Growing Minneapolis October: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

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October 2021

Join the Celebration of Neighborhood Embrace, an artwork by Seitu Jones

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Neighborhood Embrace, an artwork by Seitu Jones, spanning the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Join the celebration Saturday, October 9 at 10 a.m. for Neighborhood Embrace, an artwork by Seitu Jones, spanning the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge. The City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association are hosting the event.

The artwork features a steel railing and Adinkra symbols and cast bronze hands. It speaks to the history of the community, and the hundreds of low-income and minority families who were displaced to make way for highways both here in the Twin Cities and across the U.S.

The celebration will be on the west side of the bridge at the intersection of Stevens Avenue and 40th Street South. Due to construction in the area of Nicollet and 40th Street, it is recommended people travel to the site from 39th to 1st Avenue or cross the bridge from the east entrance on 2nd Avenue South. The event will follow Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 safety protocols. More Information

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Towerside Innovation District

On September 24, City Council approved a $2 million loan to the Towerside Innovation District to support the construction of an aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) district energy system for heating and cooling buildings. This innovative system will reduce carbon emissions from new development in the Prospect Park neighborhood and help the City address its sustainability and climate change resiliency goals

New Affordable Senior Housing Project Starting

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Snelling Yards, an affordable senior housing development, closed on its City financing on September 29. This project has been in the works for the last five years. Snelling Yards will bring 100 affordable senior housing units to the Hiawatha Neighborhood of Ward 12. 

Image rendering of Snelling Yards 

Step Up Online Career Exploration Program (CEP) in its Second Year

This summer, the Step Up Program offered its second year of the Online Career Exploration Program (CEP). The five-week course was a chance for students not matched with an internship to explore career options and gain work readiness skills. Participants could earn $600 by completing the full course. Project for Pride in Living partnered with Step Up to develop and deliver the comprehensive online experience led by licensed Teachers, which included support navigators and drop in hours for those who needed extra support.

Nearly 1,000 youth were invited to participate and 547 completed the full five weeks, earning a stipend and academic credit. Shamar Taylor, a first year Step Up participant, commented on the experience, “It’s given me the opportunity to have work experience before I actually go to work or college. It’s also extra help because my school prioritizes helping us get ready for after college and if we’re going into corporate work. It also means a lot that I have an opportunity to make some extra money too without having to ask my Mom or other people.” 

Now Accepting Applications for 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program

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Homes that are participating in the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program

The City of Minneapolis is now accepting applications for the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program, which helps property owners obtain property tax reductions for agreeing to keep a portion of rental units affordable for 10 years.

Program benefits:

  • 10-year eligibility for 4d property tax rate, which provides a 40% tax rate reduction on qualifying units. The reduction is prorated so if you enroll 50% of the units in the building your reduction would be about 20%, etc.
  • Free or low-cost energy assessments and City cost sharing for solar energy installations and energy efficiency improvements.
  • A grant to each 4d property, in the amount of $100 per affordable unit, capped at $1,000 per property, as well as payment of document recording fees and first year State of Minnesota Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC) fees.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 7, 2022. Property owners are encouraged to apply early.

Apply for the program

Since the launch of the program in May 2018, the Minneapolis 4d program has helped preserve over 1,400 affordable housing units through partnerships with more than 150 property owners. It is one of several strategies the City is deploying to address the affordable housing shortage in Minneapolis.

For more information, please email or call us at 612-673-5055 and leave a voicemail with your callback information. 

Join Two Upcoming Online Career Fairs

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  • Tuesday, October 12 from 2 – 5 p.m., the Metro Region Manufacturing Career Fair
  • Tuesday, October 26 from 2 – 5 p.m., the Online Career Fair

Join by mobile phone, portable device or computer with internet access. Register by creating your User Profile. Interact with employers by chat and video interviewing and exchange your resume directly with hiring managers. 


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Open Streets Mpls: Lyndale
Sunday, October 10 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than a street festival, Open Streets Minneapolis brings together communities to temporarily close part of Lyndale Ave S to car traffic. The street will be completely open for people to explore their communities in a whole new way. There will be over 120 vendors, artists, entertainers, and more along the route. 

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Join an online discussion about African American contributions to music
Tuesday, October 12 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The City and partners are hosting an online discussion about African American contributions to music. Minnesota is home to three-time Grammy award-winning ensemble the Sounds of Blackness. The Sounds of Blackness have been uplifting people with their music since 1969. Today many of their songs focus on racial discrimination and human equality. Many music legends such as Prince were mentored by great men in Black music including Spike Moss at the Way.

In partnership with the City, Lange Johnson Development will conduct citywide community engagement for a future Minneapolis African American Historic and Cultural Context Study. Through community outreach, research and interviews, Lange Johnson Development are identifying, honoring and highlighting places and people across the city where African Americans have made spectacular contributions.

Join the discussion

MPLS Food Action Plan Deep Dive: Proposed Pathway #5 - Food System Jobs
Tuesday, October 12 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join an opportunity to review and provide feedback on proposed Minneapolis Food Action Plan content related to creating food system jobs.

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MPLS Food Action Plan Deep Dive: Proposed Pathway #6 - Study our food system
Wednesday, October 20 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Join an opportunity to review and provide feedback on proposed Minneapolis Food Action Plan content related to continuing studying our food system.

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Upper Harbor Terminal Community Meeting
Monday, October 18 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we re-engage in the work to move from Vision to Action in the Collective Design process of operationalizing the potential community benefits that have been explored in 2 separate Focus Groups including community and sector experts (Environmental Justice & Sustainability and Economic Inclusion, Jobs and Careers).

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Open Streets Mpls: Minnehaha
Sunday, October 24 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Streets Minneapolis brings together communities to temporarily close part of Minnehaha Ave S to car traffic. The street will be completely open for people to explore their communities in a whole new way.

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New/Expanding Businesses


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