Land Use

Improving Bicycle Amenities in Audubon Park

In late 2008, ANA engaged a group of University of Minnesota students to explore various options for including bicycle facilites along the 29th Avenue corridor. The final report, "Audubon Park: Improving Neighborhood Bicycle Amenities" (.pdf) has been completed. Since the City's Bikeway Master Plan indicates 29th Avenue as a future bikeway, this study offers recommendations on adding bike lanes, chevrons, and signage.

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Problem Property Removed

On December 19th, the City’s Problem Properties Unit demolished a blighted duplex at 2632-34 Polk Street. To see this “urban renewal” in action, visit the photo gallery posted at the Eastside Defender.

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Metro Plains Lowry Apartments

Metro Plains received the go ahead from the City Council this past Friday for their new development on Lowry Avenue. This is the latest drawing for the apartments, which will continue to change until construction starts - estimated to be in Spring 2009.

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Audubon Aims to Transform Namesake Park

The Audubon Park neighborhood has adopted a plan to transform its namesake park into a showcase of urban ecology and a haven for birds and birdwatchers. The plan envisions a multi-phase, multi-year implementation to establish Audubon Park as a place where people “Bring Nature Home.”

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Grand Rounds Missing Link Report & Upcoming Hearing Information

Attached below are PDFs of the current Grand Rounds Missing Link report.

First is the full report, as formatted to produce a booklet. It is 98 pages. Second is an abridged version, with blank and acknowledgment pages removed, for printing at home. It is still 70 pages, with many color maps and illustrations. The third file contains 22 pages excerpted from the full report, focused on the Audubon Park segment, including Stinson Parkway.

An ANA volunteer created the two smaller versions to make it easier for more people access the information. Those with strong concerns and/or high curiosity are advised to review the full report as delivered by the Park Board and its consultants.

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Audubon's Star Business "Holy Land" is Growing Globally

Majdi Wadi knows the secret to business success...It's all in the hummus. When his brother, Wajdi, first sold pita bread and hummus from a northeast Minneapolis storefront in 1987, "You said hummus and it was like you were talking Chinese," recalls Wadi, CEO and co-founder of Holy Land and the Holy Land Brand line of products.

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Planning Student Wins Engagement Award

The University of Minnesota has named Adam Maleitzke an “Outstanding Partner in Engagement” for his work with the Audubon Park neighborhood. Maleitzke is a Graduate Student earning dual Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. The award was presented as part of the U of M’s annual Public Engagement Day event.

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Holy Land Expanding into Former Sully's Building

The City of Minneapolis recently approved plans for the renovation of the existing Holy Land Deli and Grocery (2513 and 2517 Central Avenue NE) and it’s expansion into the former Sully’s Building (2519 Central Avenue NE). Madji Wadi, CEO of Holy Land Brand, purchased the former Sully’s Building not only because he saw an opportunity to expand but also to mitigate the negative impact the former Sully’s had on his business and the image of Central Avenue in general.

Designed by DJR Architecture, the renovation plans call for a larger grocery area, including an expanded ethnic food selection. A brand new hummus production area allows customers to see Holy Land’s famous hummus being made and packaged. “The visual connection to the hummus production area is intended to be somewhat theatrical”, explains Dean Dovolis with DJR Architecture, “but it is also designed as a safety mechanism, an effective way to provide eyes on the street.”

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