Public hearing on Park Board's Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, scheduled Sept. 29

After three years of research, engagement and public feedback, a public hearing on Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Comprehensive Plan, will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the board room at Mary Merrill Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 W. River Road.

Parks for All is a new Comprehensive Plan for the Park Board that will set long-term organization priorities and policy direction. 

How to participate

  • Call (recommended): You may sign up to provide comment for the public hearing by phone by completing the Virtual Speaker Signup Form before noon Sept. 29.
  • Write: Send your comment to [email protected] by noon Sept. 29.

Learn more about the Parks for All plan

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Review and comment on the draft METRO E Line Corridor Plan

The draft Corridor Plan for the METRO E Line project defines where stations will be located and how they’ll fit into the 13-mile bus rapid transit corridor. This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement to shape this investment in the Route 6 bus corridor, and we’re seeking your feedback on the plan before it’s finalized next spring.

Before the pandemic, customers took more than 8,000 daily rides on Route 6, making it one of Metro Transit’s busiest bus routes. Route 6 has retained strong ridership through the pandemic, and investment in bus rapid transit is a key part of Metro Transit’s efforts to build back as a stronger and better transit system.

Metro Transit is seeking community feedback on planned station locations. Explore the plan and provide your comments by October 31.  Learn how you can participate in the process at metrotransit.org/e-line-project

If you have any questions, need further accommodations to access plan materials, or if your group is interested in a virtual project presentation, please contact project staff by email or by phone at 612-599-0459.

What's in the Corridor Plan? 

Station maps include specific locations for each planned station, including the proposed corners where stations would be built at each intersection

More information on the E Line corridor, including alignment, and proposed changes to Route 6 and other bus service.

How can I get involved?

Due to the continued pandemic, E Line project staff are not hosting in-person meetings. Here is how you can get more information or get involved:

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Resident Connection event on Oct. 9

Join us in-person for an afternoon of fun! The Third Ave. Bridge project team is hosting a resident connection event from 1-3 p.m. on Sat, Oct. 9 at 30 Main St. SE between Central Ave. and Hennepin Ave. This family-friendly event will include games, activities, live music and local treats. Project team members will be there to provide bridge construction updates and answer questions.

Behind the scenes video tour

A behind-the-scenes construction tour narrated by construction manager Tim Nelson is online! Check out the video on the project webpage under About this project.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918 and needs significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. The bridge is fully closed to traffic through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

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City Seeks Feedback on Funding Priorities for American Rescue Plan Act Funding Round Two

American Rescue Plan

The City of Minneapolis, including the Mayor and City Council is seeking feedback from residents, businesses, and neighborhood and community organizations as it considers funding priorities for the second round of American Rescue Plan Act funding awarded to the City to address economic and public health impacts from the pandemic. 

The survey will be open until Midnight on September 24th, and these results will help City leaders as they determine funding priorities for the remaining federal funding awarded to the City. Earlier this year, the City Council amended and approved the first $102 million spending plan for ARP funds. 

The Mayor is expected to recommend a spending proposal for the second round of funding to the City Council in the late fall or early winter coinciding with public conversations around the 2022 City Budget.

The City may use the funds on the following:

• Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency.

• Serve low-income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.

• Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic.

• Provide premium pay for essential workers.

• Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

Take the survey and make your voice heard!

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New Rain Gardens Installed at University Baptist Church

Dedication: Sunday, September 19, 11:30 am

Tour: Sunday, October 11, Noon

1219 University Avenue SE

The University Baptist Church (UBC), at the corner of University Avenue SE and 13th Avenue SE, announces the installation of four raingardens to help improve water quality.

Residents of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood are invited to celebrate with Partners and members of UBC at the Garden Dedication on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 at 11:30, as well as to participate in a Garden Tour on Sunday, October 17 at noon.

Raingardens have a variety of benefits including slowing stormwater runoff and increasing infiltration, improving habitat for pollinators, and decreasing sediment and phosphorus, which are pollutants to streams, lakes, and rivers. An estimated 133,000 gallons will be filtered annually.

Funded by an Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and a Good Steward Grant from Hennepin County, the raingarden installation brings together six local partner organizations, which have agreed to receive stormwater education. Partners include the following: University Lutheran Church of Hope, First Congregational UCC, St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, the Twin Cities Shape Note Singers, and Gaia Democratic School. This project was designed and installed by Metro Blooms, with planting by Helping Hand Companies.

 

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Find assistance with rent and housing as the eviction moratorium ends

housingQ

A new state law includes a policy guiding property owners and renters in an orderly transition from the eviction moratorium, now that the State peacetime emergency preventing property owners from evicting residents for not paying rent has ended.

The policy requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12. 

This law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at renthelpmn.org.

I have questions about my specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium. Who should I contact?

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Early voting opens Sept. 17 for 2021 municipal election

The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 17, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begins mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more on the City website about how to vote early this year.

What’s on the ballot?

The mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, Minneapolis Park Board district and at-large seats, and amendments to the City Charter will be on the ballot this year. A sample ballot is available 45 days before the election and is an excellent resource for preparing to vote. See your sample ballot on the City website.

Find the list of all candidates who filed for municipal offices on the City website.

Due to the timing of State and City redistricting, City Council members elected in 2021 will serve a two-year term. In 2023 an election will be held for another two-year term for council members. No other City offices will be on the 2023 ballot. City Council terms will return to a normal four-year cycle with the 2025 municipal election.

This election uses ranked choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections.

Find more information on ranked-choice voting on the City website.

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Public engagement planned for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Recommendations

The City of Minneapolis is planning changes to its Owner Occupied Rehab Programs and is asking for your feedback.

What we hope to achieve

The City recommends restructuring both the financing and operations of our Owner Occupied Rehab programs. Key highlights from our draft recommendations include:

• Creating a universal application process that serves households more quickly

• Focusing City investments on low- and moderate-income households

• Leveraging State dollars to increase funding available to eligible households

• Expanding our reach into communities through culturally competent, neighborhood-based intake centers

How you can help

We have published an online video summarizing our draft recommendations and a public survey is open to the public for feedback.

The City will host two public in-person engagement sessions to walk residents through the proposed recommendations. Please note: the video and survey linked above are the same content that will be shared at the meetings:

Meeting information and additional resources

South Central Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:

Location: Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) in the Bde Maka Ska Room

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

North Minneapolis Public Engagement Meeting:

Location: North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) in Meeting Room 205

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

City staff are collecting early feedback through Tuesday, August 31 to inform the final staff recommendations to the City Council in late 2021. Revised Owner Occupied Rehab Programs are expected to be available for application in 2022.

Comments received and staff recommendations will be posted on the City website.

Questions

For questions or more information, contact the owner-occupied rehab team at [email protected]

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Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Changes to the Unified Housing Policy

The City invites community feedback on proposed changes (attached) to the Amended and Restated Unified Housing Policy. These changes seek to clarify the definitions between a multi-phased development project and a building site for which a building permit is issued, as they relate to the Inclusionary Zoning policy. The purpose of these changes is to make clear that Inclusionary Zoning requirements apply to each building in a multi-phase development. Inclusionary Zoning is intended to advance the City’s housing goals by ensuring that affordable housing is provided in new residential or mixed-use developments.

The deadline to submit comments is Monday, August 23rd by 4:30pm. Please provide public comments to Emily Carr. If you or your group would like to meet to discuss the changes, or if you have questions, please contact Emily Carr at em[email protected].

It is expected that these changes will be considered at the following meetings of the Minneapolis City Council and its committees:

Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:30pm

 

City Council

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:30am

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10th Avenue Bridge Update

PW project updates

10th Ave Bridge Rehab and Watermain Project

June 18, 2021

10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project

This project will rehabilitate the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and W River Pkwy. A new water main will be installed under the river as part of the project.


Latest Project News

Construction Update Meeting - Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:30 am

Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting next 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:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/784924461

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 784-924-461  

The bridge was closed on March 30th, 2020 and the contractor has been actively working on repairs. For more details on the repairs, schedule and bridge deck changes, please see the latest Construction Update or go to the project page 10thavebridge.com


What's Coming Up

The 10th Ave Bridge will remain closed to all traffic including, vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians until fall 2021.

West River Parkway (roadway only) will be closed to motor vehicles through April 2021. The adjacent trail will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Work requires the use of heavy equipment that will increase noise, vibration, and dust
in work areas.

Access to adjacent apartments and businesses will remain open during the construction activity.


For more information on this project contact: 

Bridge Contact: Meseret Wolana, [email protected] or 612-673-3527

Water Main Contact: Shahin Rezania, [email protected]

10thavebridge.com

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