Motorists will once again be able to cross Interstate 35W at 46th Street when the 46th Street Bridge reopens, on Friday, July 31.

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Kingfield E-Mail Notice

July 29, 2009

1)            Kingfield Announces its 2009 NNO Specialty Ice Cream!

2)            Green NNO Party Packs Available to Kingfield Block Leaders and NNO Party Planners THIS Sunday, August 2, at the Kingfield Farmers’ Market, 4310 Nicollet

3)            ‘Youth Portraits’: A Public Art Family Project with Leonardo’s Basement, Sunday August 9

4)            3 Days Left–HOURCAR will Waive the Membership Application Fee through July 31

5)            A Kingfield DogPark?

6)            1st Annual Kingfield Garden Tour Coming in September—Tour Tickets support Kingfield’s 2010 Gardens!

…take the new survey related to Kingfield Community Gardens at !

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Committee Members Present: Alex Baumann, Tom Parent, Robyn Bipes, Jay Roos, Scott Bordon, Arthur Knowles, Marie Wolf, Alex Anderson, Dean Muldoon, JobyLynn Sassily James, Rosemary Dolata,
Staff Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson,
The committee discussed at length the proposal submitted by the KFNA Green committee to be in the Center for Energy and Environment Pilot Project for Home Energy Assessment, to which KFNA recently was accepted.  Redevelopment took up the conversation because of the rapid implementation timeline of the project, the allocation of Phase II housing dollars to the program, as well as KFNA’s committee meeting schedule.

There were many questions raised about what the benefits of this program would be for the neighborhood and for attendees, and how much KFNA was being expected to spend on the program in staffing and communications.  Ultimately a decision was reached that Linnes-Robinson would work with CEE, and involved Knowles if a physical meeting was able to be arranged, to get answers to these questions and if they were found to be satisfactory KFNA would enter into the program and if not, the organization would withdraw. 

The spending of the $50,000 Phase II dollars allocated to this project are to be used, according to the Plan, as following:
Goal 3
Promote sustainable building techniques and improve the environment.
Objective 1
Increase the use of environmentally friendly construction practices in Kingfield.
Strategy 1
Partner with other groups to plan and build demonstration sites on housing for green roofs and other green construction technologies.  
To encourage sustainable practices, they need to be visible and people need to be aware of the options, costs, and benefits.  By developing, promoting and demonstrating the options for good looking, cost effective, more efficient building techniques in housing, neighbors will become educated and be able to consider and use green construction.
Relationship of Strategy to City Goals: 
• Minneapolis Goal #6: Preserve and enhance our environmental, economic and social realms to promote a sustainable Minneapolis.
The KFNA Redevelopment Committee and KFNA Green Committee will work together to identify grants and use the NRP funds as seed money to apply for outside funding that can be used on Kingfield homes for green roofs and other environmentally friendly building techniques. 
Private funders
Private developers
$50,000 in 2006
$50,000 NRP
Contract Administrator
The committee decided they did not want to discuss new programs that may be established using these funds until we understood better 1. What federal funding and incentives will be available to whom and for what type of projects and  2. Until we understand more what type of work people attending the workshops want to do.
3912/3916 Blaisdell: An update was provided as to the status of 3912, which does have a purchase agreement by Patrick McGrath.  Although Bipes expressed some concerns over the neighbors perception of KFNA and why they would want to take possession of 3916 if the owner to 3912 is an ok landlord, Linnes-Robinson urged the committee to continue to research the purchase of the site since we don’t know the nature of the landlord (either now or into the future if he decides to sell).  All we know of the purchaser at this time is he was asked by a friend, who expressed that KFNA had a different intent for the site than for-profit development,  to not purchase the site he would not purchase the site and he went ahead and bought the property anyway. 
The committee discussed that outreach to the neighbors would need to be done by KFNA to make sure they understand the reasons for KFNA owning the site; but the individual neighbors that may be opposed should not outweigh the larger community good that could happen, as is often the case on issues that KFNA and particularly Redevelopment, work on.  Before meetings are help with neighbors, KFNA will wait until the purchase of 3912 is finalized and closed, and then will arrange for a discussion with the City to determine the cost and the procedure.  Next steps with the neighbors and determining the use of this green space will be done after that.
Nicollet Avenue—moving to advocacy:  Nicollet Pothole will be the Kingfield ice-cream flavor of 2009.  We will use this ice-cream on National Night Out to educate people about the horrible state of Nicolet Avenue and the fact that it was moved into the future and out of the 5-year plan of the City for reconstruction.  Alex Bauman, Tom Parent and JobyLynn expressed interest in serving on a Nicollet Avenue Task Force with neighbors in Lyndale when one gets established. 
The Committee briefly touched on the subject of KFNA’s response to MPLS Pedestrian Master Plan (see attached) and the implications and next steps from BRT bridge access.  Staff is continuing to advocate for access from Kingfield to the BRT station at every possible opportunity including a recent request from the Mayor’s office to provide them with ‘shovel-ready’ projects under $100,000 for 2010 as part of their budget (see description below).  This issue needs to be taken up directly with the City by the committee in the near future to assure we can safely access this station.
And as a request for projects for the 2010 Mayor’s budget:
Safe and visible pedestrian and bike access to the new 46th Street BRT station and bridge—the planning partners have drawn their lines at the end of the bridge and neglected to consider how people from the neighborhood will access this station.  Currently we are looking at:
• Zebra crossings
• Bike boxes
• Cycle in the traffic signal for pedestrians and bicycles only
• Rumble strips (probably the wrong term for a textured surface alerting drivers that they are entering a pedestrian zone)
• Bump out curbs

Wine store proposed at last meeting at 36 and Nicollet—moved to lake
Tour of Jardin Magico for any interested (Linnes-Robinson and Parent are attending)—Thursday 9:30 AM
It was mentioned that motion lights at Mulroy’s would make more sense than the constant-on lights currently there.

Minutes provided by Linnes-Robinson.
July 22, 2009
Dear Erica,
This evening the Kingfield Redevelopment committee met.  Our interest in the energy efficiency project came from the Green committee but because of the accelerated timeline of the pilot project, and due to the dual responsibility for the oversight of NRP funds between these two KFNA committees, we decided to begin the conversation about the organizing and outreach for the energy efficiency project with Redevelopment tonight. The committee expressed a number of questions about the format and intent of the pilot project.
The committee asked that I bring these questions to you and have you consider them before we proceed with this project in Phase 1.  If you could let me know the best way to address these questions, whether we should speak by phone, have another meeting of your team with members of KFNA, or another alternative, please let me know as soon as possible.  I understand time is of the utmost importance to you to get info out for National Night Out; this rushed timeline is one thing that is causing my committee to pause.  They are feeling that the project is being rushed and possibly not enough consideration is being given to fully test various forms of outreach and organizing.  We want to make sure that if we are participating in what is being billed as a pilot, that our suggestions will be listened to and considered for the success of all future neighborhoods and cities participating in the project.
Other concerns expressed are as follows:
Regarding financing:
What financing programs are available that you will be offering to people in Kingfield?  The committee wants to understand if partakers in the workshop will be offered a multitude of programs.  Many committees members expressed concerns that there are really only a few options coupled which would be coupled with KFNA financing, and we really aren’t able to provide folks with much information or many opportunities.  Is there additional money that CEE is bringing to these neighbors participating in the programs through LCCMR?  There was a question about what are you putting on the table that is new from what people can find elsewhere, or we are really just directing people to you for financing?
How will you assist people that cannot afford to make improvements?  Is income one of the pre-forms you are asking people to submit early?  Will information on assistance through programs like Community Action be provided and people directed there by you or the inspector?  Do you have a fund established to assist people with the stipend payment for the audit if they cannot afford it, or cannot immediately see the value? 
Regarding inspection:
Will infrared detection be used in all home inspections?  We have heard from others this is critical in older homes.
Regarding organizing and outreach:
Let me say that we applied for participation in this project knowing that we are expected to cover the cost of our organizing and outreach and have accepted these conditions.  As we expressed at the initial announcement of this project, however, we do feel these conditions are unfair and will present barriers for many groups to even work with you.  We need to express, for our sake and for future communities you will work with, that in the final project a community organization’s time and connections and established communication tools need to be valued by your organization and compensated in some way.  Your success on this project is hinged upon their commitment and interest.
Thank you for listening to our concerns.  Please let me know how we can best get our questions answered.

Sarah Linnes-Robinson,
Executive Director
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
612.791.7081 cell

To:  Anna Flintoft, PTP Transportation Planner, City of Minneapolis
From: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director, Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Re: Comments on the Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Minneapolis
Date: July 20, 2009

Ms. Flintoft,
In reviewing the Executive Summary of the City of Minneapolis’ Pedestrian Master Plan, there is, as with most Master Plans, little to argue with.  The goals are unarguable for a City that has already said it is important to pay attention to walkers.  However, the lack of concrete implementation specifics in the entire plan makes it hard to assess if this plan will ever have an impact on redesign in our City.

Additionally, I have concerns with the implementation of Goals 3 (Safe and Convenient Street Crossings) and 4 (A Pedestrian Environment that Foster Walking).  Specifically neither of these goals addresses the fact that many jurisdictions own roadways in Minneapolis and have different intent for their use than “walkability”. 

The battle that lasted over ten years to have County-owned Lyndale Avenue designed as not just a river of cars is one example.  The resistance to change to define the road as serving multiple uses took many hours of volunteer time and staff time from many agencies.  The result of increasing the walkability of that street through the current design has changed the feel of the entire avenue.  Although we all like to think that attitudes and ideas of these agencies have changed in that time, there are still numerous examples many jurisdictions are still defining their road-use as automotive. 

I expect a similar battle to ensue over the pedestrian access (or lack thereof) to the newly designed 46th Street bridge and Bus Rapid Transit Hub; MnDot is planning the bridge for cars, Metro Transit for bus commuters, and neither expect walkers to use the facility or think it is their responsibility to provide them with safe access.   

Outside of Kingfield, I have seen the same problems concerning 54th Street which is owned by the County; when questioned as to if safe access across the road can be provided, the City shrugs their shoulders and states it is not their road.  Minneapolis needs an implementation strategy to demand that these other agencies allow for safe pedestrian crossings at logical intervals and access along all roads in the City, regardless of ownership.

I have seen similar “conflicts of use” problems directly within the City also.  Kingfield Neighborhood struggles with access to our own Community Center, Martin Luther King Park, whose prime doorway sits in the middle of a block on what is considered a “community corridor”.  We have been told for years that a crosswalk will not be provided to that entrance because it will be confusing to cars. 

I expect we will encounter similar problems in the fall of 2010 when we expect to send many Kingfield kids walking to their new community school of Lyndale.  Guaranteeing these children safe and identifiable access across both 36th and 35th Street for their short walk to school during the morning rush hours onto the highway will be a priority for our organization.   When public institutions design building with entrances in the middle of a block, it is the City’s responsibility to provide safe access to the doorway. 

Additionally, although we appreciate the sentiment of the newer Minneapolis Public Works policy which includes “paint the pavement” options in the City, the restrictions put on this program to not be near a signaled intersection make application of this program as a traffic calming devise almost worthless.

I appreciate that the City is placing enough importance on walking to include a plan for it, but also think it needs to be integrated into the comprehensive plan (not attached as an auxiliary section) or it will most likely be looked at as a second thought when planning projects.

Thank you for the opportunity to offer input on this plan.

Sarah Linnes-Robinson,
KFNA Executive Director

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                                          KINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Members present: Dean Muldoon, JobyLynn Sassily-James, Arthur Knowles, Chris Sur, Marie Wolf, Marshall Onstrud, Scott Bordon. Also present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Robyn Bipes, Andrea Jenkins (Councilwoman Glidden’s aide), Eiddie(?) ____., Carol Dixon, Wade Keller, and Brian ____, from MPHA.

 A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order at 7:08 P.M.

 Community forum, and consideration of the Secretary’s report and Treasurer’s report were postponed until later in the meeting by general assent. New Business, point 2. (3912/3916 Blaisdell recommendation) was moved to the top of the agenda, again by general assent.

New Business:
 2. 3912/3916 Blaisdell recommendation
  Sarah Linnes-Robinson gave a brief history of the five-plex which has been foreclosed by
  Bremer Bank, and the adjacent vacant lot, now owned by the city of Minneapolis, and an    update on the present situation. [During this update Board Members Tom Parent and
  Dave Saddoris arrived.]
 To summarize: The Kingfield Neighborhood Association has taken an active position in
 addressing the situation presented by the foreclosure of this five-unit rental property. We have
 tried to work with Bremer Bank, with little success, and with councilwoman Glidden and the
 city of Minneapolis, and the current tenants to insure future development of the property within
 the Redevelopment Guidelines established by this Board.
 Brian ____, of the MPHA presented a preliminary plan by the Public Housing Authority to dev-
 elope both lots into five separate units of three to four bedrooms with garages arranged around a
 central patio. Some or all of these units might be part of a pilot “rent to own” program envisioned
 by MPHA. In any case, the two present tenants would receive some monies for moving expenses
 and displacement funds.
 Sarah Linnes-Robinson and Robyn Bipes informed us that a private developer has made an offer
 for the five-plex, which Bremer Bank has accepted. The private offer is considerably in excess of
 the amount MPHA is able to offer, but the agreement is tentative, pending inspections and
 approvals. A final decision should come within two weeks. The City has informed the developer
 that it has no intention of selling him the vacant lot, and that may affect the final decision.
 Tom Parent moved, and Marie Wolf seconded, that the Neighborhood support the MPHA in their
 acquisition of the two lots, and the development of five units of affordable housing with 3-4
 bedrooms each, should the present private offer fall through.
  Scott Bordon and Chris Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.
 [Councilwoman Elisabeth Glidden arrived during the above discussion] The City of Minneapolis
 has made clear, through Councilwoman Glidden, that it has no desire to sell the vacant lot to a
 private developer, but would encourage the acquisition of that lot by the Kingfield Neighborhood
 Association, either for community utility, or for leverage in shaping future development.
 Tom Parent moved, and Joby-Lynn S-J seconded, that the Neighborhood Board establish a task
 Force to explore the feasibility of creating a Community Development Corporation for the
 Neighborhood, specifically with regard to the properties at 3912/3916 Blaisdell, and report
 back to the Board.
  Chris Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.

Community Forum was officially opened.
 Wade Keller asked about the present status of the search for dog park in Kingfield.
 Sarah Linnes-Robinson and Elisabeth Glidden provided background information. Specifically
 The Park Board said  “NO WAY!”. The Neighborhood is continuing to pursue the matter, focused   on the southwest slopes of King  Park, or the northwest corner of the Park, or other areas. Stress is
 given to the “Crime and Safety” angle to exert pressure on the Park Board.

The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports were brought up for consideration at this time, but as various Board
 members had not had time to consider them, it was decided to table them for the September

New Business
1. Youth Portrait Public Art Project with Leonardo’s  Basement
As the funds requested came from the proceeds of the Neighborhood Art Show, which are
designated for the promotion of Neighborhood Arts, Joby-Lynn S-J moved, and Dean Muldoon seconded, to allocate the monies requested (‘$2000.00) for this “Faces of
Kingfield” project. Questions were raised about the ephemeral nature of the art, and
whether a more multi-generational  project would have more support. All art is ephemeral, and something involving all ages may well be a follow-up project.
 Chris Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.
3. Mis Ninos
This is a proposal to build a bi-lingual day care center on the three lots south of Mulroy’s
Body Shop. The principals gave a fine and relatively detailed presentation to the
Redevelopment Committee in June. Questions were raised concerning the disposition of
various mature trees on the lot, but overall the presentation was well received. As the principals did not request any specific Neighborhood action at this time, Tom Parent (co-
chair of Redevelopment) recommended that no action be taken at this time by the Board.
No action was taken.
 4.    Cookie Cart Statement of Support
                       A Neighborhood statement of support for the Cookie Cart participation in the Nicollet
                       Square project was supported by Neighborhood Staff and the Redevelopment Committee.
                        As amended by Dave Saddoris (friendly amendment, accepted) the statement of
                       Support reads:
  The Kingfield Neighborhood Association affirms its support of the Nicollet Square
                              Housing and retail development at 37th and Nicollet Ave. S. and expresses support for
                               The Cookie Cart to open a youth operated coffee shop/bakery as part of the project.
                                KFNA would be willing to be a partner on grant requests written by Cookie Cart, and
                                 to assist in grant preparation and proofing of sections pertaining to KFNA, as needed.
                               Additionally, KFNA is committed to help Cookie Cart succeed, and will assist in
                                Introducing and marketing the organization to Kingfield and the surrounding
    Neighborhoods and organizations.
                         Tom Parent moved, and JobyLynn S-J seconded, to accept this letter of support. Chris
                          Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.
4. Placement of Park Board Lakes District Representative
                Arthur Knowles volunteered to be the Neighborhood Representative to the Park Board
                              Lakes District for the following year. No one else wanted the job.

Old Business
 FM Assets
  Final allocation of the Farmer’s Market Assets owned by the Kingfield Neighborhood
  has not yet been dealt with. Tom Parent moved, and Dave Saddoris seconded, that the use
  of such assets be granted to the Farmer’s Market, until an allocation can be worked out.
   Chris Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.
  As the Board is not meeting in the month of August, Tom Parent moved, and Dave
  Saddoris seconded, that the Board delegate to the Executive Committee of the Board the
  oversight and approval of any contact revisions with the Farmer’s Market.
   Chris Sur abstained. All others voted “Aye”: motion passed.
Other Committees, Task Forces and Project Reports
 Redevelopment and Zoning
  Graffiti grant update:
  Our anti-graffiti grant is focusing on three areas: alleys, sound walls, and utility boxes.
  Alleys could be running murals or plantings; sound walls involve various bureaucracies,
  none of which wants to take responsibility for maintenance; and ideas for wrapping the
  the utility boxes progresses.
  Green Committee
  The Hour Car is coming this next week! And we (the Neighborhood) gets a membership.
  4307 Wentworth is lining up with the Land Trust.
 Crime Prevention and Safety (CpaS)
  The cop bike is paid in full
 40th &Lyndale TF – meeting scheduled for 7/27

At 8:49 P.M. Arthur Knowles moved to adjorn.

 These minutes respectively submitted to Secretary Dean Muldoon, and Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Staff, by Arthur Knowles. 7/10/09

On Tuesday July 14, 2009, the Minneapolis School Board work session focused on the Changing School Options planning that has continued since the Board asked the administration to go back to the drawing board after the April 28 recommendation.  Boundaries for elementary and middle schools were drawn for Areas A, B, and C, as well as community school attendance zones in each of several possible scenarios.  Magnet buildings were identified in each scenario, and programs identified for some of the buildings, others left in a “TBD” status.  Building closures were identified for each of the scenarios, and maps were provided. 
For a narrative description of the major points of the meeting, use this link:

For more information on this subject go to .

Come join us for an evening of garden exploration throughout Kingfield. We will see wonderful examples of vegetable gardens, native plantings, rain gardens, ponds, and a communal raised bed front yard veggie garden! We will also see a garden done by backyard harvest and our two future community garden sites.  We’ll end with music and treats at the center for performing arts at 38th and pleasant.


Ticket Price $5.00: All proceeds will be donated in direct support for

Kingfield Community Gardens 2010!


Tickets can be purchased at the KFNA Table at the Kingfield Farmers’ Market, Sundays, or from the Color Wheel Gallery, 319 West 46th Street, 11 AM- 6 PM Tuesday-Saturday.


What: A walking tour of a variety of beautiful gardens in Kingfield and a fundraiser for Kingfield Community Gardens, 2010.

When: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where: Meet in the driveway at 4217 Garfield Ave. and we will all walk together from there.

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm rain or shine

Other: Followed by a celebration of community and gardening in our future community gardens!


Sponsored by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Green Committee / / 612.823.5980

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