Ward 8 Update Newsletters March 30, 2015

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

March 30, 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

Future of E 38th Street: Local, Community and Cooperative Ownership

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

·         Seward Community Coop (Sean Doyle/LaDonna Sanders Redmond), 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

Bike Lanes on Chicago: Lake to 46th Street!

In 2015, Public Works is proposing to stripe bike lanes on Chicago Ave S between Lake St and 46th St. Bike lanes already are striped on Chicago south of 46th Street.

bike lanes

Adding bicycling lanes will not cause any impacts to existing parking or travel lanes. The travel lanes are currently very wide and can be narrowed to fit in bike lanes.​
Bike lane striping will be completed in the 2015 construction season. We don't have an exact date yet, but it could happen early in the construction season.

Contact the Ward 8 office with any questions at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

Organics Recycling Roll-out


Organics recycling is starting this summer!  Public Works has determined to roll-out organics recycling over two years, with 25% of the city beginning organics recycling in August 2015 and the remainder of the city in Spring 2016.  In Ward 8, parts of Lyndale, Central, and Bancroft will be part of Phase I.  You can check this interactive map for your address. [link to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics/index.htm

To participate in organics recycling you must sign up (opt in).  To take part, residents must sign up by contacting Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or at SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.  You can get signup information here.

Phase I and Phase II routes were determinedwith consideration to the following criteria:

· Location of existing Source Separated Organics pilots and desire to continue uninterrupted service

· Geographic distribution

· Route collection and travel time efficiencies

Public Works plans to continue service at existing organics drop-off sites and expand efforts to include organics drop-offs at Martin Luther King and Folwell parks, to provide opportunity for residents not included in Phase 1 to participate in organics recycling.

Check here for common Q&A’s about organics recycling.

Jobs! Attend the HIRED Spring Career Fair


  HIRED has a spring career fair April 14 - check it out! At Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street, from 9 am-noon. At least 25 employers will attend, and all have current job openings.

HIRED can help place people with all levels of skills, so don't be shy.  Dress professionally and bring your resume. You can get more information here.

Seward Coop Updates

Seward Coop

Seward is still planning for completion of the store in early October 2015. The building’s exterior will be finished by early summer, and landscaping and paving will take place throughout the summer. Work on the interior will begin in the spring and continue into the summer, when the store’s fixtures will be installed in the months leading up the opening of the store.

Save the date - Informational Open House on Employment.  Seward Co-op will host an informational open house on employment: Attend the open house at the Sabathani Community Center (310 E. 38th St., Minneapolis) in room #103 on Tuesday, May 19, from 5–8 p.m. This is in advance of the Friendship store hiring fair we will host in August. The open house will provide an introduction to natural foods cooperatives and information about working at Seward Co-op. Representatives from human resources will be available to answer questions, and staff from various store departments will be on hand to talk about their work.

Lyndale School area improvements

safe routes

Thanks to a Safe Routes to School grant of $250,000 from MnDOT, Minneapolis Public Works will be making pedestrian enhancements around Lyndale School in 2016.  Improvements will be made to the intersections of 35th and Pleasant, 36th and Pleasant and 34th and Blaisdell. Improvements will include a combination of curb extensions, pedestrian ramp upgrades, and pedestrian signal flashers. 

All of these crossings are used heavily by Lyndale students and the surrounding community. The improvements at Blaisdell Ave and 34th Street will serve students that attend extracurricular activities at the Blaisdell YMCA and those living further to the east. The improvements along Pleasant Ave S at 35th Streets and 36th Streets will serve students participating in Lyndale’s daily Walking School Bus group. It will also serve the weekly Bus Stop and Walk event wherein the majority of Lyndale’s 547 students are unloaded remotely and utilize these crossings.

Order a tree for $25


Starting March 17, the City of Minneapolis is offering more than 1,000 five- to eight-foot trees for only $25 each. Sixteen varieties are available this year and include fruit trees. Any Minneapolis property owner – whether resident, business or nonprofit – can order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

·         Ordering begins March 17 at www.treetrust.org. In previous years the trees have sold quickly. Property owners who order early will get the best selection.

·         $25 trees are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits.

·         First-come, first-served. Limit one tree per property, maximum five properties per owner.

·         Trees must be picked up May 15, 17, 18 or 19 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers will be on hand to help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.

In the past eight years, the City Trees program has provided more than 10,000 trees for planting on private property. The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ eco-focused goal recognizing trees as a solid green investment. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy. The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment by investing in people.

Healthy trees look beautiful in our neighborhoods, increase property values, help clean the air we breathe, save on our energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.

City Trees information in Spanish, Somali, Hmong:

Apply for openings on Minneapolis 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.