Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction
Updated: March 23, 2017
Hennepin Ave (from Lake St to 36th St) is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2018. The project will include improvements to the roadway, sidewalk, and utilities.
Minneapolis Public Works held an open house on March 9 and multiple street designs were presented. It is important to note the addition of bike lane (in both directions in one plan) and the reduction or elimination of on street parking.
Please see the project proposals here, scroll to page 12 for concept options between Lake St and 31st St, and page 13 for concept options between 31st St and 36th St.
All are encouraged to provide individual feedback to the city on the proposed options. For more information, go to the project website.
The deadline for public comment is March 27.
Calhoun/Harriet Master Plan
Updated: January 23, 2017
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking comments on a draft of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. This document will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet and surrounding parkland.
The draft Master Plan is the result of 18 months of community-based planning and design. Public comments will be accepted until March 4, 2017.
At the conclusion of the open comment period, MPRB staff will catalog and categorize each public comment to assess its impact to plan. The comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.
Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.
The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.
Review and Comment
The plan is available online on the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan project page. Printed copies of the plan along with paper surveys will be available after January 25 at each of the 13 recreation centers located in southwest Minneapolis, MPRB headquarters and the Walker, Linden Hills, and Washburn libraries.
Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, a printed survey at one of the locations referenced above or by emailing or phoning the project manager listed below.
View Plan on Project Page
Deb Bartels, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
East Calhoun in Hennepin County Library Digital Collection
In 2007, ECCO donated its collection of photographs taken for use in ECCO News and East Calhoun News between 1976-1986 to Hennepin County Library Special Collections. In addition to showcasing many East Calhoun area homes, people and street scenes, the photograph collection captures the area’s struggle with environmental hazards and commercialization, annual neighborhood activities like the Super Sale and Labor Day picnic, and small businesses.
These photographs are now available to the public online in Hennepin County Library’s new digital collections. Visit digitalcollections.hclib.org to view them all. Or, visit Hennepin County Library Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Minneapolis Central Library to see a display of original ECCO News photographs and papers on view through April 2017. Additional historical information is available here.
More information about ECCO can be found in the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) News Collection (M/A 2000.123.01-10) and in issues of ECCO News and East Calhoun News, both held in Hennepin County Library Special Collections.
Increased Airplane Traffic over Uptown?
March 2014 update
The Federal Aviation Administration announced they will not implement RNAV for any departing flights from MSP at this time.
No timeline was provided but the FAA committed to a robust outreach program to affected communities prior to implementation.
The FAA will, however, move forward with the (non-controversial) approved RNAV arrival procedures on a timeline still to be determined. The arrival flight paths will not change with the new technology.
For more information, go to the Metropolitan Airports Commission website.
February 2014 update
You may not be aware that the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing implementation of a new navigation system to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport called Performance Based Navigation/Required Navigation (PBN/RNAV). It will radically increase air traffic over Lake Calhoun and our East Calhoun businesses and homes as well as those of many of our neighbors. The proposed shift in flight patterns will condense 30 flight paths into 7 air superhighways, most of which will run directly over the heart of Southwest Minneapolis. Plane arrivals and departures over East Calhoun could go from 20-30 flights per day to 135 flights per day.
We urge you to become informed of these proposed changes and how they will impact the livability of your neighborhood, lakes and parks. Below are links with additional information and ways to let your opinion be heard. Please read and respond quickly.
- Log on to the FairSkies coalition and watch the short video to learn of the potentially severe effects of this proposed change. www.mspfairskies.com
- Please write or call your federal and state legislators, your City Council Member and your Metropolitan Airport Commission Representative. We’ve included a sample letter (see below) from which you can write your letter. The list of our representatives can be found on the Government Leaders webpage.
- Sign the petition at www.mspfairskies.com/make-your-voice-heard/.
- Additional information can also be found on the South Metro Airport Action Council website: www.quiettheskies.org.
East Calhoun Community Organization Board
My name is _____________. I’m a resident of ____________ in Minneapolis. I am troubled by the PBN/RNAV proposed changes to the flight patterns into and from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport that will radically increase noise and environmental damage to my neighborhood, and to the Minneapolis lakes and parks beloved by so many. I implore you to listen to my concern. Please work with my neighborhood organization to find a way to balance the growth of the airport with the livability of our neighborhoods and the viability of the Minneapolis parks system.
(Your name/ contact information)