MARCY-HOLMES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION'S
NRP PLAN MODIFICATION VOTE
Where: MHNA Annual Election / Membership Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:30 pm
Location: Online, via Zoom
This meeting is open to the public, but you must Register in advance to attend. Only MHNA members are eligible to vote on this plan modification. To learn about criteria for membership (always free), please visit here.
Registration will also allow you to participate in our voting process for electing a new board of directors.
The MHNA Membership will be considering four updates to our Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) and voting on them at our October 20, 2020 General Membership meeting. These four updates would create four new priorities under our current contract with the City of Minneapolis.
The creation of a new priority (or set of priorities), as well as any reallocation of funds for new priorities, requires a broad, substantial notice to the community 21 days in advance of any potential vote. This email only serves as a portion of the broad outreach we are engaging in to notify the public.
All MHNA members are encouraged to attend the October membership meeting and vote. Questions can be directed to Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director.
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
NRP Phase II Plan Modification Request
Neighborhood Vote: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1) Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety Program
Concept: Work with partners to calm traffic and make Marcy-Holmes safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Amount Requested: $25,000
Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.C.6 – Rental to Ownership Conversion Incentives ($25,000)
- Support improvements or replacements to neighborhood street signage.
- Support traffic calming / pedestrian crossing improvements along major streets and critical intersections, e.g. diverters, signage, crosswalk striping.
- Support bicycling improvements, e.g. service stations, bike storage facilities.
- Program Design and Implementation
2) Environmental and Greening Programming
Concept: Promote sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout Marcy-Holmes with community initiatives designed to promote pollinator-friendly and native plantings, community gardens, green space, tree planting, boulevard plantings, and organics recycling in the neighborhood.
Amount Requested: $10,000
Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.4 – Supplemental Exterior Inspections ($6600); NRP Phase II 4.1.A – Additional Police Patrols ($3400)
- Greening programming and supplies, e.g. Adopt-a-Street, Adopt-a-Drain, Adopt-a-Tree, 5th Street Gardens, and 8th Street Garden care events.
- Program Design and Implementation
3) Community Engagement
Concept: Reach out to and engage community members through year-round events, programs and communications.
Amount Requested: $10,000
Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.4 – Supplemental Exterior Inspections ($5400); NRP Phase II 1.1.B.5 Historic Preservation Planning Assistance ($600); NRP Phase II 4.1.A – Additional Police Patrols ($4000)
- Neighborhood Communications: Postcard mailings (printing/postage), digital communications and website.
- Communications planning
4) Staffing / Additional Program Implementation
Concept: Maintain staff positions to support the MHNA’s work in implementing programs, coordinating communications, volunteers and community outreach, and maintaining accurate and up-to-date financials.
Amount Requested: $54,000
Source: NRP Phase II 1.1.A.2 – Rental Housing Improvements ($17,100); NRP Phase II 1.1.B.5 Historic Preservation Planning Assistance ($12,900); NRP Phase II 1.1.C.6 – Rental to Ownership Conversion Incentives ($24,000)
- Coordination for MHNA’s programs, events, communications, volunteer coordination and outreach.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the MHNA Board of Directors will be voting to move additional NRP Phase II Program Income to three existing neighborhood priorities. Each of these three priorities have been in place for 2 or more years, but all require additional funding to continue.
The total amount of funding in question is under $25,000, therefore a community vote is not needed. The board was noticed at its regular monthly meeting on August 18, 2020 that these votes would take place in September, meeting the 21-notice of the board and communities impacted.
Existing Priority: Elwell Park Signage / Kiosk
Requested amount: $5300, from Phase II Program Income
A project started more than four years ago, the rehabilitation of the public art in Elwell Park includes replacing/repairing broken mosaic tiles, sandblasting and repainting the metalwork, and adding a new kiosk with interpretative signage that tells the story of the park and its importance to the neighborhood. These funds will complete the final rail installation.
Existing Priority: Eastside Litter Container Program
Requested amount: $4000, from NRP Phase II Program Income
As outlined in the Livability section of MHNA’s Phase II NRP plan, our organization pursues ways to make Marcy-Holmes cleaner and safer for all those who live, work and visit our community. MHNA will continue to provide funds for the once per week servicing of fourteen (14) additional concrete trash containers for a two-year period. The containers, already installed by the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department in 2018, will be located at street corners, on the east side of Marcy-Holmes.
Existing Priority: Greater Dinkytown: Road Map for the Future
Requested amount: $5000, from Phase II Program Income
Develop a vibrant vision and implementation plan for the “Greater Dinkytown” Community. This is the third and final phase of this project. This priority is supported by $9,000 from the UMN’s Good Neighbor Fund.
Work was postponed because the Mississippi was too high
Third Avenue Bridge weekend closure begins Aug. 28
Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, Aug. 28, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed to allow construction crews to move equipment below the bridge to continue repair work on the bridge piers. The bridge is expected to reopen 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 31. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.
Crews will begin repairing the bridge piers. These pier structures extend into the river below and support the foundation of the bridge. See below for a photo of the current aging pier structures.
All construction activities and closures are weather permitting and subject to change.