Hall’s Island: It’s for the Birds!

A broad-winged hawk perched on a lamp post above the MWMO parking lot. Credit to MWMO.

You might spot a new spot of land on the Mississippi River this summer! The Midwest Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) has been hard at work reconstructing Hall’s Island in order to create a brand-new habitat for birds, turtles, mussels, fish, aquatic mammals, pollinators and more.

The island was previously owned by a lumber company, which had paved over the entire island site for industrial use. The MWMO has rebuilt the island to feature “a diverse array of habitat, including floodplain forest, various types of prairie, and a sandy beach safe (mostly) from human interference. Rock ledges, basking logs, native plants and trees will provide a welcoming refuge for a variety of animals.”

Click here to learn more about all the work that’s going into this ambitious project–from excavating 32,000 tons of soil to bank restoration to planning a pedestrian walkway. We’re excited to bike down to the river soon to check out the project!


May 12th: Minneapolis 2040 Community Meeting


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. This draft plan has been created over the past two years with the help of input of community members like you!

Now that the draft plan has been created, the city is holding a series of community events that aim to get feedback from community members about the plan. 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.

Here’s the info about the Northeast neighborhood community event!

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


Call to Action- 750/754/756 Jackson Update

Blue Golds Ventures and DJR Architecture, Inc. have proposed development of the 750, 754, and 756 Jackson site, including moving the alleyway.  Their proposal for the site is a project that will replace the current 1-1/2 story house with a 4 story residential building. The new building would consist of 3 “live-work” units and 13- 1 and 2 bedroom residential units. The surface parking lot would provide parking for 6 cars and 8 bicycles. The details on the plan can be found here: 750, 754, 756 Land Use App.

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The 750, 754, 756 Jackson Development proposal application is scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Monday, April 9 at 4:30pm in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. St. Minneapolis and open to the public. The application is PLAN5912 and VAC1696. In additional to the regular site plan review, the developers are asking for many variances. They are as follows:

  • Rezoning of 750, 754, 756 Jackson St NE from R2B Two-Family District to OR1 Neighborhood Office Residence District
  • Conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of the proposed structure
  • Variance to reduce the front yard setback along Jackson St NE
  • Variance to reduce the minimum drive aisle width
  • Alley vacation and dedication

The Zoning and Planning Committee will then meet on Thursday, May 3, which is also a public meeting.  Finally, City Council will vote on the proposal on Friday, May 11.

If you have concerns regarding this development and want your voice heard or have questions regarding the application, please contact the following people before the public hearing on April 9th:
Shanna Sether (City Planner) – shanna.sether@minneapolismn.gov
David Zaffrann (Steve Fletcher’s Office) – david.zaffrann@minneapolismn.gov
Laura Dorle (Steve Fletcher’s Office) – laura.dorle@minneapolismn.gov
Steve Fletcher (Ward 3 City Council) – steve.fletcher@minneapolismn.gov

Your participation in this process is essential in order to ensure that the City understands the perspectives of neighbors.  Even sending a quick email does matter in this process.

Summer St. Garden Registration Open!

IMG_3878.jpgSpring is upon us and we are taking new members at Summer Street Garden! The garden is located in Community Commons Park on Summer Street between Van Buren and Central. We have a few options for garden plots: 1) traditional, large-sized, in ground plot, 2) raised bed about 2’X8′, 3) standing bed about 2’X6′.  Priority for the standing beds are given to those who have trouble kneeling or bending.

If you are interested in a plot, please fill out the form and return it to info@saenaminneapolis.com by April 14. The garden kick-off meeting will be on Sunday, April 15 from 2-3:30pm at Clare Housing.

To review the garden rules, please visit: https://saenaminneapolis.com/summer-street-community-gardens/community-garden-bylaws/

Now Hiring– SAENA Community Outreach Coordinator Position

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to building relationships with community members of St. Anthony East neighborhood and empower them to invest and engage with their neighborhood. SAENA seeks a qualified community organizer to enthusiastically conduct engagement and outreach efforts to build relationships with neighborhood stakeholders.

Overview:  The Community Outreach Coordinator is a part-time position at 20-25 hours a week. $18-$20/hour BOE. Evening and weekends required. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.  The Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Project and Event Coordination

  • Park Committee: staff monthly Park Committee meetings, new committee member recruitment, coordination of committee initiatives, and project management of park improvements
  • Summer Street Garden: coordinate membership logistics, communicate frequently with members, plan and implement clean-up days, and manage day-to-day operations
  • Plan and coordinate neighborhood events with Executive Director

Outreach and Engagement

  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to engage St. Anthony East residents, business owners, and property owners
  • Build relationships with underrepresented populations (renters, seniors, etc.) and identify ways the organization can serve them
  • Recruit SAENA members and connect them to projects, committees, and board service
  • Coordinate neighborhood door knocking efforts


  • Create and coordinate marketing information with graphic designer
  • Manage social media accounts and monthly e-newsletter

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience door knocking in residential areas
  • Experience in community organizing and facilitating groups
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and implementing community events
  • Sense of humor
  • Evening and weekend availability
  • Working proficiency in verbal and written Spanish

This is a part-time position and includes an insurance stipend and PTO. Evening and weekend hours are required.

Physical effort includes lifting or carrying limited to 25 pounds intermittently. Walking long distances and talking for extended periods of time. Work will require extended use of a computer keyboard and monitor. Work is performed in an open format but moderately quiet environment.
SAENA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SAENA will recruit, hire and promote without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Email cover letter and resume to info@saenaminneapolis.com with “Community Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.

East of the River Park Master Plan Meeting

Next East of the River Park Master Plan meeting is on Tuesday, March 13

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #5

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Van Cleve Recreation Center
Address: 901 15th Ave. SE
Topic: “Data Jam” – we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected and develop recommendations for each park.


Meeting notes and presentation from the February Community Advisory Committee meeting posted online

Thank you to all of the community members working together to create the East of the River Park Master Plan! The next East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6-8 pm at Van Cleve Recreation Center, 901 15th Ave SE.

This meeting will focus on a “Data Jam,” where we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected from community and other sources and develop recommendations for each park. This is an exciting step in the design and planning process and we can’t do without you!

As usual, the CAC meeting is open to the public, with free dinner and children’s activities.

Meeting notes and other materials from the last CAC meeting have been posted online.

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #4 Recap

Also save the date for the April CAC meeting, which is scheduled Moday, April 30, 6-8 pm at Luxton Recreation Center. This CAC meeting will kick off the Park Design Week where we will have six teams of designers and MPRB staff working on two park concepts for each park.