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!
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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.