Marcy-Holmes Monthly • February 2019




Saturday, February 2, 2019,  8 am - 4 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

You’re invited to the 2019 Community Connections Conference, a day of learning, sharing and connecting around this year’s theme Together: Mobilizing for a Better Minneapolis.

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free conference meant to build connections and foster collaboration between community, neighborhoods and government, focusing on best practices for community engagement.

The conference features interactive workshops, a legal clinic, speakers, panel discussions and exhibitors. Free lunch and interpretation services are provided. Read more at:
***Our Executive Director, Chris Lautenschlager, will be giving a short! presentation on Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes at the afternoon workshop, "Awesome Neighborhoods in 120 Seconds or Less."***


Marcy-Holmes Crime & Safety Meeting
Mon, Feb 4, 6:30 - 8 pm 
First Congregational | 500 8th Ave SE

Creative Placemaking - Agenda
Mon, Feb 4, 6:30 - 8 pm
A-Mill Warehouse Community Room
400 2nd St SE
(enter off of 5th Avenue SE)

Land Use & Development
Tues, Feb 5, 6:30 - 8 pm
Univ Luth Church of Hope
601 13th Ave SE

Tues, Feb 12, 6:30 - 8 pm
Pillsbury A-Mill | 315 Main St SE

Board of Directors
Tues, Feb 19, 6:30 pm
First Congregational | 500 8th Ave SE

Natalie Coffee Hours
Multiple dates - click links below
February 1, Purple Onion
February 6, Five Watt Coffee
February 12, Café Alma
February 18, Purple Onion
February 28, Five Watt Coffee


Adopt-a-Street Clean Up • April 28, 2019


Community Connections Conference
Sat, Feb 2, 8 am - 4 pm
MPLS Convention Center | 1301 2nd Ave S

Father Hennepin Park Biking & Pedestrian Meeting
Sat, Feb 2, 10 - 11 am
Pillsbury A Mill | 315 Main St SE

Father Hennepin Park Neighboring Residents Meeting
Sat, Feb 2, 11 am - 12 pm
Pillsbury A Mill | 315 Main St SE

Coffee w/ Council Member Fletcher
Multiple Dates - click link above

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
Sat, Feb 9, 10:30 am - 12 pm
A Mill Artist Lofts | 315 Main St SE

Rail Safety Community Forum
Sun, Feb 10, 1 - 3 pm
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE

Listening Session w/ Sen. Dziedzic & Rep. Loeffler
Sat, Feb 16, 1:30 - 3 pm
Windom Rec Center | 2251 Hayes St NE

The Creative Placemaking Committee of Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association is thrilled to announce our new Micro-Granting Program. Our goal is to encourage lots of small, active, and visible creative projects throughout our community in the spring and summer of 2019.

This is your chance to be creative and fund an idea for enhancing our Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. We hope that you consider applying for this funding opportunity or sharing this information with your creative network!

Our first application deadline is February 25. Feel free to attend our upcoming Creative Placemaking Committee meeting on February 4 to learn more about this opportunity! For details about the meeting on the 4th, click HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about this program!

Thanks for your commitment to our creative community!

Michael Johnson, Chair
Diane Hahn, Micro-Grant Project Lead


Many thanks to everyone able to attend our most recent quarterly membership meeting on January 15th at the Pillsbury A-Mill. Thanks also go to Sen. Dziedzic, Rep. Noor, Council Member Fletcher and Commissioner Meyer for taking time to meet with us again.

If you'd like to see our overview slideshow that briefly details our projects and plans for 2019, please click HERE!



To promote neighborhood safety, the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association has created a Block Club Support Program to invest in neighborhood safety. Homeowners and other property owners can be reimbursed up to $50 for safety improvements made to their properties. New, and continuing Block Club Leaders can be reimbursed up to $100 for safety improvements.

More information on the program is available here.
Download our guide here.

Want to learn about crime and safety trends in the neighborhood? Inspector Todd Loining and Crime Prevention Specialist Nick Juarez will be at our next Crime & Safety meeting on Monday, February 4, 6:30 - 8 pm. The meeting will be held at First Congregational Church (500 8th Ave SE).


MHNA has recently formed the Power of the Falls - East Bank Development Task Force, which will be strengthening leadership and engaging community members about investment in the Historic Riverfront area, one of Marcy-Holmes' five characters areas described in our 2014 Master Plan.

Chaired by MHNA board member Cordelia Pierson, the board has charged the task force with the following short- and long-range goals:
  • Shape East Bank development and public and private investment in the Water Power Character Area of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District in 2019. 
  • Strengthen leadership of elected and appointed representatives in the riverfront area.
  • Raise public awareness and strengthen community constituency for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, the Mississippi riverfront, and Marcy-Holmes and its city-approved master plan.
  • Build public confidence in public participation.
  • Build long-term relationships with diverse communities for ongoing sharing and reciprocity.
  • Increase long-term community engagement in Marcy-Holmes with MHNA.
People interested in shaping the future of our riverfront are welcome to participate - you can make a difference!

Please contact Cordelia Pierson if you are interested in this task force, and follow our webpage for background resources about this area, the latest updates and call-to-actions. The Power of the Falls - East Bank Task Force will be supporting the standing committees, including Land Use, Environment and Creative Placemaking. 


Interested in the re-development of Father Hennepin Park? Come to the focus group meetings below to provide your input on park improvements.

Biking and Pedestrian Meeting
Saturday, February 2, 10 - 11 am
Pillsbury A Mill | 315 Main Street SE
Refreshments provided by the MPRB

Neighboring Residents Meeting
Saturday, February 2, 11 am - 12 pm
Pillsbury A Mill | 315 Main Street SE
Refreshments provided by the MPRB

Community Advisory Team Review and Discussion
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational Church | 500 8th Ave SE


In fall 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will invest $1M in the upper area of Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, between the Stone Arch Bridge and Pillsbury A Mill/Third Avenue SE. MPRB is gathering community input on ways to invest these funds, and will be following the plans for the area. Please see our webpage for the Power of the Falls - East Bank Task Force for links to these plans. 


Thanks to everyone who came out to DeLaSalle High School on January 14th to learn more about the upcoming bridge repair projects that will be taking place over the next couple of years. Special thanks to Council Member Fletcher, Senator Kari Dziedzic, and representatives from Minneapolis Public Works and MnDOT who all shared information with the community.

If you weren't able to attend this meeting, you will find PDF versions of each bridge presentation below. For further information about these projects, please contact the MHNA office.


Interested in a healthy environment? Mitigating climate change? Caring for and restoring native flowers, grasses and trees? Connecting with the Mississippi River? Please participate in the Environment Committee.
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Pillsbury A-Mill | 315 Main Street SE

  • Father Hennepin Bluffs Park - discuss sustainability ideas for $1M investment
  • Action Plan - discuss and recommend priorities for 2019
The Committee's charge: Improve our community’s environmental health and sustainability through active greening and stewardship of green spaces, community engagement in environmental initiatives, promotion of clean and efficient energy use, and planning and advocacy for a healthy and sustainable neighborhood environment including its water, air, soil and sound qualities.  


The Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations have been completed and are available for review and comment. The official public comment period is from January 28 to March 31, 2019.

Please consider taking some time and reading this report. The decisions reached by the end of this process may significantly impact the future of this organization.

The Neighborhoods 2020 process was created by the City Council to look at how the City serves and supports neighborhood organizations both internally and externally via staffing, organizational/advisory board oversight and grant-funded programs. Each piece is important for equitable and high-quality services to be provided to residents.

If you would like to attend a public meeting on this matter, please consider joining the February meeting below: 
Neighborhoods 2020 Public Comment Session
Thursday, February 27, 6 - 8 pm
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE


METRO E Line open houses, surveys provide meaningful feedback
Metro Transit | January 7, 2019

Minneapolis’ neighborhood parks get a refresh
Finance & Commerce | January 10, 2019

Aveda will sell famed Aveda Institute in Minneapolis
Star Tribune | January 11, 2019

U Scientists: Minnesota is one of the nation's fastest warming states
Star Tribune | January 16, 2019

The Stone Arch Bridge: A Minneapolis Icon
Mill City Times | January 16, 2019

New project will improve conditions at Father Hennepin Bluff Park
MPRB | January 17, 2019

Stone Arch Bridge repairs fully funded
Southwest Journal | January 18, 2019

Marcy-Holmes looks to inform residents about local crime through block club program
MN Daily | January 22, 2019

Caution: bridge closings coming in 2020
The Northeaster | January 23, 2019 

New study reveals Minneapolis' most dangerous streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers
MinnPost | January 24, 2019

Soap Factory faces millions in debt, loss of building
MN Daily | January 24, 2019

Minneapolis wants to tie funding of neighborhood groups to their diversity
Star Tribune | January 27, 2019


Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic
Sat, February 9, Noon - 4 pm
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Ave N | Hopkins

Monthly Well-Being & Resilience Learning Community Webinar
Tues, February 26, 10 am - 12 pm
Health Services Building Room 313
525 Portland Avenue

Pratt Community Education Winter Classes
Join the community of lifelong learners at Pratt Community Education for their 2019 winter session classes. For more info or to register, call 612-668-1100.

Subscribe to State Senator Kari Dziedzic's newsletter HERE

Subscribe to City Council Member Steve Fletcher's newsletter HERE

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Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
500 8th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Natalie Townsend
Community Organizer
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