Ward 8 Update Newsletters May 27, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

May 27, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

City of Lakes

Reminder - Early Mornings with Elizabeth, Friday May 29

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Friday, May 29, 7:30 - 9am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up: Where do we go from here?

Please join Elizabeth for a special 2015 Legislative session wrap-up co-hosted by Council Member John Quincy of Ward 11.  We will be joined by Senator Jeff Hayden, Representative Jim Davnie, Representative Ray Dehn, and Representative Frank Hornstein, as well as Jovita Yolis of the organizing group Mesa Latina. 

We will talk about the issues left unresolved this legislative session – including Restore the Vote campaign and critical funding for transportation - and the path forward, as well as successes and challenges.  We will also explore the role of “insiders”, such as legislators and lobbyists, and “outsiders”, grassroots organizing champions and resident activists. 

We hope to see you for this important conversation!

Free coffee courtesy of Turtle Bread
Questions?  Contact the Ward 8 Office at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.


Green Building Benchmarking Report Drives Transparency and Energy Efficiency Success

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A new analysis of the energy use of 365 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis reveals that these buildings have the combined potential to save $11 million on energy costs per year and avoid more than 62,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 10 percent. 

Council Member Glidden was the proud author of the green building benchmarking ordinance, making Minneapolis the first city in the Midwest and seventh in the nation to adopt a benchmarking and transparency policy. Today, 13 cities, one county and two states require building energy benchmarking.

Key findings from this second annual green benchmarking report include:


·         Of the 146 largest properties in Minneapolis, 27 are high performers, 51 perform above average and 68 perform below average. The below-average performing buildings could save 43 percent on energy costs if their performance improved to the current average.

·         Of buildings reporting, hospitals, hotels and schools have the greatest potential for energy savings.

·         Office buildings are generally high performers with an average Energy Star score of 87. (Energy Star scores range from 1 to 100, with 100 being the best and 50 being average. A building that scores 75 or higher is eligible for Energy Star certification.)

·         Building age didn’t relate to the amount of energy the buildings used; older buildings that have been retrofitted with modern systems can have high Energy Star ratings.

·         The energy use of these 365 buildings represents 26 percent of Minneapolis’ commercial and industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Energy use in commercial and industrial buildings accounts for 47 percent of emissions in the city. The City has goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015, 30 percent by 2025 and 80 percent or more by 2050.

The benchmarking and transparency ordinance is intended to increase energy awareness and spur action to increase efficiency. Increasing energy efficiency benefits Minneapolis building owners and residents alike by lowering energy costs, increasing property values, creating jobs and reducing air pollution.


Update: Bancroft neighborhood Properties

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“Jardin” Day Care owner purchases the former Nokomis Lanes building

After a long period of vacancy, the former Nokomis Lanes building at 4040 Bloomington Ave South has been purchased by one of the owners of Jardin Magico day care businesses.  This property is under construction now and will be renovated to accommodate the new “Jardin” day care, including construction of a small outdoor play area.  The building users will include a day care, administrative offices for Jardin, with additional space being marketed to potential tenants.  Congratulations to Jardin on positive changes to this long vacant property.


Distinctive red building at 3801 Bloomington Recommended for Demolition

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For many years, the City of Minneapolis has monitored the commercial building at 3801 Bloomington, owned by a private business owner. The building has been on the City’s “Problem Properties”list for multiple years, due to concern about its physical condition, and subject to fees and regular city inspections.

This spring the City, after careful review, recommended demolition of the property for safety reasons; the demolition will likely occur in mid-late June 2015. The building at 3801 Bloomington is infested with severe mold and has major structural issues.

The City analyzed whether there were financially feasible options to rehabilitate the building, as opposed to demolition. Due to the severity and expense of the safety issues, however, rehabilitation is not an option.

We are extremely sad that this building will be torn down. Over the years, the private owner received many offers to purchase the building, but never agreed to a sale. If the building had been sold to a responsible owner, instead of left vacant and untended for so many years, it would likely not have deteriorated to the point of needing demolition. As some have asked about the City’s role, the City cannot take property from a private owner for redevelopment purposes under state law (Minnesota does not allow eminent domain in this circumstance); thus, the City’s only permitted role is to monitor the building for safety issues, which was done.

We have been and will be working with the Bancroft Neighborhood Association on options for this corner, and have reviewed all recommendations on 3801 Bloomington with the board.