Marcy-Holmes Monthly • November 2019



Construction on the 5th Street SE pedestrian / bike bridge is nearly complete. Sometime in November MnDOT will install the permanent railings along the bridge deck (there was an unintentional delay of the railing shipment to MnDOT).

The chain link fence currently in place is not a permanent feature of the new bridge. It was meant only to reopen the bridge as soon as possible.


6th Ave Greenway Care
Sat, Nov 2, 9 am - Noon
intersection of 6th Ave SE and 2nd St SE

Creative Placemaking
Mon, Nov 4, 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, Nov 5, 6:30 - 8 pm
University Lutheran Church of Hope
1301 6th Ave SE

Community Safety
Mon, Nov 11, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational Church
500 8th Ave SE

Board of Directors
Tue, Nov 19, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational Church
500 8th Ave SE


7th Annual Cine Latino Film Festival
Nov 1- 7
St. Anthony Main Theatre

Community Conversation on Education
Mon, Nov 4, 6:30 - 8 pm
Matthews Park | 2319 29th Ave S

UMN Off-Campus Housing Fair
Tues, Nov 5, 10 am - 2 pm
Coffman Memorial Union

Nice Ride Public Forum
Tues, Nov 5, 6 - 8 pm
Central Library | 300 Nicollet Mall

Good Morning Ward 3
Wed, Nov 20, 7:30 - 9 am
Kramarczuk's  215 E Hennepin Ave

Metro E Line Open House
Weds, Nov 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Marcy Open School | 415 4th Ave SE
Coffee w/ Your Council Member
Weds, Nov 20, 5 - 6 pm
Chatime | 321 14th Ave SE


Thanks to everyone who attended October's Annual Meeting and Board Election!


Special thanks to Mayor Jacob FreySenator Kari Dziedzic, Council Member Steve Fletcher, and Park Commissioner Chris Meyer for attending; The Machine Shop for their hospitality; and the UMN's Office of Off-Campus Living for their continued support, in addition to the volunteers their office sent to help us manage the evening!
2020 MHNA Board of Directors

Vic Thorstenson - President
Erich Wunderlich - Vice President
Barbara Camm - Treasurer
Tom Lincoln - Secretary

Ben McKibben
Bill Huntzicker
David Jones
David Moseman
Doug Donley (DBA)
Giordi Orreggio - NEW
James Farnsworth (MSA)
Joe Schaedler - NEW
John Goebel - NEW
Kim Hansen - NEW
Kriti Agarwal (COGS)
Marcus Mills
Michael Johnson
Nicholas Banitt
Nicholas Tangen - NEW
Nick Soldano - NEW
Sam Penders - NEW
Sarah Tittle - NEW
Wendy Born (Greek)


Although the Marcy-Holmes community has discussed a much taller 25-story mixed use building in Dinkytown over the past many months, CA Ventures and ESG Architects are now instead proposing a 9-story, 300 unit building along 15th Avenue SE between 4th and 5th Streets SE. More information will be available when we distribute the next Land Use + Development agenda, likely within the next 24 hours.

The development team will discuss their revised project at our next MHNA Land Use + Development Committee meeting:
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30 pm
University Lutheran Church of Hope | 601 13th Avenue SE


Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:30 - 8 pm
First Congregational Church | 500 8th Avenue SE

Many thanks go to the Minneapolis Police Department, the UMN Police Department, Council Member Steve Fletcher, and Regulatory Services for recently talking with the neighborhood at a safety meeting last week. 

Community input over the past couple of months has led to MHNA exploring the form and function of a standing Community Safety Committee. A conversation about how a committee could work will take place on November 11th at First Congregational Church.

This meeting will have no official chair (a chair will have to be appointed by the President and approved by the new board in January). Therefore, MHNA Executive Director Chris Lautenschlager will lead the meeting, attempting to gather and clarify community input on what activities the committee can work towards in 2020.

For those considering attending this meeting, we ask that you review a Crime and Safety Strategy Guide published by the City of Minneapolis' Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission. This guide will largely inform the possibilities to be discussed at the meeting.


Based on the work completed in the E Line Corridor Study, Metro Transit is recommending that the E Line run along 4th Street and University Avenue, through downtown and Uptown on Hennepin Avenue, to Southdale Transit Center via 44th Street and France Avenue.

Check out the E Line interactive map to view the recommendation in more detail.

Join us at one of the upcoming Open Houses (no formal presentation, come anytime) to learn more about the E Line recommendation, concept station locations, and planned connecting bus service and share your comments.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Marcy Open School

Submit your comments through the interactive map or send an email to Visit the project website to learn more.


Construction will begin on the Holmes Park (Marcy Open School) Playground project that was approved by the MPRB on October 2, 2019. The MPRB hopes to complete construction by Spring 2020.

The park's concept plan was developed from feedback received throughout last winter and spring. MPRB staff hosted or attended several pop-up events at Holmes Park, workshops with students of Marcy-Holmes School, meetings with parents and community members, and collected feedback from an online survey.


Bike lane improvements could increase traffic in Marcy-Holmes
MN Daily | Oct 2, 2019

Renovations coming to Marcy-Holmes affordable housing units
MN Daily | Oct 9, 2019

Plan to remake lock and dam, Minneapolis riverfront taking shape
Star Tribune | Oct 11, 2019

Proposed 25-story apartment tower renews debate over Dinkytown's future
Star Tribune | Oct 13, 2019

Proposed county budget threatens funding for senior programs
MN Daily | Oct 18, 2019

Angela Conley finds value in 'lived experience'
Southwest Journal | Oct 23, 2019

National Guardsman killed in Marcy Holmes stabbing remembered for lasting impact
Fox 9 | Oct 23, 2019

City to study potential impact of rent stabilization
MN Daily | Oct 23, 2019

Locals consider plans for St. Anthony Falls lock and dam
MN Daily | Oct 23, 2019

Under new proposal, some students could qualify for affordable housing
MN Daily | Oct 28, 2019


Eastside Meals on Wheels has need for drivers to deliver meals in the Marcy-Holmes, Minneapolis Como, and Prospect Park neighborhoods. In November, we have opportunities on the 4th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, and 25th. If those dates don't work, but you'd still like to get involved, please contact Bradley at 612-277-2529 or, or review

Hot and nutritious meals from Meals on Wheels helps keep people in their own homes rather than a nursing home, and our clients are extremely appreciative of our volunteer drivers.

Take Metro Transit's Network Next survey and help them decide how to grow their bus network

  • 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, Nov 9, Noon - 4 pm
Excelsior United Methodist
881 3rd Ave (Excelsior)

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

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Jessica Focht-Perlberg
Community Organizer
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