Sheridan Neighborhood NRP Phase II Participation Agreement

Prepared by the Sheridan Neighborhood NRP Committee

 

Neighborhood Description

The Sheridan Neighborhood is located in the Northeast Community of Minneapolis. The borders of the neighborhood are defined as the Mississippi River on the west, Washington Street NE on the east, NE Broadway on the south, and 17th Ave NE on the north. The northern border of the neighborhood jogs up to 18th Avenue NE for a small area on the west corner of the neighborhood. The neighborhood had just over 2, 700 residents at the time of the 2000 census.

The neighborhood has seen a number of changes since the completion of its first Phase NRP Plan in 1996. One notable change is the strong growth in the local arts community. This began with the Art-A-Whirl event in 1995. Sheridan now is part of the Minneapolis Arts district, an honor it shares with three other neighborhoods in Northeast Minneapolis.

Many residents believe that the neighborhood feels more stable today than it did ten years ago, and certainly this is reflected in much higher home values and in a new interest in the neighborhood’s historic houses as assets rather than liabilities. There is also a new neighborhood group, Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO). SNO has emphasized community-building events like the SNO Ball and the SNO Big Deal, and other forms of positive volunteerism.

The neighborhood is now considered a desirable place to live. This is in part due to the growing art scene, with small galleries all along the 13th Avenue business corridor. The neighborhood has also seen growth in its business climate, with many more small and thriving businesses in the neighborhood than there were previously.

The neighborhood is also becoming more diverse, with an increase particularly in its Latino population. Spanish can now be heard spoken on the streets of Sheridan, joining the neighborhood’s traditional languages of English and Polish.

The neighborhood, once the only neighborhood in the city without park space, now has a park, a small undeveloped green area on the bank of the Mississippi River where a foundry formerly stood.

Census Information

Between the 1990 and 2000 census, Sheridan’s percentage of owner-occupied housing units increased nearly 10 %, from 38.55% to 44.66%. The current rate is still less than the city average of 51.37%. Sheridan continues to have a population slightly older than the city average, though not as old as it was in 1990 (households with residents 65 and older decreased from 24% to 18%. The city average is just under 16%). Every age group in Sheridan lost population between 1990 and 2000 (both in real numbers and %’s) except age 10-19 and age 35-54. Sheridan’s percentage of households with children is similar to the city average.

Forty percent of Sheridan’s households consist of a single person, which is also about the city average. Sheridan’s population of residents identifying themselves as "White" decreased from 90% in 1990 to 81% in 2000. The percentage of Sheridan’s residents who identified themselves as Hispanic increased from just over 2% in 1990 to 11.67% in 2000. This is a higher average than the city average. Today, over 10% of the neighborhood’s population is Hispanic.

The NRP Steering Committee

The Sheridan Neighborhood Phase II NRP plan will be developed and written by the Sheridan NRP Steering Committee. This Steering Committee will be a subcommittee of the SNO Board. The Board will approve the plan and sign off on all major steps in the process. The SNO Board will also approve spending by the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will be composed of from five to eight members. Members will fill out a short application form and be approved by the SNO Board at a SNO Board meeting. The application will ask committee applicants what interests in the neighborhood they represent, and what their Sheridan connection is. Only SNO members will be eligible to be Steering Committee members. SNO members must live in the Sheridan neighborhood, or own a business or property in Sheridan.

Other community members will be welcome to attend NRP Steering Committee meetings, but only Steering Committee members will be able to take official votes.

Although it is impossible for the membership of the Steering Committee to incorporate all the varied interests in the neighborhood, the Steering Committee will work hard to involve and reach out to all these interests. In particular it will seek out the viewpoints of usually underrepresented neighbors, such as renters and neighbors for whom English is a second language.

Each year, the SNO Board will reappoint the members of the Steering Committee. At all times, at least one member of the SNO Board shall serve on the NRP Steering Committee. The Steering Committee shall make regular monthly reports at SNO Board meetings.

SNO is an all-volunteer organization, so the partnerships developed by the Steering Committee will be essential for developing the Sheridan Phase II NRP Plan. Partners will include the Housing Resource Center, Eastside Neighborhood Services, Northeast Community Health Program, MEND, NRP and staff from CPED. Connecting with other nearby neighborhoods will also be essential.

Outreach

In order to find out what the neighborhood needs, the Steering Committee will engage in outreach activity. One of the first sources of wisdom to tap into will be the existing organizations that serve the neighborhood. These organizations will include the groups listed above but will also include churches, block clubs, and other gatherings of neighbors. For example, the committee could reach out to some of the senior gatherings at Eastside Neighborhood Services to get a senior perspective, or existing business associations to get input from businesses. Other opportunities for outreach include the meetings of Grain Belt building business tenants and the NE Chamber of Commerce. The Committee will also use existing events, like the First Thursday arts event. The committee can also investigate the work of other neighborhood groups on overlapping areas, both geographic and of interest. One way to get input from youth might be to pursue making a presentation at a class in one of the neighborhood's schools to introduce students to the NRP process and ask them what needs they feel should be addressed. Schools in the neighborhood include Holland Community School, New City School, Pope John Paul II Catholic school, and Sheridan Global Arts school. Other venues for reaching out include the Pierre Bottineau Library and the SNO Office on 2nd Street. These outreach activities will drive the plan that the Steering Committee will develop.

In order to reach neighbors for whom English is a second language, SNO will use the neighborhood’s Community Health Program outreach worker and Eastside Neighborhood Services as resources.

Some nontraditional way to reach out to residents include picture-based surveys, and a way for people to write out ideas and slip them directly into the SNO Office through a mail slot. Web surveys and video surveys, with a camera set up at different events, can be used to gather targeted interviews. An additional question to ask people is who do they talk to when they need a problem addressed. This would be a way to identify new community leadership. In order to draw people to use a web-based survey, business cards with survey information could be left at the computer tables in the library.

To provide the neighborhood with information, the Steering Committee will utilize the neighborhood kiosk (sign board) and office windows to place notices, the SNO web site and SNO Board meetings, occasional ads or inserts in the Northeaster newspaper, special publications, and appearances and announcements at other neighborhood meetings and gatherings.

 

Developing the Plan

The major steps in developing the Phase II NRP plan include:

1. Constitute the Steering Committee.

2. Establish a Steering Committee brother/sister relationship with a neighborhood group that has already done its Phase II plan.

3. Review Phase I outcomes and neighborhood surveys

4. Review other plans affecting the neighborhood. This would include the Upper River Master Plan, the Marshall Street Plan, the Arts Action Plan and the City Master Plan. The Committee will write summaries of how these plans affect the neighborhood.

5. Reach-out to the neighborhood to find what the issues are today. Such efforts may include a Phase II Kickoff event. This would also be an appropriate venue to release the summaries of the other plans.

6. Use time at SNO meetings to talk about specific issues and get input.

7. Host charettes or smaller planning meetings to develop ideas about different issue areas.

8. Have a midterm meeting and/or confidence vote on the initial ideas and information gathered.

9. Develop and write the plan.

10. Build into each step of the plan development process the search for alternative funding and funding partners.

11. Present the plan to neighbors via the web site, the office window, a postcard or summary mailed out or in the Northeaster and so forth.

12. Ratify the plan at a neighborhood meeting. Bring the ratified plan to the SNO Board for approval.

The Sheridan NRP Steering Committee will have the responsibility for carrying out the steps of this process. The final plan will be approval by the SNO Board.

Government and other partners will be involved at various times along the process to be sure to get their opinion and buy-in. This includes NRP staff, Public Works, CPED, the Park and Library Board and staff, Minneapolis School Board and staff, Hennepin County, staff at the Housing Resource Center and others.

The SNO Board will oversee the implementation of the NRP Phase II Plan. Most likely an NRP Committee will work on this with the Board.

Proposed Timeline

What follows is a proposed timetable for developing this plan:

Starting up Steering Committee – fall 2004

Initial outreach (ideas) – early 2005

Planning (outreach) – fall 2005

Plan writing – winter 2005-6

Plan approved – spring 2006

The Plan

The Sheridan NRP Steering Committee will draft the plan. It will be distributed through the SNO web site, summarized in the Northeaster and perhaps on a mailing. Full copies of the plan will be available at the Pierre Bottineau library, Eastside Neighborhood Services, the SNO office, neighborhood churches, and at the offices of other outreach partners.

A Community Vote on the plan will be taken at an open meeting, either at the SNO Annual Meeting or at a meeting dedicated to summarizing the plan and addressing questions.

The SNO Board will approve the plan after this vote. Prior to the community vote, the board may direct any changes or suggestions.

Grievance procedure

SNO will consider complaints about the Phase II planning process itself, but not about an undesired outcome (eg: strategy, funding decision, etc.) of that process. The grievance procedure for complaints about the Phase II planning process will be as follows.

A written complaint regarding the SNO NRP Committee may be submitted to any SNO Board Member and shall be considered at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors, or no later than the second regular Board meeting following receipt of the grievance. The secretary shall provide the Board's written response to the complainant within ten business days of the meeting at which the complaint is considered.

If this process does not adequately settle the matter, a grievance may then be filed with the NRP Policy Board.

Resources

Web hosting $500 (2 years at $250/year)

Office $6,000 (24 months at $250/month)

Office supplies $1,000

Advertising $1,500

Printing and postage $1,000

Other outreach and events costs $500

Translators $250

Childcare $250

Meeting facilitators $1,000

We estimate that the development of the plan will cost $12,000.