City of Minneapolis

CM Andrea Jenkins


Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

City releases final draft of Minneapolis 2040

Updated draft comprehensive plan will next go to Planning Commission, City Council for review.   

Sept. 28, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis today released the final draft of its 2040 Comprehensive Plan, a holistic document that will guide the city’s development over the next 20 years. The Planning Commission and City Council will review the draft and seek additional community input this fall, with final adoption expected in December 2018.

The Comprehensive Plan is based on 14 goals adopted by the City Council, including reducing disparities, providing access to affordable housing and living-wage jobs, creating a sustainable community, and remaining a healthy and diverse economic center. The final draft of the plan is the product of a two-year engagement process and integrates more than 10,000 public comments collected during a robust, four-month community engagement period. The City made significant changes to the plan in response to public input, which are shown in the marked-up version of the plan available at

Highlights of changes

  • It reduces the number of units allowable on a single-family lot to three following further analysis. These multi-unit buildings will need to fit within the setback, height, massing, and other requirements of single-family homes. The plan also recommends increasing design quality standards when the zoning code is updated. This change to the draft plan acknowledges physical constraints identified during the public comment period, while still accommodating the need for increased housing choice throughout the city.
  • It addresses concerns raised about building heights along main high-frequency transit corridors. Two major changes include revisions for the areas north of Lowry Avenue and south of 38th Street. The plan was changed from allowing up to six-story buildings on main commercial corridors to allowing only four-story buildings. A major change was also made for the side of interior streets adjacent to those transit corridors (essentially buildings across the alley). The change will now allow two-and-half story buildings and not three stories as previously proposed.
  • It responds to the need for more detail in the affordable housing chapter, which now is edited to align with citywide efforts to develop a strategic plan to create more affordable housing. The chapter now includes an enhanced narrative outlining the need for both additional housing supply and affordable housing, more definitions, and additional charts and action steps pertaining to affordable housing production, preservation and homelessness issues.

Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council online at The interactive website provides opportunities to view either a marked-up or clean version of the plan segmented by topics. A clean version of the plan is available for download as a PDF document.

Next steps

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Oct. 29 and the City Council will also hold a public hearing the week of Nov. 12. The City Council is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan to the Metropolitan Council.

City Council approves site for Navigation Center in response to homeless encampment

On Sept. 26, 2018 The City Council approved a site in south Minneapolis for a temporary Navigation Center that will provide a safe and service-rich environment for people living at the Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment who face challenges connecting to traditional shelter housing.

The Council voted to direct City staff to work with community and government partners to establish the center at 2109 Cedar Ave., a 1.25-acre site that includes parcels owned by the Red Lake Nation and the City. The goal is to open the Navigation Center this fall. Until the center opens, there are no plans to close the encampment.

Hennepin County, nonprofit partners and community will take the lead on developing and implementing the services at the Navigation Center with support from the City. As a longer-term solution, the City and coalition partners have also recommended a new transitional housing program geared toward Native Americans experiencing chronic homelessness. An update to the Council on that recommendation is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Ongoing outreach efforts at the encampment continue to focus on harm reduction strategies to improve health, hygiene and sanitation in addition to assessments to help people secure emergency shelter and supportive housing. We still need to ensure that as a council we are committed to creating opportunities for all unsheltered individuals that are experiencing homelessness due to active opioid addiction, mental health issues, etc. I commit to continuing to be engaged with this issue and working with our partners at the county and state.

CVP Jenkins with the students of PICA Head Start


CVP Andrea Jenkins with the students of PICA ( Parents in Community Action) Head Start on Thursday, September 27th where the Field-Regina Neighborhood Group and Bachmans graciously donated trees for the students to study!

Acorn Montessori has 5 available spaces open!

Acorn Montessori collaborates with families to offer an authentic Montessori environment serving children from three to six years. Our trilingual immersion model supports language acquisition and cultural competency development for children in our school within a nurturing and multicultural environment. They currently have 5 openings for young students, please contact the school at the number or email below.

Acorn Montessori, is the first Spanish, English, Chinese immersion school in the Twin Cities.

Our Location & Hours

Sabathani Community Center -- Acorn Montessori

310 East 38th Street, Suites 133-135

Minneapolis, MN 55409


Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 2:30pm.

Contact Us

(612) 444-2236

We do not offer a half-day or part-time enrollment.

Are you registered to vote?

While people can register to vote at the polls, pre-registering makes voting on Election Day a faster process. Voters can check the status of their registrations at Anyone who has moved to a new address or had a name change since last registering will need to re-register. Voters who haven’t voted in the past four years also must re-register to vote this November.

People can pre-register online or fill out and mail in a registration application, which are available at government offices and the elections website. Pre-registration ends 21 days before the Nov. 6 election, so applications need to be submitted by Oct. 16.

Voters can register at the polls and vote on Election Day if they miss the pre-registration deadline. In Minnesota individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. They will need to allow extra time at the polls to register. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

What’s on the ballot?

Minneapolis voters will cast ballots for the following races:

  • U.S. Senator.
  • U.S. Senator, special election.
  • U.S. Representative (District 5).
  • Governor/lieutenant governor.
  • Attorney general.
  • Minnesota State representative.
  • Secretary of State.
  • State auditor.
  • County commissioner (districts 2, 3 and 4).
  • County sheriff.
  • County attorney.
  • Minneapolis School Board (districts 1, 3, 5, and two at-large seats).
  • Two school district funding questions.
  • Referendum on an amendment to the City Charter.
  • Judicial offices, including the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and District Court - 4th Judicial District.

State law allows voters to bring materials into the polls to help complete their ballots — and the sample ballot is the single, best tool available for this purpose. By downloading and printing their sample ballots (which are customized to their specific ward and precinct), voters can practice marking their ballots. They can bring this marked-up sample ballot as a reference to the voting booth when completing their official ballots. This is the best way to reduce the time spent waiting in lines. Sample ballots are available at

Election judges needed, earn $15.75 per hour, judges with a second language especially needed.

Election judges are needed for the general election Nov. 6 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $15.75 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language – including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language – are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place.

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and political party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

The Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services Division is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Park Elder Center Honors Charles Mays for Life Long Service to Community

CVP Jenkins Celebrating Charles Mays


Andrea attending a brunch to honor the lifelong leader, Charles Mays for his service and commitment to our communities. 

Public Works trainee program increases diversity, serves as hiring path

The Public Works trainee programs are helping the department change the face of its workforce to better reflect the community it serves. Public Works is hiring for service worker positions and for service worker trainee positions. See the required qualifications and experience here.

New trainee program begins soon

Public Works is accepting applications throughout October for the 2019 trainee programs. The programs offer adults on-the-job training to meet the qualifications for promotions into Public Works service worker positions.

Trainees perform manual labor to support construction and maintenance work while also learning the fundamentals of the construction industry and how to drive and operate Public Works equipment. Through the course of the program, they earn their Class B commercial driver’s licenses or their water supply systems operator certifications.

Public Works information sessions

1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Emerge, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.

5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
Sabathani, 310 E. 38th St.

3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway

5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
Harrison Neighborhood Association office, 503 Irving Ave. N.

3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
CAPI Immigrant Opportunity Center, 5930 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center

Public Works representatives will answer questions and help attendees with the application process.

The City is looking for motivated candidates who want to build a career while serving the community. If this sounds like you, apply today.

Applicants can attend an information session or apply online at

Minneapolis Fire Department EMS Pathways Program graduates 23 new recruits

EMS Pathways Graduation

Congratulations to Ward 8 resident Michelle Pugh on the completion of the Emergency Medical Services program at the City of Minneapolis Fire Department. 

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Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415


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