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The Neighborhood celebration RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17

The Neighborhood celebration has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17 due to weather concerns.

Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 52 years as a neighborhood, and once again we will celebrate with an event for friends and family at McRae Park. Our annual spring neighborhood celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. at McRae Park.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be activities at the park, including a variety of musical entertainers, games of chance, face painting, kids games, and of course, ice cream and fabulous food. Food truck vendors will be on hand serving a variety of treats. There will be plenty of food choices for everyone!

On stage, we have a program of family-friendly live music and dancers. Join us on Saturday, June 17 to celebrate with your neighbors!

Keep track of the event by visiting www.frnng.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. This event will take place on this date – rain or shine. We will provide alternate location in case of rain on June 17.

Social Media Coordinator advertisement

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) is seeking a temporary social media coordinator to help promote neighborhood events and information social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) and our web page. This contract position is funded for three months. This person or group should be able to help develop existing content from our print newsletter and new content from other sources to effectively communicate with residents and business online. Coordination between the FRNNG webpage and social media will be important.

Applicants should have experience with Facebook and Twitter administration and communication strategies, as well as wordpress content editing and publishing. Please share examples of communication work on social media with your application in addition to a sample three month budget required for an average of 3-5 social media posts every week.

Send your application to communications@frnng.org by May 18th with Social Media Position in the subject line. A committee has been formed to review the applicants and will award the project no later than May 25thst.

4700 Cedar Ave Development presentation – Wednesday 2/15

In February the development group who is working on re-developing the abandoned gas station on the 4700 block of Cedar ave re-submitted their design to the Minneapolis planning commission for review after their initial proposal was tabled pending revisions. A diagram of the plan is shown here overlaid on the existing property. On Wednesday, February 15th the Architect in charge of designing the proposed redevelopment of 4700 Cedar will attend the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood meeting to discuss the site plan and neighborhood concerns. The Presentation will take place at 6:30 at the beginning of the regularly scheduled monthly board meeting.

The meeting will take place  at the Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church on the main level. The address is 1620 E 46th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. For more information please contact the office at (612) 721-5424

NRP Phase II Plan adjustment

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG)  Board of Directors voted on November 16, 2016 to add the following language and dollars to its NRP Phase II Plan Education Strategy 4.1.A.1 “Arts in the Community Project”.  Add the language, “Program will also include other community building, arts education strategies such as; Visual, Performing, and Multi-Media arts programs.”  FRNNG Board plans to allocate $10,000.00 to this strategy for future programs.

For questions or comments please email frnng@frnng.org

46th Street repaving to begin September 29

This press release was provided by Hennepin County 

Starting Thursday, September 29, Hennepin County will begin repaving 46th street (County Road 46) between Lyndale and Cedar avenues. Crews have been active in the area prior to this date doing prep work.

The milling operations, or pavement removal, will be the first major activity. It will start on the west end of the project area and move east. In total, work is expected to last two weeks, but the schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this work, but will be diverted to either side of the roadway depending on where the construction activity is occurring. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please slow down as you travel through this area.

Thank you for your patience.

Creating safer lane configurations

Crews will begin by removing the top layer of pavement from one side of the roadway at a time. Next, they will lay fresh pavement, let it cure and then apply fresh paint markings.

When the new paint is applied, it will create a newly configured roadway to improve the safety and experience for all road users.

East of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will be changed to a three lane configuration with one traffic lane in each direction and a shared center turn lane. Bike lanes will be added on both sides and on-street parking will be removed.

West of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will retain two lanes with one lane in each direction. Bike lanes will be added in both directions and parking on the south side of the road will be removed.

Benefits of the new configuration include:

  • Narrowed lanes for vehicles to encourage safer speeds
  • Dedicated lanes for bicyclists
  • Pedestrian buffer space from motorized traffic provided by the bike lanes
  • Improved striping to help travelers navigate the roadway safely
  • Improved traffic flow from the center lane moving turning vehicles out of the way
  • Greatly reduced number of conflicts from vehicles maneuvering around turning traffic

Planners and engineers expect the new design will decrease conflicts and potential crashes by half.

Based on community input

The final design of this project was based heavily on input from area communities, residents and stakeholders. Many expressed an interest in creating a safer and more pleasant experience for all road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

A working group studied transportation issues in this area and considered possible measures that could be implemented with the paving project. The group consisted of representatives from the Field Regina Northup, Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhood associations, as well as city and county staff. Local businesses and property owners were also engaged in this process. An informational open house was held in 2015 to gather input and help guide the planning of the project.

Thank you to all who contributed to this process!

Contact Hennepin County

Learn more about the project at www.hennepin.us/46street 

Contact:

Bob Byers, P.E.
Project engineer
robert.byers@hennepin.us
612-596-0354

See active projects on our interactive road construction map.

Learn more about how transportation is connecting people to places.

A Night on 48th

 

A Night on 48th is back for the eighth year on Saturday, November 5th, at Turtle Bread Company from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include appetizers, live music, a wine raffle ticket and cash bar. Space in Turtle Bread is limited; tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis so buy yours today using the form below!

 


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If you’ve been to this special event in previous years, you know the evening is packed and offers the chance to celebrate our neighborhood with friends. As in previous years, there are plenty of great prizes to be won and great deals to be had at the silent auction. All items are generously donated by local businesses. This is a singular opportunity to shop locally while having the proceeds directly benefit your neighborhood at the same time!

Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga keep the party going with a seemingly endless supply of pizza and appetizers, and have a bartender on hand serving beer and wine at the cash bar. This year the music will be provided by AKOUO who describe their sound as “a collage of musical genres.” They will be providing their unique jazz background tunes throughout the night.

The Night on 48th event is a major fundraiser to support FRNNG and all the work being done to help keep our community safe, connected, beautiful, and engaged. The event is also a way to express thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year during various events and projects that make our neighborhood a great place to live, work, and play.

In addition to the generous businesses who have donated to the silent auction, we thank this year’s sponsors who have already made this year’s Night on 48th a big success, even before the first guest has entered the door!

We look forward to seeing you on November 5th!

Open Streets Coming to Chicago Avenue in 2017?

By Chris Schommer & Stearline Rucker

FRNNG, in coordination with our neighbors to the north and south, is working on developing an Open Streets event along Chicago Avenue for 2017.

These popular city events close off the street from vehicle traffic on a Sunday and let people use the street however they like. There are events held up and down the street and FRNNG is tentatively planning to combine our annual celebration with Open Streets next summer.

If you would like to see this happen, we need your support! While the Open Streets personnel are well practiced with running an Open Streets event and will be able to provide volunteers on the day of the event, the vast majority of planning is done by neighborhood organizations
and volunteers. If you are available to help make this vision a reality and bring an Open Streets event to Chicago Avenue, please contact the office at (612) 721-5424 or frnng@frnng.org.

Utility-Box Artwork Project Continues

By Lindsey Feiner, co-chair, Greening Committee

The greening committee has continued with the utility-box wrap project this winter and spring, gathering many images created by artists in the neighborhood.

Phase 1 – Completed Fall 2015
• Minnehaha Pkwy. & Cedar, NW corner
• 46th St. & Park Ave,. NW corner
• 46th St. & 4th Ave., NW cornerPhase 2 – Due to be completed
Spring 2016
• Minnehaha Pkwy. & Chicago, SW corner
• Minnehaha Pkwy. & Portland, SE corner
• 48th St. & Chicago
• 46th St. & Chicago Ave., NE corner
• Minnehaha Pkwy. & Bloomington, NE
corner

Phase 3 – Due to be completed
Fall 2016
• 46th St. & Portland Ave., NW corner
• 42nd St. & Park Ave., NE corner
• 42nd St. & Portland Ave., SE corner
• 47th St. & Portland Ave., NE corner

The project has been moving forward in phases. The first three boxes were completed in fall 2015, and the second phase will begin in spring 2016. Five boxes wrapped in mainly nature-themed art should be completed in June and July of 2016. This art consists of mainly of photography and painting.

In fall 2016, the project will conclude with four boxes on Portland and Park Avenues. The theme for these boxes will be the diversity, history, and people of FRN. We are still accepting artwork that fits into this theme.

Box Wrap InstallationBy the time you see the artwork on the utility boxes along the parkway and Chicago Avenue, it will have been through two city committee reviews! The application process started in April with determining box eligibility (only certain utility boxes can be wrapped). That step was followed by the review of the artwork by the Public Art Advisory Panel and the Arts Commission. Once those entities sign off, the greening committee applies for an encroachment permit for each box and a local vendor wraps the boxes.

Any local artists interested in learning more about our utility-wrap project for the fall 2016 phase can apply by emailing greening@frnng.org. Please tell us about your artwork and how it relates to the themes of diversity, history, and the people of our neighborhood. Artists will be compensated with a small stipend.

Meeting Addresses Problem Properties

By Mike Lyon, South Northrop Representative

During the meeting on February 22 that was convened to discuss an increase in burglaries in our area, a number of people mentioned a related topic: vacant and problem houses. To address this concern, a meeting was held at McRae Park on Monday, April 4. Chair of the community and safety committee, Ben Elliott, conducted the meeting.

Problem properties and vacant houses

Photo by Tony Webster / CC

Photo by Tony Webster / CC

Of the three or four problem properties in FRN that were mentioned at the meeting, the most notable is the property at 4640 Portland Avenue, referred to as “The Pink House,” which has been vacant since 2009.

The property has changed ownership between the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County since 2009, but was never sold to the public. The city of Minneapolis, current owner of the property, made it available for purchase in mid-January 2016 through a new city program: Vacant Housing Recycling Program. An offer by a well-regarded developer is currently pending approval by the Minneapolis city council and is expected to be finalized in August. If the developer withdraws the purchase offer, the city has committed to raze the house with backed support from council members from the 8th and 11th wards and the FRN board. Once razed, the lot will become available for purchase.

A problem for years

Neighbors have called 911 since 2009 to report suspected illegal activities in the vacant property at 4640 Portland. Because of incomplete information by concerned residents and inaccurate data by 911 personnel, concerns about the property were never flagged as a “problem property” by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

A number of neighbors who attended the April 4 meeting expressed vehement frustration with the situation. A common theme of the night was the willingness of concerned neighbors to continue to monitor and report suspicious activity but they want and expect a response, along with ongoing feedback from the MPD.

Solutions and suggestions

Some solutions to the issue of problem properties were offered by officials and neighborhood board representatives who attended the April 4th meeting. A supervisor from 911 presented information on the correct way to report information. See this website for more information: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/911/ tipsforcalling

The neighborhood community and safety committee will continue to help residents of FRN voice their concerns to MPD’s crime prevention specialist and the MPD in general at monthly committee meetings and through other means of communication. The goal of the community and safety committee is to act as a liaison between the residents of FRN and the MPD when elevated issues are identified. Also, an established block club that is connected to the crime prevention specialist can enact an effective plan for solving an issue such as a “problem property.”

Senior project coordinator from the residential and real estate finance division of the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development department (CPED), Roxanne Young Kimball, will be presenting the city council with the recommendation to approve the sale of 4640 Portland on May 13th.

If you would like to know the current status of a vacant property, please contact Roxanne Young Kimball at Roxanne. Kimball@minneapolismn.gov or the neighborhood housing committee at housing@frnng.org. If there is a problem property on your block, you may contact the community and safety committee at communityandsafety@frnng.org.

4 Questions with Dwight Gronlund of Nokomis Cycle

By Adam Webster, Member, Communications Committee

Note: On January 6th, we shared a great story on our Facebook page featuring Dwight Gronlund, as a Secret Santa, surprising a customer with a new bike. Since then, that story has now been shared by others more than 3,700 times! We thought it would be a good time to check in with Dwight for this issue’s 4 Questions column. View the original story on Facebook.

Nokomis Cycle

Dwight Gronlund in his shop, Nokomis Cycle, on 46th Street and Bloomington Avenue.

Are you a former professional cyclist? What led you to open a bike shop in the first place

Actually, I’m a former architectural draftsman (and bike commuter) who was looking for a career change in the early 1990s. I’d always enjoyed riding my bike, and so I sought more experience in bike repair at places like Freewheel and REI. I learned about the business side through courses at Normandale College and a friendly internship with a small shop over in southwest Minneapolis. After that, I looked for an area of the city that didn’t already have a bike shop. I’ve been at this location ever since.

Looks like you’ve been in Northrop since 1994. What’s changed in the years since you set up shop?

It was pretty quiet at Bloomington and 46th back then. When I got here, only Overcraft Printing and Don’s Barber Shop were here. Two months after I opened Nokomis Cycle, a stylist shop opened next door, and a version of that has been operating there ever since. In 1997, Sisters’ Sludge opened up on the corner, helping pave the way for more foot traffic at the intersection. And since one of those sisters became my wife (we first met in the trash-collection area in the alley), I’d consider that a pretty important development for the neighborhood!

Minneapolis routinely shows up as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. How have you experienced this at your shop?

I’ve lived in Minnesota since 1968, and Minneapolis since 1984. I think both Minneapolis and Saint Paul are good for bicycling because they aren’t filled with “city,” so to speak. These urban areas still protect their lakes and rivers, and that means bicycling in the Twin Cities can happen on paths in nice areas removed from car traffic. Recent efforts by local government to expand bike access on arterial roads have helped, but that only works when there is a good reason for leisure biking in the first place. Bikes themselves have really changed in recent years, too. There is much more variety out there now, and it’s just easier to find a bike that meets every biker’s needs. I personally enjoy riding many different types of bicycles, and I have a few different ones to suit my mood.

What’s the biggest maintenance mistake bike owners make regularly?

People can forget that bikes are machines. Over time, every machine needs to be tuned up in order to deliver the experience you want. Chains need to be greased, tire inflation needs to be optimized and cables and brakes need to periodically be recalibrated, especially after our winters. As the snow melts, one of the simplest things bike owners can do is bring their bikes in for a once-over. A professional can spot issues quickly and in most cases can offer an immediate fix that will keep your gears from slipping all summer long.

4553 Bloomington Avenue South
www.nokomiscycle.com