Ward 8 Update Newsletters March 23, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

March 23, 2015


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Lunch with Elizabeth! March 27 noon-1

Blues Vision

Artists and Activists:
Readings from "Blues Vision," an Anthology of Black Minnesota Writers

Friday, March 27, 12-1 pm
Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet

Join us this month for a very special event featuring Minneapolis writers selected for “Blues Vision,” the first anthology of Black Minnesota writers.
Edited by Alexs Pate, Pamela R Fletcher, and J Otis Powell, “Blues Vision” was published this year by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It includes selections from famous Minnesotans Gordon Parks and Nellie Stone Johnson, alongside living writers and poets such as former Council Member Ralph Remington and E.G. Bailey.

We are pleased to feature this month some of the Minneapolis artists and civic activists who have contributed to this anthology, including Louis Alemayehu, Shannon Gibney, and Carolyn Holbrook. Come, listen and learn about “Blues Vision” and the extraordinary work of these amazing artists.

Future of East 38th Street: Local Community and Cooperative Ownership

future of e 38th

The Future of East 38th Street
Participate. Connect. Build.

Wednesday, April 1 (or 8), 6:00-8:00 pm 
St. Peter’s AME Church, 401 East 41st Street

Refreshments provided.
All voices welcome!

How can our community benefit from growth? We will learn about local, community, and cooperative ownership models, discussing how these models might fit development opportunities in the East 38th Street area for businesses and housing and build our community's wealth.

Featuring inspiration from:

·         Gary Cunningham, co-founder of the former Bryant-Central Coop and Executive Director of Metropolitan Executive Development Association (MEDA)
·         Jeff Washburn, Director of City of Lakes Community Land Trust-promoting perpetually affordable home ownership opportunities
·         Leslie Watson, co-founder of the NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC)​ a model allowing neighbors to collectively pool their resources to buy, rehab and manage commercial and residential property
·         Sean Doyle/LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Seward Community Coop- a member owner, member governed business under construction in our neighborhood today

We look forward to seeing you!  Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

Corridor Co-hosts:  Bryant Neighborhood Organization + Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization + Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder + St. Peter’s AME Church + 38th and Chicago Business Association + Sabathani Community Center + Arts on Chicago + Ward 8 City Council Office, City of Minneapolis + Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park Legacy Advisory Committee + Sabathani Seniors + AARP Sabathani Chapter + Palestine Lodge No 7

Future of E 38th Street: Development and Opportunity

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On March 4, about 90 neighbors gathered to talk about development and opportunity in the E 38th Street area, between Nicollet and Chicago.

We heard from property owners about their plans to bring businesses and housing to this area. 

Cindy Booker

Sabathani Community Center:  We heard from Cindy Booker, Executive Director of Sabathani Community Center at 310 E 38th Street, about Sabathani’s goal to build a senior housing facility behind Sabathani Community Center.  

Currently Sabathani has forty-five tenants, mostly non-profit organizations, in addition to these outreach programs: 
·         Family resources, including food and clothing shelves, tax assistance, back to school supplies, Toys for Tots.
·         Youth programming for pre k-14 years old. (Available on a sliding scale fee.)
·         James G. Cook First Access Health Center, including free dental care for children ages 0-24 years on Tuesdays.
·         Senior programs. Ms. Booker is striving to create “additions to the traditions.” One of the large projects is building senior housing.

Sabathani is attempting to add senior housing behind the current Sabathani Community Center and is taking next steps to look for funding and financing.  Sabathani’s next step, within the next six months, is to reach out to the community through focus groups to get input for the proposed senior housing project. Sabathani’s vision is to provide a great place for our seniors to go so they don’t have to leave the community, where many of them have lived for most or all of their lives. Sabathani’s plan for senior housing would not eliminate the community garden that is currently behind Sabathani.

larry tucker

Larry Tucker, the Executive Director of Kente Circle, 345 E 38th Street (SouthWest corner of 38th Street and 4th Avenue), introduced his business and its plan for growth.

Kente Circle is a mental health agency that was founded in 2004 with people of color in mind. It was located in Sabathani Community Center for 8 years until it moved into its current location at 345 E 38th Street. Kente Circle’s owners are proud of the diversity of staff that represents our neighborhood, and their staff is growing rapidly. At this time they have 17 associates and 8 interns. They currently work both in clinic and have many contracts that take them off site.

Kente Circle has purchased the vacant lot at 3800 4th Ave South and is considering an expansion of their physical building on this space. They would like more space for their employees and are hoping an expansion would allow for an on-site training facility. Kente Circle would also consider incorporating a retail or service space on the corner lot.  They do not have specific plans yet and are looking for more community dialog.


Anthony Taylor is the new owner of 3800 3rd Ave S.  His family has been in the area for a long time, including owning businesses. His family currently owns Kingfield Family Dentistry at 17 E 38th Street, just east of Nicollet Avenue.  

Mr. Taylor hopes to open a bike-based business at 3800 3rd Ave S.  As co-founder of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club, his goal is to get anyone that is able to bike, young and old, on a bike. HIs vision for 3800 3rd Ave S includes not just a place to sell bikes, but also a place to teach and train skills like how to bike, how to fix a bike, upgrade a bike, bike safety, and more.

mike stebnitz

Mike Stebnitz owns a commercial building near the corner of 38th St and Chicago Ave. He’s also a commercial realtor trying to connect people to available spaces along E 38th Street. 

Mr. Stebnitz discussed several properties along E. 38th St that are available currently or will be soon. Some of the properties are:
·         Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street - has available space for lease/rent.
·         Minneapolis Urban League, 411 East 38th Street - has available space for lease or rent.
·         Shree Satyam Mandir temple, 3759 4th Avenue South - while not listed for sale, this property is under utilized at a significant intersection, and would be a good candidate for redevelopment as a commercial or mixed-use space

Mr. Stebnitz also discussed properties that are actively for sale/listed, and encouraged community members to be active in looking for buyers:
·         3801 Park Avenue 
·         730 East 38th Street, the former home of 4 Points Body Gallery
·         3725 Chicago Avenue, the former home of Furniture Liquidator

We hope you join us for upcoming Future of E 38th Street meetings, on April 1 and May 6!

Youth Violence Prevention Week Activities: March 23-27

youth violence prevention week

The City of Minneapolis is happy to announce the fifth annual Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week happening March 23 -27th, 2015. In partnership with PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Youth Congress we are encouraging youth, adults, organizations and communities of faith across the Twin Cities to participate in the week’s activities that call attention to the crucial issue of preventing youth violence.

Monday March 23rd: Intergenerational Community Conversation
Emerge Community Development, 1101 W. Broadway Ave

Tuesday March 24th: Intergenerational Community Conversation
We Win Institute, 3751 17th Ave S.
These two community conversations provide a chance for community elders, adults, and youth to come together to discuss ways to prevent youth violence and support healthy communities.

Wednesday, March 25th: Brothers and Fathers Institute
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S.
The Brothers and Fathers Institute is a free conference designed to help young men 14 to 24 reach their full potential. In the spirit of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, this day will empower young fathers and men to learn from powerful community leaders. Mayor Betsy Hodges will kick off this event, as well as a special performance from father and son artists Nick “Mastermind” Muhammed and Kaleem. Fathers, bring your sons and nephews! Teachers, bring your male students! Don’t miss this historical event! Registration is required and closes on March 18th, 2015
Registration is here.

Thursday, March 26th: Minneapolis PeaceMaker Awards
Winners of the Minneapolis PeaceMaker awards will be honored this day. Nominate a student, teacher, staff, or youth worker who is making a difference in Minneapolis schools to reduce youth violence and foster community peace. Winners will receive an award and cash prize for their school. Deadline for nominations is March 17, 2015! Nomination form available here
PeaceMaker Award Online nomination link

Friday, March 27th: Juvenile Supervision Center Open House and Peace Display
Juvenile Supervision Center, City Hall Rm 21A, 350 S 5th St. 12-1pm
Visitors can tour the JSC and view youth peace pledges signed by youth that were there during Youth Violence Prevention Week. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday March 27th: Youth-Led Peace Party
North YMCA, 1711 W. Broadway 4-8pm
Featuring: Open Mic with spoken word, poetry, and rap. Contest to compose original youth violence prevention messages, and special Youth Violence Prevention song debut from Twin Cities Artist Xross

Help shape our city – apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

boards and commissions

Applications are accepted in the spring and fall for boards and commissions positions. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

You can see the full like of open boards and commissions, plus application materials, here.

City seeks applicants for new Information Technology positions


The City of Minneapolis has a tremendous opportunity for folks in the IT field. The City’s IT department has posted the first wave of 33 new jobs that will make up the service desk and deskside support areas for the City of Minneapolis. The job openings are part of a change to the City’s IT services that will bring these support functions back in-house after years of being outsourced.

Since 2003, the City’s IT Department has outsourced computing, network, security, service desk and deskside services. Under the new contract OneNeck IT Solutions LLC will manage computing, network and security services and the City will bring service desk and deskside services back in house. Bringing service desk and deskside services in-house will cost lower than outsourcing them and will create 33 full-time, high-tech positions that will be hired within the City’s IT department. 

Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs/opp and click on “current job opportunities” to view these and other City openings.