Bus Barn in the news

The Bus Barn makes the Star Tribune. Thank you Zoe Jackson for covering the issue.

Now on KARE 11 as well check it out here.

Posted in Bus Barn, Neighborhood Issues, Northeast Area Issues | Tagged , | Comments Off on Bus Barn in the news

MTN bus facility OPEN HOUSE

Design Open House – Gateway Site

Tuesday July 9th from 5pm- 7:30pm NEOO Development will be hosting an open house to for community members to view, give feedback and ask questions about the site plan and design for MTN’s future office and bus facility. It will be located at the Columbia Heights Public Library in the community room.

Attachment with no description

Posted in Gateway Gardens, Neighborhood Issues, Northeast Area Issues, Public Meetings | Tagged , | Comments Off on MTN bus facility OPEN HOUSE

MTN Bus Barn and Parking

School Bus Barn at 37th and University

The MTN Bus Barn and parking facility is now on the Planning Commission Committee of the whole agenda. 

The link to the proposed plan 

The staff report points out the obvious issues about not fronting the street, to much blank wall space, no trees in the parking lot, etc.. It does note that as the rules stand they will need a Conditional Use Permit. The COW meeting is open to the public but they do not take public testimony. You can make comments on the plan for the commissioners to see by either contacting the staff person Shanna Sether (shanna.sether@minneapolismn.gov) or the clerk Lisa Kusz to the planning commission Lisa.kusz@minneapolismn.gov. Any comments to the committee must be shared with all members as they function as a semi judicial body.

Denetrick Powers of NEOO has contacted the neighborhood re: having a meeting prior to the presentation see the above post on the July 9th meeting.

Posted in Columbia Park History, Gateway Gardens, Neighborhood Issues, Northeast Area Issues, Public Meetings | Tagged , , | Comments Off on MTN Bus Barn and Parking

RED, WHITE and BOOM 4th of July in MInneapolis

July 4th clipart

Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks!

Posted in Parks, Special Events | Tagged , | Comments Off on RED, WHITE and BOOM 4th of July in MInneapolis

A Brush with Kindness

Is your home in need of critical repairs or painting? Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity can help! Applications for the “A Brush With Kindness” program are now open!

What is A Brush with Kindness? We believe that every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers for you to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Our paint and repair program provides health and safety repairs that can help you maintain a safe and stable home. That’s why more than 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program!

The “A Brush with Kindness” program focuses on exterior painting, and health and safety repairs. Their home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners affordably maintain their homes.
Go HERE to apply and learn more! Please note, the deadline to apply is: November 4, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.

Homeowners with roofing needs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as roofing resources and funds are limited – roofing projects will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Work will start on accepted projects in May 2020, weather cooperating.
If you submit an eligible application, staff will visit your home to understand your repair needs. Habitat staff, volunteers and/or contractors will complete projects within one year of your application.
What we do:
Exterior Painting
Carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, flooring, doors, windows
Mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating
Tree trimming and removal
Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars, ADA toilets, lever-handles for doors and faucets)
What we don’t do:
Emergency repairs
Driveway Paving
Cosmetic repairs (Remodel)
Large Structural repairs (Foundations, waterproofing, etc.)
Building additions (Rebuild garage, finish basements or attics)
Homeowners are eligible if:
Home is in 7-county Twin Cities metro area
Owner occupied for at least the last 2 years and have homeowners insurance
Household income below 80% of Twin Cities median income (e.g. household size of 2 = $57,550 maximum income – see our webpage for more examples:

Cannot have received assistance through ABWK in the past 2 years

How much will this cost?
A Brush with Kindness repairs are affordable. You have two repayment options:
1) 2-year, monthly repayment plan that is customized for your affordability
Payments dependent on ability to repay, but will not exceed $250 per month. Discount if you select this option!
2) 10-year forgivable mortgage, no monthly payments
Mortgage amount declines by 1/10 each year
Please call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program, the application process, or if you require assistance filling out an application.

Posted in construction, Homeownership, Local Services, Neighborhood Issues, Seniors | Tagged , , | Comments Off on A Brush with Kindness

Annual Meeting Agenda

Monday June 17, 2019

Hi View Park 3474 2nd ST NE

6:30 – Potluck Picnic Under the big tent 

Bring a dish to share ( your best homemade coleslaw or chips from Aldi we aren’t picky) Plates, napkins, and utensils provided as well as water to drink.

Through out the evening there will be a face painter and the pool and playground are right there….bring the family.  Well behaved pets are welcome too.

7:00– Call to Order by Melody Devine Co-Chair  

Approval of the Agenda*

Introductions of Neighbors

Guest Speakers
Brenda Yaritz CEE (CPNA Loan Program)
Kevin Reich Ward 1 Council Member
Irene Fernando County Commissioner
Kari Dziedzic State Senator and Diane Loeffler State Representative
Chris Meyer Park Commissioner
Jenny Arneson School Board Director

Old Business


Receive and file the June treasurer’s report*

Bridge Garden Update Liz W

New Business

State of the Neighborhood- Co Chair Melody Devine

Approve the End of Year Financials for 2018 to file with the Attorney General’s Office*

Election of CPNA board members (10) for 2019-20*

Gateway Redevelopment

Presentation by NEOO and MTN on the proposed bus barn on the property where the Gateway water tower stands

8:30- Adjourn*

*vote required

Posted in CPNA Agenda, CPNA Meeting, CPNA Minutes, Elections, Gateway Gardens, Neighborhood Issues, Neighborhood Programs, Special Events | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Annual Meeting Agenda

Rules on Recreational Fires

The seasons are changing and entertaining outside with recreational fires is a common past time now that fire pits are so popular.  With that in mind CPNA would like to remind you of the Minneapolis rules and ask that you please be kind to your neighbors who get to share the smoke and ash if not the fun gathering.

• Outdoor fires are permitted between  9:00AM and 10:00PM.

• Keep fires small, less than three feet in diameter  and two feet high.

• Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash, or debris because the smoke can be toxic.

• Fires must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.

• Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.

• Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.

• Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.

Posted in Neighborhood Issues | Comments Off on Rules on Recreational Fires

Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday May 20, 2019

The regular Board/ General Meeting of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Golf Manor 3300 Central AV NE.

For reasonable accommodations, alternative formats, translation services or the accessible entrance opened please contact CPNA staffer Liz at 612-390-3735. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call.

Please do not wear heavy scents to our meetings. We are in a small location and members have allergy issues. Thank you in advance for helping make our meetings inviting to all.
6:30 – Call to Order for Board Actions
6:31 – Approval of the Agenda
6:35 – Approval the Minutes for CPNA meeting April 15, 2019
6:39 – Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File
6:45- Open Time
6:59 – General Meeting
7:00 – New Business

Rep to help pick CAC members Wed 5/29 6:00-8:00pm MPRB HQ
Update on revolving loan program
Update from Liz and Melody on Gateway

7:15 – Old Business

Bridge Garden Water Supply and tools
Annual Meeting (we will be putting the lawn signs together at the meeting)
Guests, entertainment, CEE, survey folks from city, signs, helping at the picnic
Iris Garden

7:30 – Crime and Safety Update

2 PAC has gone back to meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month

7:45- Items for annual meeting agenda

7:50 – Announcements/ Communications

The Northeast Parade Needs You!!!

Plans are underway for the 90th Celebrate Northeast Parade on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The parade is the largest one-day event in Northeast Minneapolis drawing 8,000 people to Central Avenue. We are currently seeking sponsors, entrants, vendors and volunteers. Consider participating and supporting this long-standing community tradition!  For more information visit www.mplschamber.com/parade.
We need a few helping hands! Spend a late afternoon or an early evening at the 90th Annual Celebrate Northeast Parade. There are many volunteer opportunities and a variety of times available so gather your family, friends or co-workers and be a part of this great community tradition.

Paddle Share Online Registration Now Open

Online registration for the Paddle Share 2019 season is open! Make a reservation to secure kayaks for you and your crew for Memorial Day weekend! The MWMO is proud to serve once again as a host site for one the Paddle Share kiosks. http://paddleshare.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

New for 2019: Group bookings available Monday through Thursday. Call 651-293-8436 to schedule for your next corporate event or team building activity.


People who are curious.  People who want to know “Who ya gonna call?”   Graffiti haters, safe streets promoters, block club leaders, trash pick-uppers, your PAC needs YOU!

2-PAC is the Precinct Advisory Council in the MPD 2nd Precinct.  Residents “advise” the officers, city and county attorneys, parole officers and others that “something’s going on”.
In return, the Second Precinct “advises” us — renters and homeowners — on crime and safety trends in the 2nd Precinct:  what the 2nd is doing, and what they need from us (If you see something…)   We want to keep the Second Precinct the best and safest place to live in Minneapolis — that happens when residents get involved and learn how programs work.
We meet the second Monday of the month, 10 months a year.  Gathering starts at 6PM with a call to order at 6:15. The place is 1900 Central Ave NE, the Monroe Village Apartments community room.   Next meeting is June 10; put it on your calendar.
Most meetings start with an expert on a subject that affects you.  In 2018, some of our speakers “advised” us on topics including Solving a “Cold Case”, 311 services (all of them), how 911 operates, services available to victims of assault, and more.


8:00- Adjourn

Posted in CPNA Agenda, CPNA Meeting, CPNA Minutes, CPNA Newsletter, Crime and Safety, Elections, Gateway Gardens, IRIS GARDEN, Neighborhood Issues, Neighborhood Programs, Parks | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Agenda for Board/General Meeting Monday May 20, 2019


Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic is just around the corner on Monday June 17, 2019. We will once again be meeting at Hi View Park under the tent. Potluck picnic, guest speakers, entertainment for the kids as well as the turtle pool open for play.  Picnic 6:30pm program starts at 7:00pm.

Posted in CPNA Meeting, Elections, Neighborhood Issues, Public Meetings, Special Events | Tagged , , | Comments Off on SAVE THE DATE!!!!!

Earth Day Clean Up at Columbia Park Saturday April 20, 2019

Join us at the picnic tables near the Columbia Park parking lot for our annual Earth Day cleanup. The clean up is on Saturday April 20, 2019 from 9:30am to Noon. The CP railroad tracks tends to be a barrier that keeps trash in our neighborhood. Come help us remove the mess for a more beautiful Columbia Park neighborhood. Earth Day ClipartWe will provide gloves and bags (and some snacks). For more information about the city wide Earth Day clean up check out the Park Board Earth Day page.

Posted in Neighborhood Issues, Parks, Railroads, Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities | Tagged | Comments Off on Earth Day Clean Up at Columbia Park Saturday April 20, 2019