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Wednesday
Aug242016

New Residential Properties Highlighted In Upcoming Explore Downtown Living Event on Saturday, Sept 17

MINNEAPOLIS (August 23, 2016) — New properties will again be added to the next Explore Downtown Living event, which will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Downtown Minneapolis.
Explore Downtown Living, a product of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan Development Committee, is a free event that offers the public a chance to see 30 residential properties without solicitation throughout the Central Business District, East Town Mill District/Downtown East, Loring Park, North Loop and Northeast.

Next month’s Explore Downtown Living will feature several exciting new residential properties here in downtown, including 700 Central, Encore and Nolo Flats—as well as Edition, which just opened up its final of three buildings lining The Commons in East Town Mill District/Downtown East.

Over the span of five days since its inaugural event in May 2015, Explore Downtown Living has attracted 3,000 guests and offered more than 11,600 residential unit tours in the downtown area. Those interested in participating can sign up free of charge at http://www.exploredtliving.com/.

“Downtown’s residential growth is as thriving as ever, and as we strive to reach 70,000 residents as part of The 2025 Plan we know showcasing the benefits of living in the downtown area is crucial,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. “Thanks to the Explore Downtown Living committee and leadership, more people are getting a chance to see first-hand what life could be like for them in the heart of our city.”

Those participating in Explore Downtown Living can enjoy free parking options at designated locations, and they can find their destinations through an interactive map on ExploreDTLiving.com. To begin, participants sign up on the website and receive their Field Guide at the first property they visit or at any Whole Foods during the week leading up to Saturday, September 17.

With their Field Guide in hand, participants can tour 30 properties at their leisure while also enjoying approximately more than two dozen promotions and giveaways from local downtown businesses.

“Part of the downtown living experience is the walkability to unique and exclusive dining options, shops and entertainment venues,” said Jennifer Gordon and Brent Webb, co-chairs of the 2025 Plan Development Committee’s Explore Downtown Living taskforce. “Explore Downtown Living invites you to not only see your potential future home, but also explore and get comfortable with the surrounding neighborhood in an inviting way.”

Along with the 2025 Plan’s goal to double the residential population, it also includes initiatives that complement achieving that objective including improved greening and public realm, creating a consistently compelling downtown experience and becoming a national leader in transportation options, among others.

All of those initiatives play into creating a downtown with inviting neighborhoods for all ages. As a result, downtown’s population has grown by 25.2 percent since 2006.

Residential communities being showcased at September’s Explore Downtown Living include:

4Marq | 222 Hennepin | 700 Central (Sales Center)* | Bolero Flats* | Brunsfield North Loop | Churchill | District 600* | Dock Street Flats | Edition* | Eitel Building* | Encore* | Junction Flats | LaSalle | Latitude 45 | Laurel Village | Loring Park Apartments | LPM Apartments | Marquette Place* | The Metro Apartments* | Mill & Main | Mill City Quarter (Sales Center)* | The Nic on Fifth | Nolo Flats* | One Ten Grant* | The Paxon | Red 20 | Soltva | Third North | VELO | Vue
*= New 2016 Residential Community

Also, enjoy specials from the following local businesses through Explore Downtown Living:

Alchemy | AlwaysMod | Bizzie Twin Cities | Corner Coffee | Crave | Dunn Bros. Coffee Loring Park | Eggy’s Diner | Hell’s Kitchen | Isles Bakery | JB Hudson | Jungle Red Salon Spa | Kieran’s Irish Pub | Ling & Louie’s | The Local | The Loop | Lowry Hill Meats | Martin Patrick 3 | Minnesota Orchestra | Pizza Luce | Red Cow | Rock Bottom Brewery | Stadium Bar & Grill | Taj Salon and Spa | Union | Yoga Fit

The Explore Downtown Living event is produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Downtown 2025 Plan Development Committee in partnership with Target, VON91, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and JB Hudson.

For news and updates on the event, follow the @MplsDowntown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #ExploreDTLiving, #1MillionReasons and #2025Plan.

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit DowntownMpls.com.

About the 2025 Plan:

The Downtown 2025 Plan is a vehicle to help leaders and citizens build on Downtown’s assets and guide Downtown Minneapolis’ development. This includes initiatives to double downtown’s residential population, transform Nicollet Mall into a must-see destination, create a compelling and walkable environment around the clock, lead the nation in transportation options, end street homelessness, forge connections with the University of Minnesota and more. For more information on the 2025 Plan and its initiatives, visit 2025plan.com, BeInBusinessDowntownMpls.com and MinneapolisIdeaExchange.com. The 2025 Plan is a Minneapolis Downtown Council initiative established in 2010. 

Tuesday
Aug232016

MPRB Fall Park Highlights Guide Now Available

FPH Cover

Via an August 23 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board:

Fall into fun in Minneapolis parks!

Stay busy and active this fall with the help of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's (MPRB) latest Park Highlights brochure.
 
The publication features a sampling of MPRB activities, programs and events, fall foliage viewing locations, upcoming park improvements and long-term projects underway, registration dates for upcoming sports leagues, volunteer opportunities, and everything else the parks have to offer between September and December.
 
You can find the brochures at MPRB buildings (including recreation centers), Minneapolis libraries, coffee shops near parks and other Minneapolis locations. The brochure is also available on our website at www.minneapolisparks.org/recbrochures for online viewing and downloading.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Entrepreneur Expo: Essentials for Small Business Growth - Sept. 22 at the Central Library

Entrepreneur Expo: Essentials for Small Business Growth

Small business owners at all stages of development are invited to learn from experts in the field about what it really takes to start and grow a thriving business.

Through workshops, exhibitors, and a panel of experts, event participants will gather skills and insights about starting and expanding their businesses.

The event kicks off with “Startup Success Stories: Twin Cities Entrepreneurs Tell All,” a panel of local, successful small business owners representing a wide range of industries, including health care, construction, art, and restaurants. Star Tribune business reporter and columnist Neal St. Anthony will moderate.

Workshops on marketing, finance, business operations, and entrepreneurship for artists will be presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance, WomenVenture, University of St. Thomas Small Business Development Center, and Springboard for the Arts. 

Nonprofit and government business development exhibitors will be on hand to share resources and answer questions about planning, licensing, and funding. 

The expo is sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library in collaboration with African Economic Development Solutions, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Northside Economic Opportunity Network, U.S. Small Business Administration, University of St. Thomas Small Business Development Center, and WomenVenture.

Register for this free event at www.hclib.org or call 612-543-8000.

Hennepin County libraries offer business and employment programs throughout the year to help residents build skills and explore possibilities. Additional resources are available at www.hclib.org/business-employment.

Monday
Aug222016

Construction Underway on Washington Avenue

Via an August 22 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

The next phase of reconstruction began last week on Washington Avenue (County Road 152) between Hennepin Avenue and Fifth Avenue South in Minneapolis. Prior to this, utility crews had been doing relocation work in the area.

Crews started by removing existing concrete. As the top layer of road is removed, workers will begin replacing storm sewer pipes underneath the roadway. Additional utility crews will also be relocating telecommunications, gas and electric utilities in the project area.

If you are driving or biking around the area, keep in mind that:

 - Access to local residences and businesses is being maintained.
 - Westbound lanes on Washington Avenue are closed for the rest of the construction season as work progresses (see detour information below).
 - Eastbound lanes will remain open, but traffic is now reduced to two lanes.
 - Except for some short-term partial closures, cross streets remain open to through traffic crossing Washington.
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If you are walking around the area, keep in mind that:
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 - The sidewalk along the north side of Washington Avenue is now closed between Hennepin Avenue and Third Avenue South. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the south side. 
 - There are no north to south sidewalk connections at Nicollet Mall.
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As a reminder, the detour for motorists and bicyclists follows Portland Avenue, Third Street South, Hennepin Avenue and then returns to Washington Avenue. This detour will be in place until the end of this year's construction activity, which is expected to be mid-November. There is no detour for eastbound Washington Avenue.

Pedestrians should use the sidewalk on the south side of Washington Avenue. 

* * Meet with project staff * *

You are invited to an informal meeting with project staff:

Tuesday, August 30, 4:30pm to 6:00pm at Dunn Bros Freight House, 201 Third Avenue South

Project staff will be upstairs and ready to take your questions about the project.

If you can't make it to the meeting, we plan to host another meeting early in September. And, you can always contact the project at washingtonavenue@hennepin.us.

Short-term partial closure at Marquette Avenue South begins this weekp

Starting early Wednesday, August 24, crews will be working in the northeast corner of the intersection of Washington and Marquette avenues. They will be installing light conduit and constructing the road base. 

As a result, motorists traveling northbound on Marquette Avenue South will be detoured onto Washington Avenue, Third Avenue South and First Street. The closure is expected to last one week. 

Pedestrians should use the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection. And, buses using the southbound lanes should be unaffected.

Project websitewww.hennepin.us/washingtonavenue

Project emailwashingtonavenue@hennepin.us

Monday
Aug222016

August 25: Mississippi River Visitor Center Grand Reopening

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Celebrates Centennial with New Visitor Center

Joining a national effort to connect with the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area has remodeled its visitor center just in time for the National Park Service centennial. Located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the new visitor center will provide gateway experiences to the Mississippi River and other national parks across the country. The grand reopening will take place on Founders’ Day, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, with an early-morning sneak preview for press and members of Mississippi Park Connection.

“Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is excited about this project,” said Superintendent John Anfinson.  “The new exhibits will provide an interactive and fun way to learn about the Mississippi River in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area.” The new exhibits will introduce people to a national park experience without leaving the Twin Cities.

Mississippi Park Connection, the park’s nonprofit partner, has co-led the project and raised funds for the new exhibits. Katie Nyberg, executive director of Mississippi Park Connection, noted that “The new exhibits will give people unique experiences like seeing inside a bald eagle’s nest. All the exhibits will be interactive, hands on and fun.”

The project has garnered $630,000 of support from local and national sources, including the National Park Service Centennial Challenge, National Park Foundation, 3M, the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, and the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Who:    Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Mississippi Park Connection

What:   Mississippi River Visitor Center Grand Reopening

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102

When:  August 25, 2016 – 8:00-9:30 am Remarks will begin at 8:30.

Scheduled speakers include Representative Betty McCollum, St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert, Superintendent John Anfinson, and Mississippi Park Connection Executive Director Katie Nyberg

About the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The national park’s 72-mile boundary stretches along the Mississippi River from Dayton/Ramsey, through Minneapolis and Saint Paul, to just south of Hastings. It includes a range of cultural, economic and natural resources — from historic sites like Fort Snelling to unique features including the river’s only major waterfall, to public parks and wildlife refuges. In addition to protecting the river’s nationally significant resources and providing access points for recreation, the park offers a range of volunteer and educational activities, including ranger-led canoe, fishing, biking and hiking programs, and school programs. www.nps.gov/miss.

About Mississippi Park Connection

Mississippi Park Connection is the official charitable partner of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The connection supports programs that educate, encourage recreation, revitalize our community, and restore our natural spaces. Mississippi Park Connection  also provides capacity for the park to enhance and expand programs that serve the general public, including outdoor activities, cell phone tours, web programs, and volunteer experiences. www.parkconnection.org

About the National Park Service

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 412 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

Sunday
Aug212016

YouthLink’s Springboard Fund – How $1K Can Change a Life

Story by Claudia Kittock

I met James in a conference room at YouthLink on a warm August afternoon. He had agreed to talk with me about YouthLink, his experience with homelessness, the Springboard Fund, and the impact all of it has had on his life. A soft spoken, shy man in his early 20s, James shared a compelling story of his life thus far.

InterviewClaudia and James

James was homeless for almost 6 years.  During that time he was arrested several times, most of the charges for loitering. As he explained, “When you are on the street you build walls around you to protect you from everything out there.” Finding work was difficult, but James is now working three jobs. He has moved from living on the street to living in an apartment, and is working on completing a college degree. One of his jobs is as an outreach worker for YouthLink. James walks the same streets where he once lived and talks with young people he meets. He shares his story and offers hope and help.

James finished his GED before he got to YouthLink. He attended college but found getting to class difficult.  His advisors suggested that he withdraw because of his poor attendance, but didn’t explain that he would still owe the college money. James found himself in debt and unable to re-enroll until the debt was satisfied. His case worker suggested he apply to the Springboard Fund for help.

The Springboard Fund requires a plan for both self-sufficiency, life goals, and a ‘how to get there’ series of steps. James said making those goals and plan weren’t the hardest part. Believing he could actually move past this debt and have a different life seemed impossible.  Remember the walls James said needed to be built around himself to stay safe? Now he says, “When someone does something nice or gives you hope, it breaks off a piece of that wall. The Springboard Fund should be called the Hope Fund!”

The money he received from the fund was used to pay off his debt to the college. Once that debt was satisfied, James enrolled in another college. He is currently attending class and successfully completing his course work.

The average 20-year-old who visited YouthLink in 2011 will impose an excess taxpayer burden of over $248,000 and an excess social burden of $613,000 over the course of her life if she remains disconnected from education and employment pathways. When these figures are applied to all youth who visited YouthLink in 2011, the lifetime excess costs would be more than $360 million to taxpayers and an excess lifetime social burden of more than $889 million. There would be $62.1 million dollars in savings to the taxpayers if just 1 in 5 YouthLink clients become self-sufficient, productive adults.

How did James find the help he needed to change his life? People at YouthLink believed in him. People at YouthLink gave him hope. They showed him what he was capable of and helped him make a plan to continue his journey. YouthLink helped him apply to the Springboard Fund, or as James would like it called, the Hope Fund.

Interview

The Springboard Fund is one of the ways to help and provide support for clients who are ready to transition from YouthLink to self-sufficiency, but still have unmet needs that are holding them back. The fund will provide up to $1000 per client and is available based on need or a particular barrier. Support is paid directly to the vendor, and may include things such as application fees for advanced training, housing deposits, transportation passes, basic professional wardrobe, etc. 

This fund changes lives. It gives hope and provides a ‘spring’ for youth ready to make that final move into self-sufficiency.  Donations can be mailed to YouthLink, Attn: Fund Development Office at 41 N 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403, or online at http://www.youthlinkmn.org/donations/. Please write in the designation: Springboard Fund. You can make a huge difference in the life of a young person who needs that one act of kindness.

You can reach Claudia at cjkittock@gmail.com 

Sunday
Aug212016

In the News - News from Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

TOP STORIES LAST WEEK

Does Minneapolis have too many — or too few — rules governing food trucks?
It sort of depends on whether you own one or not. Some downtown building owners think the city should tighten regulations and limit the current concentration of the popular food vendors on one or two downtown streets. Spread the joy, they say. Help regular restaurants compete.

New animated film tells the heartbreaking story of Minneapolis’ lost Gateway
Akre’s new film, set to debut at this weekend’s Square Lake Music and Film Festival, tells a story of the lost Gateway neighborhood, a personal narrative that imagines the old city in a way that deeply humanizes the lost city. Of the many stories and remembrances of the old Gateway, Akre’s rough film stands out for its poignant beauty.

Remember W. River Parkway? Long-closed landslide area to reopen before Labor Day weekend
That's the word from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board about the closed parkway segment downhill from Fairview-University Medical Center, where torrential rains in June, 2014 caused the landslide of a portion of the bluff onto the parkway below. It has remained closed for 26 months.

Road work to close key stadium departure route for 6 Vikings games, 2 concerts
Traffic troubles are expected for three months as six blocks of Washington Av. partially close.

Kickstarting Innovation: Alchemy Looks To Commercialize With Unique Fitness Tool
Alongside its new product launch, the local gym is aiming to create a digital fitness program in the same vein as P90X and Insanity.

Designers tour Latitude 45 apartments in downtown Minneapolis
The Minneapolis building has been open about a year and commands high rent while providing many amenities.

Indie Milkweed Editions to Open Bookstore
Indie publisher Milkweed Editions is opening its own independent bookstore in Minneapolis this Labor Day weekend. Sidestepping the middleman between publisher and consumer, Milkweed said, the publisher will now have a more intimate connection to their readers as it features its own work as well as books from other indie publishers.

Mill District condo owners aren't happy with a new apartment project
What's the going rate for "sexy/sophisticated" living in Minneapolis' Mill District, where a Mississippi River view, rooftop patios, and floor-to-ceiling windows aren't amenities but constitutional rights?

Tevlin: Renters in elite Minneapolis condo district? Gasp!
It is the city's last slice of prime land, smack in the middle of what was once an asphalt tundra between downtown and the river. The Mill District is now one of the city's most desired, where median incomes are 32 percent higher than surrounding areas, rents soar 25 percent above the average and residents buy organic kale at the market or pick at Star Prairie trout in local restaurants.

Huge, once-hated fish now being reintroduced in northern waterways
It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago.

Sunday
Aug212016

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

Monday, August 22

Tuesday, August 23

Wednesday, August 24

Thursday, August 25

Friday, August 26

Saturday, August 27

Sunday, August 28 

Sunday
Aug212016

New Animated Film Tells the Heartbreaking Story of Minneapolis’ Lost Gateway

Excerpt from MinnPost:

John Akre’s new film, Demolition Dreaming, is dedicated to his mother, Katherine, who, as he puts it, “took me on a tour of the Metropolitan Building before I was born.” For those unfamiliar with it, the Metropolitan Building is largely recognized as the biggest loss for Minneapolis preservationists, a gorgeous 1890s Richardsonian Romanesque office tower torn down in the early 1960s as part of the city’s massive “Gateway” urban renewal project.

Akre’s new film, set to debut at this weekend’s Square Lake Music and Film Festival, tells a story of the lost Gateway neighborhood, a personal narrative that imagines the old city in a way that deeply humanizes the lost city. Of the many stories and remembrances of the old Gateway, Akre’s rough film stands out for its poignant beauty.

Read the full article on MinnPost…

Sunday
Aug212016

Scenes from the August 20 Mill City Farmers Market

Well, Mother Nature did not cooperate for World Honey Bee Day at the August 20 Market. I rolled in at 8a sharp and managed to get the shopping done, but to avoid getting my purchases and camera soaked, I didn't get a chance to visit the community booths: Coloration of PolliNation™The Minnesota Landscape ArboretumMarket Science, and Land O’Lakes, Inc.  :(

Worker B introduced a new line of Barrel-Aged Raw Honey:

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

...and Sonny's had an Organic Goat Cheese with Organic Honey (from Ames Farm) ice cream.

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Yes! The super, super sweet corn arrived at the Nistler Farms stand this week.

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Dang it! The Mill City Cooks demo was rained out.  I was really looking forward to seeing guest Chef Robin Absell.

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Darrold and Marty of Sunrise Flour Mill were recently featured in a StarTrib article by Beth Dooley.

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Stop by the Wedge Community Co-op Pop-Up Market each week to check out a new recipe.  After hearing a lot of buzz about farro for the past year, I'm finally going to try it. It was the featured grain this week at the Wedge Pop-Up.

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the Goat!

August 20, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Looking head - next week is Gluten-Free Day at the Market.  Buy gluten-free baked goods from Sift Gluten Free Bakery, gluten-free cereals from Bliss Gourmet Foods, gluten-free pasta from Sunrise Creative Gourmet and Dumpling & Strand, enjoy a gluten free buckwheat crepe from Spoonriver restaurant's booth at the market, and learn how to prepare a delicious gluten-free salad from the Wedge Co-op's catering department at the Mill City Cooks cooking demo!

Friday
Aug192016

Minneapolis closes several streets near U.S. Bank Stadium for weekend concerts

The City of Minneapolis will close/change streets around U.S. Bank Stadium for tonight’s Luke Bryan concert and tomorrow’s Metallica concert.

  • Fourth Street will close at Park Avenue at 6 p.m. today and 3 p.m. on Saturday. The street will reopen 30 to 45 minutes after each concert.
  • Chicago Avenue, from Fourth Street to Sixth Street will close at noon today and remain closed until after Saturday’s concert.

These street closings are for traffic safety and security needs related to a large stadium event and are similar to ones that will be in place for upcoming Vikings football games.

Drivers should also be aware that westbound Washington Avenue, from Portland Avenue to Hennepin Avenue is closed for street reconstruction.  Traffic is being detoured onto Third Street South at Portland Avenue. 

Thursday
Aug182016

Rebirth: The Mississippi's National Park to be re-aired on TPT

Produced for Friends of the Mississippi (FMR) by award-winning local filmmakers John Kaul and Tom Reiter with Twin Cities Public Television, and narrated by Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Seel, Rebirth: The Mississippi's National Park tells the little known story of the creation of the Mississippi River's first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities.

This designation, initiated locally by self-proclaimed "river rat" Tom Kelley and championed at the federal level by Sen. David Durenberger and Rep. Bruce Vento, sparked the local river renaissance we enjoy today — a river that is thriving with fish and bald eagles, a river increasingly connected to our communities via parks and trails, a river seen as an asset instead of a convenient dumping ground.

"Rebirth" will air on TPT-MN August 28, 6:30pm and September 4, 12:30am, 6:30am and 12:30pm (channel guide). You can watch the entire film below:

With challenges like agricultural pollution, development pressure and habitat degradation, this story reminds us of the powerful, long-term impact citizen-based stewardship and advocacy can have on the natural wonders we love.

Wednesday
Aug172016

Here's What's on Tap From the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

NOW SHOWING & COMING SOON to the Film Society’s St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main:

 

Starting Friday, August 26, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul opens the 2016 Sundance romantic comedy SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU. Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, Richard Tanne's romantic drama recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate tries to woo a reluctant attorney during a day-long date spanning numerous Chicago landmarks.

 

 

Now thru August 25 - THE SEVENTH FIRE

Now thru August 25 - HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 

August 18 at 7pm - YARN 

August 19-21 - CZECH THAT FILM - A touring program of eight new and classic Czech films.

August 26-September 8 - SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

September 8 at 9pm - ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING -One night special screening of Nick Cave documentary.

September 9-15 - MORRIS FROM AMERICA

September 15-22 - THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS 

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: mspfilm.org or at the box office before each show.

Tuesday
Aug162016

A Tale of Two Cities: Meet Lyra Baroque Orchestra’s Internationally Acclaimed Artistic Director, Jacques Ogg

Interview and photos by Susan Schaefer

Jacques Ogg artistic director of Lyra Baroque Orchestra lunches at the Birchwood Cafe

Europe’s sophistication in Minnesota

Ask most classical performers where to find the most “sophisticated audiences” and likely Europe will be the reply.

"Not so,” answers Jacques Ogg, artistic director of the Twin Cities’ Lyra Baroque Orchestra. He finds Lyra’s Minnesota audiences “robust in quality.”

The quest for such quality of appreciation is not mythical. Just this past Sunday a StarTribune front-page story cites the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director Osma Vänskä’s desire to prove their chops in front of “the sophisticated audiences of Europe.”

Luckily, the less well-known Lyra Baroque Orchestra has been providing continental classiness for Minnesotan audiences for 15 of its past 30 years under the astute leadership of Jacques Ogg, the celebrated Dutch Baroque maestro, who hails from Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Ogg not only lends his own virtuoso reputation, but regularly brings acclaimed European and global guest artists to elevate each performance.

Renowned worldwide as a soloist, conductor and ensemble performer, for years he was a member of one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century directed by the late Frans Brüggen, and has performed in Baroque orchestras in numerous other countries.

Fono Forum, Germany's largest music magazine, named Ogg’s CD of Bach's Goldberg Variations one of the finest recordings of this work, and his discography is equally impressive, including over 60 recordings with labels such as Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa.

A Renaissance on the River

Highly sought after as an instructor, Ogg is a life long harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, one of the world’s foremost institutes for early music with students from all corners of the globe. His fame as a pedagogue takes him annually to such locations as Korea, Brazil, Spain and Argentina, to work with students who avidly seek his teaching talents.

Ogg and Destrubé introduce Baroque Instrumental Program at Ultan Hall, UMN

And now many of these students will converge upon Minneapolis annually in August to attend the international Baroque Instrumental Program, an intensive summer music course co-directed by Ogg and his longtime colleague, Canadian violinist Marc Destrubé, that attracts the best and brightest national and international students and professionals for Master’s Workshops.

Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota School of Music

Thanks to longtime Lyra Baroque Orchestra collaborators, Immanuel Davis and Tami Morse, the program is now transplanted to the University of Minnesota’s Music School in Ferguson Hall on the West Bank. For decades this intensive program was hosted in Vancouver, Canada, but a recent change in administration sparked a relocation yielding a positive impact for the Twin Cities metro region and the university.

Early Music Cosmic Alignment

Bringing the Baroque Instrumental Program to the Twin Cities in August leverages another Early Music phenomenon – the Twin Cities Early Music Festival started by local harpsichordist Donald Livingston three years ago.

Says Ogg, “These two programs greatly benefit and enhance each other. The Twin Cities Early Music Festival is an admirable enterprise bringing together groups from near and far to present a series of concerts that compete with other international festivals. And the faculty of the Baroque Instrumental Program and many of the professional students will play concerts during the three-week extravaganza.”

Baroque Instrumental Program students perform Antonie Dornel at Ultan Hall, UMN

Baroque (approx. 1600 to 1750) composers, musicians and philosophers believed in celestial harmony and a cosmic relationship between music, mathematics and science and began writing and performing a style of music designed to serve their societies – to entertain and to elevate the senses.

Ogg’s sensibilities and talents for defining the general character of a piece, and in phrasing, articulation and ornamentation are legendary for bringing out “the emotion, the multi-faceted life of the wonderful repertoire” of this inventive age of musical development – a period know for the likes of J. S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and George Phillip Telemann to name a few. Lyra musicians use actual instruments (or replicas) and techniques known through scholarly documentation.

Lyra rehearses at the Baroque Room, St. Paul

“My goal is create interesting programs that touch the soul of the listener,” Ogg explains.

The exquisite acoustics and intimacy of Hamline University’s Sundin Hall, where Lyra regularly performs, combine perfectly facilitating the celestial harmonies to touch the listeners’ souls.

Childhood twist of fate

Ogg’s Maastricht childhood was not traditional due to his family’s Protestant roots. The city sits in the predominately Catholic province of Limburg which limited choices his for basic school. By happy accident his school rented rooms from a music school and so his early love of music developed due to a twist of fate.

As early as age six he stayed after school to learn from what he calls “not an exceptional but a thorough early musical education called solfège – to read and sing from notes – a French/Belgian system not learned in the north of Holland.”

From these humble roots, the young Ogg was introduced to an incomparable way of reading 17th and 18th century music that has contributed to his special talents in the field – his ability to read notations as they were written, thus making his interpretations closer to the way the music was intended.  

A second twist of fate is that his harpsichord teacher, Anneke Uittenbosch, “came from Amsterdam every week to teach in Maastricht. She was tall, lovely, elegant and I was simply awed!”

It was Anneke who was responsible for his introduction to this authentic way of reading and practicing. Jacques explains that she played according to methods that were not the standard for teaching at that time. “When you can do this,” he attests, “your playing gets more lively and telling.”

Later, Ogg moved on to the Amsterdam Conservatory from which he graduated in 1974. There another master of “playing according to the original sources” tutored him, Gustav Leonhardt. After three years with Anneke and four with Gustav, Ogg passed his exams for playing and teaching harpsichord, and thereafter, his career soared, teaching in the Dutch cities of Groningen and Hilversum, until 1977 when the director of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague called and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ladies and Gentlemen – Meet the Baroque Boys

During the past weeks, as the Baroque Instrumental Program students filled Ferguson Hall with the celestial sounds of harpsichord, flute, violins and viola de gamba, a troupe of internationally acclaimed classical virtuosos dressed more like the Beach Boys than classical maestros haunted the hallways.

The Baroque Boys: Marc Destrubé, Jacques Ogg, Jaap ter Linden, Wilbert Hazelzet

These faculty members – Marc Destrubé, violinist, Wilbert Hazelzet, flutist, and Jaap ter Linden on viola de gamba – are also prominent recurring guest stars of Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Ogg’s lifelong friends and colleagues.

Ogg met Hazelzet “when studying in Amsterdam. I worked and lived in a small museum – the wine museum!! It was a beautiful 17th century building two blocks from the Dam Square, with one 'noble room' where the wine merchants would meet once a month, and which was occasionally rented out for special classy events,” he adds with a twinkle in his eyes.

“Well, a lady celebrating her 60th birthday asked me to give a concert with a small ensemble, and she was especially fond of the flute. The week before I had heard a concert around the corner in the Waalse Kerkwhere Wilbert Hazelzet played. I found out where he lived and invited him for that 'gig'. Now we can look back on nearly 47 years of collaboration, concerts from Argentina to Seoul and innumerable places between, and about twenty CD's!”

He soon came to know Destrubé and ter Linden through the vibrant Dutch Baroque scene.

Where to find local performances throughout August

On Friday, August 19that 8 pm, Sundin Hall, Hamline University, Lyra presents “Bach & His Heroes”, an intriguing program of music by the master, J.S. Bach, and by those whose music he admired. For the rest of the lively and reasonably priced performances through August 28th, please check the Twin Cities Early Music Festival website.

Venture out and discover that European musical refinement resides in right in our own backyard.

Postscript: Maastricht to Minneapolis: Meeting the Maestro through Merrell

Jacques Ogg and reporter, Susan Schaefer enjoy time at the Birchwood Cafe

It was as unlikely a meeting as one could imagine.

During Easter 2008 I was living in Maastricht, the Netherlands and hosting my family for our Easter supper. It wasn’t any meal. My beloved Dutch husband, Martijn, was dying and I was desperately trying to keep myself together as I prepared for what I knew would be his last Easter. I so wanted him and his family to have a flawless experience, yet with the strain of this occasion I somehow had forgotten some vital ingredients necessitating a trip to our local supermarket, the Albert Hein.

It seemed everyone had the same idea. The Easter shopping lines seemed miles long. During those final days of Martijn’s life, I worked hard not to cry in public. Best not to make eye contact with anyone, so I stood in the long queue gazing at the floor when I noticed a pair of my favorite shoes on the feet of the person in line in front of me.

Striving to keep up my humor, in very poor Dutch I asked this person where he had purchased his shoes, and in perfect English he said, “Schuler Shoes!”

I shot back: “Miracle Mile?” And soon we were chatting and smiling about this astounding coincidence. Jacques Ogg, the man in Merrells, was the Artistic Director of Minnesota’s Lyra Baroque Orchestra!

Over the coming weeks this brilliant Baroque harpsichord master became a most generous friend, hosting my husband and I for dinner and a private concert at his magical home, surrounded by his vast fruit bearing gardens in a small village just outside Maastricht. The world knew Ogg as maestro; I know him as friend.

Susan Schaefer can be reached at susan@millcitymedia.org.

Monday
Aug152016

2025 Plan Quarterly Forum To Highlight Downtown Community, August 16 at First Avenue

Via an August 15 Press Release from the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2016) — Two of the Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan’s 10 initiatives are to end street homelessness in the City of Minneapolis by the year 2025 while also building a festival of ideas that celebrates and taps into the innovative nature of our city.

Both will be on display during the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s 2025 Plan Quarterly Forum on Tuesday, August 16 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at First Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. The event will feature networking, tours of First Avenue pre- and post-event, and a presentation that includes a closer look at the work The 2025 Plan’s Ending Street Homelessness and Festival of Ideas-Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX) committees are currently working on.

Tuesday’s Quarterly Forum lineup includes:

  • Joseph Desenclos, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Livability Team Supervisor, Ending Street Homelessness Committee Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Gilhoi, The Line Magazine Director of Engagement & Development, Festival of Ideas-MiX Committee Co-Chair
  • Steve Cramer, Minneapolis Downtown Council & Downtown Improvement District President & CEO to provide overview of other four 2025 Plan Committees’ progress
  • Out in the Cold movie trailer focused on sharing an inside look on homelessness in Minneapolis
  • Brave New Workshop improvisation – What is MiX?

“Ending Street Homelessness in a major city like Minneapolis is a challenging goal, but it’s incredibly important and something our 2025 Plan committee is working diligently to address,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. “Another piece of a vibrant downtown is providing a forum for civic engagement, which is why the Minneapolis Idea eXchange’s vision for bringing people together will help with our mission for creating a consistently compelling downtown experience.”

The Ending Street Homelessness Committee is currently working on facilitating meaningful daytime activities for those in need in the downtown area, finding innovative ways to help with transportation needs, and creating an education campaign for the public that will help highlight ways to engage in helping our community end street homelessness.

Minneapolis Idea eXchange launched in 2014 and holds an annual event each year that blends culture, stirs thought and kindles solutions through bringing people together and fostering ideas that can power our community. MiX will host its next event on Wednesday, October 12 at Brave New Workshop, and Gilhoi will outline what MiX is and how it can impact our community.

Cramer will provide updates on The 2025 Plan’s remaining four committees, which include Development, Downtown Experience, Greening & Public Realm and Transportation.

MDC is also currently taking nominations for The 2025 Plan Leadership Awards, which are presented annual to individuals, organizations or initiative that help to move forward The 2025 Plan’s goals in six focused areas. To make a nomination, visit www.downtownmpls.com/2025awards.

For more information on the 2025 Plan’s initiatives or overall development downtown, follow @MplsDowntown on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DowntownMpls.

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit www.downtownmpls.com.

About the 2025 Plan: 

Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan is a vehicle to help leaders and citizens build on Downtown’s assets and guide its development in ways that reflect the community’s aspirations for a Downtown Minneapolis that is thriving, livable, green, connected and welcoming in the decades ahead. This includes initiatives to double downtown’s residential population, transform Nicollet Mall into a must-see destination, implement a Gateway connection and other green elements throughout downtown, create a compelling and walkable environment around the clock, lead the nation in transportation options, end street homelessness, forge connections with the University of Minnesota and more. The 2025 Plan is a Minneapolis Downtown Council initiative established in 2010.

Sunday
Aug142016

Mill City Emanuel Singers at Target Field

On Thursday, August 11th the Mill City Emanuel Singers sang 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' at the Twins-Astros game.  The singers are sponsored by the charity Friends of the Mill District.  33 members of the choir were able to attend. It was a gorgeous day, filled with laughter, hugs, and the joy of singing together under the direction of JD Steele. We had a great time!

The Singers are open to everyone.  We rehearse on Saturday afternoons, from 2-3:30 p.m. and our schedule for the next 12 months is as follows; September 10-October 15, November 12-December 17, and April 8-May 27. Rehearsals are usually held in either the Guthrie Theater or at the American Academy of Neurology.  There is no cost to sing in this choir, and the only talent that is needed is the talent of loving to sing!

My challenge is to come for a rehearsal.  If you aren't 'hooked' after one rehearsal, I will be surprised!  If interested in at least 1 rehearsal, please contact Claudia Kittock at cjkittock@gmail.com.

Sunday
Aug142016

Employment Opportunity at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is currently seeking applicants for the Exhibiting and Consigned Artists Coordinator position. Primary responsibilities include:

Consignment

  • Corresponding with consignment artists in a timely and professional fashion
  • Researching and reaching out to new artists for consignment
  • Managing consignment artists’ contracts and payments
  • Organizing and assisting with special sales events
  • Working with Shop staff to maintain consignment display
  • Maintaining current consignment inventory and sales

Exhibitions

  • Overseeing calls for exhibitions and tracking submissions
  • Organizing submissions for jury review
  • Drafting and maintaining exhibit contracts
  • Answering artist’s inquiries in a timely and professional fashion
  • Managing funds and shipping for the return of artwork after an exhibition
  • Working with MCBA’s Gallery and Studio Coordinator to complete exhibition installation

The ideal applicant for this position will demonstrate the following requirements:

  • 3 or more years of customer service or administrative experience
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Availability to work occasional weekends and evening events
  • Interest in the book arts; bookbinding, papermaking, printing, or general art experience is beneficial
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and also to work as part of a close team
  • Outstanding ability to think creatively and calmly
  • Attention to detail, ability to improve on old methods in an efficient way but works well within set systems of organization
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and familiarity with Google online tools are beneficial.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ Artist Consignment Program fosters the innovation of contemporary artist’s books by providing an opportunity for both emerging and established book artists to display and sell their work. The Exhibition Program continuously demonstrates the diversity of book art, serving to engage, educate, foster creativity, and cultivate greater appreciation of the book arts.

This is a Half Time (20hr week) position with $11-$14/hr starting pay depending on experience.

To apply, please email a PDF of your cover letter and résumé to Evelyn Miller, Shop Manager, at jobs@mnbookarts.org. The application deadline is September 9th.

A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

Sunday
Aug142016

Scenes from the August 13 Mill City Farmers Market

I had to do a double take - Zestar apples at the August 13 Market? Per Ames Farm owner Brian Fredericksen, these beauties are running about 10 days ahead of the usual harvest time.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13 was Gut Health Day at the Market, and Adrienne from Kiss My Cabbage had an array of fermented veggies for shoppers to choose from.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

And the Ginormous Cabbage Award goes to . . . Prairie Hollow Farm!

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

My personal faves - Chinese Long Beans from the Bean Market. A must try - roast, stir fry or grill to fully bring out their wonderfulness.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

A heaping basket of banana bread from Heritage Breads disappeared in the blink of an eye.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Jonathon from Market Chef Pantry joked that he had to go a long way to get the maple syrup for his Maple Brown Mustard (his booth is next to Horner's Corner, so Steve can just hand over a bottle).  Many of the MCFM vendors use each others products - love it.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

These little kids were gleefully cuttin' a rug to Jack Klatt!

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Nistler's team works as a well-oiled machine to quickly move sacks of sweet corn from the truck to their stand. 

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

This pie plate from Fringe & Fettle reminded me of my mothers old stoneware pie plates (without the hairline cracks and fruit stains acquired by decades of weekly pie making, of course).

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

This young fellow was enjoying his carrots.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to the Wedge Community Co-op Pop-Up Market for expanding the grain selection at the MCFM. I'm making a couscous salad for this week's office lunches using the semolina couscous they demo'd at the August 13 Market.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Wow - those are some spectacular tomatoes from Loon Organics.

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat!

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market

August 13, 2016 Mill City Farmers Market 

Friday
Aug122016

Northbest: Ads of Minnesota Launches This September

Via an August 12 Press Release from the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

MINNEAPOLIS (August 12, 2016) — The Minneapolis Downtown Council, in partnership with AdFed MN and Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan’s Downtown Experience Committee, announced today a new event that highlights and celebrates the achievements of the Minneapolis creative community.

Northbest: Ads of Minnesota will take place Thursday, September 22 at The Commons beginning at 8 pm. The event will focus on Minneapolis’ innovative strength through its nationally- and internationally-recognized work, offering local creative agencies the opportunity to see their work celebrated with the public in an entertaining screening outdoors in downtown Minneapolis.

The event is free and open to the public and will include food trucks, beverages and networking along with the creative screening.

In addition to the announcement of Northbest, the Minneapolis Downtown Council today opened up a Request For Submissions for local creative agencies to submit their best work. The Request for Submissions can be found here.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to showcase Minneapolis’ brightest creative talents and productions,” said Leah Wong, Vice President of Events and Marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Highlighting our area’s advertising ingenuity at The Commons offers a way for us to come together as a community to celebrate and enjoy our collective talent and take part in a fun, compelling evening in our new downtown park.”

Agencies are encouraged to submit all advertisements created locally within the past 10 years. While there is no strict limit on the running time of each advertisement, they should fall within the generally accepted range of 30 seconds to three minutes. Shorter or longer may work on a case-by-case basis.

Submissions must include:

Submissions must include:
· Name of commissioning company and product
· Name of agency
· Name of agency executive/manager lead on project.
· Name of project creative director
· Name of advertisement director
· Run time (min:sec)
· Year of production
· Any interesting details relating to filming in Minneapolis

“We have incredibly creative organizations and individuals in our city,” said Meredith Speier, Vice President, AdFed MN Board of Directors. “This event will provide an opportunity for them not only to get recognition for their talents, but they’ll be able to showcase them front and center for their peers and the general public under the downtown skyline.”

This year the new Northbest: Ads of Minnesota event will coincide with the AdFed MN Silver Medal Awards and season kickoff. To learn more about the Silver Medal Awards, visit www.adfed.org.

For more information on the Minneapolis Downtown Council, its initiatives or the upcoming event, visit www.downtownmpls.com or follow @MplsDowntown on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DowntownMpls.

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit DowntownMpls.com.

About AdFed:

Advertising Federation of Minnesota [AdFed] is a non-profit, professional trade organization that serves the Minnesota advertising community including agencies, advertisers, suppliers and students. AdFed is part of The American Advertising Federation [AAF], the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association. AdFed of Minnesota members volunteer their time and talents to plan and execute community events that are overseen by a board of directors. AdFed offers networking opportunities, seminars, speaker presentations and other fun and industry-focused events. AdFed celebrates the Twin Cities’ market strength and the global impact that our community makes through leading brands, creative advertising campaigns and sound business practices. For more information about AdFed, visit http://www.adfed.org.

About Northbest: Ads of Minnesota:

Northbest: Ads of Minnesota is an event produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council in partnership with AdFest MN and the Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan’s Downtown Experience Committee. The name Northbest: Ads of Minnesota was developed by local agency Periscope. Northbest offers a chance for the local community to celebrate the vision of our creative community, which accounts for roughly 65,000 jobs within our local workforce. The event itself aligns with The 2025 Plan’s vision for creating a consistently compelling downtown experience. For more information on The 2025 Plan, visit www.2025plan.com or follow along on social media using the hashtag #2025Plan.

Thursday
Aug112016

Mix of housing types and retail proposed for 205 Park Ave

 

UPDATE - AUGUST 11, 2016:

The City of Minneapolis just released the decision to grant Sherman Associates exclusive negotiating rights to develop the city owned parking lot at 205 Park Ave S. in the Mill District of Downtown Minneapolis.

Download the Staff Report recommending the Sherman proposal...

Download the Sherman proposal (13MB)...

View the photos on Flickr...

Quick summary from the CPED Staff Report:

SHERMAN ASSOCIATES PROPOSAL

Housing

• 6-story mixed-use building

• 115 mixed-income apartment rental units (levels 2-6), with stated commitments for 20%

(23 units) affordable to households earning 60% of Area Median Income (“AMI”). The

average rents for the affordable units would be $950/month. The remainder of the units

(92) would be market rate rentals. 

• 4 two-level, for-sale townhomes fronting Park Ave.

• 130 underground parking stalls (two levels) for residents.

• Sustainable, energy efficient design, integrating components of LEED.

 Retail

• Approximately 4,800 sq. ft. ground floor restaurant at the corner of Park Ave. and

Washington Ave. with outdoor patio.

•  Approximately 1,500 sq. ft. bakery/coffee shop at the corner of Park Ave. and 2 St. S.,

with loading dock patio space.

• Letters of Intent from Kim Bartmann for both the restaurant and bakery spaces.

• Bank of America ATM (Letter of Intent) on Washington Ave.

• Police substation (500 sq. ft.) on 2 St. (MPD commitment unconfirmed)

Public Amenities

• Pet relief area (open to the public) lining the adjacent municipal parking ramp

(discussions with nonprofit Dog Grounds about co-managing the dog park. 

• Landscaping, bike parking, outdoor restaurant seating, proposed exterior screening of

adjacent parking ramp in collaboration with the City.

Purchase Price:  $3,246,840 ($90 per sq. ft.)

Total Development Cost:  $35,932,762

 

GRAND REAL ESTATE ADVISORS PROPOSAL

Housing

•  5- or 6-story mixed-use building (stated preference for 6-story building)

• 42-52 for-sale units

• Preliminary discussions with City of Lakes Community Land Trust about partnering on 4 land trust units (no stated commitments or letter of intent from CLCLT).

• 85 below-grade parking stalls.

Retail

• Approximately 2,900 sq. ft. ground floor retail along Washington Ave. (in preliminary discussions with owner of Yum restaurant - no letter of intent or commitment).

Public Amenities

• Dog relief area (open to the public) lining the adjacent municipal parking ramp.

• Landscaping, bicycle parking, outdoor seating area for retail space, GREA is looking to the City to provide exterior screening for neighboring parking ramp.

Purchase Price

• 5-story building:  $1,554,000 (~$43 per sq. ft.)

• 6-story building:  $1,924,000 (~$53 per sq. ft.)

Total Development Cost

• 5-story building:  $26,645,150

• 6-story building:  $31,989,898

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

At least 1 proposal was submitted prior to last Friday's deadline for redeveloping the city owned surface parking lot at 205 Park Ave S. Below is a high level description from the document, along with a link to download the entire report, with graphics:

Download the proposal (13MB)...

View the photos on Flickr...

Developer: Sherman Associates

Mixed Income Apartment Homes: 97,606 square feet, 115 apartment homes on levels 2 through 6. Twenty percent (20%) of the apartment homes will be dedicated as affordable housing for household incomes of 60% AMI or below (details of affordable housing below). The units themselves will included fully furnished kitchens (range/oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and microwave), ample natural light, in-unit washer and dryers, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. There will be two levels of underground, heated parking, providing approximately 130 parking spots for the residents. The apartment homes will also include amenities to allow the building to be competitive in the vast marketplace. These amenities include: 6th floor club room and amenity deck with spectacular downtown views, first floor fitness center, club room, and patio.

For Sale Townhomes: 7,904 square feet, 4 two-level townhomes of approximately 1,900 square feet on two levels. These walk up townhomes on Park Avenue South will include two dedicated heated parking spaces, and will have access to the amenities of the mixed-income apartment building.

Kim Bartmann Restaurant 1: 4,782 square feet, first level restaurant on Washington and Park Avenue South operated by highly regarded restaurateur, Kim Bartmann. This restaurant will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual eating environment. To foster street level activation, a large patio on the corner of Washington Avenue and Park Avenue South will be incorporated into the dining experience. The kitchen will also serve as the bakery for the restaurant on 2nd Street South.

Kim Bartmann Restaurant Bakery 2: 1,521 square feet, first level bakery/coffee shop on the corner of Park Ave South and 2nd Street South. To echo the loading dock streetscape of Mills City Museum, a loading dock patio space will be integrated into the design on 2nd street and will serve as an outdoor patio for the bakery/coffee shop.

Bank of America ATM: 597 square feet, first level ATM on Washington Ave South. This ATM will be open 24 hours a day and will further promote street level activity.

Police Substation: 500 square feet, first level Police Substation on 2nd Street South. After discussion with numerous residents of the Mills District and support from DMNA, Sherman Associates plans to provide a Police Substation for the Mills District.

Pet Relief Area (open to the public): Sherman Associates initiated preliminary discussions with the Minneapolis urban off-leash management entity, Dog Grounds, to partner on a public pet relief area at 205 Park. Sherman Associates envisions a dog park lining the municipal ramp, funded and co-managed by Sherman Associates in partnership with Dog Grounds. This tremendously needed asset will help manage the escalating pet waste concern within the Mills District.