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I hope your summer has been wonderful. The State Fair is
bringing us all together, schools are back in session or will be soon, and
tomatoes are tasty and plentiful. They signal that fall is approaching. Get out
and enjoy the best of Minnesota and Hennepin County!
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Future development at Penn and Plymouth Avenues North
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center expansion moves forward
Voting as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment
Authority, the Board voted on July
28 to approve the transfer of $18 million to the Housing and Redevelopment
Authority which will be used to purchase and clean the property. In addition,
the project will start to develop and build the additional space for NorthPoint
Health and Wellness Center and related properties at the corner of Penn and
Plymouth Avenues North. The project aims to address the impact of a 67
percent increase in patient load since 2006. The project is expected to start
construction in 2017 and be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.
Hennepin County staff met with the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC) neighborhood
group on June 13 and Hennepin County held an open house about the NorthPoint
expansion for the public on July 26 at UROC.
As mentioned in the July District 2 newsletter, the property on the southwest
corner of Penn Avenue North and Plymouth Avenue North will be transferred to
Estes Funeral Chapel to allow Estes to move there and NorthPoint to use their
former space. The property on the southeast corner of Penn Avenue North and
Plymouth Avenue North will be transferred to Thor Development. These transfers
will allow the consolidation of property on the northwest side of Plymouth
Avenue North for the expansion of the NorthPoint campus.
In addition, Thor Construction is working with the City of Minneapolis
for development approvals. Future community information sessions are planned as
the project moves forward. A web page for the NorthPoint project at Penn and
Plymouth Avenues North is in the planning stages. We will share future updates as they become available.
Hennepin County Regional
Rail Authority approves additional funding for SWLRT
HCRRA approved $20.5 million in additional funding for the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) on
Although the proposed SWLRT has gained community and
business support, the Minnesota State Legislature could not come to agreement
on funding during the past session.
The Hennepin County portion of the funding, in conjunction
with other partners’ funding, would allow the SWLRT to proceed forward in the
federal funding process. More information at board.co.hennepin.mn.us/hcmeetview/.
Golden Valley to pilot new seasonal off-leash pet exercise areas
Mayor Shep Harris tells us the City of Golden Valley is piloting a program to
offer seasonal off-leash pet exercise areas in the outdoor hockey rinks at
Gearty and Medley Parks beginning September 6 (from 7 am to 10 pm).
The off-leash exercise areas will feature access gates and waste
receptacles. All pets must be leashed before entering and when exiting the
areas. All pets must also be up to date on vaccinations, trained for verbal
control to prevent inappropriate and/or aggressive behavior, and removed from
the area if the outing is causing issues for other pet owners. Owners are
legally responsible for any harm, injuries, and/or damage caused by their pet,
as well as for proper clean-up and disposal of pet waste. See goldenvalleymn.gov for more information.
Welcome Beverly Hammond, our new District 2 team member!
Please help us welcome our new staff member Beverly Tipton
Hammond. Born in Washington, D.C., Beverly was raised on Minnesota summers as
her family has been based here since 1969. Beverly joins us following several
years in administrative work at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where she
was recognized recently for her contributions to the Office of Academic Affairs
at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has also served as Administrative
Aide to the Secretary for Economic Development for the State of
Maryland. She is moving to Minnesota to be closer to her family and looks
forward to working with us in District 2.
Thanks also to Nancy Asan from the Clerk's office, who helped in the interim.
Get Choose to Reuse coupons on the go
Hennepin County’s annual Choose to Reuse coupon books are
now available through October 31, 2016. The coupons are free and feature deals
from numerous Twin Cities retailers.
Choose to Reuse coupons are available on mobile devices by
downloading the free Chinook Book app in the iTunes or Google Play stores. You
can also pick up a coupon book at participating retail locations, Hennepin
County service centers, Hennepin County libraries and all Three Rivers Park
Businesses and organizations in the coupon book offer used
goods for rent, repair, resale, consign, trade or exchange. Why reuse? You save
money, get great stuff, contribute to the local economy and help the environment.
For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse or
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) updates for Penn Ave. N. and Olson Mem. Hwy.
awarded to HDR Engineering, Inc.
The Metropolitan Council, in partnership with Hennepin
County and Minneapolis, recently awarded a $3.8 million contract to
HDR Engineering to complete design, engineering, and construction
administration on the C Line rapid bus line and concurrent road reconstruction
along Penn Avenue in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center. Depending on final funding, C Line stations are scheduled to be
constructed in 2018, in cooperation with Hennepin County as they complete other
road reconstruction along Penn Avenue.
Survey crews to begin
Stonebrooke Engineering will be surveying planned C Line
station areas over the next few weeks. The field surveyors are making field
observations and measurements to engineer and design the project. Stonebrooke
Engineering staff are not authorized to discuss project matters and issues. Any
questions should be directed to C. Terrence Anderson by email or by phone at
Study of long-term
realignment from Olson Highway to Glenwood Avenue underway
The C Line will run on Olson Memorial Highway when it opens
in 2019. However, light
rail transit is also planned for on Olson Memorial Highway and is scheduled
to open in 2021. Metro Transit has heard interest in moving the C Line to
Glenwood Avenue when light rail opens.
The Potential Long-Term Glenwood Realignment Study is a
process for Metro Transit to engage community around a study of the Olson and
Glenwood options throughout the summer and fall of 2016. Metro Transit staff
will be participating in community events, presenting at neighborhood
association meetings, and engaging stakeholders on buses to gather input on the
study. An open house will also be scheduled for this study in fall 2016.
More information (and sign up for future updates) on the
Potential Long-Term Glenwood Realignment Study can be found on the project webpage.
St. Anthony Library to close temporarily
Hennepin County Library – St. Anthony, 2941 Pentagon Dr. NE, will
close for renovation on Saturday, September 10 at 5 pm. The library is scheduled
to reopen on Saturday, December 17 at 9 am.
will include a larger meeting room and new interactive learning space in the
children’s area. Ceiling and interior walls will be reconstructed to open up
the library. Seating, power outlets, carpeting and computers will be
renovated. New automated materials handling equipment and a work room
reconfiguration will improve behind-the-scenes efficiencies. The renovation budget is $850,000.
“Hennepin County is committed to
providing libraries that are well maintained, easy to access and welcoming,”
2 Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins. “We also want our libraries,
including St. Anthony, to respond to community needs.”
During the 14-week closure, St. Anthony Library patrons are encouraged
to visit other Hennepin County libraries: Northeast Library is
located at 2200 Central Ave. NE and Pierre Bottineau Library is at 55 Broadway St. NE in Minneapolis.
St. Anthony Library has been providing service to
St. Anthony and northeast Minneapolis residents since 1963, when it opened in a
storefront in the east end of the St. Anthony Shopping Center. The library
continues to operate out of the shopping center, moving to its present location
in 2002. Project information is at hclib.org/about/building-projects/.
In other library news: Webber Park Library Public Art Committee
In other District 2 library news, the first meeting of the Webber Park Library Public Art Committee will be held on
Wednesday, September 14. Commissioner Higgins has selected Connie Beckers and Lori Campagnola to represent area residents. Stay tuned for future information.
Hennepin County Career Connections
Essentials for Small Business Growth Thursday, September 22 at Minneapolis Central
Small business owners at all stages of development are invited
to learn from experts in the field about what it really takes to start and grow
a thriving business.
WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 12:30-5 pm
WHERE: Hennepin County
Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Workshops on marketing, finance, business operations, and
entrepreneurship for artists will be presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance,
WomenVenture, University of St. Thomas Small Business Development Center, and
Springboard for the Arts.
Nonprofit and government business development exhibitors
will be on hand to share resources and answer questions about planning,
licensing, and funding.
for this free event at hclib.org or call
Hennepin County libraries offer business
and employment programs throughout the year to help residents build skills
and explore possibilities. Additional resources are available at hclib.org/business-employment.
West Broadway Open Streets Saturday, September 10
West Broadway between Lyndale Ave. N. and Penn will be open
to all for one, sweet September Saturday afternoon. Sign up to volunteer, present,
perform, or sell your art/items. Attendance is free and you’ll have the
opportunity to play games and find great food to buy and eat.
Open Streets creates a safe, car-free street so that
residents of all ages can walk, bike, shop, participate in
activities and get to know one another. Bring your friends, your kids, and/or your dog
and see what it’s like to walk Broadway without any cars. 11 am to 5 pm. Event
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Hennepin County will
be work-study employer for community college students
The board approved a plan to work with Minneapolis Community and
Technical College to employ students on a work-study basis at Hennepin County. MCTC
students will receive specific work assignments which will be determined based
on the needs of Hennepin County departments. The partnership is a strategy to
address current and future workforce needs. Students will receive pay through
the work-study program and Hennepin County will be responsible for 25 percent
of the students’ salary. Learn
more about the work-study program.
County commits to
funding up to 10 percent of Bottineau Blue Line Extension
Voting as the Regional Railroad Authority, the board agreed to
fund up to a 10 percent share of total capital costs of the Blue Line
Extension, an amount not to exceed $149.6 million. The light rail route is
planned to head northwest out of downtown, serving North Minneapolis, Golden
Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.
The final environmental
impact statement was submitted to the federal government in July, and the Blue
Line project development phase was completed on time and on budget. The
Regional Railroad Authority also voted to fund the next phase, continuing
engineering work on the project, with a $10.3 million allocation. The rest of
the next phase will be covered by an anticipated $15.51 million from the
Counties Transit Improvement Board.
Learn more about the
funding commitment. Learn more about the next
Suburban housing, community development assessment
The board voted to set a public hearing to get comments on its
2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. The report is an
annual evaluation of the county’s administration of the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant, HOME
Investment Partnership and Emergency Solutions Grant programs in suburban
Hennepin County. The hearing is part of a process to assess the county’s
five-year Consortium Consolidated Plan. The hearing will be held on Tuesday,
September 13, at 1:30 pm, before the Public Works, Energy and Environment
will be accepted September 6-20. During this period, a draft copy of the report will be
available at hennepin.us/CAPER and at Hennepin
County regional libraries.
Regional Railroad Authority 2017 maximum property tax levy
The Regional Rail Authority will hold a
public hearing on its 2017 maximum levy. The hearing
will occur on Tuesday, September 13, at the authority meeting after the 1:30
p.m. board meeting, in the Hennepin County boardroom [Note: at the August 30 Regional Railroad Authority, this hearing was rescheduled to Thursday, September 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hennepin County Boardroom].
Partnership expanding into suburban Hennepin County
The board approved the implementation of the Nurse-Family
Partnership program in suburban Hennepin County by accepting $3.5 million
in grant funding until the end of 2020. The partnership works with teens and
young adults who are pregnant for the first time so they receive regular nurse
visits until the child is two years old. This evidence-based program has been
shown to improve prenatal health, reduce childhood injuries, increase school
readiness and more.
NetWork for Better
Futures to reuse and recycle more Hennepin County construction material
The board approved an agreement
with NetWork for Better Futures for services to reuse and recycle
construction and demolition waste. The company deconstructs buildings and will divert 162 tons of material for reuse and
recycle 4,000 tons from 25 projects. It will also partially deconstruct 30
commercial and residential buildings, saving 90 reusable tons of material.
Better Futures hires men with a history of incarceration, poverty, and other
challenges and uses deconstruction projects to provide job training. The
$405,000 contract will be in effect through December 31,
2018. More information here.
issuance of new bonds; simplifies existing bonds
The board approved $155,320,000 in new and refunded general
obligation bonds. $95,000,000 of new bonds will fund the county’s capital improvement plan, including library, general
facilities, and road projects. The remainder is a refunding of existing bonds
that are being consolidated to realize interest savings of $2,200,000 and
simplify bond accounting and management. Read
more about the project.
education grants awarded
The board approved Green Partners environmental education
grants for projects that empower residents to take actions to improve the
environment. The grant agreements are for projects with the following
for Sustainability, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Edina - $15,000
Learning Center, Minneapolis - $8,000
for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Minneapolis - $15,000
Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, various cities - $15,000
Caring for Creation, various cities - $15,000
Prairie Independent School District 272, Eden Prairie - $7,800
Assistance Center, Minneapolis - $7,500
Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, various cities -
Independent School District 281, Robbinsdale - $8,500
Youth, Minneapolis - $15,000
Edina Community Foundation, Edina - $11,800
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis - $9,900
of Minnesota Extension, Minneapolis - $15,000
National Park Association, Minneapolis - $2,500
Learn more about the Green Partners environmental education
Public Works budget
The Public Works budget was rescheduled to September 30,
2016, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The full schedule of public hearings for adoption
of the 2017 budget and levy was in the July District 2 newsletter at govdelivery.com.
Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at hennepin.us/news.
Upper Harbor Terminal
Upper Harbor Terminal
Phase 1 Redevelopment Request for Qualifications
Riverfront development opportunity
The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and
Recreation Board (MPRB) invite qualified and creative real estate developers to
submit statements of qualifications and initial development programs for at
least the northern Phase 1 half of the 48-acre City-owned Upper Harbor Terminal
(UHT) site in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline for submission is Wednesday,
October 14, at 4:00 pm (Central Daylight Time). The request for qualifications
as well as information about the UHT site may be found at the Upper Harbor
Terminal web site: upperharbormpls.com.
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Friday, Sept. 9, 6-6:45 pm
Celebrate Thomas Edison High School’s
transformation into a first-of-its-kind Green Campus. See Edison’s green
infrastructure and its ability to capture and treat polluted stormwater runoff,
harness solar energy and provide unique, hands-on learning experiences for
students. Ribbon-cutting at 6 pm. After the
event, feel free to stick around and support the football team as they
play their first home game of the year at 7 pm on the new athletic field. Edison
Plaza (next to the gymnasium), 2030 Monroe St. NE.
Monday, Sept. 12, 1:30-3pm
Minnesota in Music. Catholic Eldercare will host a free presentation at the Main Street Lodge, 909 Main St. NE.
Call 612-362-2450 to
Tuesday, Sept. 13,
39th annual Your Community for a Lifetime: a Health and Wellness Expo. East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE.
Tuesday, Sept. 13,
forum with Council Member Kevin Reich. Introducing MPD Inspector Todd Loining. Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-8pm
Every Child Deserves Music: A benefit for the Early Childhood Special
Education music program at Webster Elementary School, 2422 Central Ave NE.
Free, suggested donation $5. nemaa.org
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-9pm
Healthy Homes Resource Fair. Free activities including lead testing, massage therapy chairs, health testing (blood pressure, glucose, etc.) and demos including zumba, farmers' market, 311, and NorthPoint. 3210 Oliver Ave. N. neighborhoodhub.org or 612-522-0942 for more info.
Thursdays Sept. 15 to Dec. 8, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Junior Chefs Cooking for ages 8-14. Learn how to try new recipes with hands-on experiences making healthy snacks and meals. Creekview Recreation Center, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N. $10 Resident/$15 Non-Resident. Registration and info activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks.
Sept. 17, 8:30am-2pm
Annual Fit4Fun event hosted by NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.
Free. 1313 Penn Ave. N. northpoint.org
Sept. 18, 8am
Minneapolis Bike Tour. Three fully supported routes, 16 miles, 25 miles, and 32
miles that take riders through the spectacular park and byway system. Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE. $35 pre-registration
(to Sept. 4), $45 day of ride. minneapolisparks.org
North Loop, Minneapolis
Sunday, Sept. 18, 8am
Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour (see details above or at northloop.org/event/minneapolis-bike-tour-2016/).
Thursday, Sept. 29, 5-8pm
Night Out North Loop. Enjoy shopping and dining destinations along with
special events at participating stores and restaurants. northloop.org/event/night-north-loop/2016-09-29/
Sept, 8, 6:30pm
Plymouth Lions Dinner Meeting and Social. Medicine Lake City Hall. plymouthlions.org
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10-11am
Athletic Fields Grand Opening. Sandburg
Fields Sun Shelter, 2400 Sandburg Ln. goldenvalleymn.gov
Sept. 17, 9:30am-9:30pm
Valley Arts and Music Festival, Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden
Valley Rd. Goldenvalleymn.gov
Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30am-1:30pm
Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run. This is an opportunity to raise public awareness
of the disease as well as show support for those with lupus. 12605 Old Rockford Rd. (612) 688-9143. exploreminnesota.com
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9am
Firefighter 5K Run/Walk, 12000 Old
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:30am-3pm
Plymouth on Parade, Plymouth City Center.
Free. Parade 11:30 am. Post-parade family activities 1-3pm at the Hilde Performance Center and
the Plymouth Ice Center/Life Time Fitness area. plymouthmn.gov
Saturday, September 17
St. Anthony Village High School Class of 1966 50th class reunion. Contact class president Pete Beberg at 763-421-0361 or email@example.com.
- Last Wednesday of the month, 10am
Meet other moms and kids in St. Anthony/NE Minneapolis at the MOMS Club International. Visitors welcome. All-member meeting at Faith United Methodist Church, 2708 33rd Ave. NE. Information: SANEMOMSclub@gmail.com.
- Saturday, October 1, 9am
St. Anthony West
Annual Fundraiser 5K. Registration prior to September 27, 2016, $30. This is
the 13th Annual Historic Riverfront Run. T-Shirt included in registration.
Prizes awarded. 700 Sibley St. NE. Register active.com/minneapolis-mn.
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