Justice for National Guardsman slain in Marcy-Holmes





Friday, October 16, 2020, 3 - 5 pm, 500 7th Street SE, Mpls, MN 55414


Abdoulaye’s tragic death occurred in Marcy-Holmes. Family, friends, colleagues and community members will be holding an open prayer service and a flyer drop off to assist the Mpls Police Department arrest the perpetrator(s).

Please support this outreach by his family in an effort to resolve the case.

$5000 REWARD

For any information on the perpetrator(s), please contact Investigator Sgt. Olson 612.673.3400, the nearest police station by calling 911, and/or contact us by email: [email protected]

Please wear a facemask and respect social distancing at all times. Sign and share the petition: http://chng.it/8kyTqgbjJ4



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Neighborhoods 2020 Update

Neighborhoods 2020 next steps and timeline

During the public comment period on the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines from February 28 to September 30, the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) received 244 public comments. These comments are currently being reviewed by staff to create a summary, which will be included alongside the original public comments in the next steps and will be available on the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage prior to City Council action.

Next steps

  • October 5-12: Staff and review committee review public comments 
  • October 22: Public Health and Safety Committee makes notice of intent for public hearing
  • November 5: Public Health and Safety Committee public hearing and presentation
  • November 13: Full City Council vote
  • November 16: Budget Committee presentation to discuss the program allocations

By voting on the program guidelines before the budget, the City Council can discuss the funding needed to implement the program as designed.

Over the next few weeks NCR will send out more information as it becomes available. 

Find City Council meeting calendars, agendas and decisions on the City of Minneapolis’ Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).

If you have any questions, you can contact your neighborhood specialist or Neighborhoods 2020 project lead, Steven GallagherRead more about Neighborhoods 2020 here.

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Notice of a Public Hearing: 1129 8th St SE


Damaris Hollingsworth with Design by Melo, on behalf of North Bay Companies, has submitted the following land use applications for the property located at 1129 8th St SE:

  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along 8th St SE.
  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along 12th Ave SE.
  • Variance to reduce the east interior side yard setback.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum long-term bike parking requirement.
  • Site plan review to allow a new three-story, four-unit residential building.

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv.   

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm. 

If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below.  If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:

Hilary Dvorak, Principal City Planner - 250 S 4th St Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-2639 E-mail: [email protected]. 

Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/planning for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date). 

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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Reminder of all official Marcy-Holmes Correspondence, Agendas and Minutes

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association has always been able to relay its official, board-approved correspondence sent to elected City officials, as well as local and state commissions, departments and agencies, to anyone interested in this information.

You can find every board-approved letter we have on file at the link above. For records outside of this collection, we encourage you to contact the Hennepin County Library archive of Marcy-Holmes files in their collection.

Additionally, for the past four years we have been driven to organize, scan and make available an online collection of all board and membership meeting agendas, as well as our board and membership minutes. You can find the entire collection of these documents here:


As always, we have maintained the most recent two years on our website (Agendas | Minutes).



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Don't Miss the Creative Spark Stroll on October 11th!



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Public Notice: Marcy-Holmes 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.



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MnDOT historian to share Third Avenue Bridge history


Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring and our project team for a conversation spanning the history of the Third Ave. Bridge. Learn about early 20th century Minneapolis, the bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time.

This free virtual presentation will be on Tue, Sept. 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An interactive question-and-answer session will take place after the presentation. If you’re not able to attend, a second virtual presentation is planned for late fall. More information on this second opportunity will be available in the coming weeks. 

Register for the virtual presentation.

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THERE ARE 4 OFFICERS TO BE ELECTED, AND A TOTAL OF 9 DIRECTORS TO BE ELECTED (7 are Open Seats with terms beginning January 1, 2021; 2 potential vacancies have terms beginning immediately).

To view our current board, please visit https://www.marcy-holmes.org/board


What does board membership involve? We’re happy to have a chat with you and share what we know.

Take a look at our Board Position Description

If you're interested, fill our our Candidate Form (Word | PDF | Online). 

Contact Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director, with any questions.


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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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