NEW AND IMPROVED DEFERRED LOAN PROGRAM OPEN TO APPLICATIONS
By John Akre
At its monthly meeting on February 28th, the Board of the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization approved a number of changes to the Sheridan Neighborhood's Deferred Loan Program, part of Sheridan's Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) plan.
The Deferred Loan program, also known as "Fix and Paint" program, has been perhaps the most well known part of Sheridan's NRP plan, which was approved in 1997. The initial program opened for applicants in 1998. A lottery was held to distribute the first $75,000 of funds earmarked for the program.
The program funds exterior and structural improvements to owner-occupied properties in the Sheridan Neighborhood.
The "deferred loan" described in the program is a loan that is forgiven after five years. If the recipient of the loan sells his or her property within the five years, he or she has to repay the loan or a portion of it. The
program also requires homeowners to match program funds on a one-to-one basis.
Of the fifty homeowners contacted under the 1998 program, 13 have closed loans and completed their projects, 11 have not responded, 19 declined to be involved in the program, three have closed loans and the work is in progress, and four are getting bids. Of the initial money made available in 1998, $43,582.64 has been spent on projects so far, and $31,417.36 remains.
Rather than continue down the prioritized list of property owners established under the original program, SNO felt that the program should be closed and a new one opened up for applicants. Any work done by applicants on the original lottery list is also subject to the original program guidelines. SNO Board Members felt that some changes to the original program could make it more successful. These changes were based on feedback from residents and from the staff of the organizations that implemented it.
The Sheridan Neighborhood Organization Board worked with Rosemary Fagrelius of the Greater Minneapolis Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GHMMC), Don Snyder of the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA), and Joe Horan of the NRP to modify the program.
The modified program is now open for applications. AN APPLICATION FORM IS INCLUDED IN THIS NEWSLETTER (please see the middle section).
The changes that were made include:
· Evidence of money for the match is required only. The earlier plan required that the owner supply the matching funds at the time of closing. Often, work would not proceed until several weeks after this. The changes require that the applicant provide written evidence of the match funds needed to complete the work.
· There are several eligibility changes. Some specific details, such as those requiring fences to be within certain size restrictions, have been removed. The language has also been changed to allow new construction of garages, decks, and driveways.
· The initial plan required 100 hours of community service in order for the loan to be forgiven. THAT REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN DROPPED.
· The initial plan also limited participation by recipients of earlier Sheridan NRP home funding programs. THOSE LIMITATIONS HAVE BEEN DROPPED. (You are still limited to a maximum of $5,000 from the Deferred Loan program, so if you received funding from the 1998 pool, you may only apply for a maximum of $5,000 minus what you received then.)
Funds available under the new program include $75,000 allocated in the original Sheridan NRP plan for the program for year 2000, the $31,417.36 left over from the 1998 program, plus over $20,000 of funds from Sheridan housing programs in the early 1990's that were not allocated. Over $120,000 in funding will be available in the program. If applications exceed that amount, a lottery will be held to prioritize applicants, or else more money will be allocated to the program. Some of these specifics will be addressed at the March SNO Board Meeting.
In order to apply for funds through this program, please fill out the application form in the center of this newsletter. To apply, you need only estimate the cost of your project. The maximum amount you may request is $5,000. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON APRIL 21.
The program is administered by GMMHC through the Northeast Housing Resource Center, which is located in the Main Street Lodge at 909 Main Street Northeast. The program is coordinated by Tanya Hess, who can be reached by phone at (612) 378-7985 or by E-mail at email@example.com. Contact her if you would like a copy of the full program.
There are a number of other housing programs in the Sheridan NRP Plan. In the upcoming months, SNO will be working with representatives of GHMMC, the NRP, and the MCDA to evaluate the performance of these programs and work on improvements. If you would like to provide input into that process, please call SNO at (612) 379-0728.
SNO BALL 2000
By Wilber H. Schilling
A huge banner, courtesy of James Page Brewery and Jeff Moritko of Mayslack's, hung over the front door: WELCOME TO SNO BALL 2000. This was the place to be on Saturday, February 19th. Second graders from Sheridan Global Arts School cut and decorated dozens of 16" diameter sno'flakes, and these shiny treasures hung from the ceiling throughout. There were helium balloons everywhere, candles, white linen, and flowers, courtesy of Lucille's Flower Shop on 13th Avenue. Pianist Sandy Waterman donated two hours to the SNO Ball, playing beautifully as guests arrived.
140 people attended the event. Volunteers greeted people at the door, helped them with their coats and directed them to the door prize drawing entry and their complimentary glass of champagne, provided by Mayslack's and The Modern Cafe. Tom Taylor, Limo Wrangler, signed people up for free tours around "lovely Lower Northeast Minneapolis." Henderson Limousine provided a deluxe six-seater.
In the back room, an eclectic assortment of hors d'oeuvre trays were arranged to their best advantage by Mayslack's Chef Jon Tony Tieburg. Hors d'oeuvres were donated by The Modern Café, Davanni's, Blackey's Bakery, and Mayslack's. Deb Grosfield and Jack Skogen each chose to celebrate their birthdays by attending the Ball. Rainbow Foods, Quarry Location, made the huge SNO BALL 2000 sheet cake for a minimal cost to SNO, and the birthday people blew out candles to commemorate the day.
A video, custom made for the SNO Ball by John Akre, played silent movie footage on the big screen TV, which added the perfect ambiance to the room.
35 Silent Auction items were arranged along the back wall. The biggest ticket items in the Silent Auction were the Timberwolves Tickets (donated by KDWB), and the 1969 Sheffield Steel Ladies Bike (donated by Tom Taylor). The bike was the most hotly contested item next to the Ryobi Detail Sander, donated by Stewart Lumber.
Dan Reeves, the DJ/Karaoke Master, began his part of the entertainment around 9PM. The karaoke turned out to be the most fun, most community-building event of the night. There was a lot of talent in the crowd. Others cheered loudly and there was plenty of dancing, including a few rousing polkas.
Mayslack's staff worked hard all night. Staffer Stephanie McClellan helped out the Events Committee as they set up in Mayslack's from noon until 7 p.m. The Events Committee and the SNO Ball Volunteers all worked very hard too. Every volunteer and committee member purchased a ticket to enter the Ball.
Approximately $3370.00 was raised, leaving nearly $2400.00 after expenses to benefit the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization. The Events Committee will be able to use these proceeds for is to plan an improved SNO Big Deal picnic this year, maybe with pony rides, and/or movies after dark, hopefully a real tent (although, there is no better way to get to know your neighbors than crowding under a 9"x14" blue tarp during 45 minutes of torrential rain), and definitely a Port-A-Loo!
The Events Committee spent four months planning the SNO Ball, using a model that has worked successfully before: the 'meet once a week for 4 months' formula, which was used to create Art-A-Whirl and, in fact, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization.
Jeff Moritko, Mayslack's owner, was willing to offer his entire establishment to SNO for a Saturday night. SNO BALL 2000 could not have happened without Mayslack's. It was this kind of generosity that made the event such a success.
The Events Committee outlined its main goals as follows: to make money; to have fun; to socialize with neighbors and SNO supporters; and to get all gussied up so people could say to each other, "Gee, you clean up well!" As a co-chair of the Events Committee, I have to admit that halfway through the planning I was secretly thinking that we would be lucky to "break even and see no injuries." My fears were completely unfounded. SNO BALL 2000 was a community-building, fun moneymaker. My personal thanks go out to everyone who participated in the event!
Individuals and Businesses that contributed to SNO BALL 2000
(sa=silent auction/dp=door prizes/o=other/h=hors d'oeuvres)
- AKRE, JOHN (o)
- BALLET OF THE DOLLS (sa)
- BLACKEY'S BAKERY (sa, h)
- BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP (sa)
- BROWN, JIM (sa)
- CITIES '97 RADIO (dp)
- CITY PAGES (sa)
- DAVANNI'S (h)
- DUSTY'S (sa)
- EASEL STREET (sa)
- ERICKSON, LAURA (sa)
- ERTE The Restaurant (sa)
- FORTMAN, JENNY (sa)
- FRIENDS OF SNO (sa, dp)
- GRUMPY'S (sa)
- HEIGHTS THEATER (sa)
- HENDERSON LIMOSINE (o)
- INDULGENCE PRESS (o)
- INGEBRANDT, GEORGE & MOLLIE (o)
- JACOB'S 101 - Bar & Cafe (sa)
- JAY GILBERTSON SALON (sa)
- KDWB RADIO (sa)
- KFAN RADIO (dp)
- LUCILLE'S FLOWER SHOP (o)
- MADAME DORA'S (sa, o)
- MALONE'S AUTOWORKS (sa)
- MAYSLACK'S (o)
- MODERN CAFE (sa, h, o)
- NETRADIO.COM (dp)
- OLD SCIENCE RENOVATION (sa)
- PERKINS FAMILY RESTAURANT (sa)
- POLAROID CORPORATION (sa, dp, o)
- RAINBOW FOODS, QUARRY LOCATION (h)
- SENTRYZ LIQUORS & SUPER MARKET (dp)
- STEWART'S LUMBER (sa)
- TARGET, NE STORE (sa)
- TAYLOR, TOM (sa)
- TWO 12 POTTERY (sa)
- WALKER ART CENTER (sa)
- WATERMAN, SANDY (o)
THANK YOU TO THE EVENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
RITA FAYE FISCHER
TRISH CARNEY SCHILLING
MANY THANKS TO ALL THE SNO BALL 2000 VOLUNTEERS!
Ellie Meenan, Jay Grobstein, Kristine Harley, Kevin Cunningham, Holly
Jacobson, Drew Trampe, Sharon Teska, Andy Nederveld, Jaci Sullivan, Melissa
Davis, Bob Sorg, Rob O'Malley, Carolyn Sloat, John O'Malley, and John Akre.
GRAIN BELT MEETING
By Roy Power
On the evening of February 10, a group of about 50 residents, business owners, and artists made their way to Sheridan School to hear about the revised plans for the old Grain Belt Brewery. The meeting was lead by representatives from Ryan Construction, RSP Architects, and the MCDA.
After the customary Sheridan introductions, the meeting began with a computer slide show presentation. A representative from RSP Architects explained how the space currently looks, and guided the group through plans and depictions of how the building would look after the proposed remodeling.
Once the presentation was over, the representative discussed some of the project changes that have occurred over the past couple of weeks. To begin, the proposed parking ramp that was originally going to be built has been struck from the planning designs due to high cost. It is proposed that a surface parking lot will be constructed behind the Brew House, with the demolition the small Stockhouse designated as part of that parking plan. Due to city ordinances, the "created" surface lot would not accommodate the number of parking spaces required for a building the size of the Brew House.
This meant the possible closure of Ramsey Street to accommodate more spaces, and the possibility of sites for surface lots at the warehouse directly north of the Brew House and in the lot directly to the west of the Artists studios northeast of the Brew House. The removal of the parking ramp sparked discussion about congestion and aesthetics amongst the attendees. The representative from Ryan Construction indicated that without a good parking solution for the site, Ryan, as building owner, would not be able to lease the building to any tenants without a solution, and would be willing to working with the neighborhood to create an adequate solution for everyone.
A big change in the plans was the separation of the Gasthaus from the Brew House parcel. The move was designed to cut costs on the Brew House, but more importantly, to allow developers to use state money created to renovate public-use property. The representative from the MCDA stated that to meet the $500,000 state grant she has talked with the Minneapolis Public Library about the site. Representatives of the public library will tour the site later.
Of course, the possibility of renovation projects totaling an overall cost of $10 - 16 million dollars has prompted concern among the artists in the artists' studios about rising rent costs. The MCDA representative could only say that there would be no rent hike in the near future. She did suggest that the only way to guarantee a freeze in rent would be to either buy the property a group or have a single owner purchase it.
Another project planned around the development of the Brew House is the plan to have "affordable" housing built on the property across Marshall Avenue from the Brew House. This plan would tear down the Caswell Building (The old Grain Belt Office Building) and the small manufacturing/warehouse company building on the eastern property line of that parcel. This would make way for a low-density apartment building that would accommodate some 14 apartments. The person from the MCDA who would be responsible for creating the proposal for this site was not available, and at the time of the meeting had not written the proposal.
From this discussion, concerns were raised as to how the MCDA would handle the marketing for the Brew House and surrounding parcels. Some of those who attended stated that they felt "used" by the MCDA, and were disillusioned by the changes in the development plan. Others felt that all of these plans were being too segregated, and that the marketing for development seemed "piece-meal." Many wanted the MCDA to consider a full development package for the Brewery and adjacent properties, in order to create a uniform aesthetic to the area, helping to generate a complimentary feel to the neighborhood.
The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission is monitoring the ongoing changes to the Grain Belt proposal, and is interested in your feedback. Questions and concerns can be directed to Greg Mathis, Heritage Preservation Planner, at 612/673-2439. You can write to Greg at the Minneapolis Planning
Department, Room 210 City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
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Heritage Preservation Awards call for nominations
By Kristine Harley
The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects are sponsoring the Ninth Annual Heritage Preservation Awards to recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate and enhance Minneapolis' historic character.
The Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, May 18, 2000 as part of a weeklong celebration during National Preservation Week, May 14-20, 2000.
To nominate a project, group, or individual for an award, send a nomination form, along with a publication-quality black-and-white photo and at least four color slides, to the address below. For building projects, "before" and "after" slides are very helpful, and additional supporting documents are welcome. Failure to provide a photo and slides will disqualify the nomination.
Nominations are due at the Minneapolis Planning Department by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2000. Incomplete forms may preclude the nomination form consideration, at the jurors' discretion. If you wish to have supporting materials returned, please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the nomination application. Items that cannot be easily mailed may be picked up at the Minneapolis Planning Department after May 22, 2000.
To receive a nomination form and information on award categories and criteria, or if you have questions about the Awards or the nomination forms, please contact Amy Lucas, Heritage Preservation Planner, at 673-2422.
Third Ward Awards and State of the Ward March 22
Third Ward City Council Member Joe Biernat will present his annual Third Ward Awards and State of the Ward at the brand new Cityview School on March 22.
Every year, Council Member Biernat recognizes Third Ward volunteers who have gone the extra mile to make the neighborhood a better place. In addition, he will present his annual State of the Ward focusing on community activity and upcoming challenges.
Cityview School is located at 3400 North Fourth Street (just off Lowry Avenue). The event begins at 7:30am and usually features special guests.
POOPER SCOOPER LAW
Now that spring is approaching, it's a good idea to remember that not everything that froze during the winter melts when the snow does. Those who own pets are required by law to pick up and dispose of their animal's feces in a sanitary manner. It is unlawful to allow feces to remain on any private property, in public areas such as parks, or even on the pet owner's property. (And it is still unlawful in winter, even though the snowcovers it up.)
Please show consideration for all of your neighbors by cleaning up after your pet.
OPEN POSITIONS ON THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN ENVIRONMENT
By Meg Forney
The Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) is seeking applications for open positions. The role of encouraging and applauding the urban environment where it celebrates the urban aesthetic is the primary activity. Please consider applying for a position on CUE. There are currently nine positions open and come March 2000, ten positions may be accessible for occupancy.
CUE is embarking on a new agenda that compliments the ongoing activities for which CUE is known. Mayor Sayles Belton initiated Minneapolis Beautiful in 1997, with CUE at the helm. "Added value" to city projects, both public and private, is the thrust of the initiative. CUE is assigned the job to spread the word and encourage these enhancements, whether inter-departmental, agency projects or private projects. This new agenda will position CUE to further these efforts and influence the urban environment across the city.
As a CUE member, you will be involved in this effort. CUE will continue its fine tradition of the CUE Awards, Blooming Boulevards Award Program, Arbor Day, and advising city public officials and the Planning Commission.
Application forms are available from the Office of the City Clerk, Room 304 City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382 (673-2735). Those requiring TDD service should call 673-2626 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Civilian Review Authority
By Kristine Harley
The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority investigates complaints of misconduct against Minneapolis police officers. The Authority is entirely independent of the Minneapolis Police Department and has its own staff of investigators. After the investigation and an administrative hearing, if the complaint is sustained the authority sends its findings to the Chief of Police. Upon agreement of the complainant and the officer, the complaint may be resolved in mediation.
Both victims and witnesses of alleged police misconduct may file a complaint.Misconduct includes excessive force, inappropriate language or attitude, theft by an officer, harassment, failure to provide adequate or timely police protection, or discrimination on the basis of protected-class status. To file a complaint or to receive more information, call 612-370-3800.
Crime Report without Police Response
By Kristine Harley
You can make a police report when you do not need a police response-or if you are the victim of a crime in which there is no suspect information and no physical evidence, such as theft, vandalism, harassment, and attempted burglary. To make a police report in these instances, call Tele-Serve at 612-673-3383. General ours are: 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday though Friday.
If all lines are busy or the unit is closed, leave a voice message when prompted, and an employee will return your call. It may take up to 3 days for your call to be returned.
By Joe Biernat, City Council Member
Special thanks and congratulations to everyone who helped make the first annual SNO Ball a gigantic success. It was the best "neighborhood meeting" I've ever attended, and so much fun to see local business people come out along with many Sheridan neighbors and share in the exciting happenings in Sheridan.
There will much activity keeping SNO and the neighborhood busy this year, including the Grain Belt project. The next few weeks are critical. I remain cautious. If everything comes together, we are looking at historical preservation of the Brewery and 180 architects working in Sheridan and supporting local businesses. On this subject, SNO sponsored a very informative community meeting in February and I felt a strong sense of support for the project, providing parking concerns are addressed.
Across from the Brewery on the southeast corner is the Caswell site, where SNO will be asked to seek neighborhood input for new housing proposals this spring. This is a great opportunity and should generate a lot of interest from potential new Sheridan residents. Last year on the City Council, I led the charge to allocate $25,000 to Ballet of the Dolls for a "Feasibility Study" to determine if their theatre could move Northeast to the Ritz on 13th Avenue. The studywas just completed and essentially says it could be a great move for the theatre troupe (now in Loring Park) and for the neighborhood. The project price tag, however, is over $2 million, and the Dolls Board must now decide to begin a capitol fundraising drive, which could last two years. Also, Sheridan will soon be reviewing conceptual plans for an office building at 1428 Marshall where there is currently blight and little activity. The development is consistent with the proposed Upper River Master Plan and will bring 70-80 jobs to the area.
There is strong interest from an individual to open a Polish Deli on the ground floor of the PNA Building at 13th and 4th Street. Lots of work to do yet, but the prospect is positive news. Lots of interest in the Sheridan Neighborhood.
Lastly, the update on our Upper River Plan. The plan is before the City's Planning Commission where they have held additional public hearing over the last 4 months (all of this after 18 months of public input). Soon he plan will make its way to the City Council's Zoning and Planning Committee where, guess what, more public hearings will be held. It remains my hope to have an approved plan late this spring.
So as you can see, SNO and Sheridan will be very busy in 2000. But it is going to be exciting and I look forward to working with everyone! For more exciting Third Ward news, please visit Joe's website at
Also, Joe writes an office newsletter called The Biernat Brief. To be added to this mailing list, please call our office, 673-2203 or email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senior Services Ombudsman
By Kristine Harley
The Senior Services Ombudsman for the City provides tax preparation assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income households. Volunteers can help with federal taxes, state taxes, and rent and property tax credits. Call 800-673-3004 for more information. Editor's Note: The above phone number is, coincidentally, very close to one of my phone lines at work (673-3014, the Committee on Urban Environment Line). At about this time every year a number of seniors accidentally misdial and contact me for tax preparation assistance. If you reach the CUE voice mail, simply hit 0 and then # on your phone and you will be transferred to Kristi, the Planning Department receptionist. Explain to her that you are trying to reach the Senior Tax Preparation Assistance Department, and she will transfer you. Or feel free to leave your name and your phone number on the CUE Line, and I will make sure that the Tax Department contacts you. Of course, if you reach me in person, I will transfer you to the correct department right away.
If you have trouble locating any City Hall number, you can also call 673-3000 to reach the city operator, who can also transfer you.
MCDA PROGRAMS ASSIST BUSINESSES AND PROPERTY OWNERS
By John Akre
Homeowners and business owners have many needs, and the Sheridan Neighborhood's NRP Plan addresses only some of them. The Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) offers a number of programs that can address a wide variety of needs.
The MCDA can provide information and assistance through its Business Link program. Business Link can help businesses get through the various hurdles, regulatory, financial, and technical, that get in the way of doing business. They can refer businesses to financial and informational resources. To find out more about Business Link, call (612) 673-LINK.
MCDA also offers a number of loan programs for businesses. A half dozen different loan programs help businesses address small needs (under $10,000 loans are available through the Micro Loan program) to needs in the millions of dollar range. More information about these programs can be obtained through the Business Link program, as well as by calling the general MCDA phone number, (612) 673-MCDA.
MCDA programs also assist people who want to buy homes or improve the property they already own. A variety of home improvement loans help owners with funding to improve rental property, make their property accessible, make energy-conservation improvements, and much more. You can find out about these programs by calling the MCDA general number, or visiting the agency's web site at www.mcda.org. SNO also has copies of MCDA information. Call the SNO line if you would like copies of these, or visit the MCDA offices at 105 Fifth Ave. South, Suite 200.
RITZ FEASIBILITY STUDY
By Kristine Harley
At the February 28 SNO Meeting, Jim Boyle of Ballet of the Dolls reported briefly on the feasibility study being done on the Ritz Theatre. The study has been completed and will be forwarded with recommendations by the Steering Committee to the Ballet of the Dolls Board, which will deliberate it on March 9. Mr. Boyle called the study, which focused on architecture and cost, "very thorough, well done, and positive." He estimated that, if the Board accepts the study, it would take the dance company 18 to 24 months to move into the Ritz and become operable.
EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
By Christian Anderson
I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Christian Anderson, and I am writing to you on behalf of East Side Neighborhood Services Inc. to let you know what we do. I am working on a community outreach project with the Volunteer/Public Relations Department as a student intern.
East Side is a social service agency that has been working in the community for over eighty years, presently providing more than twenty different programs at multiple sites in Northeast. We offer Child Development, Family/Community, Youth, Senior, Employment, and Education Programs. This
spring we will be starting construction of a new building, and are expanding in more ways than that. As the demographic of this community continues to change, East Side would like to make new connections and stay focused on accommodating the community's needs.
My job as an intern is to facilitate this process by interacting with the community, and give form and direction to this desire to serve.
Below are some announcements:
EAST SIDE SENIOR FOODSHELF NEEDS GARDENERS
Thinking of spring? It is time again to think of planting our gardens. East Side Neighborhood Services' Senior Foodshelf is asking you to consider planting a row of vegetables for distribution. Many of our seniors buy canned vegetables because of the expense of fresh ones. Unfortunately, canned goods have a high salt concentration. If you are interested, or have any suggestions on what may be needed for the foodshelf, call Paul at (612) 788-9521.
VOLUNTEER TUTORING POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Three after-school youth enrichment programs in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis have volunteer positions available for academic tutors to work with children aged 7-13. These youth programs are offered by East Side Neighborhood Services in cooperation with Minneapolis Public Schools and Community Education. Gain enjoyable and useful experience, build a helpful relationship with youth, establish connections within the collaborating agencies, and gain an insider's perspective on a rapidly growing trend in youth development programming and education.
No advanced educational degree required, but patience, enthusiasm, and attentiveness are essential. A criminal background check will be conducted.If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, contact:
Afterschool Study Group
Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Lisa Zurek : (612) 781-6011 x 189
Pratt Community Center
Monday through Thursday from 2:45-5:00 p.m.
Ken Saleska or Julie Paquette: (612) 668-1104
East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30
Brittany Gillman: (612) 781-6011 x129
If you have any questions or comments, contact Christian Anderson or Mary
Ostapenko at (612) 781-6011. Or write us:
East Side Neighborhood Services Inc.
1929 Second Street Northeast
Minneapolis MN 55418
SNO News invites submissions from all of its readers. Articles, suggestions for articles, letters, poems, questions for SNO Board members, press releases, calendar items, and artwork are welcome. Items should run no more than 500 words maximum. Submissions can be typed or hand-printed and mailed to the SNO office (note the address change) or e-mailed directly to the editor at KHarley471@aol.com. Please include "SNO News Submission" on the envelope, or in the subject line of the e-mail. All submissions are subject
to editing for clarity and space. No anonymous contributions, please.
The deadline for the May/June issue is April 15, 2000.
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Winter Wonder Awards
Call for Nominations
The Neighborhood Environment Committee, a sub-committee of the Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) and the same people who bring you the Blooming Boulevards Program, announces the 4th Annual Winter Wonder Awards!
The Winter Wonder Awards are held each year to honor Minneapolis residents who have created innovative snow or ice sculpture in their yards, planted a winter garden, or initiated any wintertime project that brings color and life to the winter urban landscape. These awards are designed to recognize non-holiday decorations. The NEC believes that these projects deserve recognition because they not only celebrate our winter season, but enhance our neighborhoods as well.
Please feel free to nominate yourself, a neighbor, or any winter artisan. Please send the person's name, address, and a brief description of the project with a photo, if possible. Mail nominations to:
Winter Wonder Awards-attn: Kristine HarleyMinneapolis Planning Department
Room 210 City Hall
350 S. 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Judging will be done as nominations come in. The deadline for nominations is March 24, 2000. Awards will be presented at the Minneapolis Blooms! Day Celebration held in the spring.For more information about CUE, please leave a message on the CUE Line at 673-3014.
By Kristine Harley
Art-A-Whirl 2000 is fast upon us-the fifth annual tour of Northeast studios and galleries is set for May 19, 20, and 21 of this year. The mission of Art-A-Whirl and the Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association is to promote and support the quality and diversity of artistic resources based in Northeast Minneapolis for the benefit of the greater community.
The Art-A-Whirl 2000 Board Elections were held at the 1999 Fall Show. Three incumbents were re-elected: Brandon Sigrist, NEMAA Secretary, Kathleen Hokanson, Public Relations, and Laura Drabant, Communications Director. Two new board members, Heidi Olmack of Chank and "Mean Larry" Lodmell, Executive Director of the Minnesota Music Association, were also elected. Ms. Olmack will serve as Chair and Interim Treasurer, and Mr. Lodmell heads Development.
Volunteers are still needed for subcommittees. Now is the time to get involved! A new 24-hour hotline has been set up. Call (612) 379-CALL, select category 12, and press 2 to leave a message with the Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association, or visit the Art-A-Whirl website at www.art-a-whirl.org. The mailing address for the association is:
Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association
2503 Central Avenue N.E. #185
Minneapolis MN 55418
Art-A-Whirl posts a "Weather Alert!" on its website for participating
artists, which details "Ten Things You Can Do to be Well Prepared for the
Approaching Art-A-Whirl Storm." In brief, these are:
1. Maintain a mailing list and invite everyone on it.
2. Display signs, maps, and directions to your studio.
3. Prepare your studio space to be an inviting place.
4. Use professional gallery practices-make the space comfortable for visitors to wander, sit, and relax.
5. Keep your space open and be on hand.
6. Display price tags or a price list and other pertinent information about your work.
7. Encourage guests to linger.
8. Create small, low-priced "calling card" pieces.
9. Register for Art-A-Whirl to take advantage of the network it provides.
10. Provide a guest book, so that you can continue to build your mailing list.
UPDATE ON LUPIENT SITE
By Michael Rainville
The Lupient site, which is a three-block development in the East Hennepin area, is moving forward. The site consists of: the block where the Times Bar and Cafe and Kramarczuk Sausage Company and Deli are located (called Block 1); the block directly north, where the Lupient used car lot exists (called Block 2); and the block between Second and Main Streets, First Avenue Northeast, and the Railroad tracks (called Block 3).
A 96-unit, four-story condominium building is scheduled for Block 3. Block 2 is to house a 40- to 60-unit townhome development, and the plan for Block 1 calls for saving the Times, Kramarczuk's, and the historic Fire Barn buildings (which will be converted to office or retail). The old Lupient building will be torn down, with new buildings to be put up featuring retail on the first level, and housing above the retail. A three-story parking ramp is proposed on Block 1 at the corner of Second Street and First Avenue.
The concerns of the St. Anthony West Neighborhood are twofold. First, we are happy to see the parking ramp being built to support the merchants in the area, and to take some of the parking off our residential streets. Second, we are pleased to see the development of retail space on Block 1, in addition to housing. There needs to be a balance of new housing and the creation of new retail. Retail is needed to provide goods and services to the neighborhoods as well as to support the existing retailers. St. Anthony West has a representative on the Lupient site task force, Pierre Willette, and we will continue to keep our neighbors in Sheridan informed.
WALKER ON WHEELS ARRIVING SOON AT SHERIDAN GLOBAL ARTS AND COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL, April 14-June 2
By Matthew Stenerson
Community Programs, Walker Art Center
Walker on Wheels (WoW), a mobile art lab designed by the Dutch collective Atelier van Lieshout, makes its first stop this year at Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School for an extended residency of activities planned in collaboration with the Minnesota Arts & Education Partnership, The Science
Museum of Minnesota, Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, and Art-A-Whirl.
WoW will be available for Sheridan teachers to use for special projects during the day and will host various events during weekends and evenings. All public events are free and take place at the Sheridan School playground.
Public Events in April Include:
To Be Announced An Introductory curator's talk on Walker on Wheels
Friday 4/14 Walker on Wheels arrives at Sheridan School
Saturday 4/15 Open House/Drop-in Art Lab, 12-4pm
Sunday 4/16 Open House/Drop-in Art Lab, 12-4pm
Thursday 4/20 Sheridan School's Annual Science Fair, 6-8pm
Monday 4/17 Sheridan Student Art Exhibit opens (4/17-5/8)
Saturday 4/29 Recycle For Art: A Neighborhood Clean-up Art Lab
To Be Announced Design Discussions with Walker Design Director Andrew Blauvelt, and Blu Dot Design.
For more information about Walker on Wheels, call 612/375-5812 or visit www.walkerart.org/pew/wow/.
Major support for Walker on Wheels is provided by the Medtronic Foundation.
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BLOCK CLUB LEADERS GIVE FEEDBACK
by Andy Nederveld
On February 15th, the SNO Housing and Safety Committee invited Block Club Leaders to share ideas and to provide feedback regarding ways in which the neighborhood can support their efforts.
After hearing from CCP/SAFE representatives Karen Abrahamson and Officer Cheri Peterson, participants conducted brainstorming sessions over homemade treats. Leaders identified projects on which they would like to work. The most popular items were: 1) greening the neighborhood, 2) crime alerting and prevention, 3) holding social gatherings and events, and 4) welcoming new residents.
The remainder of the meeting was devoted to sharing past successes and working on strategies to help block clubs accomplish their goals. Highlights included a discussion of the Block Connections program, which provides grants to blocks that team up to plant community gardens and beautify alleys and
streetscapes. Block Club Leaders also reported that they would like welcome packages provided by the neighborhood to present to new residents. Materials would include coupons from local merchants and information about home improvement programs, voter registration, healthcare, schools, Bottineau Library, neighborhood meetings and more.
The Housing and Safety Committee will be using the information gathered to work on new ways Sheridan can support block clubs in the coming months.
Thank you to all who participated!
COPS ON BIKES RETURN TO SHERIDAN
By Andy Nederveld
Years ago, Sheridan pioneered the Cops on Bikes program which brought regular patrols of officers from the Second Precinct peddling throughout our neighborhood. At its February 28 meeting, the SNO Board of Directors voted to bring the patrols back for at least two years.
Through a partnership with the Bottineau Neighborhood Association (BNA), both Sheridan and Bottineau will see the patrols resume this spring, with SNO funding the 2000 program, and BCA picking up the tab in 2001. The approximately $9,600 price tag for 2000 will be funded by an existing budget set aside to implement the neighborhood's crime and safety initiatives.
Objectives of Cops on Bikes include increasing personal interaction between residents and officers, enhancing current crime prevention and suppression activities, and providing a strong, visible message that Sheridan is serious about keeping our neighborhood safe.
SNO expects the officers to hit the streets in mid-May and patrol three four-hour shifts weekly through the middle of September. Coordinators from both Sheridan and Bottineau will work with the Second Precinct, SNO, and BCA to manage scheduling issues and routes.
Sheridan still needs three additional volunteers to serve as neighborhood contacts. The officer on patrol will check-in regularly with neighborhood contacts to keep abreast of issues of which he/she should be aware. If you would like to be considered, please call the SNO office at 379-0728.
March 23: SNO Events Committee Meeting, 8 p.m. at Dusty's 1319 N.E. Marshall Street
Agenda: SNO Ball: Recap and Round-up
Future Events: Timeline and Tasks
For more information, call Trish 612/379-4743
March 24-26 "Wry Designs" Hand-cut collages at the Frank Stone Gallery
March 27 - Catalog Ad reservation deadline for Art-A-Whirl
March 31 - Ad copy and artwork submission deadline for catalog for Art-A-Whirl
March 31-April 2 Color Photography by Bruce and Tamy Leventhal
Pottery by Glenn Allenspach Frank Stone
April 1 - Last day for artists to register to get in catalog for Art-A-Whirl
April 5 Guild of Oriental Dance Festival at the Cassandra School of Belly Dance, 1940 Hennepin Avenue, 3rd Floor 9 p.m. Free will donation 612/872-6050
April 14-16 "The Cousins" Black and white photography by David Bowman
Sculpture by Mary Bowman Frank Stone Gallery
April 24 SNO ANNUAL MEETING Northeast Bank 7 p.m.
April 28-30 Abstract Paintings by Phyllis Wiener
Glass, Brass, and Copper Functional Art by Frank Stone
Frank Stone Gallery
May 3 Guild of Oriental Dance Festival at the Cassandra School of Belly Dance, 1940 Hennepin Avenue, 3rd Floor 9 p.m. Free will donation 612/872-6050
May 19,20,21 - Art-A-Whirl
Frank Stone Gallery Hours: Opening Receptions: Fridays 4-10 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 noon - 5 p.m.