Spring WingDing Pics

Our first Spring WingDing was a smashing success! Thanks to all our volunteers, and to the hundreds who came to help us Celebrate Nature in the City.

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Property Maintenance Inspection Sweep Planned for Summer

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.

Garbage and litter

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ANA and City of Minneapolis Host Open House at Hollywood Theater

Over 1,600 visitors attended an open house at the Hollywood Theater on Saturday, May 16. ANA would like to thank everyone who attended.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to assist with rehabilitation of the Theater's marquee, ticket booth, and facade, please send it to:

Audubon Neighborhood Association
Northeast Middle School Resource Center
2955 Hayes St NE

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Afternoon in Audubon Park

Sunshine on Audubon Park Playground

Sunshine on Audubon Park Playground, October 2007 © Mark Fox

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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