DMNA Board Meeting on August 20, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Board meeting is on Monday, August 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Agenda – REVISED
Minutes from the June 18, Board Meeting
August 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
June Financial Report
July Financial Report
DMNA Letter of Support for Sherman Associates 7th and Portland project approved at the July 10, LUC meeting – Sherman Associates cancelled this project prior to presenting at the August 13, Planning Commission meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for Solhem OX-OP project approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 417 2nd Avenue N., Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 527 Marquette Avenue, Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 800 Washington Avenue RFP

DMNA 2018 Community Engagement Survey now available

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association is seeking input from people who live, work or own property in the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

In line with our mission to promote the common good and general welfare of the residents, property owners, businesses, and employees of Downtown Minneapolis, we are looking to you – the people we serve – for your ideas on how to prioritize our outreach strategies and community engagement activities to maximize resources.

The goal of this survey is to find out what YOU THINK makes a successful and livable community, as well as to find out what the best method is to communicate with you and to get you involved in our neighborhood organization.

We intend to collect responses and present the results at our Annual Meeting.  We will use the responses to chart our direction for 2019 and beyond.

Thank you for taking this survey!  We appreciate your input! Follow the link below to get started.  If you have any questions, or if you would like a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, please send an email to Please share the survey with your neighbors, downtown friends and co-workers.

DMNA Community Engagement Survey via SurveyMonkey

DMNA Community Engagement Survey – PDF copy to print – please submit via mail to:

40 S. 7th Street
Suite 212, PMB 172
Minneapolis, MN 55402

City receives four responses to 800 Washington Avenue RFP

Emily Stern, senior project coordinator with the City of Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED), reviewed the four proposals that the City received to the 800 Washington Avenue RFP at the August 6, DMNA Land Use Committee meeting.  This parcel is also known at the Liner Parcel, because it wraps the Guthrie Theater parking ramp.  The City received proposals from the following developers:

  1. AECOM – Mixed Use (Owner-occupied condos with ground floor retail)

    AECOM’s proposal is for an 8-story, mixed-use building. This project includes 80 owner-occupied condos, 18,000 square feet of office space for the American Academy of Neurology, and also have ground floor retail space. Total cost for the project? $65 million.  The building would feature open green spaces and a rooftop garden and the overall look would be much different than buildings in the surrounding area.

  2. Sherman Associates – Mixed Use

    Sherman Associate’s proposal is for a 10-story, mixed-use building. The first and second floor would still include a Pinstripes bowling alley, the third story would still be home to office space, space for the American Academy of Neurology, and the remaining floors above would be devoted to 112 apartments. 20 percent of the housing units proposed would be affordable units for those making less than 60% of the area’s median income.

  3. Oppidan Investment Company – Commercial

    Oppidan has submitted plans for a 6-8 story office building. They’re looking for a single company or multiple tenants that are willing to share a building.  An interesting aspect of this proposal is the fact that tenants within the project would have a say in the overall design of the building. Plans state that the upper floors would house office space with the American Academy of Neurology having the option to lease space within the building if desired. The ground floor would hold retail space.

  4. 45 North Group – Commercial

    45 North Group plans call for a five story commercial building. The ground floor would have retail space while the upper floors would be home to offices. The total project is expected to cost around $20 million.

City staff are favoring the AECOM and Sherman Associates projects, because they best reflect the requirements of the RFP.  At the August 21, Economic Development and Regulatory Services Committee, staff will likely recommend that the City extend development rights to AECOM.  However, if they are unable to come to terms with AECOM after a period of time, they will go back to the table with Sherman Associates.

Information regarding these proposals is available on the Development Tracker Website.

Joint Beats collaboration highlighted at annual National Night Out Kickoff event in downtown Minneapolis

NNO Kickoff event set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3-5 pm on Nicollet                             

MINNEAPOLIS (August 6, 2018) — The Mpls Downtown Improvement District will hold its annual National Night Out Kickoff event on Tuesday, August 7 from 3-5 pm at the DID Pop-Up Satellite Office outside Gaviidae Common (6th Street & Nicollet).

With Minneapolis being a national leader in the number of National Night Out neighborhood events hosted each year, the NNO Kickoff Event in downtown Minneapolis features games, treats and information about where you can find your neighborhood’s NNO event as well as overall community safety.

This year’s NNO Kickoff Event on Nicollet will feature:

  • Appearances by local law enforcement and public officials
  • Free treats and giveaways (ice cream, lemonade, popcorn and more)
  • Games (chess, connect4, bean bags, little kids waffle blocks, tic-ta-toe and more)
  • Live Street Show musical performances
  • Time/location list of NNO events in the City of Minneapolis on August 7
  • And more

Great visuals are available of community gathering together to play games and meet local officials during the NNO Kickoff event on Nicollet.

Joint Beats collaboration on display at National Night Out

National Night Out also brings members of the ongoing Joint Beats law enforcement collaboration led in partnership with the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District together to meet members of the community and interact while helping promote neighborhood safety.

Now in its 12th year, the Joint Beats program showcases collaboration between MPD, HCSO and Metro Transit Police Department that increases law enforcement visibility on the streets and helps enhance collaboration with street outreach teams—all in an effort to keep downtown safe during the summer months.

The 2018 Joint Beats program launched on Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. During that span, more beat officers are being placed in downtown’s core as a way to enhance real and perceived safety during the summer months. Below are highlights from the partnership’s leaders on the impact it has downtown.

“We strive to create a consistently compelling experience downtown—one that everyone who lives, works, plays and visits here can enjoy,” said Steve Cramer, president & ceo of the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District. “Partnerships with law enforcement agencies help make that possible through their visibility on the streets and their support of our other strategies like outreach and activations downtown.”

“Collaborative safety plans require collaboration—and Joint Beats is a perfect example of why that’s especially true of public safety efforts.” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “Every year, Joint Beats brings our law enforcement partners and the community together to help achieve the goal of keeping downtown safe and inviting for all.”

“The Joint Beats collaboration really highlights the importance of relationships between our law enforcement partners, as we collectively provide a visible presence downtown,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “I’d also like to recognize the tremendous contribution of social service ‘street outreach’ workers; everyone is working together to increase public safety for those who live, work and visit Downtown.”

“Downtown is the heart of this county, and the entire Metro area,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. “It needs to be safe and secure for residents and visitors.”

“Working together and collaborating with our fellow law enforcement agencies is something we at Metro Transit Police feel is very valuable to the community,” said Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington. “Keeping the visitors, riders and operators safe is our top priority, and the Joint Beats initiative is one that annually yields results doing that.”

The continued efforts this summer communicates a serious and shared focused on downtown safety, which is the foundation of any successful community. The Joint Beats program works in tandem with City of Minneapolis leadership, the downtown business community, and street outreach organizations to help meet the needs of all who live, work and play downtown.

About the mpls downtown council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009, after more than five years of formative planning and advocacy by the downtown business community, the Mpls DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area, as is the case with most Business Improvement Districts. For more information, visit


CM Fletcher seeks input from Ward 3 Businesses

Ward 3 Council Member Steve Fletcher is seeking to learn more about the businesses that operate in our community. If you are a business owner or manager, please take a few minutes to complete the survey via the link below.

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on August 6

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.


DMNA LUC Project Review Checklist – Draft

DMNA July 16 Board Meeting is Cancelled

The DMNA Board meeting scheduled for July 16, is cancelled.  The next meeting will take place on Monday, August 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

DMNA Land Use Committee meets on July 10

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

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Learn the ins and outs of doing business with the City on July 26, at Gandhi Mahal

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Opening Reception Wednesday, July 18, 5:00-8:00PM
Exhibition dates July 18 – September 30, 2018
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” showcasing local artists.   Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is an upbeat, humorous and inspirational ode to life and the places it takes us. For many, these ‘places’ are geographical locations. For some, these ‘places’ are not physical at all. Rather, they may be social, emotional, spiritual ‘rooms’ to which we retreat to rest and relax, ponder, ask questions or be inspired.  We invite you to come, be inspired, prodded, reminded, and encouraged just as Dr. Seuss encourages and inspires us in his book.

Jim Dryden (Painting and Sculpture)

Margaret Grill (Mixed Media Painting)

Kevin Peters (Painting)

Jane Weiss (Painting)

Sara Zhang (Pastels)

Opening reception only: Tia Keo (Jewelry)

At The Mill Yard opening reception our local chef Jessi Peine’s food truck, Peeps Hot Box, will be parked out front selling world street foods inspired by seasonal ingredients. Andrew Zimmern of Food Network said, “Peeps Hot Box is one of the best food trucks I’ve ever eaten at anywhere in the country.” All attendees will receive an Izzy Buck to help satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, the Misfits Coffee truck will be here too!




The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts

The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

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Jim Dryden

Jim Dryden, a native of North Dakota, is a painter and sculptor. His work frequently deals with themes of partnership, connectedness and intimacy. He is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, a founding member of Form + Content Gallery, and a member artist of Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

The pieces Jim has selected for The Mill Yard are specifically about time and place.

“From the autobiographical series Love|Hate, these paintings represent a timeline of the places I come from, have been to, and hope to go. A farm in North Dakota, a white, clapboard, country church, a pink sand beach on Lake Superior, a secluded fish pond, a new home still in the dream stages. These are the times and places that connect me to my past, future, family, and community.”

Jim’s art is represented in numerous collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Minnesota Tretter Collection, Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum.

Web site:


Instagram:  jimdryden

Twitter:  @jimdryden

Margaret Grill

Margaret Grill is a visual artist inspired by place, a sense of home, and landscape. She has worked as a visual artist for more than 10 years and exhibited with a diverse group of galleries and venues. In her own words she is

inspired by process, specifically the fluid, flexible, and messy process of painting. My initial inspiration is worked out through a repetitive progression of drawing, collage, and washes using water-soluble oils. Layering media allows me to illustrate complex ideas into a visual language. This process is then evident in my finished work, as the layers of paint appear in varying degrees of transparency, an effect that speaks to passing time, flux, and my hand as an artist. As a painter, I capture the change I see in the landscape, as I feel it allows me to better understand my place in the world. Change can be beautiful, exciting, unexpected and disconcerting.”

She has selected art for The Mill Yard with the hope it inspires viewers to observe their own landscapes and ask questions about the changes they see.

Web site:

Instagram: @mgrillpainting

Twitte:  @mgrillpainting

Kevin Peters

Kevin Peters Fine Art was born out of the conclusion that adding beauty to this world is indeed a worthwhile, venerable pursuit. Kevin began as a hobbyist landscape painter while living in southern Cambodia, but capturing what the eye sees and putting it on canvas quickly began to lose his interest. He wanted to begin “painting things not of this world…deeper things…things of the heart, soul, and, mind”. This desire, along with months of self-study, gave birth to Kevin’s signature abstract painting style. The Minneapolis-based artist has selected pieces for The Mill Yard that are created to represent the essence of the innermost “happy place,” sometimes called the soul.

“My hope is that each of these pieces fills you with a sense of tranquility and happiness, reminding you to take the time to go to your happy place… which may not be a literal place at all!”


Jane Weis

Jane Weis began her 25-year painting career with watercolor, then acrylic, and now oil and pastel. She has engaged in a range of artistic mediums including woodcut printing, designing and building furniture, cabinetmaking and museum archival framing. She considers herself a Midwestern regional artist and says, “much of my art is born from my affection for the rolling hills and deciduous trees of the Midwest.”  Jane loves to travel for the excitement of new food, people, enormous cities, small towns, landscapes, vineyards and nature. And, “I love to come home.  To feel the peace and familiarity of coming home brings a unique joy to me.” The pieces she has selected for The Mill Yard are paintings and pastels of her rural landscapes, farmscapes, and sky paintings from Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado and Maine. “All beautiful places.”

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Sara Zhang

‘By day,’ Sara Zhang is a NASA scientist in Washington, DC; however, she has been drawing and painting since she was a teenager in Shanghai, China, where she was born and raised.  Sara is primarily a self-taught artist, but travels the world for business and pleasure to study the work of ‘masters.’ With a trained mind and eye she analyzes what makes a work of art truly great, and then launches into the hard work of honing her creative skills.  Soft pastel is Sara’s preferred medium because it gives her the flexibility to express the fleeting moments she finds in everyday life.  The pieces specifically painted for The Mill Yard “Oh the Places You’ll Go” exhibit are of everyday kitchen scenes.

“I don’t think I am alone in feeling the kitchen is a favored room at home… In these little vignettes, I hope to evoke memories of tastes, smells, sounds, conversations and more; memories of when we connected with each other; memories of laughter and love.”


Tia Keo

Tia Keo has spent much of her life exploring the intersections of art, craft, design and architecture. Growing-up with architect father, David Salmela, meant she developed an artistic approach to engaging with the world from a young age. After graduating with a degree in architecture, she and her husband co-founded Silvercocoon as a means to work on creative projects across disciplines. Several years later she launched her laser cut jewelry collection under the Silvercocoon label with a solo-trunk show in the Walker Art Center shop. In 2017 she received a MN State Arts Board Grant to help her expand her jewelry practice into metal. The grant became a catalyst for creating new metal jewelry, expanding into metal sculpture, and for developing a daily watercolor practice that has exceeded 400 days. A solo exhibition “Three Sixty Five” will feature all the work she generated across disciplines in the span of a year at the American Swedish Institute from June 30 to August 5, 2018.

Web sites:  &

Facebook:   @silvercocoon  &

Instagram:   @silvercocoon   &

Twitter:   @silvercocoon