The NRP Committee is looking to move in another direction. After many years of developing and promoting LHENA Home Loans, the committee is going to refocus on projects.

Following a meeting spent going through existing contracts, combing like contracts and refocusing on the priorities set forth by the neighborhood, they are taking a break to look at a new direction and focus.

If you would like more information please contact our staff – Kristina, at



August NRP meeting agenda

LHENA Office, Intermedia Arts Annex (ArtsHub), 2831 Aldrich Ave S. Minneapolis, MN  55408

Wednesday, August 5, 2015       7 pm-9 pm


7:00 pm           Call to order and introduction of all present

7:02 pm           Approval of agenda; Approval of July 2015 minutes

7:05 pm           Treasurer’s report; Finances / July board meeting motions; Loan status

7:15 pm           Scope and budget liaison report; Updates and discussion

7:30 pm           Chair’s report ; Annual review of loan program – action needed; Renters’ assistance update; Marketing

7:50 pm           Discussion on marketing for the NRP loans and grants; Videos; Set up marketing calendar

8:45 pm           Call for old business; Call for new business; Re-visit anything postponed from earlier in the meeting due to agenda re‑evaluation

9:00 pm           Adjournment

STANDING COMMITTEE:  Officers and members that have attended three consecutive meetings.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE NIGHT:  Neighborhood members who come to committee meetings but not on a regular basis.
ALL members of the neighborhood that attend a committee meeting have the same voting rights and discussion privileges, barring conflict of interest on the night of attendance.  A draft of the minutes will be forwarded to all committee members that attended that meeting for correction and to be presented at the next meeting for approval.  The reason for a distinction in committee members is for project follow-up.

Neighborhood Loan program updates

The NRP committee is currently working with the city to write up the new Neighborhood Loan program contracts.  While the new loans are not yet available, we are working hard to launch the program soon. Loans remain available through the existing loan program. Please keep checking back for more details and information.  To get added to our email list, please email me at:

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Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA)

We would like to welcome Beth Harrington as  the new NRP Chair.  Thank you Beth for participating! 

The Neighborhood Revitalization Committee (NRP) meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 pm. From September through June the committee meets at Jefferson Community School in the Media Center, 1200 W. 26th Street (26th and Emerson Ave S). Summer meetings are held at the LHENA office, 2831 Aldrich Ave. South.
Everyone is welcome to participate on this committee.
NRP focuses on the money contracted with the city in the NRP Phase I and Phase II programs.  The Phase I and Phase II programs consist of contracts for various neighborhood improvements including the neighborhood historic loan program with CEE (Center for Energy and Environment ). NRP is currently focused on promoting the historic loans for the neighborhood and recovering and re-contracting the Phase I and II funds to increase their benefit the neighborhood.

Further information on the historic loan program is as follows:

  • Goal is to stabilize and restore the exterior of neighborhood homes and structures in an historically appropriate manner.
  • All residential property owners within Lowry Hill East may participate.
  • All proposed improvements must be as historically accurate to the individual property as possible in order to receive funding through this program
  • Minimum NRP loan size of $2,500 and maximum of $10,000
  • Zero percent (0%) interest rate
  • 10 year loan term. No payments due in the interim if property ownership is retained for 10 years from the date of closing. After 10 years, the deferred loan is 100% forgiven. If the borrower sells or transfers title prior to the 10 year forgiveness term, the borrower will be responsible for repaying the deferred loan.
  • Match Requirement: The NRP-funded loan must be matched by funds from the property owner on a 1:1 basis.

Eligible improvements include those made to the exterior of the property for the purpose of preserving or restoring historic features. Past projects have included repair and restoration of windows, doors, porches, stucco and siding.
Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Siding Replacement (e.g., removal of vinyl or press board siding and replacing it with wood or fiber cement board siding of an appropriate scale and lap)
  • Windows (repair, replacement, or updates; e.g., the removal of aluminum windows or reduced-size windows, replacing them with clad wood hung windows)
  • Porches (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Gutters (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Roofing (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Masonry/stucco (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Soffits, fascia, and trim (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Painting of replaced surfaces (e.g., siding, trim, fascia, soffits, windows, etc.)
  • Steps and sidewalks (repair or replacement – in an historically accurate manner)
  • Fencing (if a “historical precedent” at the property can be documented)
  • Chimney reconstruction, but ONLY if it would be the removal of an historically inaccurate chimney and replacing it with a more historically-appropriate chimney
  • Other prominent architectural features which contribute to the historical character and integrity of the property.
  • Brick tuck-pointing (generally and if not an “excessive” percentage of the scope)
  • Architectural drawings, blueprints, scope of work plans, etc.

Funds may not be used for the following projects:

  • Recreation or luxury projects
  • Pools
  • Lawn sprinkler systems
  • Playground equipment
  • Saunas
  • Whirlpools
  • Skylights
  • Decks (repair or replace)
  • Any driveway work
  • Garages or carriage houses (repair or replace)
  • Water main repairs
  • Retaining walls (repair or replace)
  • Yard lighting
  • Landscaping projects (permanent or otherwise)
  • Painting of “non-replaced” surfaces (generally – exceptions could be approved on a case-by-case basis by CEE)
  • Power-washing
  • Personal property items (such as appliances)
  • Repairs to property used for business or trade purposes
  • Funds for working capital
  • Debt service or refinancing existing debts
  • Labor costs of borrowers and/or residents

Applications can be accessed here: Historic Loan Program Application

Submit application to:

A complete application must include the following items:

  1. A written plan of proposed work
  2. An estimated budget (minimum total project cost is $5,000)
  3. Photo(s) of the existing structure as viewed from the street
  4. Detailed photo(s) of proposed work area(s)
  5. Sketches of proposed work and/or photos of proposed materials as applicable

Only exterior improvements made to a property for the purpose of preserving or restoring its historic character are eligible for funding through this program. Repair of items is highly encouraged and will be viewed more favorably over replacement. Any proposal for replacement must include substantial evidence that repair is not possible (age alone is not sufficient justification). All proposed improvements must be as historically accurate as possible to the specific property. Research on the property should be conducted to assess its original design. Evidence should be gathered through sources such as historic photos of the property and/or comparison to similar styles in the area to make reasonable assumptions of what once existed.

Approval Process: A panel with expertise in historic preservation, architecture and historic rehabilitation will review and rank all submissions. Proposals will be assigned points based on the following selection criteria:

  1. Impact/visibility of improvement project (20%) 1-10 pts
  2. Age of property (10%) 1-5 pts
  3. Improves property values (10%) 1-5 pts
  4. Compatibility of the project with property (40%) 1-20 pts
  5. Other criteria determined by Review Committee (20%) 1-10 pts (Subject to LHENA approval prior to projects being ranked)

Once proposals have been reviewed, property owners will be notified of their application status and ranking. Those selected to move forward will begin the financing application process with CEE.

Contact Information: email LHENA for more information.