On the Agenda for the Feb. 19 Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 – 7 p.m.

  • Discussion with Minnesota Department of Transportation about the I-35W “Gateway” project
  • New! “Business Highlight of the Month”
  • Attention neighborhood businesses: New organics/composting and recycling regulations coming. Hennepin County staff will fill us in.
  • City of Minneapolis B-TAP program – Business Technical Assistance Program
  • Commercial and home rehab loan information
  • Update on proposal to fund raingardens in the neighborhood
  • Neighborhood Open Forum
  • And more!

Location: Windom Park Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St. NE. Accessible location with free park-supervised child care during meeting. Located near bus lines and free parking in adjacent lot or on streets.

City Council OK’s ‘Minneapolis 2040’ Comprehensive Plan

The Minneapolis City Council on Dec. 7, 2018, approved the “Minneapolis 2040” Comprehensive Plan and forwarded it, as required by state law, to the Metropolitan Council for final approval during 2019. The plan provides a roadmap for where the city sees itself in the coming years. Urban design, density, zoning, housing, transportation, heritage preservation, equity, community engagement and more are detailed for each area of the city. Check this link for details from the city. 

The plan and its public meetings generated debate and news coverage; in the Windom Park neighborhood, debate generally centered around the city’s initial proposal to allow dwelling structures of up to four units (four-plexes; later reduced to tri-plexes plus an Accessory Dwelling Unit) on all residential properties – in conflict with the Small Area Plan the neighborhood approved. The Small Area Plan called for zoning to remain “as is” in this neighborhood.  WPCiA submitted comment to the city stating that we support the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan and wish to have it incorporated into “Minneapolis 2040.” Your neighbor volunteers worked for over two years seeking community input, conducting surveys, holding community engagement sessions, working with a special consultant, conferring with city staff, listening to neighbors, revising and ultimately creating a plan for this specific area of Minneapolis. WPCiA is now in the process of organizing the Small Area Plan Implementation Steering Committee. If you are interested in volunteering for that group or other task forces, contact WCPiA or attend our monthly meetings.

Small Area Plan Documents

WPCiA has completed 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, density, transportation, parking, commercial area revitalization, 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.” 

You can access the WPCiA Small Area Plan by downloading Volume 1 and Volume 2 here (approximately 12 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.”
  • 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.)

 

Other Documents