Ward 1 December Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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December 2017


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

Phone: 612-673-2201



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Council Member's Message

The Eastside has seen tremendous growth in bicycle infrastructure over the past eight years, including the implementation of 18+ miles of bikeways, and that work continues. At the end of November the Transportation & Public Works Committee, which I chair, approved easements and a project layout to remedy the current gap in the 18th Ave NE Trail between 6th St NE and Washington NE. This gap will be filled with an off-street multi-use trail, ADA accessible ramps and a raised street crossing at 6th Street NE. The layout also allows for a future trail extension through the intersection of Washington St NE and Adams St NE. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.

That same day at the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee meeting we voted in favor of a land sale in the Holland neighborhood. The tax-forfeited property at 1919 Monroe Street NE will be sold to Northeast Minneapolis Properties LLC to be developed into a single family home. This property sale is unique in that the parcel is adjacent to the Northeast Green Campus, which has been the site of several major sustainability projects, including the Edison Community Plaza & Greenhouse; the greenest athletic field in the state; a solar installation on the school roof; and a parking lot renovation that includes a Swedish tree trench and other cutting edge stormwater management infrastructure.

Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) worked with city planning staff to offer the property through an RFP that reflected the sustainability vision and goals expressed by these surrounding projects. As a result, the new home will be passive energy certified, a rigorous standard that dramatically lowers energy usage. Other features will allow the building to approach or be "energy neutral" in its performance.

As 2017 comes to a close, these are just two examples of how Ward One’s momentum in terms of livability and sustainability continues into 2018 and beyond.

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