Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc. (MNPAI) is a volunteer-run neighborhood non-profit organization in Minneapolis. Midtown Phillips is bound by 24th St. E. on the north, E. Lake St. on the south, Chicago Ave. S. on the west and Bloomington Ave. S. on the east. Neighborhood residents, businesses and organizations are our members, and meetings are open to the public. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
name is Katrina Nygaard and I am contacting you on behalf of the City
of Minneapolis about some upcoming meetings regarding improvements to 26th and 28th
Streets. There will be three meetings over the course of the summer
which will be a great opportunity for residents and community members to
give feedback on the safety, particularly for bicyclists and
pedestrians. These meetings will take place on July 14, August 6 and August 27. All meetings will take place at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park
Ave.) from 6-8pm.
Residents can learn more about the project and give feedback at our website: http://www.bikeandwalkmpls.mindmixer.com/ I have also attached a flyer about the meetings and a 1 pg info sheet that can be distributed.
June 24, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Multi-purpose Room), 2700 12th Ave S,
Jana Metge to chair.
– Wentworth Aircraft Site Rezoning Proposal.
Planner Paul Mogush and Don Gerberding of Master Construction to guide
discussion. (45 min.)
– Discuss traffic calming on 26th and 28th. (30 min.)
• How do you feel about 28th & 26th Street?
• Do we need to slow or reduce traffic on 26th
• Do we need bike lanes on 26th & 28th?
• Do we need these streets to move traffic
through the neighborhood quickly?
• Please come with any ideas and thoughts
that MPNAI support the request by
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for funding for
Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis. (5 min.)
The Homeownership Opportunity
Minneapolis (HOM) Program request
for affordability gap funding for of $250,000 in Minnesota Housing Impact Funds
would leverage proposed City of Minneapolis funding of $1,000,000 to provide
down payment and closing cost assistance to 100 new home buyers and $125,000 to
fund homeownership outreach and assistance for 5 culturally specific
organizations to serve homebuyers of color: African American, East
African, Latino, Asian and American Indian. If granted, the request would
enable the City of Minneapolis to assist an additional 25 homebuyers in
purchasing homes in Minneapolis with annual household incomes less than
that MPNAI support PRG’s continued foreclosure
recovery work in the neighborhood and adding in-fill new construction.
– NEW BUSINESS. (5 min.)
Open house for transportation and transit improvements near I-35W, Lake Street and Midtown Greenway
community is invited
to an open house about transit and transportation
related improvements near Interstate 35W, Lake Street and the Midtown
Minneapolis. Staff from Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis,
Minnesota Department of Transportation and Metro Transit will share
updated proposals for improvements in the area, including:
Multi-level enclosed bus rapid transit (BRT) station
at both the freeway and Lake Street levels, with pedestrian and bicycle
connection to/from the Midtown Greenway north of Lake Street
Physical improvements to Lake Street in
the vicinity of the I-35W interchange
Proposed ramps at the I-35W interchange
open house will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at the
Whittier Recreation Center (425 26th Street West, Minneapolis). This meeeting will address many of the
technical issues and neighborhood concerns raised at previous open houses.
are working on improving conditions for all transportation modes at I-35W and
Lake Street,” said Hennepin County Transportation Department Director Jim
Grube. “Our focus has been to ensure a safe, convenient and attractive
environment for pedestrians and bicyclists that enhances and increases transit
use. Also, we want to upgrade Lake Street to better serve traffic access and transportation
needs in the area.”
I-35W transit and access project will determine the location and preliminary
design of a new bus rapid transit station, providing transit users better
functioning connections to and from Lake Street, the Midtown Greenway and I-35W.
Other projects will be built at the same time, including pavement replacement
between 42nd and 32nd streets, the reconstruction of
I-35W between the transit and access project and the I-94 common section, replacement
of the 26th Street and Franklin Avenue bridges and the replacement
of the 24th Street pedestrian/bicycle bridge.
earlier public meetings, the project team did additional analysis and
considered public input to update the transit station concept and ramp layouts.
will have updated maps and graphics at the open house that will reflect the
analysis and public input,” said Jenifer Hager, principal professional engineer
for the City of Minneapolis. “We are looking for feedback on how these elements
will fit together to produce the most benefits for the surrounding commercial
area and neighborhoods.”
project team is also seeking feedback on the proposed public art concepts for a
high-quality pedestrian/bicycle connection between the Midtown Greenway and
June 10, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Arts & Crafts Room), 2700 12th Ave S,
– MOTION: The
Executive Committee authorizes Jana to pay a bookkeeper to complete non filed
2011 and 2012 Annual Reports to the Attorney General Charities Division and to
complete Midtown Phillips Secretary of State registration. (5 min.)
– MOTION: The
Midtown Phillips Board to move $20,000 of remaining NRP Phase 1 dollars
into Phase II Goal 6 Administrative Contract (supply plan oversight/midtown
administration). (5 min.)
– Discuss creating new neighborhood map per our
new bylaw change and number of districts. Set date for completion. (10 min.)
– Events committee recommends MPNAI should have a
table and solicit comments from folks on the neighborhood issues, needs, what folks love and kind up
volunteers for 2 hour shifts. (10 min.)
– Discuss feasibility for translation of board
manuals, conflict of interest statements, and other important documents into
Spanish and as many other primary languages represented by Midtown as possible.
Also discuss how to present need for legal review of housing agreements, NRP
plan, etc to City. Each board member needs
to sign a conflict of interest form. Set date for completion. (30 min.)
MOTION that the Board publish to move $20,000 of
remaining NRP Phase 1 dollars into Phase II goal 6 administrative contract (5 min.)
– Discuss HOTB/St Paul Community Engagement
proposal and Memorandum of Understanding.
• MAY Midtown Phillips Board meeting: May 13, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Arts & Crafts Room), 2700 12th
Ave S, Minneapolis
– Action to change budget to allow for
translation/child care expenses (5 min.)
– Form a subcommittee for the development of the
website, newsletter and possibly updating our graphic look/logo. (5 min.)
– Hiring committee to bring report to the board
on status of hiring part-time staff (15 min.)
– Review our current NRP Phase II plan in
addition to highlighting our board’s key initiatives started by the previous board
– Review budget, bylaws, policies and procedures
specific to Midtown Phillips (15 min.)
– Review role and reports of Executive Committee (15 min.)
– Continued discussion on status of Ventura
Village mall expansion in response to letter below from Alondra Cano, City Council.
Our statement: "The Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association and Ventura
Village neighborhood groups support and welcome the entrepreneurs in the Somali
and East African communities. We recognize the chronic livability issues
that surround the 24th street mall, including problems related to crime,
safety, extreme lack of parking; litter and traffic safety. We call for no
action on mall expansion, until the City recognizes the full and current uses
of the mall building and engages the community in a comprehensive public
engagement process to address these livability present and future issues.
This will require substantive engagement with the residents of the
surrounding neighborhoods, tenants of the mall, the developer & owners, the
mayor, and the city council members of the affected areas." (20 min.)
Owners of the 24th Street Village Mall, on 24th
St. & 10th Ave., want to expand retail & commercial space by
over 8,000 square feet.
Your neighbors voted at the neighborhood meeting last month to oppose the expansion, due
to the inadequate attention to livability issues including
parking, traffic flow, crime and safety, litter and current zoning
violations. For example, the mall
provides less than half the parking required by the city for a business of its
current size. The proposed expansion adds very few parking spaces and will
leave an even larger parking gap.
On May 19, the City
Planning Commission will vote on the mall expansion