Ward 8 Update Newsletters - October 18, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

October 18, 2013

One Minneapolis One Read: October 24 Event at Mill City Museum

Gordon Parks book

This year’s One Minneapolis One Read selection is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks. Parks, a photographer for Life magazine, writer, composer, artist and filmmaker, was 16 when he moved from Kansas to Saint Paul in 1928.

Please join us for a featured event - Photography exhibit opening reception and panel discussion Oct. 24 Two exhibits –one at the Mill City Museum and the other at Juxtaposition Arts, that will each include photographic works by Gordon Parks on loan from the Gordon Parks Foundation and works by students participating in the One Minneapolis One Read photography residency at Juxtaposition Arts. The students have worked with nationally acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz using inspiration from Gordon Parks.

We hope to see you at this opening reception October 24, 6-9 p.m., 7 p.m. panel discussion.

The Mill City Museum Commons, 704 S. Second St.  RSVP to oneminneapolisoneread@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2509.

Other October and November events include photography exhibits, book discussions and performances. See www.oneminneapolisoneread.com for more information on the One Minneapolis One Read events.


Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Playground concepts available for review

MLK park

On October 8, 2013 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board presented three concepts for a new playground, at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, that will be constructed in 2013. The concepts reflect ideas shared by the community to date. You are invited to review and comment on the concepts to help develop a final playground design. The concepts will be at the Kingfield Farmer's Market this Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and online. The MPRB is looking for feedback through October 25. The MPRB will be scheduling another community meeting for the project before the end of the year.

If you would like to know more about the project and Get Involved! Please visit the project web page and sign up for updates or contact Jennifer Ringold at email:jringold@minneapolisparks.org, phone: 612-230-6464.


Ward 8 Arts Organizations Receive NEA Grant:

Congratulations Obsidian Arts and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

The John Biggers Seed Project is an inter-generational, artistic career development initiative engaging renowned African American public artists in mentoring 14 emerging artists to create a new gateway in an area linking the changing North Side and North Loop communities. Seed will launch a new generation of public artists and create a sense of place which will be a point of cultural pride and a celebrated symbol of the community. 

Sited at the convergence of Olson Memorial Highway and Interstate I94, currently an unattractive corridor with the potential to be a major Minneapolis gateway, this artwork will be seen by over thousands of people daily. The process will engage young artists and the community in an area of the City that will see many transit, housing and development changes in the near future, and bring North Loop residents and visitors within view of North Minneapolis’ neighborhoods.

For this project, Obsidian Arts, located at 3501 Chicago, will coordinate emerging artist selection, training and follow-up. The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will be responsible for the activities related to fabricating the enamel panels that will form the artwork.

Seed is inspired by Celebration of Life and the role the mural played in launching the careers of young artists and organizations and planting artistic "seeds" on the North Side.


So Alive-A Retro Dance Benefits for the Aliveness Project

So Alive

The Aliveness Project, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS, will be making its move to new and larger space at 3808 Nicollet in November – just in time for its Holiday Basket initiative for members.

To help welcome the Aliveness Project, and contribute to its fundraising goals, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association is hosting So Alive 2.0 on Saturday, November 9, 8pm-2 am, at Solomon’s Porch, 100 W 46th Street., 8 pm, cover $13 after 10pm. You can check out the Facebook event here.

So Alive is a retro dance benefit featuring pop, new wave, house & synth dance floor classics from the ‘80s and ‘90s! So Alive 2.0 is hosted by KFNA, DJ FoolProof and MC Cloud of Forever Young - a VFW Basement Dance Party and the return of Resurrection by djoctagone.


Friends of Hosmer Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the annual membership meeting of the Friends of Hosmer Library. Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10 - 11:30am, Community Meeting Room, Lower Level, Hosmer Library. Refreshments will be served, and free child care will be available.

At the meeting you'll get an update on the Friends' activities this year and an overview of our goals for 2013-14. You'll also have a chance to vote for candidates for the board of directors. Come and support our local library: Hosmer, 347 E 36th Street.


Urban Agriculture Mayor’s Forum

On Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-8:30pm, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St, Room 200, come hear Minneapolis mayoral candidates present their perspective on the future of urban agriculture in our city. 

Moderated by the League of Women Voters.  Sponsored by Gardening Matters, Giving Tree Gardens, Twin Cities Agriculture Land Trust, Hmong American Farmers Association, with special thanks to the Sabathani Community Center.  FREE and OPEN to ALL. 

You can RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event page.


Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5:


Ward 8 has new precinct polling locations

Election Day is fast approaching. Minneapolis prides itself on having high voter turnout, so make sure you keep the tradition alive and cast your ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

You can get all information on elections at vote.minneapolismn.gov, and voting on Nov. 5 is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  • First, make sure you’re registered to vote. You can check your registration status or download a voter registration application at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/.
  • Second, find out where to vote. Use the polling place finder to find your assigned polling place for voting, or if you cannot get to your polling place on Election Day, fill out an application for an absentee ballot. 
  • The third and final step to voting is completing your ballot. Just remember 1, 2, 3 again. Each ballot will have three columns, and you have the opportunity to rank up to three candidates in order of your preference for each office. 

Watch for temporary “No Parking” signs as fall street sweeping begins

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  

“No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot. 

You can use the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through your neighborhoods. Go to: www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweep.

Street sweeping is one way to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers.

Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. 


Eating Well in the Eight Ward: Restaurant Update

Tiny Diner: 1034 E 38th Street

This restaurant project, led by local restaurant guru Kim Bartman, features a 22 kilowatt solar display and garden on the restaurant site.  It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is now going through the City’s required public hearing process to approve a license application for wine and beer, and outdoor seating hours.

Kyatchi Sushi:  3758 Nicollet

This restaurant, which has received City approvals for its license, will open soon serving sustainable sushi – it is seeking certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, in recognition of its sustainable practices. 

40th and Lyndale restaurant development

After receiving City Planning Commission approvals, the developer of this project has announced that it has obtained neighbor signatures that will allow construction of a parking lot, at 4008 Lyndale, next to the restaurant development at 4000 Lyndale Ave.  Under state law, rezoning of a property from residential to commercial, or establishing a temporary parking overlay, requires the signatures of two-thirds of property owners within 100 ft of the project boundary.  The City Attorney will review and confirm signature approvals.

Neighbor signatures were contingent on the developer’s agreement around hours of operation for the restaurant.  The new hours for the restaurant will include closing hours of 10pm Sunday –Wednesday, 11pm Thursday, 12 midnight Saturday and Sunday.

The developer/owner also agreed to change the name of the restaurant from Crooked Pint to a name that does not imply a bar. 


City studies citywide organics collection

The City of Minneapolis is exploring the possibility of implementing the collection of organics – waste materials that can be composted – citywide.

The term organics refers to all food waste, food-soiled paper that is non-recyclable and certified compostable plastics. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that food waste makes up between 15 percent and 20 percent of Minnesota’s waste stream. The goal of a citywide organics program is to collect and bring these materials to a compost facility that will turn them into compost. Areas piloting organics collection in Minneapolis produced 476 tons of organics in 2012.

The City’s study looked at different options for Minneapolis citywide collection of organics, including collecting organics alone, mixing organics with yard waste, and collecting organics in compostable bags with either yard waste or garbage.

Before the City can begin implementing citywide collection, some critical issues must be resolved by State of Minnesota agencies:

  • State composting guidelines must be set.
  • Source separated organics processors must become available (after state      composting guidelines are set).
  • The emerald ash borer quarantine requires a particular treatment of yard waste that currently creates a barrier.

Public Works will continue to gather information about costs, environmental impacts and other data associated with options for a citywide organics collection program.


Seward Coop Friendship Store: Update from Seward Coop

Seward Co-op is proposing a second full-service grocery store on the corner of 38th Street and 3rdAvenue in Minneapolis, at the former site of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Since announcing the project in June, we have spoken with area neighbors, organizations, and businesses to learn more about the community and begin developing partnerships for the future. These conversations have informed the design process. In the past weeks we have been working with our design team and City planning staff to prepare the preliminary site plan. This is the project’s first design milestone.

The site plan is a balance between store operational needs, city code requirements, and what we believe will allow the co-op to be a good neighbor for many years to come. At a high level, the site plan proposes:

  • A building at the corner of 38th Street and Clinton Avenue. We will propose  a   small second floor for offices along the 38th Street side of the building.
  • Fifty-nine parking spaces in the adjacent parking lot at 38th Street and 3rd Avenue. This is a similar   ratio of parking-to-building at our Franklin store.
  • Vacating the alley at 38th Street, creating a new “hammerhead” turnaround.

To download a PDF version of the preliminary site plan click here, or visit the Friendship project page at www.seward.coop/friendshipsite.

Upcoming Events

We are planning a number of events for those who would like to learn more about the proposed project and Seward Co-op.

Open houses in October:

If you would like to speak to co-op staff about the project, please join us at one of the scheduled open houses to be held at 3821 3rd Avenue South. This is a property the co-op purchased in August in anticipation of acquiring additional properties in March of 2014. The open houses are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays throughout October. More information can be found here.

Tours of the Franklin store:

We invite you to visit and see what the co-op is all about. Starting on October 26, at 11 a.m., LaDonna Redmond will lead Saturday tours of the Franklin store for anyone who is interested. Transportation from and back to the Friendship site (3821 3rd Avenue) will be provided. Please RSVP with LaDonna if you would like to attend the tour and/or need a ride (612-314-2016, lsandersredmond@seward.coop). A full schedule of store tour dates is available on our website’s project page.

Public Task Force meeting on the site design:

In anticipation of the new store, the Bryant and Central neighborhood groups have created a task force made up of representatives from area neighborhood organizations and residents. A public task force meeting to review the project plans is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 6. Location and time will be posted on the project page when available.

Employment Opportunities

This proposed new store is exciting for a number of reasons. A very important aspect is the potential for the creation of new jobs. Over the past four and a half years, the co-op has grown substantially. Prior to expanding into the current Franklin store, the co-op employed 110 people. Today the co-op has a staff of over 220 people, 70 percent of which are full time (30+hrs/week).

One of the compelling reasons for proposing a second store at the Friendship site is the potential of expanding access to living-wage jobs, co-op ownership, and healthful food. More than 20 percent of current staff, and 15 percent of the co-op’s owners, live within 1.5 miles of the proposed site. Employees who have worked at least 2,000 hours are eligible to earn, at a minimum, the City of Minneapolis’ living wage, which is currently $12.45 per hour.

The proposed second store at the Friendship site has the potential to create many new jobs and many new opportunities, both within the organization and in the community. One of the many new partnerships we are building is with Hired, a workforce development organization. Hired will assist us in supporting local residents who apply for current openings at the Franklin store and prepare for future job openings at the Friendship site.

For those interested in working at Seward Co-op, please visit our careers page at www.sewardcoop.iapplicants.com.  It lists all current openings at the Franklin store, outlines employee benefits, and has an online application submission form. Job openings and applications are also available at the Franklin store at 2823 East Franklin Avenue.

Project Timeline

Finally, a note on the overall timeline - A project of this scale and complexity can take many months to complete and requires its phases be completed in a carefully coordinated sequence. The proposed timeline for the new store is below.

Proposed timeline

Design:                                                    September 2013 to April 2014

Neighbor rezoning consent signatures:        October to November 2013

City approvals:                                          December 2013 to June 2014     

Capitalization and financing:                       October to March 2014   

Construction:                                            July 2014 to July 2015            

Job fair:                                                    Spring 2015

All project information can be found at www.seward.coop/friendshipsite.