It hardly seems that a year ago we were in the midst of talking and dreaming about the future of our neighborhood! The resulting draft of the Holland Small Area Plan was finalized and voted on by you last spring, and was submitted to City Planning for its formal review process and (hopefully) ultimate adoption by the City into its Comprehensive Plan.
The Holland Small Area Plan is now available for review for its required 45-day public comment period! The comment period will extend from Monday, November 10 until Wednesday, December 24, 2014.
The draft plan for public review is available on the City's website at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/projects/WCMS1P-118359. Paper copies are also available at City planning offices and the Northeast Library at 2200 Central Avenue NE.
Your written comments should be submitted by 4 pm December 24, 2014, directly to Haila Maze, the City Planner assigned to Holland at:
Haila Maze, AICP, Principal City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division
105-5th Avenue South, Room 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 673-2098; Fax: (612) 673-2728
All comments received during the public comment period will be included as part of the public record, and will be taken into consideration if and when the Holland Small Area Plan is modified before adoption.
As always, thank you for your past, present, and future participation in making Holland such a great neighborhood. Please contact Haila Maze or the Holland Neighborhood (at 612-781-2299) if you have any questions about the plan or the process.
HNIA Board of Directors
Minneapolis, MN – The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) is pleased to announce its new commercial lending program, the Holland Economic MainStreet Initiative (HEMI: An Engine for Change). HNIA is partnering with the Center For Energy and Environment (CEE) to provide low-interest loans, between $5,000 and $50,000, to commercial property owners for exterior and interior rehabilitation projects. HNIA aims to offer current and new commercial property owners along Central Avenue and in Holland the chance to contribute to the further revitalization of our community's commercial corridors.
Some key components of the HEMI Commercial Loan Program include:
“As we have seen through the efforts of committed commercial property owners, businesses like the Eastside Food Co-op, and organizations like the NorthEast Investment Cooperative, capital investment in just one or two buildings can completely transform a commercial corridor and spur a cycle of positive growth. HNIA, through HEMI, intends to further empower commercial property owners to continue this revitalization along Central Avenue, and begin promoting investment in Holland and along Lowry and University Avenues. We encourage property owners to apply!” said Adelheid Koski, President of the HNIA Board of Directors.
Interested property owners who want to learn more about the program and the application process can also contact the CEE Lending Center directly and speak with a program representative at:
Center for Energy and Environment Lending Center
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560
Minneapolis, MN 55401
About HNIA: The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) is the official neighborhood organization dedicated to representing residents and stakeholders of the Holland neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis. Our mission is to serve as a forum for education and feedback on issues affecting the neighborhood, build community by creating connections among neighborhoods and stakeholders within our neighborhood, and acquire funding to provide direction for community based projects. www.hnia.org
About CEE: The Center for Energy and Environment provides practical, innovative, clean energy solutions for homeowners, businesses, nonprofits and government, advancing the public interest in cleaner energy and a healthier economy. For more information about CEE visit mncee.org
Join friends and neighbors for a light-hearted General Meeting full of updates on projects that have been brewing during 2014 – and stick around for a piece of pie (or cake, or a cookie) and social time. We hope to hear about the following:
Thursday, November 13th
Firefighters Hall and Museum (664 22nd Ave NE)
7:00 - 8:30 pm
October General Meeting Topics
And don't forget the pie!
“LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF VOLUNTEER GIG?
One where you can see the immediate financial impact of your time? We’ve got the opportunity for you! Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota) offers free tax and financial services to low-income families, helping to build financial capability. We’re a local organization with national impact that relies on the talent of 550+ volunteers to make a difference. One of our tax clinics is located nearby in Holland and we’re looking for community members to join our volunteer team this upcoming tax season.
If you are passionate, skilled, and excited to help people move from financially “getting by” to “getting ahead”, we have a volunteer position for you! Visit our website,www.prepareandprosper.org, for more information or to sign up for a new volunteer orientation.”
Join us as we weed, mulch, and perform general repair and maintenance at the HNIA-sponsored Train Park/27th Avenue Tot Lot at 27th and Monroe. HNIA will provide some tools and gloves, grillables, beverages, and cupcakes. Please bring shovels, rakes, weeding tools, gloves, and a dish to share if you can.
How can you help beyond Sunday?
How can you RSVP?
Of course you can always just show up if you find yourself available last minute!
Join us on Thursday, August 14th for the monthly Holland General Meeting. We will meet at the Firefighters Hall & Museum (664 22nd Ave NE) from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
• Central Avenue Clinic – Steve Knutson, the Executive Director of the Central Avenue Clinic, will share plans and listen to your feedback regarding design of the new building the Clinic hopes to occupy by mid-winter 2015. The Clinic will be moving from its present location at 26th and Central slightly south to 23rd and Central in order to be able to expand its offerings in our community.
• 607 22nd Ave NE Artists’ Lofts Redevelopment – Sam Scott, the new owner of 607 22nd Ave NE, will share his plans for renovation of the building into artist lofts and workspace.
• Primary Election Day – Tuesday, August 12, 7am-8pm – Don’t forget to vote! Most Holland residents vote at the Edison Gym at 22nd and Monroe. Click here to locate your polling place.
• 27th Avenue Train Park Tot Lot Clean Up, BBQ, and Lily Vaughn Day! Sunday, August 17, 10am – 2pm - Join your neighbors to help clean up the tot lot at 27th and Monroe. HNIA will provide tools, beverages, cupcakes, and grillables – bring your elbow grease and a side dish to share. To help plan this day, please email Adelheid Koski at email@example.com or call HNIA at 612.781.2299.
• 8th Annual All NE Community and School BBQ – Thursday, August 22, 2014, 3:30-7:30 pm, Edison High School. All are invited to this end-of-summer tradition! For further details and updates, visit www.facebook.com/NortheastBBQ/info. To volunteer, call HNIA at 612.781.2299.
As you may know, Hennepin County is conducting a planning study for Lowry Ave NE. They are asking for community input from Northeast residents regarding their priorities for improvements on the avenue. This plan particularly impacts Holland, as Lowry Ave bisects the neighborhood.
We encourage you to complete a survey about existing conditions and future opportunities in the Lowry Avenue Corridor in Northeast Minneapolis. The deadline to complete the survey is July 31st.
We also urge you to review the Holland neighborhood's own vision for the future of Lowry, as documented in the Holland Small Area Plan. You can view the section of the plan related to Lowry Ave here. This plan is the result of months of direct community engagement with Holland residents and stakeholders.
Join us this Thursday, July 10th at the Firefighters Hall and Museum (664 22nd Ave NE) from 7:00 - 8:30 pm for the monthly Holland General Meeting. Our agenda will include:
Want to save money on your utility bills? Check out the low-cost Home Energy Squad Program visits for Holland residents and stakeholders! HNIA has bought down the price of a Home Energy Squad visit for residents and Holland Neighborhood stakeholders to only $30!
Check out more details by "liking" the event page on Facebook. Click here or search for 8th Annual Northeast Community & School Barbeque.
HOURCAR, the Twin Cities local car sharing program, announces the coming completion of a significant fleet expansion. The expansion, begun in June 2013, increases the number of vehicles in HOURCAR’s fleet to 73 and significantly expands the number of neighborhoods served. New locations will open June 20, 2014. With this growth, HOURCAR brings round-trip car sharing to Northeast Minneapolis, a neighborhood that has expressed considerable interest in car sharing. Complementing the existing Sheridan HOURCAR hub will be two new hubs, one at the Eastside Food Co-op (2535 Central Avenue Northeast) and one in Windom Park at the offices of the NE Home Group (1955 Johnson Street Northeast). HOURCAR thanks the Eastside Food Co-op and NE Home Group for hosting these locations.
HNIA has been asked to consider investing up to $290,000 of NRP funds for Phase II-B of the planned Edison Plaza and RiverFirst Demonstration Project as part of our overall Green Campus and Holland Commons vision. The Board voted unanimously at its April 2014, meeting to submit the question “Do you authorize a transfer of $290,000.00 from NRP Phase I Strategy 1.1.A.3 – Acquire Blighted Housing, into NRP Phase II Strategy 4.1.1. NE Green Campus?” to the community-at-large at our general meeting on June 12, 2014.
The Board also attached to its action a recommendation that the public approve the Plan Modification/funds transfer. We believe that it is appropriate to utilize these unspent NRP Phase I funds for this project as it embodies many of the priorities laid out by the Holland Community in the Holland Small Area Plan and our NRP Phase II Action Plan:
1. The project adds public gathering space through the planned Edison Plaza, and improves upon existing publicly-accessible green and athletic spaces;
2. The project allows HNIA to leverage its funding to take the fullest advantage of approximately $1.7 million in other funding offered by major partners – the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization ($1.2 million), the NFL through its LISC program ($100,000), Minneapolis Public Schools ($380,000-$480,000), and a potential private donor who has stepped forward – to allow the planned upgrades and amenities to be taken to a level of completion that would serve the Edison, Holland, and greater NE communities more comprehensively than the existing infrastructure;
3. The overall project utilizes best practices in storm water management, recapture, and reuse through innovative natural turf technology, the RiverFirst Demonstration Area (the community gym corner), a gray water reuse system for future restrooms, and landscaping that both allows for capture and reuse of storm water AND infiltration of storm water into the groundwater rather than overloading our storm sewer system;
4. The overall project sets up the Green Campus area for future upgrades, including streetscape improvements along Monroe Street (between 22nd and 19th) and 20th Avenue NE; acquisition, clean up, and development into practice fields of the currently-polluted UPI site at 1900 Monroe St NE; connectivity from South – North along the railroad tracks through an identified potential walking/biking path; improved parking infrastructure for the Edison community; and further environmental best practices demonstration areas pertaining to alternative energy, storm water management, landscaping, transportation, etc.
What will HNIA's funding be used for?
HNIA is being asked to fund aspects of Phase II-B of the overall project. Phase I was the renovation of the Edison parking lot. Phase II-A encompasses the renovation of the Edison football field and track and will begin in June 2014. Phase II-B refers to the renovation of the community gym corner as the RiverFirst Demonstration Area, the development of a gateway plaza for the Edison Athletic Fields, construction of a concessions/storage/restroom facility, and potential parking upgrades.
Specifically, HNIA funds would cover some of the cost of the Plaza infrastructure – including ADA-compliant ramps and stairs and storm water management friendly landscaping, the construction of an all-brick concessions/storage/restroom building, an artistically-designed Green Wall, and possibly parking lot upgrades.
What does my vote mean?
Voting “yes” to the above motion means that you authorize the HNIA Board to transfer funds from a no-longer utilized NRP Phase I strategy into an NRP Phase II strategy intended to fund projects such as this. The Board would then be empowered to negotiate a scope of services and enter into contract with the determined project manager – either Minneapolis Public Schools or the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The Board is committed to ensuring that all partners are in agreement regarding the final project scope before releasing any funds to MPS or MWMO.
What is NRP Phase I Strategy 1.1.A.3?
The Acquire Blighted Housing strategy is one that was set up almost 20 years ago and does not currently contain any active programs or projects. HNIA is no longer bound to invest that funding in housing and the Board feels that investing these public dollars into this Green Campus project will provide significant community value and fit within the overall Holland Commons vision.
How much NRP funding remains if HNIA invests $290,000 in the Edison Plaza & RiverFirst Demonstration Area?
Phase I NRP funds remaining: $610,598
Phase II NRP funds: $448,571
Projected CPP funds for 2014-2016: $168,344
Total Remaining Funds: $1,227,513
In addition to the NRP Phase I funds listed above, there is roughly $100,000 in our current housing loan program that could be freed up for other purposes. There is a strategy for a housing loan program that utilizes NRP Phase II funds – allowing HNIA to continue work to improve Holland's housing stock while also investing in other public projects in the future. At least $316,100 of Holland’s Phase II funds will go toward housing programs or projects, as NRP policy states that no less that 70% of all Phase II funds are required to be spent on housing.
If you have further questions regarding the vote, the motion, the project, or the funding, please do not hesitate to contact Board President Adelheid Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you – looking forward to seeing you all on June 12!
Join other Hollanders and get a free HNIA t-shirt to wear during the ride to advertise Holland's commitment to biking and healthy community living! Ride starts at the NE Armory. To sign up for the Holland team, send an email to email@example.com! To register for the NE Ride, visit www.northeastride.org.
7 pm - Presentation for Edison Plaza and RiverFirst Demonstration Project:
HNIA has been asked to contribute funding to the Edison Plaza and RiverFirst Demonstration Area Project. The Board is requesting that you vote on June 12, 2014, regarding the transfer of $300,000 between NRP strategies for investment in this public space project, and to begin planning efforts for future green space initiatives around Holland. PLEASE NOTE: May 8, 2014 will be the only scheduled comprehensive presentation of the project before the June 12, 2014, vote. Please attend to have your questions and concerns answered.
We want you to be informed and empowered!
8 pm – Annual Meeting and BOARD ELECTIONS: It's that time again – join us for a recap of another great year in Holland, what we've got in the hopper for the next year, and to elect Board Directors for 4 seats. We have some incumbents running and will be taking nominations. If you want more information about Board service, contact Adelheid Koski, Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Center for Energy and Environment, Edison High School, 30 MPAC Participating Businesses, and hunderds of community members coming together to support NE public art, we are able to celebrate the installation of the NE Green Light Project! Check out our video—produced by John Akre—to see how this unique, collaborative project unfolded.