Changes Proposed to Lowry Avenue Apartments

Metro Plains Development has proposed modifications to a proposed development at Lowry Avenue and Polk Street. In February, the City's Planning Commission approved plans for a four-story mixed use building on the north side of Lowry Avenue between Central Avenue and Polk Street. The proposal included a four story building with 6,500 square feet of commercial space and 31 dwelling units on the upper floors. The developer is currently revising the plans, which are subject to the City's approval process, to eliminate the commercial component and reduce the building's height from four stories to three.

Renderings of the revised site plan and elevations are available below.

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Audubon is in Minneapolis Advantage Program!

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.

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Join Us on April 25th for the Spring WingDing!

Spring WingDing LogoThe Audubon Park Neighborhood will host the first annual Spring WingDing on April 25 from 11am to 2pm at Audubon Park. ANA, in partnership with the Minneapolis Park Board, Audubon Society of Minnesota, Northeast 4H Group, Northeast Middle School, Metro Blooms, Mississippi Watershed Managment Organization, and Northeast Royalty, will sponsor the event, which will include activites for residents and guests of all ages. Additional details about the event are available at SpringWingDing.org.

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Hollywood Theater Update

Thanks to the work of Hillcrest Development, the City of Minneapolis, and the Hollywood Theater Task Force, several improvements to the vacant Hollywood Theater are occurring. These improvements will assist in marketing the property to potential developers for reuse. First, the house north of the theater (2819 Johnson Street) was demolished on February 23. Second, the City’s Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for staging and stabilization improvements. ANA commends these efforts, particularly the City’s willingness to budget up to $90,000 for stabilization work this year. For background information on the Hollywood Theater, please refer to a recent memo to the HPC (.pdf) and "The Hollywood Theater: Preservation Considerations" (.pdf)

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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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Next Community Meeting: April 6th, 7pm

April agenda to be determined.

The Audubon Park community meets 4 times each year in the Salvation Army’s King Community Center at 2727 Central Avenue. Parking is available. Enter through the south door.

Everyone is welcome • ADA accessible • Childcare Provided

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Housing Market Improving

Audubon resident and Realtor, Terri Harder, is featured in a WCCO-TV report on improving conditions in the local housing market:

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City Adds Leverage to ANA Loan Programs

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.

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