December Calendar

The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association December calendar:

Environmental Committee – will be meeting Wednesday December 4th at Jefferson Community School in the Media Center from 6:30-8:00

Zoning and Planning  – will be meeting Monday December 8th at Jefferson Community School in the Media Center from 6:30-8:30

The NRP Committee will not meet in December.

The LHENA Board will not meet in December.

The Housing and Task Force Committee will not meet in December.  Please take a moment to take the survey regarding Neighborhood Character and Lyndale Avenue.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FKT6MSH

Join the fun at the annual Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Holiday Party!  Wednesday December 17th at Williams Pub – upstairs – from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Appetizers provided by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association.  Cash Bar – Happy Hour Specials.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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Celebrate Winter in the Wedge!

JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR THE LOWRY HILL EAST
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

All welcome!
Wednesday * 17 December 2014 * 6-9PM

Enjoy an Uptown Favorite * WILLIAMS PUB – Upstairs
2911 Hennepin Avenue South

APPETIZERS PROVIDED BY LHENA
CASH BAR – Happy hour until 7 pm and then beer specials after
MINGLE WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MEET LOTS OF NEW ONES!
VOTE FOR THE HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS

Neighborhood Holiday Decorating Contest
* Decorating is ongoing through December 17
*  Voting ends midnight December 23
*  Winners announced December 26 (twitter, email, Facebook, website)
*  Winners receive a personalized certificate and their name will be added to the Wedge Holiday Decorating Winners plaque, displayed at LHENA events
* Submit photos by email (nominate yourself or someone else) wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
* An email survey will be sent out with the submissions for voting. A link to the survey will be posted on LHENA’s website.

Four Decoration Categories – any sort of decoration; lights, greenery, blowups, etc.
1) Residential: Residential building exteriors, yards – Any residential building
2) Residential: Balcony, window, interior (pictures) – 2 unit ++ apartments/coops/condos
3) Retail/Commercial Buildings Exteriors, window displays
4) Environmental/Green: An award in any of the above categories using green or environmentally friendly materials.

Keep an eye out for the LHENA 2015 events! www.TheWedge.org
* LHENA Contact Kristina Erazmus at wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
*  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and events

*LHENA is conducting a winter clothing drive for Jefferson Community School students as a community project. New or gently used hats, mittens, boots, and coats from kid’s size 5 to adult will be collected at all Board meetings and LHENA events.

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Housing Loan Program

If you missed the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Meeting last night, the following was passed via Community vote.  This program will now go the city for approval.  Thank you to the NRP Committee and residents who volunteered their time to draft this program.

Housing funds available are $934,679.  This was split into the following housing programs:

40% Closed end residential revolving loan – $333,871

5% Green Loan- $41,733.50

5%  Exterior Matching Deferred – $41,733.50

10% Historical Preservation – $83,467

20% Commercial revolving loan – $166,935

20% Greater than 4 unit residential revolving loan – %166,935

$ 5000.00 in Administrative for the annual fee

$ 5000.00 in Marketing to start

 

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November Meeting Agenda 11/19/2014

Here is the agenda for tomorrow evening’s LHENA meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association Board Agenda
November 19, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St
Speak respectfully, be succinct

Board members: Sue Bode, Burt Coffin, Becky Dernbach, Tim Dray, Leslie Foreman, Kyle Kilbourn, Bill Newmann, Michael Roden, Sara Romanishan, Paul Ryan, Shae Walker and Tina Erazmus (staff)

Call to order

November meeting agenda approved

October meeting minutes were approved by an electronic vote. Minutes have been posted on LHENA’s website.

Megan Tarnow -Accountant

Loan program – Community Vote

President’s report
Office lease – Our three month lease is up December 31. By January first we need to sign a six month or 12 month lease. I propose we sign a six month lease. After that, if the space continues to work out, sign a 12 month lease. That way if we want to move after our lease is up we are moving in the summer not the middle of the winter.

NCR: Engagement Letter and Procedures Audit
Procedures Audit

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Updates:

NRP

Environmental

Housing and Development Task Force

Public Spaces

Social
October Fall Fest update
November Dine out for LHENA
Healy Project donation to LHENA
Zoning and Planning

Coordinator’s Update – Kristina

Website upgrades and training

Jefferson School Community Service Project – The Closet

Open house report

NPP updates

Apartment building outreach

8:15 Council office update by Council Member Lisa Bender

Announcements

Adjourn

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Community and Board Vote on Home Loans – November 19th

At the next LHENA Board meeting, Wednesday November 19th, the Board will be voting on updates to the Home Loan Program.  The following is the outline of proposed new loans.

Commercial Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a personal guarantee from the property owner or partnership.
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Commercial properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, and energy efficiency, including correcting building code violations, awnings, tuck pointing, painting exteriors, roofs, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, hot water heaters and ADA and OSHA required improvements for accessibility
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Historic Deferred Matching Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $10,000
• 0% fixed interest rate (APR 0.158%) APR based on $5,000 for 5 years at 0%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 2 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a mortgage
• Closing costs apply
• All improvements must be approved by the LHENA Historic Committee before closing
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned historic residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• Residential properties with 4 units or less
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those that repair or replace the historic character and integrity of the home including painting of repaired surfaces, soffits fascia and trim work, Porches, Stucco & Siding, windows, gutters, Chimneys, tuck pointing, and fencing
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Low-Interest Home Improvement Revolving Loan:

Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• No income limits
• Terms up to 15 years
• This loan is secured by a mortgage on the property
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied, absentee-owned residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood
• 1-4 units
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include most interior or exterior improvements to the home or garage Including: Decks, windows, siding, roofs, fences, rain gardens, kitchen and or bath remodels, additions. Energy efficiency improvements include solar panels, high efficiency furnaces, insulation, weather stripping, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.
Green/Exterior Matching Deferred Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $500 – $4,000
• A match is required. The matching deferred loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $4,000.
• 0% fixed interest rate (APR 0.158%)* *APR based on $5,000 for 5 years at 0%.
• No Income Limits
• Loan is 100% forgiven after 5 years of consecutive ownership of the eligible property
• This loan is secured by a mortgage on the property
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned residential properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• 1-4 units residential properties
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, energy efficiency, and basic livability deficiencies including painting exteriors, replace or build new decks, roofs, garages, fences, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

Multi Unit Greater Than 4 Unit Matching Property Improvement Loan:

Proposed Loan Terms
• Loan amounts from $2,500 – $30,000
• 3% fixed interest rate (APR 3.014%) APR based on $10,000 for 15 years at 3%.
• A match is required. The matching loan will provide a 1 to 1 match of the eligible improvement costs up to a maximum loan amount of $30,000.
• No Income Limits
• The loan is secured by a personal guarantee from the property owner or partnership.
• Closing costs apply
Property Eligibility
• Owner-occupied and absentee owned residential multifamily properties located in the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
• 4 or greater unit residential properties
• Properties under construction or held in Trust are not eligible
Types of Improvements
• Eligible improvements include those those that address health and safety, energy efficiency, and basic livability deficiencies including painting exteriors, roofs, fences, installation of windows, doors, HVAC, insulation, and hot water heaters.
• 2 bids are required from qualified, licensed contractors for projects over $5,000.
• Funds are held in a non-interest escrow bearing account at CEE from loan closing until the work is completed and all final documentation is received.

 

 

 

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LHENA Halloween Fun at Mueller Park!

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association INVITES YOU TO
HALLOWEEN FUN
IN THE
PARK
TRICKS AND TREATS FOR LITTLE AND BIG KIDS!

Sunday, 26 October, 2014 * 3pm-5pm
Mueller Park – 2509 Colfax Ave S * Rain or Shine

 3pm Costume Parade around the Park Block
 3.45pm Caramel & Apples with Ice Cream & Hot Apple Cider
 4pm Cookie Decorating from Cookie Cart
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LHENA 2014 EVENT CALENDAR Keep an eye out for these events!
 November Fundraiser: Dine-Out for LHENA (location & time to be announced)
 6 November, Thursday 6pm-8pm LHENA New Office Open House Intermedia Arts Hub West
 17 December, Wednesday 6pm-9pm Annual Holiday Party & Donation Drive for Jefferson Students (gently new or used:hats,mittens,boots,coats,kids size 5 to adult small) at Williams Pub
 Committee and Board Meetings at Jefferson Community School LHENA Contact: Kristina Erazmus wedgecoordinator@gmail.com
 Follow us on facebook and Twitter for news and events

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Oct 11 Allan Spear LGBT Equality Colonnade Dededication

Join friends and neighbors for the dedication of the Allan Spear LGBT Equality Colonnade in Mueller Park on Saturday, October 11, at 11:00 a.m. rain or shine! Peers of Allan and neighbors will speak. Light refreshments will be served.

Allan Spear was a former state Senate president who was one of the first openly gay male legislators in the U.S.  Spear is renowned for his monumental efforts in the passage of the Human Rights Act in 1993, which protected LGBT Minnesotans from discrimination.  He lived less than a block from the Colonnade site for decades.

Spear served 28 years in the Minnesota Senate and was its president from 1992–2000. In 2008, the Minnesota Historical Society named Spear as one of the most influential 150 people in the state as part of Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial celebration.

LGBT activists from Join the Impact-Twin Cities have planned and raised money for the project over the past two years.  People for Parks has been helpful in assisting the group by acting as the fiscal agent for this project.  The LHENA Board unanimously supported the plan in May 2011, followed by the full Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

With design help from TangleTown Gardens, plantings have been completed by JTI volunteers.

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Community Vote!

LHENA will be holding a community vote at the next Board meeting for the Neighborhood Priority Plan ( NPP).  Residents will be voting on priorities established by the Dot-mocracy survey.  The result of the community vote will help LHENA move forward on projects based on community input.  This is a great way to have your voice be heard.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 at Jefferson Community School  – Lunchroom. ( 1200 West 26th Street )


Lowery Hill Residents East will be eligible to vote.  All are welcome!

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Survey Results

At the 2014 Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association annual meeting, residents of the neighborhood who attended were given six sticker dots and one star to indicate what issues were important to them. The star indicated the issue of most importance. In all, 798 dots and 91 stars were placed. Thank you to all who participated in this “Dot-Mocracy voting” at the annual meeting!

The results of this democracy-style voting identified the following “LHENA Top 6″ as the most important issues to the neighborhood residents who voted:
1. Development and Rezoning
2.Bikes, Pedestrians, Traffic and Streets
3.Improve Infrastructure
4.Environment
5.Parks
6. Improve Housing Stock

The LHENA “Top 6″ issues were then presented to the community via a rank -style survey on Survey Monkey.  Here are the results of the survey.  Thank you to all who participated!  LHENA will be using these results to guide priorities for the Neighborhood Priority Plan.   The community will be voting on these priorities in October.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-2V6KC3DL/

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Environment Committee Meeting

The new Environment Committee will meet tonight!  Wednesday Sept. 24th at 6:30 at Jefferson Community School – 2600 West 26th Street – in the Media Center.

On tonight’s agenda : the committee is looking for ideas for neighborhood projects.  Bring your ideas!  This is a great and easy way to see you ideas come to fruition on a grass-roots level.  All are welcome.  Hope to see you tonight!

Call to Order
— Recognize founding board members, chair
– Approval of Agenda
– Announcements
— RRO Summary Available
– Old Business (N/A)
– New Business
— Open the floor for nominations for new chair
— Room Reserved for Next meeting?
— Open floor for possible projects
— Previously Suggested ideas
— LEHNA projects from dotmocracy survey
— Uptown cleanup
— Seminars on clean up, ash tree, rain and corner gardens
– Adjourn

Questions? Contact wedgecoordinator@gmail.com

 

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