First Covenant Shelter seeks volunteers to help serve meals

Since 2010, First Covenant Church has been pleased to host a 50-bed emergency homeless shelter in partnership with Hennepin County and, most recently, St. Stephen’s Human Services. This year, we’ve shifted from a 6-month, winter overflow shelter to a year-round operation, giving priority to adult women experiencing homelessness. Our partnership with St. Stephens has also brought significantly more client resources to the space. We are excited for all of the ways that these changes have better served our guests in attaining their goals of finding sustainable permanent housing!
That said, the shift from 6-month to year-round operations requires greater community engagement to provide basic hospitality for our guests, particularly in regard to our evening meals. We are looking for individuals and groups (4-6 people) to help fill the gap as we enter our first summer of operation.  Would you consider gathering a few friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to purchase, prepare and serve a meal at the First Covenant Shelter? Here’s how you can help:
  • Gather a small group (4-8 people) to serve
  • Choose an open date from our online calendar at  
  • Contact our Shelter Volunteer Coordinator to schedule your meal (see below)  
  • Plan a meal and purchase the food for 50 shelter guests
  • Prepare the meal either at home or on-site at First Covenant
  • Serve and clean up after the meal – Approximate time frame is 5:30-7:45pm, dinner served at 6:30pm
For more information or to sign up for a meal, contact our Shelter Volunteer Coordinator at

DMNA – NLNA Washington Avenue Cleanup on June 30

Please join the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and the North Loop Neighborhood Association for a cleanup day on Saturday, June 30.  Please meet at the Whole Foods on Hennepin Avenue at 10 a.m. to pick up gloves and garbage bags.  The primary focus of the cleanup will be Washington Avenue.  North Loop residents will go north along Washington Avenue, and DMNA residents will go southeast towards I-35W.

DMNA Board Meeting on June 18, at the Mill City Museum – 1st Precinct Inspector Frizell to attend

The next DMNA Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.  Minneapolis Police Department 1st Precinct Inspector Eddie Frizell will be at this month’s meeting and will provide an update on the great improvements to crime and safety in the downtown community.

Agenda – REVISED#3
Minutes from the May 21, Board meeting
June 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
May Financial Report
May Finance Coordinator / Neighborhood Coordinator Staff Report
DMNA letter of support for Sherman Associates Concept Plan for 7th and Portland Mixed Use – REVISED
DMNA letter of support for the conversion of the Erik the Red billboards to Digital signs
DMNA letter of support for the Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction project – REVISED

DMNA Board Meeting on May 21, at YouthLink

The next DMNA Board meeting is on May 21, at 5:45 p.m., at the newly renovated YouthLink.

Agenda – REVISED
Minutes from the April 16, Board meeting
May 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
April Financial Report
2017 CPP Annual Report – PDF
2017 CPP Annual Report – Survey Monkey copy
Neighborhoods 2020 Work Group Overview and Application
Letter of Support for Thrivent Corporate Headquarters Project and associated land use applications
Letter of Support for Alatus’ 228 S. 12th Street
Letter of Support for the new consolidated City office building
Letter of Support for MPRB Parkland Dedication Funds for use at Water Works Park
Letter of Support for Gray Fox Coffee and Wine
Letter of Support for the Salvation Army’s Emergency Solutions Grant
DMNA letter of support for Sherman Associates Concept Plan for 517 S. 6th Street
Summary of Mill District Traffic Meeting prepared by CM Fletcher’s Office

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on June 5, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is coming up on June 5, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.


DMNA Seeks Candidate to Fill Vacant Board Seat Until October

The DMNA Board is seeking applicants for a board seat left vacant recently by a board member who moved out of the neighborhood.

If you have an interest in filling the remaining term of this board member (until the annual meeting in October), please submit your name, where you live or work downtown and a statement explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good candidate for the board to

You must live, work or own property in the Downtown East or Downtown West neighborhoods to be eligible to serve on the DMNA Board.

Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan Open Houses scheduled in May

Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

The City wants your feedback! Please attend one of the interactive open houses listed below. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses. Throughout the event, you can view and comment on draft policies and maps that are intended to achieve the plan goals. You will also have the opportunity to sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Monday, May 14, 2018
MLK Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Downtown Planning Sector Open House

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae Common, 651 Nicollet Mall #300, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 S 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Can’t attend one of the meetings? The complete draft plan is available at, with opportunities for comment throughout the site. Learn more about ways to comment online here.

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on May 1, at the Mill City Museum

The next Land Use Committee meeting is coming up on May 1, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.  This meeting’s feature presentation will be an update / review of the City’s draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan by the Director of Long Range Planning, Heather Worthington.


Minneapolis 2040 

DMNA Board Meeting on April 16, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Board meeting is on Monday, April 16, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.

Minutes from the March 19, Board meeting
April 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
March Financial Report
March Finance Coordinator / Neighborhood Coordinator Staff Report
Letter of Support for AC Hotel expansion of premises application
Letter of Support for JR Hospitality hotel projects
LUC Motion regarding the 11th Avenue Bike Lane
FINAL DRAFT – Land Use Committee Charter
Community Meeting Facilitator Guide – prepared by Kevin Frazell
DMNA Letter of Support for the 11th Avenue Bike Lane – submitted in April of 2016
Final Draft Letter of Support for Eleven on the River Preliminary Concept Plan
Draft Community Survey prepared by Dianne and Jennifer

Ryan Companies presents Eleven project at DMNA Board meeting

Carl Runck from Ryan Companies, developer Luigi Bernardi and architect Paul Whalan, a partner with the New York City based Robert A.M. Stern Architects, presented the project to the DMNA Land Use Committee on March 6.  In addition, the DMNA Board hosted a public forum on the project at its board meeting on March 19.  Runck, Bernardi and Ryan Companies Director of Design Josh Ekstrand gave a similar presentation as was given to the Land Use Committee.

Runck from Ryan Companies explained that Bernardi is proposing the project for the surface parking lot between Padilla and the American Red Cross Building on West River Parkway.  He stated that the concept plan calls for a narrow tower atop a six-story podium that will include about 3,000 square feet of retail on West River Parkway.

Runck and Ryan Companies Director of Design Josh Ekstrand presented the preliminary site plan.  They highlighted the following aspects of the project:

  • The project would be 39-stories and include 101 luxury units.  There will also be space for guest suites and offices.
  • The smallest units in the building as planned will have about 1,600 square feet. All the units will have at least two bedrooms, and there will not be more than five units per floor.
  • There would be at least two parking spaces per residential unit and parking available to adjacent business.  Parking would also be open to the public during evenings and weekends, which could benefit visitors to the Guthrie Theater.
  • The exterior of the building will be clad in limestone.

Runck concluded by stating that they would like to begin construction on the project by the end of this year with occupancy in the spring of 2021.

the DMNA Land Use Committee has recommended providing a letter of support for the preliminary concept plan for Eleven for the following reasons:

  • The project complies with the zoning for the site.
  • The project also fulfills a neighborhood preference for more owner-occupied housing.
  • The project meets extremely high architectural and construction standards.
  • The building height is consistent with the Carlyle, an existing riverfront residential building.  The two residential towers will serve as bookends for riverfront development in Downtown East.
  • The project provides ample parking for residents and adjacent building tenants.  The parking will also be available to the public after hours, which will benefit other neighborhood activities and the Guthrie Theater.

In an effort to provide more opportunities for public comment regarding this project, the DMNA invited Ryan Companies and Mr. Bernardi to make their presentation again at the board meeting on March 19.  Many residents from adjacent buildings, including the Stonebridge and the Bridgewater, as well as future residents of the Legacy attended to hear the presentation and provide feedback.  The consistent theme expressed by neighborhood residents relates to the cumulative impact that new residential development in this part of Downtown East has caused on traffic congestion and pedestrian safety.  There is concern that while the traffic impact of the Eleven alone will not be significant, it will add to an existing problem that the neighborhood would like to see addressed.

Many residents suggested that a stoplight on 12th Avenue and Washington Avenue with a left-hand turn signal would help alleviate some of the traffic problems occurring during morning and evening rush hours.  Additionally, neighborhood residents who are active Gold Medal Park users felt strongly that the City should improve pedestrian crossing safety at the intersection of 2nd Street and 10th Avenue South.

At the conclusion of the March 19, public forum and discussion, the DMNA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the Land Use Committee to endorse the preliminary concept plan for the Eleven project.

The Land Use Committee and Board anticipate that Ryan Companies and Mr. Bernardi will return to the Land Use Committee meeting on May 1, to further discuss and seek feedback on details of the project.  The DMNA is hopeful that someone from Public Works can attend an upcoming Land Use Committee meeting to address the traffic concerns, perhaps on May 1, in coordination with Ryan Companies update.

Ryan Companies presentation at 3-19-2018 DMNA Board Meeting
Preliminary Traffic Analysis for Eleven
Traffic Analysis for the Legacy