Midtown Farmers Market, transit-oriented development dominate discussion of site redevelopment at Corcoran Land Use and Housing meeting

Don Sabre, of Hennepin County Human Services, speaks at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's Land Use and Housing meeting.

The future of the 6.5 acre parcel of land at the corner of Lake Street and 22nd Avenue was once again up for discussion at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization’s Land Use and Housing meeting


Video: 'Board up banks, not our home'

Occupy Homes along with members of the community placed large wooden boards over the doors at the Minneapolis Police Department and the City Attorneys office, giving them a taste of what's been happening to folks going through foreclosure. Over the past two weeks the Minneapolis Police Department has come down hard on people who are reclaiming vacant homes. Those arrested weren't given a chance to depart the premises, as has been the case for others in this situation. Protestors want to know what's behind the more aggressive law enforcement stance recently and how come no bankers have been arrested or prosecuted for leaving communities in shambles.


First suburban homeless shelter for youth on track to open in Brooklyn Park

Jeremiah Carter testifying before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 20 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Halverson, left, that would provide funding for Homeless Youth Act activities. (Minnesota Legislature photo by Andrew VonBank)

The first Twin Cities suburban homeless shelter for youth is moving forward in Brooklyn Park faster than anyone expected, thanks to a coalition of church and community leaders and support from city leaders.


North Minneapolis rental property owners refute slumlord label, place responsibility for code violations on problem renters

Mahmood Khan outside a rental property in North Minneapolis (Photos by Charles Hallman)

City landlords Keith Malmer and Mahmood Khan both do not see themselves as “slum landlords” simply because the majority of their properties are located on Minneapolis’ North Side. They insist they are making the best effort they can to select good tenants and maintain the properties.


Transit-oriented development at Lake and Hiawatha on the table at April 3 meeting

Can Minneapolis finally pull off a high-quality transit-oriented development (TOD) project? Yes, with a little luck, a lot of disparate interests coming to a common agreement, and likely some creative financing. Development plans at the Midtown Farmers Market site in Minneapolis appear to be revived. Included in the multi-phase plan are housing, offices, retail, and perhaps most importantly, a public square that will serve as home for the Midtown Farmers Market. However, the plan is more complicated than ever, so getting this built won’t be easy. This Thursday, April 3 at 6PM the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization will host a meeting so the public can find out more about the plan. It is important to show your support for good urban design and transit oriented development. Check out the plan below.


Conservation districts: Saving the neighborhood or going NIMBY?

Recent controversies over a teardown moratorium in Southwest Minneapolis and massive development in Dinkytown have highlighted many city residents' desire to control what's happening in their neighborhoods. On the other side, many developers criticize the push for limits as "not in my backyard" opposition to progress.


Tax bill 2014: Part two

Ten days ago, Governor Dayton signed into law the first tax act of 2014, which focused largely—but not exclusively—on time-sensitive items which needed to be enacted quickly. That act disposed of about half of the projected FY 2014-15 budget reserve through tax reductions and budget reserve increases. Now a second tax bill is working its way through the legislature. Last week the House Tax Committee passed its second tax bill of the 2014 session, which now awaits action by another committee before going to the House floor for passage. Some of the provisions of the second House tax bill (as of March 31) are outlined below.


Helter shelter

The anxiety is ramping in our lives and surely in my belly.


Will luxury work on West Broadway? Developer Tim Baylor thinks so

The smallest building, at left, would be the first phase of Satori, next to the Cub parking lot. A 300-car partly-underground parking lot is shown behind the middle (900) block. (Photos by Margo Ashmore)

It impressed even the people who opposed tearing down the last remaining concentrated blocks of old buildings on West Broadway to make it happen—though they said, “pick different blocks.” Tim Baylor’s proposed “Satori” project would bring 234 luxury apartments, office space, and retail that would serve the new residents and the community, to the 800, 900, and 1000 blocks of West Broadway’s south side. That’s from Cub, to Emerson Avenue.


In favor of the Southwest moratorium

Call me inconsistent, but I’m conflicted regarding the Southwest Moratorium. Considering my previous positions and ideology, it seems hypocritical to support a freeze on all new construction permits in the five neighborhoods that Linea Palmisano represents. I had an uneasiness with my immediate supportive reaction after news of the moratorium broke, especially since so many of my density-minded peers quickly denounced it. In the recent past I have written to representatives and officials to voice support for the demolition of a historic home and to grant variances and special permits in order to build an over-sized structure in a congested corridor. Why, then, does a building boom in a largely single-family part of the city make me so agitated?

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