Community Updates

Opportunity to Review 200 Central TIF Plan

The City of Minneapolis invites the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, the Minneapolis Board of Education, the Minneapolis City Planning Commission, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood, and other interested parties to review and comment on the 200 Central Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan.  The TIF Plan is available for review on the City’s website at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/public/index.htm.

The TIF Plan has been prepared to help finance the construction of a 27-story mixed-use apartment building in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District located at the intersection of Central Avenue and 2nd Street Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.  The 200 Central project will contain 359 apartments, 3800 square feet of commercial space, underground parking and other amenities.  It will include 72 apartments affordable to households at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), 108 apartments will be available to households at 80% AMI, and 179 apartments will be at market rate.

Please submit your comments by noon on Monday, March 13, 2023 via e-mail to Dan Lauer-Schumacher, Senior Project Coordinator, Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, [email protected], (612) 673-5068. 

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

 

Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee

(A public hearing will be conducted at this meeting)

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

 

City Council

Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

 

All meetings will be held in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 S. Fifth Street, Room 317.

If you or your group would like to meet to discuss the proposed TIF Plan, if you would like paper copies, or if you have questions or comments, please contact:

 

Dan Lauer-Schumacher, Senior Project Coordinator

Community Planning and Economic Development

505 4th Avenue S, #320

Minneapolis MN  55401-2534

612-673-5068

[email protected]

  • Opportunity to Review 200 Central TIF Plan

    The City of Minneapolis invites the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, the Minneapolis Board of Education, the Minneapolis City Planning Commission, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood, and other interested parties to review and comment on the 200 Central Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan.  The TIF Plan is available for review on the City’s website at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/public/index.htm.

    The TIF Plan has been prepared to help finance the construction of a 27-story mixed-use apartment building in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District located at the intersection of Central Avenue and 2nd Street Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.  The 200 Central project will contain 359 apartments, 3800 square feet of commercial space, underground parking and other amenities.  It will include 72 apartments affordable to households at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), 108 apartments will be available to households at 80% AMI, and 179 apartments will be at market rate.

    Please submit your comments by noon on Monday, March 13, 2023 via e-mail to Dan Lauer-Schumacher, Senior Project Coordinator, Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, [email protected], (612) 673-5068. 

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

     

    Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee

    (A public hearing will be conducted at this meeting)

    Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

     

    City Council

    Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

     

    All meetings will be held in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 S. Fifth Street, Room 317.

    If you or your group would like to meet to discuss the proposed TIF Plan, if you would like paper copies, or if you have questions or comments, please contact:

     

    Dan Lauer-Schumacher, Senior Project Coordinator

    Community Planning and Economic Development

    505 4th Avenue S, #320

    Minneapolis MN  55401-2534

    612-673-5068

    [email protected]

  • Share Your Vision: Hwy 47 & 65 Planning Study

    Thank you for helping with valuable feedback over the past months regarding the current transportation conditions along University and Central Avenues (Hwy 47 and Hwy 65). Most recently, many local residents provided insight during the summer 2022 engagement activities by attending in-person meetings, virtual events and completing surveys on how the roads could work better. The MnDOT study team is using that information, along with traffic data, to develop alternative concepts for the roads and intersections to better meet the community’s needs.

    You can visit and bookmark the study webpage at talk.dot.state.mn.us/hwy-47-hwy-65-study. Click “subscribe” for the latest project updates.

    The new concepts will be ready for public review in March 2023. We hope you will attend one of the upcoming sessions and encourage residents to do so to learn more and provide additional feedback. Details on these sessions appear below.  

     

    Upcoming Public Engagement Meetings

    1)    Attend in-person

    Focus area: Central Ave and University Ave south of 694

    Thursday, March 16, 4 to 7 p.m.

    Northeast Recreation Center

    1530 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN

     

    Focus area: Central Ave and University Ave north of 694

    Thursday, March 23, 4 to 7 p.m.

    Fridley City Hall

    7071 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN

     

    2)    Join online

    Focus area: full Central Ave and University Ave study area, with separate breakout rooms for north of 694 and south of 694

    Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     

    3)    Complete a survey

    A survey will be posted on the project website in March.

     

     

  • February 2023 Events at Arvonne Fraser Library

    Family Storytime

    Saturdays: Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 4, March 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

    For children of all ages and their caregivers.  Talk, sing, read, write, and play together.  Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement.  Stay and play afterward! 

     

    Chinese Papercrafts

    Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m.

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year by learning the art of Chinese papercraft.  Practice folding and cutting techniques and create your own decorations. 

    Register at hclib.org/events. Collaborator: MN Taiwanese Cultural Services Center. Funded by MN’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

     

    Smarts and Crafts

    Thursdays: Feb. 9, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.

    Join your neighbors for a new kind of book club.  Drop and chat about what you’re already reading, get recommendations, and craft something cool.  Project supplies provided or bring your own work-in-progress.  Upcoming projects:

    • Feb. 9 - Easy DIY printmaking
    • Feb. 23 - Needlework bookmarks

     

    Block Printing: Winter Landscapes

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

    Celebrate the winter season with a handmade touch! Learn how to design, draw, carve and print using a linoleum cutter and printing block. Then use your favorite colors of ink and press a set of handmade cards.

    Register at hclib.org/events. Collaborator: Parcel Arts. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

     

    Call for Artists

    Ongoing through 2023

    Arvonne Fraser Library is seeking local artists for a rotating display of community art.  New or emerging artists, those who represent diverse communities, and artists living or working in our immediate neighborhood are encouraged to apply. 

    Apply online at tinyurl.com/AF-artdisplay

     

    Donations Needed

    Now through March

    Arvonne Fraser Library is collecting clean, dry, and gently used warm weather gear of all sizes.  Look for the bin near the entrance.  Take what you need, leave what you can!

    Collaborator: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department

  • Winter Parking Restrictions begin 9 p.m. tonight, Jan. 26 to improve access for emergency vehicles

    Minneapolis officials have decided to implement Winter Parking Restrictions beginning 9 p.m. tonight, Jan. 26 to ensure city streets are passable for emergency vehicles, buses and other travelers in the face of heavy snow accumulation this winter.

    When Winter Parking Restrictions begin tonight, parking will be banned on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on Snow Emergency routes, parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, unless otherwise posted. Drivers parking in Minneapolis must follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed. Winter parking restrictions include critical permit parking areas as well.

    Minneapolis has had over 52 inches of snow this winter season. The heavy accumulation has narrowed streets, which pose a safety hazard when emergency vehicles cannot navigate these streets to reach people who need assistance.

    It is possible that Snow Emergencies can be declared while Winter Parking Restrictions are in place. When it snows, people should take advantage of the many tools the City offers to stay informed of parking rules.

    Visit the City's website to sign up for Snow Emergency alerts

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  • Please fill out this survey regarding the UMN's Climate Action Planning

    University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability | Sustainability at UMN

    The University of Minnesota is hoping to connect with Marcy-Holmes residents and businesses regarding current Climate Action Planning efforts at the UMN. They are hoping to engage with local neighborhoods to inform and gather feedback from the community. 

    They have created a webform to receive feedback on their planning process. 

    This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept confidential, only reported in a summary and not associated with you individually. Your responses will not affect your relationship with the University of Minnesota. 

    We realize some of the questions will not be applicable to all and you're invited to skip questions that are not relevant to your relationship with the University of Minnesota. 

    After completing this form, you will be entered for a chance to win one of 10, $25 gift cards.

    Please send any questions to the Office of Sustainability at [email protected]

  • Residential Tree Sale

    The Minneapolis Health Department and Tree Trust work together to offer low-cost trees for Minneapolis residents. Below you will find information about our tree programs and resources you can access in your neighborhood. Please fill out this short survey to let us know how we can get more trees in your neighborhood. We can come to your meeting, bring you flyers, host workshops, and more

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    Residents

    Minneapolis residents can enter our lottery to buy a low-cost, $30 tree (~$150 value). The lottery is open from Feb. 1 - March 31. We’ll notify you in April if you’re selected to order a tree and pick-up will take place in May.  All the information to plant and care for your new tree will be provided.

    Enter the lottery

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    Businesses and organizations

    We plant trees for businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. Trees cost $30 each, which includes:

    • A consultation with a landscaper to find the best trees for your property.
    • Professional planting.
    • Mulch.
    • Watering bags.

    Businesses must water the trees weekly and prune them.

    Request a tree for your business or organization.

  • Join Hennepin County’s Plastic-Free Challenge

    Plastics can be a hassle – they create clutter and can be confusing to recycle – plus they contribute to litter, harm water and wildlife, and have largely unknown health impacts for us. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to help create a plastic-free world, from learning more about plastic waste and recycling to making simple swaps to advocating for changes in your community and sharing your story with others.

    Be part of the solution to reduce waste, protect water and wildlife, address climate change, and look after the health of ourselves and future generations by joining the Hennepin County Plastic-Free Challenge.

    About the Plastic-Free Challenge

    The Plastic-Free Challenge is a month-long effort starting February 1 to reduce plastic consumption, especially single-use plastics, in ways that fit best in your lifestyle and have the most impact on reducing your footprint.

    The online challenge has 70 actions you can choose from in seven categories. Sign up opens on January 1, and the challenge runs during the month of February 2023. Once you sign up and create your profile, you can browse the categories and actions, check off the actions you already take, and select up to five one-time actions and five daily actions to make progress on during the four-week challenge.

    You can also create a team to take the challenge along with your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Or encourage an organization, business, or community group you are a part of to become a Hennepin County Plastic-Free Challenge Partner.

    Learn more, sign up, and get ready to go plastic-free at hennepinplasticfree.ecochallenge.org.

  • Results from the MHNA Bylaw Amendment Vote

    A vote was conducted at MHNA's recent Membership meeting over the organization's bylaws. That voting period concluded on Wednesday, January 18th at 9 pm.

    As it does with all of its board elections, amendment voting, and major funding decisions, voting was held using the online service, Election Runner. All graphics and numbers below are provided by Election Runner.

  • Locks removed from organics drop-off carts

    With consistently colder temperatures, the City has removed the locks from carts at organics drop-off sites for the winter.

    Thank you for your due diligence in only placing clean organics inside the carts. Removing the locks makes it easier for you to use the organics drop-offs in the wintertime, but it also makes it easier for others to put contamination into the organics carts.

    Please continue to be diligent in sorting your organics. If you find contamination in a cart, do your best to not cover it up so we may dispose of the contaminated material appropriately. 

    We will notify you via email in the spring before the locks are put back on the carts. 

    Please read the reminders below on what food-service items are and are not accepted in the organics recycling.

    What food-service items can be composted?

    accepted food-service items for composting

    Minneapolis residents do a great job keeping their organics recycling clean. We have low contamination in the organics recycling program. Food-service items are where residents still have the most confusion. If you're just getting started with organics recycling, making sure you get all of your food scraps into the organics bin is the most important. As you get more comfortable, start adding in paper items.

    Any paper or plastic food service item should be clearly marked "compostable" and have the BPI logo on it (shown above). The BPI logo verifies the item has been tested by a third party and that it will fully and safely break down in a commercial composting facility leaving no unnatural byproducts. 

     

    What items should never go in organics carts?

    Items commonly found in organics recycling carts that are NOT compostable include:

    • Non-compostable paper cups
    • Fast-food wraps and boxes
    • Decorative or glossy paper plates
    • Asian take out pails
    • Ice cream tubs
    • Milk cartons
    • Butter wraps
      items not accepted in organics - plastic-lined paper products

    These items all have conventional oil based plastic in the lining making them non-compostable and non-recyclable (except milk cartons - they are recyclable).

    Per the City's Green to Go ordinance, all paper cups should now be certified compostable. If the cup does not have the BPI logo on it, call or email 311 and let them know the establishment is not in compliance with City ordinance. 311 will alert the appropriate Health Inspector for the business.

    Common contaminants

    We’ve been finding some contamination in carts. Please keep in mind that the following items are not able to be composted. 

    1. Cardboard boxes. Mailing labels and tape on cardboard boxes are not compostable. The box itself is ok, however, it can be made back into another paper item again, so the priority should be to recycle cardboard boxes.
    2. Paper boxes from fast food restaurants. If the box is not BPI certified, it belongs in the garbage, not in the organics.
    3. Non-compostable bags. All plastic bags used must have the BPI logo on them. It's the only tool the collection crew and the composters have to verify the bag will fully and safely break down in the composting process. 

    If you're uncertain if an item is certified compostable, visit BPI's website and search the product catalog. 

    Find more info about organics recycling

  • Father Hennepin Bluff Park Improvements Update

    Popular riverfront park will reopen in 2023 after major renovation

    A major renovation of Father Hennepin Bluff Park is wrapping up for the year. Park access and use were limited since work began in the spring on the first substantial renovation at the park in more than 40 years. 

    The new park improvements were designed to reflect the character of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. They will improve park accessibility, safety and circulation, and create a new performance stage with seasonal restrooms that will open next year.

    Fencing will remain in place over winter to help protect newly seeded areas. Please stay out of these areas! Establishing healthy and resilient turf will be a major factor in determining when the park can fully open for public use in 2023.

    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Events staff are planning to program the park for the 2023 season, more details will be available next spring. 

    Project Details

    This Father Hennepin Bluff Park Improvements project includes:

    • A new performance stage with seasonal restrooms
    • New park entry plaza spaces
    • Upgraded lights, path connections, wayfinding signage and trail markings
    • Landscape and stormwater management improvements

    The improvements are focused on the upper part of the park, not the lower paths closer to the Mississippi River. Follow the link below to view the project design and some illustrations of the new stage/restroom facility:

    Father Hennepin Bluff Park Improvements Design [PDF]