Multimodal Project along East Hennepin and 1st Ave NE

There is a multimodal improvement project planned for East Hennepin Avenue and 1st Avenue NE in 2023. This is an exciting opportunity to improve the safety and comfort of these streets.
The Hennepin County consultants behind this project are anticipating performing a temporary parking ban along the corridor on Tuesday, September 8th. The parking ban is to accommodate a LIDAR scan of the streets, where a laser will record the exact geometry of the existing street accurate plans for the upcoming multimodal project can be developed. While they can likely complete this work within a few hours, there will be day-long parking ban to err on the side of caution. Also, the LIDAR scan requires sunlight to work best, so the temporary parking ban could move to another day the week of September 8-11 in the event of inclement weather.
The overall project is not a full street reconstruction on these two avenues, but is instead a federally-funded multimodal improvement project intended to install new bike facilities, improve pedestrian facilities, and make improvements to intersections and traffic operations throughout the corridor. While smaller in scope than a reconstruction, this project still provides the opportunity to make meaningful, permanent changes to East Hennepin and 1st Ave NE to better support safety for all users.
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Additional NRP Plan Allocations to be voted on in September

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. 


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POSTPONED: Third Ave Bridge Closure this weekend

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.

Construction Progress

Third Avenue Bridge current aging bridge pier structures

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.


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Justice for National Guardsman, Sergeant Abdoulaye Néné Cisse slain in Marcy-Holmes

Family of National Guardsman, Sergeant Abdoulaye Néné Cisse slain in southeast Minneapolis still seeking answers



Sergeant Abdoulaye Nene Cisse, born to Mr Alioune Badara and Madam Nene Cisse in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), on October 16, 1992. 

Late Sgt Abdoulaye Cisse was brought up in Minnesota and Senegal. Upon completion of his elementary and secondary education in Senegal, Abdoulaye proceeded to China for his  post secondary education. He returned to his country of birth, USA and lived in Minneapolis until the time of his untimely death.
Abdoulaye was highly intelligent, full of talents and multi lingual.

Abdoulaye met his tragic death in the early hours of October 16, 2019, at 500 7th street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a homicide. He was stabbed to death on his 27th birthday. The perpetrator(s) is/are at large, eying their next innocent victim while Abdoulaye’s family continues to deeply mourn and grieve without answers or closure.

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10th Ave Bridge Construction Update

Construction Update Meeting - Friday, August 28, 2020 - at 10:30 a.m.
Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting this Friday using GoTo Meeting. Members of the public are invited to join the online meeting and hear updates on construction progress and speak with project staff.
Please use this link to join the 10th Ave Bridge Online Construction Update Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 784-924-461
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Notice of a Public Hearing: Dinkytown Project by CA Ventures



Chris Palkowitsch, of BKV Group, has submitted the following applications to allow a new mixed-use building with 308 dwelling units and approximately 27,000 square feet of commercial space at 407 15th Ave SE, 1412 and 1428 5th St SE, 1413 and 1417 4th St SE, and 416 14th Ave SE:

• Rezoning the properties at 407 15th Ave SE, 1428 5th St SE, 1413 4th St SE, 1417 4th St SE, and 416 14th Ave SE from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District.

• Rezoning the property at 1412 5th St SE from the C2 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District.

• Conditional use permit to establish a planned unit development.

• Alteration of a nonconforming use to allow a fast food restaurant to reestablish in the new building.

• Variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio.

• Site plan review.

• Preliminary and final plat.

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Weekend closure of the Third Ave Bridge begins July 31

Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, July 31, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed until 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 3. The closure will allow construction crews to shift equipment to the other side of the bridge and reconfigure travel lanes. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Nearby residents and businesses should expect noise. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.

Construction Progress

Image of Falsework. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams.

Crews are preparing the bridge for the closure when they will start removing and rebuilding the bridge. We are setting falsework to help speed up the deconstruction and construction portions and try to minimize the amount of the time that the bridge is closed. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams that is used during construction until the bridge can support itself. The falsework is not a permanent part of the bridge. This also involves working on the utilities under the bridge and protecting them from the future work. Crews also started on the repair work on a pier near Main St.


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Construction begins next week on new Holmes Park playground

Illustration of the 5-12 year-old large structure area. 


Construction begins next week (week of July 27) on a new playground at Holmes Park. The playground will be closed during construction, which is expected to last about a month.

The new playground includes:

A play area for kids ages 2-5

• Play Fort

• Swings

• Play Mound with Slide

A play area for kids ages 5-12

• Swings

• Double Arch Swings

• Spinner

• Play Mounds

• See-Saw for up to five kids

• Large Structure with slides, overhead ladders, climbers, accessible ramp access

• Free Standing Climber

• Music Play

A shade structure with seating


Project Page:

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Comments sought on new proposed change to the City Charter

The Minneapolis Charter Commission has proposed another possible change to the City Charter, our City's constitution, and will seek public input on this proposal.

This new proposal removes minimum funding requirements for the Police Department without eliminating Police as a required department.

The public hearing for this proposed Charter amendment is set for:

  • Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. online.

This is the second of two proposed amendments. City Council submitted the first proposal  described below. As with the City Council's proposed amendment, this new amendment would also be sent to the voters in the November election if approved by Hennepin County's Aug. 21 ballot question deadline.

If both proposals are approved by the deadline, they could both appear as ballot questions this November.

City Council's proposed Charter amendment to create Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

The Charter Commission's new proposal is separate from the Minneapolis City Council's existing proposal to eliminate Police as a required department in the City Charter and instead require the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, which may include a police division.

The public hearings for this first proposed Charter amendment were on July 15 and July 21, and public comments can still be submitted.

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Public Hearing this Wednesday on Revised 2020 Budget

Public Hearing this Wednesday on Revised 2020 Budget

The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold a second public hearing this Wednesday, July 22, on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget.

Public Hearing on Amended 2020 Budget

10:00 A.M. this Wednesday, July 22

You can watch the online meetings and participate in the online public hearings.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on Friday, July 24 on the revised 2020 budget.

For more information about the City’s budget, visit


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