ANA Surveys Latino Community

Over recent years it has appeared that our neighborhood's Latino population was growing significantly. Our newest neighbors seemed to be a "community-within-a-community", separate from traditional residents, and often living in substandard housing.

In the fall of 2007, ANA was awarded a U of M grant to investigate the growth in our neighborhood's Latino population and to identify housing needs as perceived by Latinos themselves. A team of graduate students from the U of M researched demographics, established contacts with leaders in the Latino community, and conducted interviews with Latino residents.

The student team discovered Audubon's Latino population has in fact grown, and the housing issues Latino face include some unique to recent immigrants, and some common to all.

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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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29th Avenue Streetscape Submitted to CLIC

The first phase of Audubon's has been submitted to the City of Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC). This phase focuses on improvement from Central through the 29th & Johnson intersection. The complete plan (15MB pdf) envisions streetscape improvements for the entire length of 29th, east from Central to the city limits, joining the already-beautified 29th Avenue in St. Anthony.

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Audubon Park Neighborhood Master Plan

The Audubon Park Neighborhood Master Plan is working through the official City process for adoption into the City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan.

You are welcome to review the plan and provide comments until March 30th, 2008.

Planning Commission of the Whole April 3, 2008.

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Volunteers Needed

ANA is in need of a few good volunteers!

Grant Writer:
Work from home to complete an unfinished grant application.
Also identify and apply for other grants for ANA.

Fund Raising Committee:
Implement a neighborhood letter writing campaign, organize and help conduct other fund raising activities.

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