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Covering life, work, and play in the Historic Mill District and Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhoods. Have an opinion, local news or events to share?  Contact us.

Tuesday
Apr252017

Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge Repairs Update

Boom Island-Nicollet Island BridgeOriginally built as a railroad bridge in 1890, the Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge was acquired by the MPRB in the 1970s and installed in its current location in the early 1980s.

Revised design presented to Heritage Preservation Commission on April 18

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board(MPRB) presented a revised design for the Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge Repairsproject to the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) on April 18, 2017. The presentation was not part of a public hearing and no HPC approval was requested.

The revised project design was created after an MPRB application for a certificate of appropriateness to allow rehabilitation and alterations to the bridge was denied by the HPC on Jan. 31, 2017. The new design includes additional steel repairs to restore the structural integrity of the existing exterior stringers and in-kind replacement of the existing timber ties and wood decking – largely retaining the bridge’s original structural design and avoiding the introduction of new materials. The significantly deteriorated interior stingers will be removed with possible restoration at a later date.

The MPRB is seeking additional funding through various sources because the cost of the revised proposed design is beyond the original project budget. Construction will be delayed until additional funding is secured.

Monday
Apr242017

Exploring the Upper River – Mississippi Mushrooms

By Kathleen Boe

A look at hidden gems along the Minneapolis Riverfront

There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about the revitalization of the Upper Harbor Terminal area, and the attention is deserved. But there are already businesses at work in that area, bringing new life to the former industrial center.

One site worth visiting is Mississippi Mushrooms. This is a certified organic mushroom farm located in the Upper Harbor Terminal alongside the river in North Minneapolis at 3800 First Street North.

The farm is run by Ian Silver-Ramp, a 2010 University of Minnesota graduate who is applying his degree in Applied Plant Science in creating an ecologically friendly growing process. He began the business five years ago, moving to the Upper Harbor Terminal site a year and a half back.

Mississippi Mushrooms is really a grounds-up operations, literally. The growth process for these specific mushrooms, Grey Oyster, King Oyster, Nameko, and Pink Oyster varieties, involves taking the discards from other businesses to make the base material. These are wood-eating mushrooms, and the base material includes scrap lumber, locally sourced and turned into sawdust, as well as the spent grain from a local brewery. That base material gets sterilized and is then injected with fungus, allowing it to grow and blossom into a mushroom.

After the mushrooms are harvested, the base material is turned into compost, and that is something which can be sold to plant stores and other outlets. The compost smelled just like spring and made me want to go home and start spring planting.

But a mushroom farm of this type doesn’t really resemble a farm as you and I would know it, or even your garden, window box or greenhouse. The facility is indoors, of course, with rooms walled off for each growing stage. Each of those stages requires different levels of light, humidity and temperature, as well as carbon dioxide levels. And Silver-Ramp can monitor all of that from his mobile device.

The climate controlled operation also means mushrooms can be grown and sold fresh, year-round.

The farm is in a part of North Minneapolis which is still dominated by heavy industrial work, so during the week, the area is teeming with construction vehicles. However, Mississippi Mushrooms is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-2, and on those days, the roads are much more quiet. To get to the site, drive onto the property from Dowling, stay to the right of the domes and drive back to the big warehouse. Look for the Mississippi Mushrooms sign on the door, on the side of the warehouse which faces the river.

This is a great opportunity to see a farming operation in the city, while also see a little bit of the Upper Harbor Terminal site. It’s also a chance to get a sense of what could become of this mile of the Minneapolis riverfront, with a great view of downtown.

If you’re looking for a place to eat to pair with this visit, of course, you can check out one of the many fine restaurants that locally source their mushrooms from Mississippi Mushrooms. But for a choice that’s a little closer by, check out Serendripity Spot, which is at 33rd and Lyndale Ave. No. It’s open six days a week (close on Fridays) and was recently rated as having the Top Waffle in the Twin Cities. But in addition to waffles and coffee, Serendripity is committed to eliminating waste, with no landfill waste or even recycling. (If you want coffee to go, bring your own reusable travel mug, or buy one on site.)

Kathleen Boe is Executive Director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. She can be reached at kathleen.boe@minneapolisriverfront.org via email, or minneapolisriverfront.org on the web.

Monday
Apr242017

A-Mill Artist Lofts Will Again be Open for the 2017 Art-A-Whirl

A-Mill Artist Lofts will open their live/work spaces during Art-A-Whirl 2017.

Over 70 artists, including residents and their guests, will display throughout the building with a special exhibition by Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) students in the gallery. In addition, there will be over 20 performing artists live in 3 separate spaces throughout the 3 day event May 19-21.

Patrons are encouraged to explore the open lofts, gallery spaces, dance studio, performance hall and more using A-Mill's "Come Get Lost In Creative Space" interactive guide. Food and drink will be for sale by Eli's Food and Cocktail on Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20. A special creative children's workshop will be hosted from 12-3pm on Sunday May 21 in the performance hall.

About the A-Mill building 
Charles Alfred Pillsbury was known as a visionary leader in his industry, constantly rethinking and reinventing processes to become one of the foremost businessmen of his age. One of his great innovations: the idea that an industrial building should be architecturally pleasing.

Designed by prominent Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington, the Pillsbury A-Mill, located at 315 Main Street SE Minneapolis, is a masterpiece of industrial design that served as the largest flour mill in the world for 40 years. It is one of only three Minneapolis structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 26 in Minnesota). In fact, the Mississippi River was diverted through the building to provide power during its flour milling days, and water continues to flow underfoot today. 

Sunday
Apr232017

Development of 'Downtown View' Officially Underway with April 18 Groundbreaking Ceremony

Article by Claudia Kittock

YouthLink is a special place, run by amazing people, and headed by the indomitable Dr. Frances Huseby.  I first heard of Dr. Huseby at meetings about people experiencing homelessness. Everyone I met talked with great awe about the work she was doing at YouthLink.

When I was a director at DMNA, we provided funds to add additional staff at YouthLink. Dr. Heather came to DMNA to talk about YouthLink and she mentioned the dream of adding living quarters to the drop-in center.  That dream is becoming a reality, and on Tuesday, April 18, ground was broken for the beginning of the Downtown View project.

Ceremonial candle lighting signified the "Ignite Change in the Lives of Youth" campaign. Submitted photo.

The Downtown View, featuring 46 units of supportive housing for youth ages 18–24 experiencing homelessness, is part of a comprehensive campaign,"Ignite Change in the Lives of Youth", that also includes an investment in YouthLink’s current facility and programs. This development fills a critical need of housing for youth experiencing homelessness, and connects them to the essential skills and pathways needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. The plan is to house youth in sections that are related to their life goals, much like a dormitory setting.

Photo credit Rick Kittock

Photo credit Rick Kittock

Ignite Change is about more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about creating a holistic, positive, vibrant community that makes it possible for youth to engage with new opportunities, broaden their horizons, and build self-esteem. It’s about inclusiveness, innovation, and connectivity - to the Youth Opportunity Center partner services, transformative programming in education and employment, and connection to the broader community through mentorship and job placement.

This is an exciting project, but there are still ways to invest in the lives of young people:

  • Learn more!       
  • Donate. Make an investment in YouthLink’s annual programs and services, or designate your gift to the campaign.
  • We’d love to show you around YouthLink and the Youth Opportunity Center. Contact us to schedule a visit today.
  • Invite a speaker. Inviting a staff member or youth speaker to speak to your group is a great way to introduce others to the work we do. You won’t be sorry. These young people are incredible and listening to their stories will change you.
  • Advocate.
  • Get Involved. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities.
Photo credit Rick Kittock

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About Downtown View

Downtown View, a $17 million, five-story partner development project with YouthLink and Project for Pride in Living (PPL) will begin construction next week to provide 46 units of high quality housing and supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18 – 24.  YouthLink, which serves more than 2,000 homeless youth every year, can change the life trajectory for youth experiencing homelessness by connecting them to housing, education, employment, mental and physical health support, and other resources that eliminate suffering and dependence on social services. 

On any given night, 6,000 young people are experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. Downtown View will support this population by providing critical units of housing and collaborating with nearly 30 agencies working to end youth homelessness. By transforming the individual lives of young people experiencing homelessness, Downtown View will contribute in a significant and measurable way to reducing disparities, lowering social-service costs, and improving the workforce outlook across the Twin Cities region. 

Downtown View, which will connect to YouthLink’s existing Minneapolis headquarters, will provide a unique resource to residents in three key ways: by serving older youth; by focusing services on youths’ long-term goals; and by utilizing the wealth of services offered in YouthLink’s existing Youth Opportunity Center. The development will also include a Career Pathways Center, a resident fitness area, access to mental health support, and employment/education navigation.

All of the $11.8 million in public funding has been secured to complement YouthLink’s $6 million comprehensive campaign, which includes a lead gift of $500,000 from the Pohlad Family Foundation.  Other major donations include: Buuck Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, The Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Ronald and Joan Cornwell, and the John and Denise Graves Family Foundation.

Sunday
Apr232017

In the News - Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

TOP STORIES LAST WEEK

Dayton wants to strip Minnesota Historical Society of its preservation role
Months after the Minnesota Historical Society took a stand against Gov. Mark Dayton over Civil War art in his State Capitol reception room, the governor is backing a bill to strip the state’s preservation agency from the historical society and move it under his control.

Recalling a miller's fateful decision to work late at the Washburn A Mill
Millwright Ernest Grundman's decision to hang around after his shift proved deadly, among 17 millers and a neighbor killed in a ground-shaking explosion and fast-enveloping fire.

Lost Minneapolis: Snapshot provides a glimpse of downtown in the 1930s
The corner of Washington and Marquette avenues, looking north. In the distance, the new Post Office, glowing with all the promise of modern streamlined architecture; in the middle, Nate’s clothiers, which didn’t leave downtown until 2009. The drugstore on the corner is the oldest building in the picture — over 40 years old by the time this picture was taken.

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Apr232017

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Saturday
Apr222017

Neighborhood Clean-Up with Friends of the Mill District and Cynthia Froid Group

Friends of the Mill District and Cynthia Froid Group got a jump on Earth Day with an April 20 neighborhood clean up event. Special thanks to MSR and Stone Arch Creative for sending staff to help, as well as the neighborhood residents who joined us!

Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group

Manu Gallur of Green Stick Army provided these handy garbage nabbers to assure a fun, efficient (and hygienic!) event. You may have met Manu at the Mill City Farmers Market last September, and have probably seen people out using the Green Sticks (I saw a DID staffer with one while walking home from the US Bank station a few weeks ago).

Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group
Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group
Thank You to Izzy's for treating participants to gift certificates!
Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group
Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group
Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group
Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group

Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid GroupKen Searl and Cynthia Froid, two of our favorite Mill District champions!

Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group

Neighborhood Clean Up - Friends of the Mill District & Cynthia Froid Group

We look forward to making this an annual event, and hope you can join us next year! :D 

Friday
Apr212017

City of Minneapolis Traffic Alerts Update

Lane closures on Eighth Street South at Nicollet Mall and I-94 ramp closures

Two south lanes on Eighth Street South at Nicollet Mall will close Wednesday, April 26 through June 5. The Eighth Street lane closures will help crews reconstruct the Eighth Street intersection for the Nicollet Mall Project.

Also, two lanes of traffic on the north side of Sixth Street are currently open for traffic. Always watch out for construction crews and possible traffic congestion during any road projects or street/lane closures.

Click on the link below to see all downtown construction for the 2017 season.  By clicking on the colored lines or boxes, you will get information regarding project names, contractors, type of closures, and estimated start/end times.

Street Closures Due to Projects and Events

Few I-94 ramps in Minneapolis to close for up to two weeks beginning April 24

Minnesota Department of Transportation is alerting the public to the following ramp closures along I-94 in Minneapolis over the next two weeks:

• The Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue ramp from westbound I-94 to Hennepin/Lyndale will close April 24 for 10 days.
• The Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound Lyndale will close April 24 for two weeks.
• The ramp from East 16th Street/Fourth Avenue South to westbound I-94 will also close for 10 days. The detour for both closures is 11th Street to Hennepin Avenue.

Click here for more information about these closures or other lane closures related to the I-94 project.

Friday
Apr212017

City Pages Best Of 2017 Includes Long List of Local Favorites

Here's a sample of the local favorites from City Pages Best the 2017:

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/arts-and-culture/milkweed-books/419716744

Best Clothing Store (Men) Martin Patrick 3
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/martin-patrick-3/419535713

Best Dance Night All 90s Dance Night at Honey
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/all-90s-dance-night-at-honey/419541323

Best Hotel Hewing Hotel
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/hewing-hotel/419539333

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/midwest-mountaineering/419537793

Best Public Park Father Hennepin Bluff Park
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/father-hennepin-bluff-park/419539873

Best Vintage Store The Golden Pearl Vintage
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/the-golden-pearl-vintage/419536473

Best Place to Buy a Gift i like you/i like you too
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/city-life/i-like-youi-like-you-too/419537263

Best Biscuits Chef Shack Ranch
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/chef-shack-ranch/419540133

Best Cafe The Bachelor Farmer Cafe
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/the-bachelor-farmer-cafe/419536693

Best Coffee Shop Penny's Coffee
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/pennys-coffee/419537183

Best Distillery Norseman Distillery
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/norseman-distillery/419540713

Best Fancy Dessert Spoon and Stable
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/spoon-and-stable/419542573

Best Fine Dining Sanctuary
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/sanctuary/419542523

Best Fancy Pizza Pizza Nea
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/pizza-nea/419538913

Best Indian Gorkha Palace
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/gorkha-palace/419541313

Best Happy Hour, Late Night Red Rabbit (also received Best Happy Hour After Work)
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/red-rabbit/419540183

Best New Restaurant Young Joni
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/young-joni/419542973

Best Patio Jefe Urban Hacienda
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/jefe-urban-hacienda/419542063

Best Place to Buy Local Foods Food Building
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/food-building/419540483

Best Restaurant, Minneapolis Alma
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/alma/419542733

Best Sushi PinKU
http://www.citypages.com/best-of/2017/food-and-drink/pinku/419541643

 

Thursday
Apr202017

The Shops of the North Loop present The North Loop Spring Fashion Crawl, May 6 

The Shops of the North Loop present The North Loop Spring Fashion Crawl on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00am-7:00pm. Receive a passport card at your first destination for your chance to win fabulous prizes.     

Schedule of Events:
11:00am-2:00pm: On-site food trucks
11:30am: Flash mob sponsored by Minnesota Dance Theatre and School
All day complimentary fitness classes sponsored by Alchemy365
  8:00am-1:00pm: Open house with $5 classes sponsored by DharmaCycle Yoga
12:30pm-2:00pm: Discount cards from neighborhood sponsors passed out by North Loop street team

Links
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shopsofthenorthloop
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/145977015934229
Flash Mob: https://northloopflashmob.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday
Apr192017

Hennepin County Works Year-round to Conserve Energy and Resources

Via an April 19 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Hennepin County works year-round to conserve energy and resources

This Earth Day, Hennepin County highlights four focus areas that staff are implementing to help protect the environment.
 
Powering with renewable solar energy

Hennepin County is one of 31 local governments in the Twin Cities metro area that are investing in solar energy through community solar gardens. The solar gardens will be constructed later this summer. Once they are up and running, Hennepin County will subscribe to eight solar gardens that will produce 3.7 million kWh of electricity annually. That’s equivalent to powering 400 homes or 4 percent of Hennepin County’s energy use.

This project recently won the 2017 Environmental Initiative Awards in the community action category.

Reducing energy use in county buildings

Hennepin County’s largest energy user is our buildings. In 2013, Hennepin County created a goal to reduce energy use in our buildings 20 percent by 2020—3 percent each year over 7 years. The county is on track to meet this goal, but will need to continue to prioritize conservation and efficiency. Success by 2020 means saving enough energy annually to power 35 out of our 41 Hennepin County libraries for the entire year.

Hennepin County uses a variety of technologies to save energy, including approximately 200,000 sensors inside buildings to monitor energy use. These sensors alert staff when there is a problem, saving about $1 million each year.

Nearly half of the county’s energy use is for heating and cooling buildings. Energy recovery wheels are used to return 70 percent of exhausted heat back into the building. LED lighting saves 60 percent of energy over standard lighting. Staff work behind the scenes to improve efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a daily basis.

Fighting emerald ash borer

Ash trees are threatened by emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest from Asia. In Hennepin County alone, there are more than 1 million ash trees in yards, parks and streets. That’s about 15 percent of the tree canopy. Hennepin County is responding to the emerald ash borer threat by:

• Proactively removing and replacing ash trees.
• Inventorying and monitoring trees
• Diversifying trees in our communities

The county offers information about how to identify ash trees, sign of emerald ash borer, and options for managing ash trees.

Trees are an integral part of the natural resources system and provide numerous benefits including conserving energy, managing stormwater, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, filtering air, alleviating the urban heat-island effect, creating habitat, and enhancing the local food supply.

Reducing waste

Hennepin County is a national leader in recycling. In 2016, 82 percent of the waste generated in Hennepin County was diverted from landfills and reused, recycled, composted, or burned to create energy.

New initiatives include the Zero Waste Challenge, promoting food waste prevention, adding a recycling option for non-reusable clothing and linens at the county’s drop-off facilities, and expanding a reuse program at apartment buildings to collect furniture and other household goods.

These new initiatives complement the existing programs that continue to be strong include Master Recycler/Composter volunteers, Fix-It Clinics, recycling grants, medicine collection and environmental education.

Learn more about our latest recycling efforts in the 2016 Recycling Progress Report.

Tuesday
Apr182017

Mill City Summer Opera Announces 2017 Dates and Venue for Maria de Buenos Aires

Mill City Summer Opera’s Maria de Buenos Aires Unveils a Cast of Acclaimed Performers to Heat Up Minneapolis
National cast and creative team includes the dynamic opera tango duo of Catalina Cuervo, Luis Orozco

The sultry lament of the bandoneon, the thrilling atmosphere, alluring tango dancers, and a wildly acclaimed cast new to Twin Cities opera audiences, will take the stage for Mill City Summer Opera’s 2017 chosen production Maria de Buenos Aires, by famed tango composer, Astor Piazzolla.

MCSO today unveiled the stellar cast and creative team for this year’s production, including the key casting of Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo in the leading role of Maria. As Maria, Cuervo has performed the role worldwide and is often referred to as the Fiery Soprano. Starring with her is baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco who has been hailed for his vocal and dramatic presence in the signature role of El Payador.

“Pairing Cuervo with Orozco in the heat of a Minnesota summer will be the hottest ticket in town this year; together they are the ideal duo to marry opera with tango,” notes returning artistic director David Lefkowich. “Dance is at the heart of this opera, so we will be integrating dancers as part of the cast for the first time in MCSO history.”

Opening night is Friday, July 14, with additional performances July 16, 18, 19 and 20.

With a ticket to the opera, attendees will be guided through dance instruction by professional tango dancers prior to the performance. After watching the tango performed as part of the opera performance, those that wish may join in the be dance with the cast to the splendid music that compliments the dangerous dance that is the TANGO.

Doors open at 7:00pm with tango dancing, the show begins at 8:00pm and more tango dancing at 9:30pm.

Opening night ticket purchases are available now, presale ticket purchases begin May 8, and all ticket purchases will be available May 15.

In light of the Ruins Courtyard’s extensive renovation throughout the Summer of 2017, MCSO is taking the opera across the Stone Arch Bridge for our sixth season. The shift in venue to the Machine Shop, 300 2nd Street SE, is temporary as restoration work continues in the Ruins Courtyard.

For more information visit http://www.millcitysummeropera.org/.

Tuesday
Apr182017

RSVP for April 29 Abiitan Mill City Grand Opening Event

Abiitan Mill City, downtown's first premier 55+ living community at 428 S 2nd Street, will host a Grand Opening celebration on April 29 from 1-4pm. Enjoy some great company and food while touring Abiitan's apartments and amenities, and learn about their upscale features and award-winning Memory Care services. RSVP Online

Monday
Apr172017

Hennepin County Has More Than 650 Miles of Bikeways

A recent e-newsletter from Hennepin County included a reminder that May is Bike Month, and Hennepin County has more than 650 miles of bikeways that connect people with places they want to go. Visit the Ride Hennepin website for tips, events and an interactive county bike map.

Sunday
Apr162017

Bushel & Peck - Tasty New Brunch/Lunch Option in the Mill City Museum

If you've visited the Mill City Museum this month, you may have noticed D'Amico's is now Bushel & Peck, a new café part of the D'Amico family where you'll find healthy cuisine created from farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Bushel & Peck

Members of the B & P team (left to right) Sarah, Zack, Will, Maryah and Maddy the weekend manager.

The Bushel & Peck staff is welcoming and accommodating, and you'll find the updated seating area comfortable. It's modern, yet fits in with its historic surroundings.

Bushel & Peck

The weekend brunch menu includes seasonal mimosas and the Bushel Bloody Mary. The BBM has a kick, and I'll take a Brussels sprout garnish over celery any day! Wine and beer are also available.

Bushel & Peck

Bushel & PeckService with a smile - Maryah delivers our order of Avocado Toast.

I would happily enjoy everything on the menu, but on this visit we opted for the Avocado Toast, Bushel Burger and Eggs Benedict. (Next time it will be Swedish Pancakes and Farmers Market Frittata for sure!)

Bushel & Peck

Bushel & Peck

Bushel & PeckAs a member of the "clean your plate" club, I appreciate the portion size. These dishes are in tune with what the average person should have for a meal.

As luck would have it, Chef Josh Brown was in the house and generously took time from his busy schedule to chat with us. He shared his philosophy for creating delicious dishes with a limited number of quality ingredients. As an example, the avocado spread on the Avocado Toast has only a few ingredients, but wow, so much flavor!

Bushel & Peck is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am - 4:30pm; Sundays Noon - 4:30pm. They will also be open Mondays in July and August.

Click here for additional pictures, taken by local photographer Katrina Hannemann. Stay tuned - a Press Release is coming out this week. In the mean time, check out the menu!

Saturday
Apr152017

Catch the zAmya Theater Showcase 'Portraits: Looking Forward, Looking Back' at Central Library April 19 and 23

Article by Claudia Kittock

zAmya Theater Showcase - Portraits: Looking Forward, Looking Back

If you haven't been to a zAmya performance, you are in for a treat. zAmya Theater Project is a unique creative process that brings together homeless and housed individuals to create and perform a theatrical production. zAmya turns “homeless” from a word back into a person, or persons. These are living, breathing, laughing, singing persons who act — yes, act — in entertaining, genre-defying productions that are guaranteed to change your mind, if not your life.

Please join zAmya at the Minneapolis Central Library on April 19 at 6:30pm or on April 23 at 3:00pm for a performance of their new production, Portraits: Looking Forward, Looking Back. The performances are free and open to the public. Get out your date books!

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org

Friday
Apr142017

Section of West River Parkway "Trail" (not the road) Will be Closed Monday-Friday Next 2 Weeks


Closure necessary for repair and preventative maintenance on Guthrie Theater Endless Bridge

West River Parkway Trail will be closed between Portland Avenue and 11th Avenue S, Monday-Friday over the next two weeks. The closure is necessary for repair and preventative maintenance on the Guthrie Theater's Endless Bridge, which juts out over the parkway and trail.

The parkway will remain open to motorized traffic. Trail users will be detoured west to 2nd Street. The trail closure begins Monday morning, April 17 and will continue until Friday evening, April 21. The closure will be suspended over the weekend and resume Monday morning, April 24 until work is completed later that week.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public's patience while this project is completed.

Friday
Apr142017

Washington Avenue Reconstruction Update

Via an April 14 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Washington 04.2017

Crews continue replacing storm sewer pipes and watermains underneath the roadway. Additional utility crews will be relocating telecommunications, gas and electric utilities in the project area. Curb and gutter concrete will be poured at 3rd Avenue this week.

New work at two intersections:

2nd Avenue South work begins
Beginning Tuesday, April 18, crews will begin working on the east side of 2nd Avenue South. Crews will be closing 2nd Avenue South between 3rd Street South and Washington Avenue to all through traffic, except buses. Weather permitting, this closure will last approximately four weeks.

Marquette Avenue work begins
Also beginning Tuesday, April 18, crews will begin working on the east side of Marquette Avenue. Crews will be closing Marquette Avenue between 3rd Street South and Washington Avenue to all through traffic. Southbound bus traffic will not be affected. There will be no street parking on the east side of this block during this work. This closure will last approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

Interim alternate routes
The closures on 2nd Avenue South and Marquette Avenue will not affect traffic on 3rd Avenue South or Hennepin Avenue South. These closures are necessary to remove and replace curbs and gutters, pavement, and relocate/install new underground utilities.

Get more information
Contact the project at washingtonave@hennepin.us or 612-543-3722.

Friday
Apr142017

Help Plan Upcoming Improvements at Sheridan Memorial Park!

Sheridan Memorial Park centers on a 30-foot diameter sculpture by local artist Robert Smart.  

Project will add picnic shelter, playground and pathways to riverfront park in 2018

Sheridan Memorial Park will receive more than $1 million in park improvements in 2018, including a picnic shelter, playground and pathways. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is hosting three community meetings over the next few months to gather public feedback that will help shape the project.

The first meeting is Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6-8 pm at East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS), 1700 2nd St. NE. At the meeting, interested community members and park users will receive a project overview and be asked preferences regarding various project elements.

At the second meeting, scheduled Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6-8 pm at ESNS, up to three alternatives will be unveiled for site layout and the building and playground design. At the third meeting, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, also 6-8 at ESNS, the preferred design option will be presented and discussed.

Concept approval by MPRB Commissioners is scheduled for fall 2017 following a public hearing. Construction bids will be awarded over winter 2017-2018 and the park improvements will be built during spring-summer 2018.

Some site work will occur at the park in the coming months in preparation for 2018 construction, including soil cleanup at the park paid for through a Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund grant.

2014 Sheridan Riverfront FestivalA scene from the 2014 Sheridan Riverfront Festival

Public Meetings:

 

Meeting #1

  Date: April 26, 2017
  Time: 6-8 pm
  Location: East Side Neighborhood Services
  Address: 1700 2nd St. NE
  Topic: Project overview and discuss community preferences

Meeting #2

  Date: May 24, 2017

  Time: 6-8 pm

  Location: East Side Neighborhood Services

  Address: 1700 2nd St. NE

  Topic: Design alternatives unveiled and discussed

Meeting #3

  Date: June 21, 2017

  Time: 6-8 pm

  Location: East Side Neighborhood Services

  Address: 1700 2nd St. NE

  Topic: Discuss preferred design option

Friday
Apr142017

Minneapolis City Council Approves New $1.5 Million Fund to Preserve Affordable Housing

Via an April 14 News Release from the City of Minneapolis:

Today, the City Council approved $1.5 million for the Minneapolis Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) Preservation Fund to assist non-profit housing providers to acquire and preserve NOAH rental property in Minneapolis. 

NOAH generally refers to unsubsidized multifamily rental housing affordable to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income ($51,480 for a family of four.)  Rents in NOAH units average between $550 and $1,200 per month. Minneapolis has about 23 percent of the NOAH units in the seven-county metropolitan area, or about 38,000 units.  The strong real estate market and low rental vacancy rate (2.7% regionally) has made these properties more attractive to investors, leading to increased sales, higher rents and displacement of tenants who cannot afford increased rents.

“Housing is a basic human right,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I’m proud to have led this innovative approach to help ensure we stop losing more affordable housing than we can build, and I’m thankful to the Council for helping make this investment a reality.”

“We need to do what we can to stop the unnecessary displacement of tenants when affordable housing is sold specifically to upgrade units and mark up rent,” said Council Member Lisa Goodman, Chair of Community Development Y Regulatory Services Committee.  “Assisting buyers who actually care about low income tenants and support affordable housing preservation to purchase these buildings and preserve them is critical right now given the crisis in affordable housing availability.”

Minneapolis has experienced a disproportionate share of these sales.  In 2016, Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) released Sold Out, a report stating from 2010-2015, Minneapolis saw the greatest number of apartment property sales compared to all other communities in the metropolitan region:  355 property sales comprising 10,512 units.  This represents 41% of all apartment sales in the metro region during that period.

In Minneapolis, approximately 53% of residents live in rental housing and about half of them are considered “cost burdened,” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent.  Over the last decade, the City of Minneapolis has led the region in both its investment in and production and preservation of affordable housing units.  Still, there are about 10,000 fewer rental housing units in the city affordable to low-income households than there were in 2000, and cost burden rates for low income renters have increased from 64% to 74%.

In response to this affordable housing crisis, the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, with the support of the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Housing, Hennepin County, and private investors, launched a new regional $25 million affordable housing impact fund, or the NOAH Impact Fund, in 2017.  The NOAH Impact Fund provides a source of funds for socially minded owner-operators to acquire and preserve the affordability of NOAH properties.  

To further help socially minded developers and preserve/create affordable housing in Minneapolis, in 2016, the City approved changes to its investment policy to permit investment in mortgage backed securities issued by Freddie Mac where the underlying mortgages are for NOAH properties located in Minneapolis.  Minneapolis’ investment in these securities would result in lower interest rate financing for purchasers of NOAH properties.

Also in 2016, Freddie Mac Multifamily launched a pilot initiative in collaboration with NorthMarq Capital, Mercy Housing, CommonBond Communities, and National Housing Trust (NHTCDF) to match nonprofit housing providers with socially conscious investors to finance NOAH acquisitions.

The Minneapolis NOAH Preservation Fund of $1.5 million directly supports the efforts of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund NOAH Impact Fund of $25 million and Freddie Mac pilot program. Non-profit housing providers working with these initiatives are eligible to request funds from the Minneapolis NOAH Impact Fund.