Ward 6 News ~ June 29, 2012

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren
June 29, 2012

Nicollet Must Thrive


The City Council heard the first report back on the work of the recently created Reopen Nicollet Workgroup during this council cycle. Though brief, the report represented considerable work and progress on this popular initiative. The Workgroup includes senior staff from the departments of Public Works, Finance, Community Planning and Economic Development, as well as Council Members Meg Tuthill, Elizabeth Glidden and myself. Efforts are coordinated by the City’s Director of Transit Oriented Development, David Frank.

The report established a Project Area, this is an important step in the ability to identify potential funding in the future. It set timelines for gaining a site control along with other important benchmarks, and also set a framework for public participation in the process. The first step in public participation will begin in August when representatives from area neighborhood organizations and business associations will be invited to Workgroup meetings. This group of community representatives will attend quarterly Workgroup meetings and will help define the broader community engagement process.

Back in the early 1970’s the Minneapolis City Council voted to vacate Nicollet Avenue to allow K-mart to build their big box, suburban style store. This unpopular decision divided our communities and transformed what should be one of South Minneapolis’s most active and thriving intersections into a large parking lot. The restored street would provide opportunities for a reoriented K-mart store as well as a number of other redevelopment possibilities to bring jobs, local small and large businesses, housing and other amenities. The new site could open up and enhance the Midtown Greenway. A reopened Nicollet is critical to the success of the proposed Nicollet/Central streetcar.

I am proud to have been the author of the 2012 budget direction which was approved by the full City Council and the Mayor in December 2011, helping to establish the Reopen Nicollet Workgroup. Stay tuned for more exciting developments on this!
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Photo Above: Nicollet Ave. at Lake Street in 1949. Photo from the Minnesota Historic Society’s online archives.

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance,10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West,2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square,1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village,2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am

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NOTE: No office hours on Monday July 2nd due to the 4th of July holiday week.

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Pride Parade!

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"We support your right to marry," read the City of Minneapolis' Council banner which was proudly carried by City of Minneapolis Council Members and their staff at the 40th annual Twin Cities Pride Parade which took place on Sunday, June 24. Council Member Robert Lilligren would like to acknowledge the hard work of Pride Parade organizing committee! Council Member Lilligren is one of the two openly gay Minneapolis Council Members. In photo above, Robert celebrates Pride alongside Rep. Karen Clark (left) and newly elected Rep. Susan Allen (right).
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New Firefighters Museum exhibit showcases I-35W Bridge collapse rescue effort

A new exhibit opening to the public on June 30 at the Firefighters Hall and Museum, will showcase the extraordinary rescue efforts for firefighters and others in the immediate aftermath of the I-35W Bridge collapse on the fateful evening of Aug. 1, 2007. Read more here.
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Minneapolis adds new way to license your pet

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control has partnered with Sidewalk Dog to make pet licenses available for purchase on the Sidewalk Dog website. A one-year license for a spayed or neutered animal is just $25. More info here.

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Robert.Lilligren@minneapolismn.gov · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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