February Meeting Features Park Design Session

Please join your neighbors Tuesday, Feb. 20, for a fun and interactive park design brainstorming session as part of our monthly neighborhood meeting.

The design session, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Windom Park Recreation Center, is part of the East of the River Parks Master Plan process being conducted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. This is your chance to directly weigh in on what you want to see at our neighborhood park. Park staff will lead us in brainstorming exercises and discussion specific to our neighborhood. Our new parks commissioner, Chris Meyer, also plans to attend.

Also joining us will be our new Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist Abdirashid Ali to talk about crime statistics and trends in the Windom Park area in light of recent reports from neighbors about an uptick in incidents here.

In addition, City Council Member Kevin Reich will provide an update on Ward 1 and the overall outlook for the new city council and mayor.

Time permitting, we try to reserve a spot on each month’s meeting agenda for Open Forum — where residents and neighborhood business owners can bring forward issues, concerns, and announcements pertinent to our community.

Snacks will be served. Free childcare is supervised by park staff. The meeting takes place in an accessible location and is open to all. Please contact us seven business days in advance to request other meeting accommodations.

 

Small Area Plan Documents

WPCiA is nearing completion of the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan (SAP). This important document will provide direction for the neighborhood and the City of Minneapolis for the coming years on topics such as land use, zoning, transportation, parking, commercial area revitalization, density, and gateways. We thank all of you who provided input, answered our surveys, attended meetings, and served on the Steering Committee!

Please note that on Jan. 23, 2018, after considering the many comments on the SAP and motions made by neighbors attending the Jan. 16 neighborhood meeting, the Board of Directors voted to remove the Johnson Street opportunity site from the plan. Also removed are references to rezone the neighborhood to R3 (higher-density residential); instead, the document will express a preference that zoning in the neighborhood remains “as is.” As soon as final revisions are made to the document by our planning consultant, WPCiA will forward it to the City of Minneapolis for review and incorporation into the city’s Comprehensive Plan. We will post the final version here as soon as it is available.

You can access the draft documents by downloading Volume 1 (draft) and Volume 2 (draft) here (approximately 11 MB each.

Other Key Milestones:

See also: Lowry Grove redevelopment plans

Lowry Grove Redevelopment Update

Redevelopment has been proposed for the Lowry Grove mobile home park adjacent to our neighborhood on Stinson Parkway at Lowry Avenue NE/Kenzie Terrace.

 

General Chronology of Recent 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.”

WPCiA  continues to monitor and discuss this 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.)

 

Other Documents