News from Our Neighbors
(July 5, 2022) Public Notice: The WPCIA will be making a minor change to the text of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Plan. In Phase II, 3.1.B.1 (Pedestrian Crossings), “Identify key pedestrian routes and improve crossings for pedestrian safety” will be shortened to “Identify key pedestrian routes and improve pedestrian safety”. The City of Minneapolis requires that those affected by the change be notified in advance of the board of directors vote (July 26). If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with us at 612-788-2192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(June 30, 2022) Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCiA) is excited to announce the selection of four new priority Goals for the organization to further improve Windom Park neighborhood and NE Minneapolis in the future.
As part of the continued evolution of WPCiA, these new Goals will be used to guide our decisions, actions, and financial investments. The selection of these four Goals were finalized by the Board of Directors, but were based on community feedback and input collected in-person at the Pillsbury School PTO Carnival and online through a community survey conducted in May-June 2022.
The Board of Directors discussed and adopted the following goals at the June 2022 Board Meeting:
- Eliminate Disparities
- Healthy, Safe & Connected People
- Complete Neighborhoods
- Clean Environment
These goals are part of the broader Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. Each goal has defined Policies that detail the ways that each Goal can be accomplished. Starting in July 2022, WPCiA will begin the process of identifying opportunities to improve Windom Park neighborhood and finding ways to achieve these Goals.
In 2040, Minneapolis will see all communities fully thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, country of origin, religion, or zip code having eliminated deep-rooted disparities in wealth, opportunity, housing, safety, and health. Learn more.
Healthy, Safe & Connected People
In 2040, the people of Minneapolis will be socially connected, healthy, and safe. Learn more.
In 2040, all Minneapolis residents will have access to employment, retail services, healthy food, parks, and other daily needs via walking, biking, and public transit. Learn more.
In 2040, Minneapolis will have healthy air, clean water, and a vibrant ecosystem. Learn more.
We invite residents, property owners, business owners, renters, and stakeholders to join us in making Windom Park and the City of Minneapolis the best place it can be.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 7 p.m. (virtually via Zoom technology; email us for instructions if you are not already on our e-blast list, or see the events listing on this web site)
Location: online virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic issues. Join us from wherever you are, either by audio only or audio and video, by phone, computer or other electronic device.
Check back here (or see your monthly postcard from us) for details on the meeting agenda as they are finalized.
If you have ideas for topics you’d like to have discussed at our Neighborhood Meetings, let us know.
Remember: In our neighborhood organization, all 18-years-of-age-and-over residents, property owners, and business representatives in the Windom Park neighborhood can make motions and vote at our Neighborhood Meetings.
The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution July 17 calling racism a public health emergency in the city of Minneapolis. The resolution states in part that the city “will recognize the severe impact of racism on the well-being of residents and city overall and allocate funding, staff, and additional resources to actively engage in racial equity in order to name, reverse, and repair the harm done to BIPOC in this City.” The full resolution including actions the city plans to implement can be found here.
Redevelopment has been proposed for the Lowry Grove mobile home park area adjacent to our neighborhood on Stinson Parkway at Lowry Avenue NE/Kenzie Terrace. In early 2021, WCPiA heard from developers about a new proposal for senior housing for a portion of the site along Stinson Parkway.
General Chronology of Past Events
- A community meeting on the possible redevelopment was organized by SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Details here.
- A proposed settlement was reached Aug. 1, 2017, with the former residents, according to the City of St. Anthony Village. The proposed settlement was reportedly in part contingent on density factors that later were not approved by the city.
- The developer in July 2017 filed a revised development plan (see right-hand column links on the village’s web site) with the City of St. Anthony Village.
- After a public hearing Aug. 28, 2017, the St. Anthony Village Planning Commission voted to deny the developer’s applications. The city council agreed to postpone action on this agenda item until its Oct. 10 meeting.
- At its Oct. 10, 2017, meeting the St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved a resolution to Deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendments, PUD Preliminary Development Plan/PUD Rezoning, and Preliminary Plat related to The Village, LLC project located at 2401 and 2501 Lowry Avenue.
- In October 2017, another revision was proposed by the developer (see right-hand column links on the village web site for related plans and exhibits).
- At a community meeting held Jan. 24, 2018, the developer presented revised plans that no longer include the Bremer Bank site and noted the development team expected to file an application with the city in the coming days. The property owners noted they may offer RV parking at the site this summer in order to recoup some of their investment. The project is now being referred to as the “Kenzie Terrace and Stinson Parkway Development.”
- The St. Anthony Village City Council approved the developer’s revised preliminary plan, now scaled back to 414-430 units of rental housing.
- St. Anthony Village, like Minneapolis, is undergoing an update of its Comprehensive Plan. See what is suggested here, and see how it might impact the Windom Park neighborhood.
WPCiA continues to monitor and discuss these topic at our meetings and with our Minneapolis city council member and park board representatives, due to the proximity of this potential development site to our neighborhood. A group of residents, SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community, has also been organizing meetings and collecting documents on the project, which WPCiA will post here as they become available. (See also information on the WPCiA Small Area Plan.)
- Statement to St. Anthony Village passed Aug. 22, 2017, by Windom Park Citizens in Action and presented at the Aug. 28 Planning Commission meeting
- Statement to Ward 1 Minneapolis City Council Member, Minneapolis mayor and Eastside city planner, passed Aug. 15, 2017, by Windom Park Citizens in Action
- Statement to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, passed Aug. 15, 2017, by Windom Park Citizens in Action
- Feb. 21, 2017, Motion Passed by Windom Park Citizens in Action re: Proposed Lowry Grove Development
- Letter from “Southern Gateway” Developer
- Environmental Assessment Worksheet
- City of Saint Anthony Village web site information on Lowry Grove
- WPCiA Traffic Study Review
WPCIA is a neighborhood-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status. It is the city-designated citizen participation organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis, as well as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) contracting organization for the Windom Park Neighborhood.