Community Updates

  • Proposed Changes for Bus Route #17

    There are proposed changes to Route 17 as part of or Better Bus Routes program. Route 17 provides service between Northeast Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. Key destinations include downtown Minneapolis, Uptown, and Knollwood Mall.

       

    Key changes that are proposed to take place in August of 2023:

    • A reduction in the number of stops to make the trip faster and more reliable. You can view a map of changes here
    • Relocating select bus stops past a signalized intersection to reduce delays – similar to how Bus Rapid Transit operates
    • 17F branch in St. Louis Park will be reduced to reverse commute trips only. Reverse commute trips travel towards downtown in the afternoon/evening rush hour, and away from downtown in the morning rush hour.
    • 17W branch in Northeast Minneapolis will be re-routed, ending on 26th Ave NE and Central. This will allow customers to transfer to routes on, and access Central Ave NE. which is a major business corridor in the area. This changes also provide our Bus Operators with better access to restroom facilities.

    Metro Transit has posted alerts at affected Bus Stops containing a QR code asking folks to take a quick survey about the proposed changes. They have also sent emails to customers who have subscribed to alerts for this particular route.

    Metro Transit has asked customers to take the survey by March 3, but will keep the survey open for an additional week to ensure that any last minute responses are collected and counted.

     

  • Now Hiring: Part Time Organics Recycling Education Coordinator

    The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) is seeking an Organics Recycling Education Coordinator to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout the neighborhood with an initiative designed to promote organics recycling.

    This is a temporary part-time hourly position (up to 10 hours per week), lasting from mid-April to early fall. This position is generously funded by Hennepin County’s Green Partners.

    The Organics Recycling Education Coordinator will work under the supervision of the MHNA Executive Director.

     

    Position Details

    Organization: Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

    Title: Organics Recycling Education Coordinator

    Type: Temporary, Part-Time – approx 5-10 hours per week, 25 weeks (must end 9/30/2023)

    Wage: $22 per hour

    Reports to: MHNA Executive Director

     

    Position Duties & Responsibilities

    Outreach & Engagement (70%)

    • Working with MHNA Executive Director, develop creative methods to engage Marcy-Holmes’s residents, property owners and business owners to discuss the value of organics recycling.
    • With the U of M’s Office of Off-Campus Living, conduct community workshop to educate students about organics recycling best practices.
    • Increase the number of individuals using organics recycling drop-off sites.
    • Assist with marketing and advertising events and activities, attend tabling opportunities as they arise.

     

    Supply Procurement & Distribution (25%)

    • Source various recycling supplies and distribute to those who submit requests.
    • Operations and logistics management for events and meetings centered on organics.

     

    Administrative Tasks (5%)

    • Miscellaneous tasks as assigned by MHNA Executive Director

     

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

    • 1+ year of paid/volunteer experience with environmental project management
    • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people
    • Able to work evenings and occasional weekends
    • Access to transportation (meetings, procuring supplies, and other materials)
    • Able to lift up to 40 pounds (rarely needed), able to walk for extended periods of time

     

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood (including Dinkytown)

     

    Benefits

    Marcy-Holmes offers paid vacation and sick leave, as well as a flexible work environment. Health insurance is not provided.

     

    How to Apply

    Applications should include cover letter, resume, and three references emailed to MHNA Executive Director, Chris Lautenschlager, at [email protected]. This position is open until filled.

     

    EEO/AA Statement

    MHNA is an equal opportunity employer. MHNA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on basis of race, disability, color, creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, affectional preference or sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

  • MHNA Office Closed until Tuesday, February 21

    In honor of Presidents' Day on Monday, the MHNA will be closed until Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

  • Ride Metro Transit for $1

    Metro Transit’s Transit Assistance Program helps make public transit more affordable for people with lower incomes. The program provides a yearlong reduced fare pass on a Go-To Card. Customers can use a bus or train for just $1 per ride – even during rush hour – with a two-and-a-half-hour transfer.

    Signing up is easy

    1. Apply or renew online or at an in-person location.
    2. Show an identity document with your name and address and an accepted document (see details on the Metro Transit website) to show that you meet the income guidelines.
    3. Once approved, you’ll get the discount pass added to a new Go-To Card or your existing card – then just add value and go.

    Watch a video about how to apply and find more information on the Metro Transit website.

  • Can you help Eastside Meals on Wheels deliver?

    The labor crisis has led to a declining volunteer workforce. How much of a decline? Over one third of Area Agencies on Aging have lost at least 50% of their volunteers since 2019! Relying on volunteers helps us serve older adults low- to no-cost meals and helps them remain in their own homes longer.

    Info: 612-277-2529

    [email protected]

    https://www.eastsidemeals.org/volunteer-information/

  • 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]