minute presentation designed to expand on previous years GMH workshops and cover some new ground.

Attendees are offered the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Garden-to-Go Kit to start or expand their monarch/pollinator habitat. The kit is available in 2 choices and contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. There is a registration fee of $32 ($36 value) for the kits, with a May 11 deadline. Workshop and native plant sale attendance is free.

These kid-friendly* sessions offer a wealth of information for both beginning and advanced gardeners. Space and Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits are limited so registration is suggested. For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please visit NENA’s website or email nena@nokomiseast.org.

*Including a kid’s activity table!

Monarch Garden-to-Go Kits For Purchase:
Each kit contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. Plants are supplied by the Sogn Valley Farm, an experienced local, native plant grower. Each kit is a $37.50 value and offered to workshop participants for $30. Kits are delivered on May 19 at the workshop. Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers and Wild Ones volunteers will be onsite to help answer your questions. For those not interested in a kit, workshop attendance is free.

  • Monarch Garden-to-Go for Dry-Medium Soil – $30
    3 Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – the caterpillar host plant
    3 Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
    1 Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) – butterfly nectar plant
    1 Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense) – butterfly nectar plant
    3 Little Bluestem (Andropogon scoparius) – shelter
    1 Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Monarch Garden-to-Go for Medium-Moist Soil – $30
    3 Red (Swamp) Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) – the caterpillar host plant
    3 Fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)
    1 Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum ) 
    3 Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) – magnet butterfly nectar plant
    1 Stiff Goldenrod ( Solidago rigida ) – butterfly nectar plant
    1 New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) –  butterfly nectar plant

More habitat plants and full kits will be available for purchase at the workshop including a variety of native milkweeds. Come early for best selection.

For information on the Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or the Nokomis Naturescape, please call 612-724-5652 or email monarch@nokomiseast.org

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