Ward 1 April Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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April 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201

Email:
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Como
Holland
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

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Council Member's Message

At a Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee meeting at the end of March, I was forcibly struck by three agenda items that speak to the increasing health, artistic vitality and economic vigor of the First Ward.

The first item was a $1.8 million dollar bond issuance to AccessAbility, a Ward 1 non-profit that provides work opportunities, training and community programs for people with barriers to employment and community inclusion. The funds will allow AccessAbility to improve and expand their current facility in the Mid-City Industrial neighborhood while also ensuring a return on investment for the City. AccessAbility provides much needed opportunities and access to economic stability for their clients and I've been impressed with their work and their engagement with the Eastside community.

The second item was the granting of development rights to the California Building Company for 695 and 699 Lowry Ave NE. Its exciting to consider that these two blighted properties will soon be transformed into arts spaces that continue the revitalization occurring on Lowry Avenue. Read more about this project below.

The last item was approving applications for $428,00 in environmental clean-up funds for the Hook & Ladder affordable housing project planned for a blighted industrial site on Jefferson St NE between 22nd and 23rd Avenues. Not only does this project revitalize a neglected area and contribute to the variety of our housing mix, it will achieve a high mark of sustainable building in our community as the first multi-unit residential development in North America to achieve Passive House certification.

Taken altogether, these three items intersect with many elements of vital importance to our community: support and expansion of our local creative economy  and the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District; a demonstrated desire to provide equitable access to education and good jobs for all; a prioritization of affordable housing; and a proactive approach to pollution remediation to combat generations of industrial uses. To see nearly $3 million dollars in investment in our community for these priorities at just one meeting and to know that that's just a small fraction of the good things are happening on the Eastside should be gratifying to us all. 

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