Land Use

Central Avenue Median Meeting Scheduled for February 6

Kevin Reich has called a meeting on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Manor at 3300 Central Avenue to discuss the landscaping of the median.

The neighborhood and people surrounding the median are invited to attend and present their ideas.

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Central Avenue Median Update

You may have noticed that the Central Avenue median between 27th and 37th Avenue NE was stripped bare and cleaned in late September. For the past several years the median has suffered due to harsh weather, salt and plowing, occasional accidents and overall neglect. Many of the trees and shrubs along the median died off or were severely stressed, but a new plan is in the works to restore the median to a more natural state and resolve a number of long-standing driver and pedestrian issues.
 
The stripping and regrading is the start of the plan by the Department of Public Works to rebuild a new, sustainable median. The first step is to resculpt the median to hold rainwater better. The previous grading design caused much of the rainwater to run off the median into the storm sewer. 
 
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Audubon Crossing Construction Underway

Several tired houses at the corner of Lowry Avenue and Polk Street have been torn down. Replacing those houses will be a 30-unit mixed-income apartment building named Audubon Crossing.

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Architect Hopes to Give New Life to Funeral Home Property

By Dan Haugen (originally printed in the Waite Park Voice)

A vacant mortuary that's been on the brink of foreclosure for more than a year is now getting a new life as an office and community space.

Architect John Harriss owns the property at 3207 Central Ave. NE. His firm was originally hired to design a condo project at the site.

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Bicycle Boulevard Planning Tour

Minneapolis Public Works is beginning the process of creating preliminary designs for the Fillmore Street NE/6th Avenue SE bicycle boulevard (aka “bike walk street”). The City would like to continue gathering feedback from interested stakeholders by hosting a “bicycle boulevard planning tour” early in November. The tour will take place on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, and will begin at the entrance to the Northeast Park Recreation Center (1615 Pierce Street NE).

If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact Shaun Murphy at shaun.murphy@ci.minneapolis.mn.us or 612.333.2450 to RSVP. The City invites residents, neighborhood organizers, bicyclists, and motorists to participate. Those who support and oppose these projects are both welcome.

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Central Avenue Bicycle Facility Planning Meeting, September 29

The City of Minneapolis is conducting a study to evaluate alternatives for implementing bicycle facilities along Central Ave NE. The project limits extend north from the Mississippi River to the City limits at 37th Ave NE. An informational meeting is scheduled for September 29 at 6:30pm at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE.

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Central Avenue Corridor Bicycle Study Meeting, July 30

A meeting will be held on Thurs., July 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, on the progress of the Central Avenue Bicycle Study. Attendees will be able to provide input and feedback about bicycle lanes on Central, between 37th Ave. NE and the Mississippi River. Public Works staff will review proposed designs for segments between 37th Ave. NE and the Mississippi River. This study was federally funded by a grant to the Transit for Livable Communities organization. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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City's Planning Commission Approves Audubon Crossing Project

On June 8, the City's Planning Commission approved a site plan for a three-story, 30-unit apartment building on the north side of Lowry Avenue between Central Avenue and Polk Street. The project, known as Audubon Crossing, will include 26 affordable, workforce units and 4 units available homeless families. The developer, MetroPlains Development, intends to provide a mixture of unit types in a green building. MetroPlains intends to break ground later this year.

Renderings of the revised site plan and elevations are available below. The project meets the goals and policies of the Audubon Park Neighborhood Master Plan adopted by the neighborhood in 2008.

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