Summer Updates from the Northeast CDC

In spite of the heat, it’s been a productive summer so far at the Northeast CDC!

The Jackson Street Artist Housing project is moving right along; state and city applications for tax credits for 2011 have been sent. Artspace and the Northeast CDC are now looking more closely at the space the building provides, including installing a community garden and hosting workshops for the community in the shared gallery space. Please stay tuned in November for an open meeting about progress and timeline.

Northeast Calendar Contest

The Northeast Calendar project is underway. We received over 100 submissions of artwork and photography representing all thirteen northeast neighborhoods – and they look great! Voting is open until July 31, 2011 and friends of Northeast can vote easily online for their favorites here: (calendar.northeastcdc.org ) There is also a limited number of ad spaces in the calendar which will help cover the cost of printing and distribution. If you’d like to help support this project and create a fun, identity piece for Northeast, please consider a sponsorship: calendar.northeastcdc.org/?page_id=11 The calender will be a great resource, highlighting not only information about the thirteen neighborhoods, but also major community events such as Art-A-Whirl and the Northeast Parade.

We’ve continued our Small Business Services, offering not only business planning but also communications technology and strategic planning for a variety of small businesses in Northeast. We’re in the process of developing several websites for local businesses and helping them with their communication needs. You can check our blog at northeastcdc.org for website launch announcements and training opportunities.

The Great Cities collaborative continues our research on Business Improvement Districts and the implementation and impact one would have along Central Avenue. We had a great outreach meeting at the end of June where we introduced businesses to the work we are doing and the goals of the project. We also outlined the results from the survey we sent to Central Avenue Businesses. (Snow Removal, Graffiti Removal, and Reducing Vacancies are big priorities!) You can check out the presentation online here: slideshare.net/NortheastCDC/necdc-great-cities-project-8299776

The Northeast Bike Tour is taking shape, and we’ll be working with a lot of the local cycling groups to make this event great for Northeast Minneapolis as well as friends and visitors to Northeast. The tour will navigate through all thirteen neighborhood parks, stopping at favorite historic and remarkable Northeast neighborhoods along the way. A working date has been set for Saturday June 2, 2012.

The Arts Action Plan Committee is also making progress, working with NEMAA and volunteers in the community to help maintain the arts district website, signage, and also to move other action items of the plan forward. (And if you haven’t “liked” the Arts District yet on facebook, you should! facebook.com/pages/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District/131176836892710 )

Northeast Cultural Gardens

The Northeast CDC is also sponsoring the volunteer-driven Northeast Cultural Gardens initiative, which will be an ongoing resource and sharing tool for urban landscapes in Northeast. (northeastculturalgardens.org) The initial goals of the project are to celebrate the current urban landscapes. We’ll also be planning a few easy, inexpensive events for Northeasters to spruce up their gardens, including a plant-swap for next spring (when it’s a great time for splitting and sharing!)

Last but not least, we currently have an opening on the board! Our current opening is for a Board Secretary. This person will be not only be responsible for helping with minutes at meetings, but also help put together updated versions of our organizational manuals and governing documents. If you have an interest in helping the Northeast CDC make Northeast better and better, join our board!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

-Jamie Schumacher
Executive Director

Reminder – Arts Action Plan meeting next week

On the agenda for the next Arts Action Plan meeting:

Breakout Committee Updates

  • Signage: NEMAA is working to create a budget for their legal commitment to maintaining the signage that is in place. The Northeast CDC will help coordinate as we can/are able.
  • Long Term building sustainability (Conservancies, Endowments, Commercial Land Trusts)
  • Artists Credit Union
  • Arts District Research
  • Tax Credits / Abatements for artist-owned housing
  • Arts District Website – updates

New Items

  • Outside updates from committee participants
  • Schedule next meeting location

July 19th, 2011 – 6pm
Bicycle Theory
1500 Jackson
Street NE, Suite 400

The Arts District Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month. Breakout committees work throughout the month on various aspects of the Arts Action Plan. To get involved with any of the above projects, please join us for a meeting or email jamie-at-northeastcdc.org.

Cast your votes for Northeast!

We received over 100 submissions to the Northeast Calendar project – and they are super awesome! The online gallery is up and now it’s time to vote for your favorites.

Any Northeast Minneapolis friend can vote – you don’t have to be a resident. Vote once for each neighborhood; the winning image for each neighborhood wins a month, but the image with the most votes overall goes on THE COVER! There are cash prizes for the artists, too – so be sure to check out all the images and vote for the best.

Check out the galleries and vote online at calendar.northeastcdc.org.

 

 

The Central Avenue Commercial Corridor

Dear Central Avenue friends,

The Northeast Community Development Corporation is hosting an informational conversation about Special Service Districts (SSD), Business Improvement Districts (BID) and their impact along Central Avenue.

The conversation will take place this Wednesday June 29th, 7:30am – 8:30am at Eastside Food Coop (in the Granite Studio.)

I hope you can join us!

-Jamie

Highway 65 resurfacing, accessibility project outlined next week at meetings in MPLS

 

Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metropolitan District
1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

June 22, 2011
For Immediate Release

Contact: Kent Barnard
Office Phone: 651-234-7504 Mobile Phone: 651-253-2803

Highway 65 resurfacing, accessibility project outlined next week at meetings in Minneapolis
Project will improve safety and mobility for motorists and pedestrians

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Two informational open house are set for Tuesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Hennepin County Library Northeast Branch, 2220 Central Ave. NE in Minneapolis, to outline next year’s resurfacing and accessibility project on Highway 65.

The project, between Washington Avenue in Minneapolis and 53rd Avenue N.E. in Fridley, includes resurfacing from Washington Avenue to 14th Ave. NE, 18th Avenue to 27th Avenue and from 37th Avenue NE to 53rd Avenue NE, bridge repairs and accessibility upgrades at 51 intersections.

The informational open house is set from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 in the Northeast Meeting Room.

To request an ASL interpreter call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to ADArequest@dot.state.mn.us.

To request this document in an alternative format: Call 651-366-4720 or email your request to ADArequest@dot.state.mn.us.

For additional information about Highway 65 resurfacing and accessibility project, visit dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy65/index.html.

For travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 511.

Putting the “Green” in Green Space

More awesome things going on this Wednesday:

A Northeast Community Discussion

The City of Minneapolis Public Works, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Parks & Recreation & Preventing Harm Minnesota have teamed up to develop healthy & sustainable land management practices and projects for the “Green Campus” of Edison High School, the Flood Basin & Jackson Square Park, which together comprise a significant block of open space in our community. As a first step, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) is funding a feasibility study to develop project ideas to improve water quality in this area. You’re invited to learn more about the “Green Campus” initiative & provide input into its direction.

Date: Wednesday, June 29th
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Eastside Food Cooperative, Granite Studio
2551 Central Avenue NE, Mpls
(Street parking only. Co-op parking lot reserved for customer use.)
More Info: Contact: Julia(-at-)preventingharmmn.org or Lisa.Brock(-at-)ci.minneapolis.mn.us

One week left for submissions to the NE Calendar Project!

Northeast

Do you Love Northeast Minneapolis and/or have great images of your favorite places in Northeast?

Be a part of a fun community project and participate in the 2012 Northeast Calendar!

  • Submit work easily online
  • No submission fee
  • Up to $200 in cash prizes!

For more information and an online submission form, visit calendar.northeastcdc.org

Only one week left for submissions!

If you’ve left us a message at any point in the past year…

A voicemail box somewhere on our system was gradually piling up with messages over the past year, possibly even longer.

My clue to the fact that this was going on came when I called in to check messages and the system said “your mailbox is full” – even though I had only two messages in my box. I called Qwest, spending roughly 10 conversations and countless hours trying to determine:

  • where exactly the messages where
  • how I could get to them (not knowing where they were other than “not on my line” and “not in the general mailbox,” my passwords didn’t work.)

We were trying to do all of this without resetting the system entirely – which would erase all the messages. I didn’t want that to happen because obviously, I would like to respond to those messages if I needed to!

Apparently this was a very odd voicemail vs voice messaging problem that even left the helpful techs at Qwest scratching their heads. Even more unfortunately, in the process of trying to help me gain access, somebody at tech support did what we were trying to avoid and RESET THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. While it successfully created room for people to leave more messages (woohoo!) it did so by deleting everything.

We tried to find a way to retrieve them – but were totally unsuccessful. My final response from Qwest was nice but did not bring good news:

I am sorry for the delayed response. I have exhausted all possibilities in regards
to retrieving those voice messages. My understanding is that they are no longer
available even on any backup systems.

:(

So.

If you’ve called anytime in the past year left a message and have not received a call back, please accept my sincere apologies. Feel free to call me again about something awesome at 612-627-9366 (and leave a message on our fancy fixed voicemail system if I don’t answer.) Or you can always email me at jamie-at-northeastcdc.org.

Thanks!

-Jamie

Northeast Parade update from the Chamber

Celebrate Northeast Parade

Today’s weather is very uncertain. The parade will be called  either on or off at 3p.m. based on the recommendation of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Notification will be given in the following manner either way:

  • Via email to the primary contact
  • An announcement will be posted on the parade homepage www.minneapolischamber.org/parade
  • A message will be placed on the voicemail of this number 612 378-0050

If the parade is NOT cancelled we will proceed as normal with step off at 6:30p.m. If severe weather occurs once the parade is underway it will be delayed one half hour and the situation will then be re-evaluated and the parade will either proceed or be cancelled.

If you do decide not to participate a notification would be appreciated at any point in the day via email clevens(-at-)minneapolischamber.org/parade.

Outdoor Dining Ordinance

Attention Northeast restaurants and businesses with sidewalk cafes (or those in favor of them): Please call in your concerns about this ordinance (http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/business-licensing/docs/Outdoor_Areas_Ordn.pdf) to your City Council Member. This is very important and your voices can make a significant difference.

Council Member Glidden, 8th Ward, asked that we make this effort to stop passage of a terrible ordinance.

(from the attached letter)

We know that the City of Minneapolis recognizes the importance of outdoor dining to the prosperity and vitality of its commercial districts. The purposes of our outdoor-dining regulations should be to allow for and to support this desirable activity while controlling potentially negative side effects. We believe that current ordinances when enforced do that. Additional restrictions and approvals needed for an outdoor dining facility will make the process for approval of these amenities seem more onerous.

Council Members and Wards are listed below. Please go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ for contact info.
Ward Council Member:
1 Kevin Reich
2 Cam Gordon
3 Diane Hofstede
4 Barbara Johnson
5 Don Samuels
6 Robert Lilligren
7 Lisa Goodman
8 Elizabeth Glidden
9 Gary Schiff
10 Meg Tuthill
11 John Quincy
12 Sandy Colvin Roy
13 Betsy Hodges

For reference: Tuthill Ordinance Changes (pdf) & Letter regardingOutdoorDining (pdf)

This could affect the small businesses and restaurants here in Northeast, as well. We encourage you to read up and respond!

(Thank you to our friends at Lake Street Council for bringing this to our attention.)

 

If you’re trying to leave us a message…

If you’re calling and receiving a “mailbox full” message, my apologies. Apparently there’s a voicemail box in our system (not our general box and not my mailbox) that has been racking up messages and I don’t have access to it. I’ve been trying to work with Qwest to get access to the messages without just resetting our system, because that would delete all our messages and I want to make sure those messages get addressed. However apparently this is an “unusual situation” and getting assistance and response from them is taking forever.

Until we get this resolved, please email us at info@northeastcdc.org or jamie@northeastcdc.org

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

Grantwriting assistance from CURA

CURA will be providing grantwriting assistance over the summer through a pilot Grantwriting Assistance Program (GAP). Through the end of August CURA will hold two days of office hours per month where community groups can seek grantwriting advice and feedback on proposals. The days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 2-4pm at the CURA office. If you would like assistance with existing grants or one-on-one general advice on grantwriitng please contact me to set an appointment within these times. Office hours begin next week on Tuesday June 14th 2-4pm. Appointments will be on a first come first served basis so please contact Jeff Corn ahead of time. If you are looking for feedback on a specific grant please e-mail it to me a couple of days before your appointment to allow CURA staff a chance to review it.

Please call (612-625-0744) or e-mail with any questions.