Ward 8 Update Newsletters

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

March 2, 2015


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Future of E 38th Street: Development and Opportunity

2nd mtg

The Future of E 38th Street: Development and
Wed March 4, 6-8 pm
Sabathani Community Center (2nd Floor Ballroom)

On Wednesday, March 4, we invite you to join property owners and neighbors to talk about our visions for development and growth for the future of E 38th Street (focused on the area between Chicago and Nicollet). Featuring discussion of a senior housing concept at Sabathani Community Center, small business growth for Kente Circle at 38th and 4th Ave, and more. You can find our facebook event page here​.

Guests speakers include Sam Grant (Professor of Community Development at MCTC), Sabathani CEO Cindy Booker, Kente Circle owner Larry Tucker, and Mike Stebnitz, local property owner and commercial real estate agent.

Free refreshments, childcare, and interpretation services provided.  All voices welcome!

Participate in discovering development opportunities along East 38th Street
Connect to the stories, history, and people of our community
Build solutions, develop collective action, and determine the vision that benefits our community

Please save the dates for future meetings on April 1 and May 6. You can see the flyer for the full meeting series here.

We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

Corridor Co-hosts: Bryant Neighborhood Organization + Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization + Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder + St. Peter’s AME Church + 38th and Chicago Business Association + Sabathani Community Center + Arts on Chicago + Ward 8 City Council Office, City of Minneapolis + Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park Legacy Advisory Committee + Sabathani Seniors + Palestine Lodge No 7 + AARP Sabathani Chapter

History and Storytelling: Thank you for participating


On February 4, over 75 neighbors gathered at St Peters AME Church to talk about The Future of E 38th Street:  History and Storytelling. Thank you to the generosity of Seward Coop for providing refreshments, and to St Peters AME for providing space for our meeting.  Thank you also to the AARP of Minnesota for funding video services at the meeting, to capture the stories told.

You can find all materials from our History and Storytelling meeting here and here.

You can read a summary of the conversations and recommendations from the first meeting here

Couldn't attend but want to add your voice to the conversation?  Click here to participate in answering questions discussed at the meeting - let us know what you think. 

2016 property value notice

property tax

The City of Minneapolis has mailed 2016 property value notices to all property owners in Minneapolis.

On the first page of the property value notice there is a section titled “Appealing the Value or Classification of Your Property.” On this page, you will find the phone number of the appraiser who’s assigned to your property and who you should contact if you have questions about your assessed value.

If you disagree with the estimated value for your home, take the following steps:

  • First, call the Assessor's Office to discuss your concerns with a Deputy Assessor responsible for valuing your property. Explain why you believe your property value is less than that indicated on the statement. The Deputy Assessor can explain how the property value and classification were determined.
  • Then, if needed, appeal to the City Board of Appeal and Equalization: www.minneapolismn.gov/boe

    For more information visit the City Assessor’s website at www.minneapolismn.gov/assessor.

Order a compost bin or rain barrel now, pick it up in the spring


Get a jump-start on gardening by ordering a $55 compost bin or a $69 rain barrel for your home. (These regularly cost $105 and $139.)

Order now and pick up your compost bin or rain barrel in Minneapolis Saturday, May 30, from the Recycling Association of Minnesota. To pre-order now, find more information or see other dates and locations, go to www.recycleminnesota.org.

Free leadership training helps small businesses get bigger


Owners and managers of established Minneapolis businesses looking to build on their company’s success are encouraged to take part in a free Emerging Leaders training program offered by the Minneapolis Office of the Federal Small Business Administration. Applications are due by March 6.

The Emerging Leaders initiative helps small businesses reach the next level of growth and success, becoming stronger self-sustaining employers. Participants will learn practical skills and ideas from peers and local experts. In addition to new expertise, strong relationships and a better understanding of resources available, small-business owners taking part will walk away with tangible three-year business growth plans.

This training is open to owners of small businesses with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. This is not for new start-ups; businesses have to have been around for at least three years. This program is considered to be a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

Thirteen classes will begin in April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business. There is no cost for the training, but participants should anticipate committing to 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.

To learn more about the initiative and request an application, contact Nancy Libersky at MinneapolisMN@sba.gov or 612-370-2324 or visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Get free computer repair, support at upcoming “Fix-It Tech” events


The City of Minneapolis and many community partners will soon be offering free computer repair and technology support at a “Fix-It Tech” events.

Upcoming Fix-It Tech event
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities 2323 11th Ave. S

If you have a computer or laptop that is running slow, not working or appears to have a virus, you are encouraged to bring it in (with power cords) for free tech support. Computers and laptops will be looked at on a first-come, first-served basis. The consultation and labor are free but parts will be available for purchase. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets depending on capacity.

The City of Minneapolis developed the Fix-It Tech events with community partners in response to the Minneapolis Community Technology survey results and our experiences working with residents on their technology needs. The 2014 survey results show that residents overall are not very comfortable troubleshooting computer problems, installing software or backing up files, or protecting themselves online.

Calling Artists: Transformation Project for 38&Chicago storefronts

call for artists

The 38th & Chicago Business Association is looking for artists/artist groups in all media to temporarily transform underutilized spaces (vacant storefronts and empty lots) in the 38th and Chicago area.  The deadline for applications is March 20.

Prizes will be awarded to selected artists or artist teams.  Interested?  You will be asked, if you were awarded the prize, what would you like to create? What experience do you have producing this type of exhibition or event?

For more information and application materials please E-mail info@38thchicago.com or go to www.38thChicago.com/art-community.

Bring the family to NanoDay at Sabathani April 4


SELF International is holding its 4th annual NanoDay celebration at Sabathani, 310 E 38th Street, on April 4, from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. You can also find more information about SELF and NanoDay at www.selfinternational.org

NanoDay will provide families opportunities to experience FUN, exciting, cutting edge science and techonology.  There are lots of hands on activities that kids will love!  It is a family event open to the whole community. The National NanoDays Celebration is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Suggested donation of $5 per family.  Lunch is included! 



Parklets are an innovative and cost effective way to add public gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements, providing an economical solution for increased public open space. The goal of the parklet program is to make the City more livable, walkable, and beautiful.

The City has recently developed a design handbook, to help neighbors and businesses consider developing parklets in their neighborhoods.  Check it out here.