The City of Minneapolis housing inspections staff plan to inspect of parts of Audubon Park beginning in June to address property maintenance violations. Neighbors are reminded to keep their properties in compliance with city ordinances and report code violations by calling 311 or online. Keeping our neighborhood's housing stock in good condition is critical to maintaining our quality of life and attracting new residents.
The following is a list of common violations:
Growth and vegetation that hangs over the edge of the public alley or public sidewalk must be cut and removed. A clearance of 7 feet over public sidewalks and 14 feet over public alleys is required.
The City of Minneapolis has created the Minneapolis Advantage Program, a loan program to help potential buyers purchase a foreclosed, vacant or boarded home in neighborhoods that have been the most highly impacted. This program offers $10,000 that can be used to pay for closing costs, down payment, or even small repairs to the home. This is a Five-year forgivable loan with 0% interest.
Mayor Rybak has announced an expansion of the Minneapolis Advantage program, which offers $10,000 grants to buyers of foreclosed homes. Audubon Park was not included in last year’s pilot version of the program. For 2009 our neighborhood has been elevated to eligible status.
Northeast Minneapolis is a blue-collar neighborhood that has transformed during the past decade into an artist district with studios and galleries. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial and has plenty of restaurants and coffeehouses, a piano bar, and a hipster tiki bar called Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge. Three-bedroom, two-bath houses can be found here for about $200,000.
The main article talks of artists as a vanguard for increasing a neighborhood’s property values.
Like most neighborhoods, Audubon Park does have some problem properties. Thanks to the hard work of neighborhood volunteers, our number of problems will soon be reduced by one. 2632 Polk St. NE is set for demolition.
Colin Mullen, a brewer at Barley John’s Brewpub in New Brighton and Laura Fryberger, owner of the local event planning company, Flings Event Design, purchased their Arthur Street bungalow in the Audubon Park neighborhood in May 2008, just a few months before their scheduled wedding in September of 2008.
The couple rented one unit of a duplex on Buchanan Street for 3 years prior to the decision to buy in the neighborhood. Laura loves the feeling of community and connection to the Northeast arts scene. Colin likes the quick and convenient access to downtown, his workplace, and all necessary goods like Eastside Co-op and the Quarry businesses.
Both enjoy supporting local businesses so they enjoy walking to the Johnson Street merchants like Pop! Restaurant, Dabble, Rewind Audubon Coffee, and most recently Crafty Planet.
The mission of the ANA Housing Committee is to continue to improve the quality and safety of neighborhood housing stock; to foster the development and preservation of a mix of housing, and maintain a long-term funding program, to meet current and anticipated needs. The ANA Housing Committee meets quarterly. Please contact the ANA office at 612-788-8790 for upcoming meeting dates.