Ward 8 Update May 27, 2014- CANCELED: today's pre-public hearing for the 40th Street West Resurfacing Project

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May 27, 2014

40th Street West Resurfacing pre-public hearing is CANCELED for today

During the 2014 construction season, 40th Street West - from Lyndale to Stevens - will be resurfaced.  For a resurfacing project, the top asphalt layer of the street is scraped off and new layer is put in place (mill and overlay).  This will extend the life of the road at least 10 years and likely more.

Properties adjacent to 40th Street will be assessed for a portion of the street resurfacing project; the remainder of the project will be paid for from general property taxes.  You can find out more about the assessment for the project here.  Affected property owners will receive individual mailings with more information.

A community meeting to discuss the project was originally set for held Tuesday May 27, 6:30 pm, at Dr Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, but has been CANCELED.  This “pre-public hearing” meeting will be rescheduled for the week of June 9.  Questions?  Call project manager Chris Trembath at (612) 919-1196 or chris.trembath@minneapolismn.gov


Seward Coop Updates

Seward Coop

Lots of news for the Seward Coop - Friendship store!  The Seward Coop has proposed a grocery store for the location across from Sabathani Community Center.  The location is on the south side of E 38th Street, between 3rd Avenue and Clinton.  

Notification of potential sale of city land at 3800 Clinton to Seward Coop

Seward Community Co-op Inc. has submitted a purchase offer for a City property at 3800 Clinton, and has acquired seven adjacent private properties, as the proposed site for the Seward Friendship Co-op grocery store. 

Consideration and approval of the sale of the City property is one of several City Planning Commission and City Council actions required for the Seward Friendship Co-op project that will be under consideration during the next two months.  Additional actions include approval of a Redevelopment Plan, rezoning, and other land use approvals.  The Minneapolis City Council can approve, amend or reject the proposed land sale.

The land sale will be the subject of a public hearing of the City Council’s Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Room 317 City Hall.  The full City Council is expected to consider the land sale on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Comments on the proposed land sale are due by noon on Monday, July 7, 2014.  To submit comments, or for additional information about the proposed land sale, please contact Mark Garner, (612) 673-5037, mark.garner@minneapolismn.gov.  You can view the official notification letter of potential land sale here.

Building design Open House hosted by Seward Coop Tuesday June 3

You are invited to attend an open house Seward Community Co-op is hosting on Tuesday, June 3rd, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Sabathani Community Center.

Several co-op managers and a representative from LHB Architecture will be available to answer your questions about the proposed Friendship Store project’s design and site plan. The open house will contain a simple visual tour of how the co-op is addressing the main themes of questions we have heard since the project was announced. 

The display will include large prints of the building, site, and floor plans. If you cannot make it to the open house, the displays will be available in Room 103 of Sabathani Community Center each day until Friday, June 13th.

Reminder:  Rezoning and Land Use Public Hearing for Seward Coop June 9

Rezoning and land use applications for the proposed Seward Coop Friendship store will be considered by the City Planning Commission on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis.  You can view the full notice of items before the planning commission, and details on how to submit a public comment, here.


Lunchtime with Elizabeth May 30, 2014

The Influence of Art in our Social, Physical, and Economic Future: Creative Placemaking in Minneapolis

Lunchtime with Elizabeth
Friday, May 30, 12-1pm
Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet

In 2013, three Minneapolis organizations received ArtPlace grants to support their work in connecting community and art.  Pillsbury House + Theater featured 20 projects in one year by local artists on Chicago Avenue.  Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis partnered to embed artists in the city’s planning and development project process.  And the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) worked to improve a light rail station as the front door to the Native American Cultural Corridor. 

We welcome Noel Raymond of Pillsbury House + Theater, Theresa Sweetland of Intermedia Arts, and Jay Bad Heart Bull and Andy Hestness of NACDI, to talk about the impact of ArtPlace grants and the planned projects.  What has been the impact of the ArtPlace grant?  How, if at all, have these organizations changed their approach to connecting arts and community?  What work is left undone?

Please join us for a great discussion of the intersection of arts and community!  Arrive early, grab some lunch or a treat, and settle in for an exciting program that will begin promptly at 12 noon.