Community Updates

  • Help celebrate the launch of the Southeast Seniors Memoir Project Book

     

    Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    Time: 4 pm - 5:30 pm
    Location: Van Cleve Rec Center
    901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN  55414

    What to expect: friendly folks, light appetizers, a short reading, and copies of the book!
    Please RSVP: 612-331-2302 or [email protected]
    Walk-ins Welcome!


     

  • PUBLIC COMMENT: 2025-28 Transportation Improvement Program AND Amendment to the 2024-27 Transportation Improvement Program

    The Metropolitan Council and the Transportation Advisory Board are receiving public comment on the Draft 2025-28 Transportation Improvement Program. The four-year program includes highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects proposed in the Minneapolis-St. Paul urbanized planning area including the seven-county metropolitan area.

    These projects will:

    • Build better roads that improve safety and include all forms of transportation
    • Improve highways, bridges and interchanges that enhance traffic flow and improve local access
    • Invest in transit to create a stronger system that supports our growing region and better serves everyone
    • Create community connections by developing and improving bikeways and walkways

    Submit comments

    Participate in the public comment period and learn more about the Transportation Improvement Program. We will receive public comments until 5 p.m., Monday, July 1.

     

    Public meeting

    Sign up to come and talk with us about transportation improvements in our region at an online public meeting on Tues., June 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

     

    The program will be recommended by the board and approved by the Met Council. The Council plans to consider final adoption of the program on Sept. 11.

     

    For more information, contact Joe Barbeau, [email protected] or 651-602-1705.

    Public Comment on a Proposed Amendment to the 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program

    The Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board is receiving public comment on a proposed regionally significant amendment to the 2024-27 Transportation Improvement Program.

     

    MnDOT requests an amendment to the 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program to add a regionally significant project expanding Highway 10 in Coon Rapids. This project will expand Highway 10 from two to three lanes, improve existing pavement, and construct noise walls from Hanson Boulevard (County State Aid Highway 78) to Round Lake Boulevard (County State Aid Highway 9) in Coon Rapids.

     

    This project is funded with $2.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration and $38 million in state bonding, along with $8 million awarded through the state’s Corridors of Commerce program.

     

    Because the proposed project is regionally significant, the Met Council requires a public comment period as part of the process.  MnDOT is proposing the project will be programmed for state fiscal year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025).

     

    Submit comments

    Visit the Transportation Improvement Program Amendment page to learn how to comment on the proposed amendment. The comment period is open through 5 p.m., Thurs., June 6.

     

    For more information, contact Joe Barbeau, planning analyst, at [email protected] or at 651-602-1705.

    Other options to submit a comment

    • Email [email protected]
    • Record a message at 651-602-1500 (TTY 651-221-9886)
    • Mail comments to 390 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-1805
  • 45 Day Public Comment Period: NRP Policy Change

    On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the NRP Policy Board voted, in favor of the removal of the NRP Phase 2 expenditure requirement which state 70% of all funds must be spent on housing related activities.

    Attached, along with the original public comment notice, is the Staff Report that was presented to the NRP Policy Board, including all public comments received during the 45 day public comment period, and the marked agenda from the meeting. 

    https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/board/MarkedAgenda/NRPpolicy/4588

    This 45-day public comment period, as authorized by the NRP Policy Board, in regards to updating the NRP Policy on housing expenditures.  Currently, the NRP Phase 2 program funds must be spent on housing related activities due to Minnesota State NRP Law. After detailed research, both the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) and Development Finance Division (DFD) of the Finance and Property Services Department have determined the program as a whole will meet the state law threshold of 52.5% of all NRP funding to be expended on housing related activities. Therefore, the NRP Policy Board has initiated a 45-day public comment period to receive feedback on removing this policy restriction.

    Essentially, this action allows neighborhood organizations the ability to move all of their remaining funds into any approved neighborhood strategy. Compliance with the housing expenditure restriction would be removed.

    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out directly to Steve Gallagher:

    Steven Gallagher
    Neighborhood Program Manager
    City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations  
    Crown Roller Mill, Room
    425 – 105 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401 
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    Office  612.673.2905  l  Cellular  612.518.8743

  • Get ready for spring street sweeping

    Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what has accumulated in the streets over the winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 16, for the first day of sweeping. Beginning Monday, April 15, drivers should watch for hot pink temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.

    Starting April 16 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

    Find your street on the schedule

    You can see when your street is scheduled to be swept by visiting the interactive street sweeping map. It will go live Friday, April 12, with this year’s schedule.

     

    Learn more about street sweeping.

  • Help shape the future of travel and tourism in Minneapolis

    Meet Minneapolis, the city’s Convention and Visitors Association, is conducting a survey of Minneapolis residents. The information gathered will be part of an effort to develop an updated 10-year tourism master plan to increase the appeal of Minneapolis as a destination for travelers.

    The survey, which closes on May 3, will take approximately five (5) minutes to complete and all responses will be kept confidential.


    Available in four languages:

    English - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinneapolisEng

    Hmong - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinneapolisRShmong

    Somali - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinneapolisRSsomali

    Spanish - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MinneapolisEsp

     

    For more information, go here.

  • 2024 Renter Rights Resource Fair June 4

     

    Whether you’re new to Minneapolis, a college student or a lifelong renter, come join us for the 2024 Renter Rights Resource Fair.

    The resource fair brings together staff from the Department of Regulatory Services and community organizations to connect with renters and property owners. So bring your questions. Find help overcoming common renting issues and learn about renter rights. Hear how the City works with property owners and tenants to ensure safe and quality housing.

    2024 Renter Rights Resource Fair
    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4
    Minneapolis Public Service Building
    505 Fourth Ave. S., first floor

    A free meal and interpretation services will be available. Hosted by the Department of Regulatory Services.

  • Stone Arch Bridge closure begins April 15

    The historic Stone Arch Bridge last underwent repairs in the mid ‘90s, but that is about to change.

    Starting at 5 a.m. on Mon, April 15, the St. Anthony Main side of the Stone Arch Bridge will close through spring 2025 to allow construction crews to begin preservation work. The closure is necessary to keep the public and crews safe during the work.

    While this closure is in place, pedestrians and bicyclists can use the new protected pathways on the Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge to cross the Mississippi river.

    • Pedestrian detour: Southeast 6th Ave. to southeast 2nd St. to Central Ave./Third Ave. Bridge to South 1st St.
    • Northbound bicyclist detour: West River Pkwy. to Portland Ave. to South 2nd St. to Third Ave. Bridge/Central Ave. to southeast University Ave. to southeast 6th Ave.
    • Southbound bicyclist detour: Southeast 6th Ave. to southeast 4th St. to Central Ave. /Third Ave. Bridge to South 2nd St. to Portland Ave. to West River Pkwy. 

    The downtown side of the bridge will be open until spring 2025. Pedestrians and bicyclists can walk or bike to the middle of the bridge and turn around at the closure.

    Please note that timeframes are all approximate, subject to change and weather and schedule permitting.

    More about this project

    Starting in spring 2024, crews will begin repairing the Stone Arch Bridge spanning the Mississippi River on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Crews will repair and replace stone, replace the mortar on the entire bridge, and make other repairs as needed. Stone repair and mortar replacement will slow deterioration and improve the condition of the bridge. Construction is anticipated to be complete by spring 2026.

    For more information, visit the project webpage. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Stone Arch Bridge project, please contact the project team.

  • Volunteer with the Vital Living Program at East Side Neighborhood Services

    Make a difference in the lives of older adults in our community, while engaging in a volunteer opportunity that highlights your talents and utilizes your experience. You’re just the person we’ve been looking for! 

    Northeast Day Spot Friend Volunteer: Provide respite care support for people experiencing dementia and other chronic conditions while their caregivers receive a break. On Fridays from 9:30AM-1:30PM, you will socialize with participants, provide support during activities like art projects and games, and help with set up and clean up. No hands-on care required. You do not have to come every week.  

    Music Maker Volunteer: Share your musical talents with people experiencing dementia. On Fridays from 12:15-1PM, you will play music for our group to enjoy. Bring your own instrument or use our keyboard. We also love sing alongs! Most music makers volunteer once every few months.  

    Garden Volunteer: Help us plant, water and weed our community garden. Flexible days/times.  

    Phone Call Friend Volunteer: Provide a listening ear and companionship to an older adult with weekly phone calls. Days/times are flexible.  

    Contact: Syneva Barrett 612-787-4035 or [email protected] 

    Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 2nd St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 

    East Side Neighborhood Services is a nonprofit human services agency providing resources and social services to individuals of all ages and families in Hennepin County since 1915. The Vital Living Program serves older adults through resources, classes, events, and caregiver support. 

    Syneva Barrett
    Outreach Coordinator
    Vital Living Program
    612-787-4035
     
    East Side Neighborhood Services
    1700 NE 2nd Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Metro E Line Construction is happening soon

    METRO E Line construction is starting soon.  Metro Transit is currently in the process of awarding a construction contract. Once a contractor is selected the E Line team will finalize the construction schedule.  Activities may begin as early as the last week in April.

     

     

    Accessible map

    The map above shows the year in which stations will be constructed (where known) and shows E Line stations that are being constructed in coordination with projects led by another agency.  This map will be updated as more detailed construction schedule information becomes available and as station construction is completed.   

    Once construction begins, the E Line team will send email updates to subscribers once a week during the construction season. These updates will provide more information on when construction will start at individual station locations.  

    Questions can be directed to: