3rd Avenue S. Reconstruction Project Update

3rd Ave S Construction notice letter 05.27.16

Proposed Ordinance Change to Allow Intentional Communities — Info Session on 5/31

Info Session #1: May 31st at 6:30 pm at the Minneapolis Central Library


Link to Intentional Community FAQs


***E-mail From Council Member Cam Gordon to Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations**

Dear Neighborhood Leader,

I am writing to let you know that there will be an informational public meeting about an ordinance I am working on that would allow Intentional Communities to share housing in Minneapolis.  The current Minneapolis zoning code prohibits more than 3 unrelated adults from living together in low-density areas, and more than 5 unrelated adults from living together in higher-density areas.  This has been preventing some groups and families of people not related by blood or marriage, who want to be able to legally share housing and live as a functional family, from sharing housing.  The proposal I have authored with the help of the Minneapolis Coalition for Intentional Communities would allow intentional communities to register with the City, and legally share housing similar to a traditional family.

I am attaching a document about the ordinance with more information so you can read a little bit more about the proposal. Let me know if you would like to see the draft ordinance language as well and I can send that in a separate email.

The first informational meeting I have planned about this will be held on Tuesday, May 31, from 6:30-8:30pmat the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, in the Doty Boardroom.  The meeting will include a presentation and plenty of time for questions.

If it would be helpful for me to attend a meeting in your neighborhood about this ordinance proposal, I am happy to do so.  Please email Nancy in my office at nancy.olsen@minneapolismn.gov with a date, time and location, or call my office at 673-2202.  That’s also the number to call if you have any questions.

Intentional Community FAQs



Cam Gordon

Minneapolis City Council Member, Second Ward

673-2202, 296-0579







3rd Avenue Construction to Begin on May 24th

3rd Ave S Construction notice letter 05.06.16

205 Park Ave S Development Priorities — Q & A with Council Member Frey on 5/16 @ 5:45 pm

The City has issued a request for development proposals (RFP) for 205 Park Ave. S in the Mill District. Council Member Frey will address the development preference in this RFP and how development proposals will ultimately be evaluated and selected.

Community Meeting on 205 Park Ave S.  Development Priorities

Monday, May 16th — 5:45 pm at the Guthrie


205 Park Ave. S RFP

DMNA 205 Park RFP Response Letter — 4.20.16

DMNA Community Survey on 205 Park Ave S




3rd Avenue Redesign
City council will vote on this issue this Friday (4/15/16).
Next Steps/Recommendation:
Consensus among committee members in attendance that the DMNA should not change its opinion from the initial letter, which supported the three lane configuration with additional greening.
11th Avenue Bike Lane 
CPED Transportation Planner, Simon Blenksi, presented a revised plan for the proposed 11th Avenue protected bike lane. The revised plan responded to committee feedback that the initial plan (presented in February) eliminated too many parking spaces along Gold Medal Park.  The revised plan eliminates fewer parking spots while maintaining a consistent protected bike lane.  (Refer to the presentation for the impact on parking.)
Next Steps/Recommendation: The DMNA Land Use Committee will recommend that the DMNA Board approve this letter of support [11th Avenue Protected Bike Lane – DRAFT – DMNA Letter of Support 4.11.16] at the 4.18.16 Board Meeting.
Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction
CPED will go to City Council for “Concept Approval” in June. Project details will be fleshed out in 2017-18, Community engagement will continue. DMNA has partnered with Mpls Bike to circulate this survey until 4.15.16
Next steps/recommendation:  DMNA has partnered with Mpls Bike to circulate this survey until 4.15.16. Committee will review/summarize survey results and make a recommendation if appropriate.
Nicollet Hotel Block 
United presented plans for the Nicollet Hotel Block. Presentation was considered informational.
Next steps/recommendation:  The committee will continue to track the project and invite the developer to return as plans evolve. As a hotel partner has not been finalized (but may be soon), the designs may change.  United Properties has fulfilled its formal obligation to inform neighborhood. However, the DMNA will request follow-up as the project progresses.
– Waiting for presentation from developer.

Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction Survey – Open Until 4/15

Shape The Future of Hennepin Avenue

The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct Hennepin Avenue through the downtown corridor. Poor pavement conditions require that the street be entirely removed and rebuilt. This presents the opportunity to improve the sidewalk environment, transit shelters, bicycle protection and much more.
Construction will be in 2020 with some preparatory work in 2019. However, Public Works is already working on rough designs. An application for federal transportation funding is due this year and it requires details on how the space will be shared.

Take the 10-15 minute survey to ensure a meaningful design process, one that reflects the values of the city. The survey invites you to think of Hennepin as a place, not just as a road. How could Hennepin serve your needs as well as be a place that you want to linger?

This survey is partnership between the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, streets.mn, Minneapolis Pedestrian Alliance & The DMNA.

3rd Avenue Redesign — Resources & Background

3rd Avenue Redesign – Updated 4.11.16

The City is planning for the scheduled redesign of 3rd Avenue South.  An initial proposal received a letter of support from the DMNA in January 2016.  The DMNA supported the original redesign plan that reduced traffic to three lanes south of 7th Street. This plan includes protected bike-ways, retains the green medians as well as in incorporates planters to separate portions of the bike lane from traffic. In response to concerns from commercial property owners and businesses along the corridor, Public Works developed an alternative plan that retains 4-lanes of traffic.  The revised plan still includes protected bike lanes but eliminates the existing green medians and other proposed plantings.

The full City Council will vote on the issue at its meeting on 4.15.16.



City of Minneapolis Project Home Page

Original Proposal

Revised Proposal

Position Statement from Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

Position Statement from Hines, Ameriprise, NRG Energy Center, 333 S. 7th, Campbell Mithun, & Capella Tower

DMNA’s January letter of support (prior to proposed revision): 3rd Ave Redesign – DMNA Letter of Support Final 1.19.16

3rd Ave S Traffic Ops Analysis Summary_011916

In The News





Monday, April 25th | 6:00 pm | North Central University Trask Worship Center (1400 Elliot Ave S.)
Dear People and Organizations of Elliot Park and Downtown East and the DMNA,

The leadership of the East Downtown Council invites you to attend a special multi-organizational meeting on Monday, April 25, 6pmat North Central University’s Trask Worship Center located at 1400 Elliot Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. This meeting will provide an overview of the multi-year district branding process, present a distilled slate of three potential names for our district, and solicit feedback from the audience. The featured presenter of the meeting will be Kelly O’Keefe, Professor, Creative Brand Management at Virginia Commonwealth University, a national voice who has worked on brand initiatives with cities, universities, businesses, non-profits, and neighborhoods.

Still wondering what this initiative is all about? There has been a great deal of media coverage on our initiative with the Star Tribune providing the following concise statement of intent:

“With so many different uses popping up at once, developers and community leaders are left wondering whether this is becoming a tourism district or an up-and-coming residential neighborhood, a place to relax and recreate or a place for diverse-income housing and human services. The East Downtown Council says that it can be all, but that a larger umbrella name is needed to describe the district so that one portion of it doesn’t hijack the identity or fall short of capturing all that it offers.”

There is on street and ramp parking near NCU’s Trask Worship Center. Thank you for your passion for East Downtown our district and all that our businesses and neighborhoods do to create a vital community amidst unprecedented period of growth.

East Downtown Council Board of Directors

Upcoming Mill District Development — 4/13 (April DMNA Land Use Meeting — Special Session)

Wed, 4/13 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Mill City Museum ADM Room
(Floor 6, 710 2nd Street S entrance)

205 Park Avenue South, a city-owned lot in the Mill District of Downtown Minneapolis, currently serves as a surface parking lot as well as provides some green space. In 2016, the City of Minneapolis will solicit development proposals for the site. Through a competitive review process, the City will sell the land and development rights to a developer based on the uses and merits of their proposed development. The City will present its development priorities for this site to the neighborhood.

The DMNA Land Use Committee circulated a survey to ask the neighborhood about their priorities for the site.  Here’s a summary of what folks had to say.


Shamrock Development has proposed a 14-story, 375-unit condo building on the edge of the Mill District on 2nd St. & 12th Ave. Preliminary plans were presented to the DMNA Land Use Committee in February. Shamrock will now present revised designs based on the feedback from the DMNA and Planning Commission’s Committee of the Whole.
Minneapolis CPED Staff Report (3.17.16)
The Graves and Kharbandas have proposed a 150 room hotel + 150 luxury apartments on the corner of Washington Ave. & Chicago Ave.

Nicollet Hotel Block + Hennepin Ave Reconstruction Public Meeting (4/5)

April DMNA Land Use Committee

Monday, April 5th | 6:00 pm | New Century Theatre (City Center)

As we expect higher than usual attendance, please RSVP through this link so organizers may plan accordingly.
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Provide input on Downtown’s next landmark project
With new hotel and residential partners in place, United Properties will bring their new designs for the Nicollet Hotel Block redevelopment before the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association prior to moving forward with final City approval and land purchase.

United Properties won development rights for the former Nicollet Hotel site (bounded by Washignton Ave, Nicollet Mall, Hennepin Ave & 3rd St) through a competitive RFP process. Site challenges and hotel/residential partnership changes forced adjustments to the initial design. With a new architect and development partners in place, United will be ready to unveil revised designs in early April.

In the news: http://www.startribune.com/united-properties-changes-plans-for-tower-on-nicollet-hotel-block-brings-in-new-partners/364145271/

Provide early input on reconstruction design concepts
Hennepin Avenue is scheduled for complete reconstruction between Washington Ave. & 12th Street in 2020. To secure funding for the project, Public Works has begun early planning and public engagement. The City will present initial design concepts to the DMNA Land Use Committee. (A first round of public meetings were held in February. Additional public engagement on design details will occur through 2017.)

Project website: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/future/WCMSP-172270
In the news: http://finance-commerce.com/2016/02/hennepin-avenue-overhaul-planned-for-2020/

The adopted 2016 City budget includes funding for protected bikeways. This includes a proposed protected bike lane on 11th Ave S between 6th St S and West River Pkwy. After a February presentation from City staff, the DMNA Land Use Committee requested that City explore alternative designs that would preserve parking along Gold Medal Park. Project staff will present an update.

Project website: