Marcy-Holmes Monthly • September 2019




Recently, MHNA staff received this letter from Varsity Bike owner, Rob DeHoff:

Hello Varsity Bike Friends,
I am sad to announce that Varsity Bike will be closing the end of September. I really appreciate all of the support over the 24 years that we have been open. It has been a joy for me and I will miss the store and interacting with all of you greatly. 
I am having a liquidation sale now. I hope that if you need anything bike related you come down. The sale currently is 10% off all bikes, 20% off parts and accessories, and even greater discounts on special merchandise. We have some amazing deals on our remaining cargo and electric bikes. Yes, things will continue to be further discounted, but the good stuff goes first.
I would really appreciate it if you can spread the word of my sale any way you can. 
I will be having a goodbye party Saturday September 14, noon until dark. Please come and join me celebrate a great run. 
Rob DeHoff
Owner, Varsity Bike + Transit


Board of Directors
Tues, Sept 17, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational | 500 8th Ave SE

Father Hennepin Bluffs Care
Sat, Sept 7, 9 am - 12 pm
Father Hennepin Park
***Meet across from A Mill on Main St***

Creative Placemaking 
Mon, Sep 9, 6:30 - 8 pm
A-Mill Artist Lofts | Warehouse Community Room
400 2nd St SE
(enter off of 5th Ave SE)

Land Use & Development
Tues, Sep 10, 6:30 - 8 pm
Univ Luth Church of Hope
601 13th Ave SE

6th Avenue Greenway Care Day
Thurs, Sept 12, 6 - 8 pm 
Thurs, Oct 3, 5:30 - 7 pm
***Meet at the intersection of 6th Ave SE & 2nd Street SE***


Marcy-Holmes Autumnal Social
Sun, Oct 13, 1 - 3 pm
Elwell Park | 714 6th St SE

Annual Elections / Membership Meeting
Tues, Oct 15, 6:30 pm
Machine Shop | 300 2nd St SE


Dinkytown Farmers Market
Every Weds, 4 - 7 pm
Univ Lutheran Church of Hope | 601 13th Ave SE

Open Streets University
MHNA table in Dinkytown
Sun, Sept 8, 11 am - 5 pm

Minneapolis Bike Tour
starts in Boom Island Park
Sun, Sept 15, 8 am

East Hennepin Resurfacing + Bike Lane Meeting
Mon, Sep 30, 6:30 pm
First Congregational | 500 8th Ave SE

Coffee w/ Council Member Fletcher
Multiple Dates - click link above
Last year's Annual Election
@ The Machine Shop

Don't miss this year's Election!
Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Land Use + Development Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 pm
University Lutheran Church of Hope | 601 13th Avenue SE
(in Fellowship Hall)

MHNA has invited CA Ventures and ESG Architects to present their ideas for a redevelopment project along 15th Avenue SE, between 4th and 5th Streets SE. This project would replace the sites currently occupied by McDonald's, Pagoda Restaurant, Himalayan, Five Guys, and Dinkytown Wine & Spirits with a new high-density mixed use tower.

The project team should provide updated imagery of the project in the days immediately preceding the meeting, but for now we can provide a recent staff report given to the City Planning Commission's Committee of the Whole on August 22, 2019. Report is available here.

We also encourage you to read a letter from the MHNA board of directors for this meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Letter available here.

There will be significant updates at this September 10th meeting, so we ask that you don't get too closely attached to the images you will see through the link we provided above. We provided this August report in the interest in giving background information on the project, and to give you a sense of the Land Use applications that will likely be proposed for this project. From page 2 of the report:

Based on staff’s preliminary review, the following land use applications have been identified:
  1. Comprehensive plan amendment from Corridor 6 to Transit 20 (Option A) or Transit 15 (Option B)
  2. Rezoning from C1 and C2 to C3A
  3. Conditional use permit to increase the maximum allowed height from 4 stories to 25 stories (Option A) or 16 stories (Option B)
  4. Variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 3.78 to 8.13
  5. Site plan review
Additional applications may be required, depending on the plans that the applicant formally submits.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Land Use + Development meeting on September 10th. All Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association meetings are open to the public. Please contact MHNA Executive Director, Chris Lautenschlager, if you have any questions or concerns: or 612.623.7633

If you are interested in researching past planning efforts carried out by the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, including our 2014 Master Plan, and a plan that we crafted for 15th Avenue SE, please visit this page:


The MHNA board needs your voice. The greater diversity of people involved in the MHNA board, the more our neighborhood thrives and remains a wonderful place to live, work, learn, play and grow—for everyone: renters, homeowners, students, business and property owners.

Any Resident Member or Non-resident Member who has been a member for at least twenty (20) days can run for an open Director's seat. For 2020, we are particularly eager to bring expertise and interests in management, finances, creative placemaking, transportation / infrastructure, and land use and development.

We also need diverse perspectives. So, if you have at least an interest in any of these issues (or others) and want to be a part of something big, please consider running.
Because MHNA expanded the overall size of the board this past April through a bylaw amendment (from 11 to 15 elected Directors), there will be a higher number of open seats at this year's election. 

What does board membership involve? We’re happy to have a chat with you and share what we know.

Take a look at our Board Position Description.

If you're interested, fill our our Candidate Form (Word | PDF | Online). 

Contact Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director, with any questions.

Back again for 2019, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore their neighborhood streets at Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley!

Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley
Sunday, September 8th
11 AM - 5 PM

Open Streets UMN + Motley is a free event bringing together artists, community groups and local businesses to temporarily close parts of 14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, and Oak St SE to car traffic, opening it up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

More than a street festival, Open Streets UMN + Motley brings together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play, enjoy art and live performances, and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.


MHNA's New Community Organizer
"I am excited to be returning to my early passions for community engagement in my new Community Organizer role. I bring to this work my early experiences in broad-based, relational community organizing and social work, and most recently as a legal services attorney. The common thread for me throughout my experiences is passion around cultivating interpersonal connection and relationships in order to affect positive change for people and our community. As an engaged Minneapolis resident, I am also personally invested in the work of making our community an inclusive, inviting, and vibrant place to be. Outside of work, my husband Paul and I stay busy trying our best to shape our three kiddos (7, 3 & 17 months) into good humans and having a lot of fun together along the way, with frequent living room dance parties, being outside as much as possible, and time spent with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know and serve the Marcy Holmes neighborhood."  
- Jessica


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MN Daily | Jul 30, 2019

The Future Of The Mall Might Be On Your College Campus
BuzzFeed.News | Aug 1, 2019

Study could expand public access to roaring Minneapolis riverfront
Star Tribune | Aug 9, 2019

After 2 Violent Crimes Near U Of M, Students Weigh In On Alert System
WCCO | Aug 12, 2019

Dinkytown bike shop to close for good next month
Bring Me The News | Aug 14, 2019

Digitizing Thousands of City of Minneapolis Photographs
HCLIB | Aug 12, 2019

Low vacancy rates make it tough for Twin Cities apartment renters
Star Tribune | Aug 24, 2019


Volunteer for Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts – September 10-12

Bicyclist and pedestrian counts are conducted in order to understand the impact of non-motorized traffic on streets, sidewalks, and trails. Accurate counts enable the City to plan and build for bicyclists and pedestrians, while tracking what’s successful and what should be done differently.

  • Senator Kari Dziedzic's newsletter HERE
  • State Representative Mohamud Noor's newsletter HERE
  • City Council Member Steve Fletcher's newsletter HERE

Now Hiring: Apply for a citizen representation position available on one of our city's Boards & Commissions
Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic
Sat, Sept 14, Noon - 4 pm
Champlin Ice Forum
12165 Ensign Ave N

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

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Jessica Focht-Perlberg
Community Organizer
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