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Phase II NRP Neighborhood Action Plan

THE LYNNHURST NEIGHBORHOOD PHASE II NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PLAN

May 12, 2011          

 

Neighborhood Demographics and  Household Composition
Neighborhood Vision
Neighborhood Organization
NRP Phase II Plan Development Process
Phase II Plan Development and Approval Target Timeline

Section A: Education
Section B: Transportation and Traffic
Section C: Crime and Safety
Section D: Natural Environment
Section E: Building a Sense of Community and enhancing Lynnhurst’s public places
Section F: Parks
Section G: Housing
Section H: Businesses

Appendix:  Survey Open-Ended Comment Summary and Count

 

THE LYNNHURST NEIGHBORHOOD

The Lynnhurst neighborhood encompasses approximately 120 square blocks located in southwest Minneapolis.  It extends from Lyndale Avenue to Penn Avenue and from W. 46th Street/East Lake Harriet Parkway to W. 54th Street.  Minnehaha Creek bisects the neighborhood and Lake Harriet forms part of the northern boundary.  The neighborhood and Lynnhurst Park get their name from the Lynnhurst Planning District, which was most likely named for the abundance of linden trees in the area. The park’s name was adopted in 1921, the same year the 8.21 acres of parkland were purchased.  About 80% of the housing in Lynnhurst was built before 1940 and ranges from compact bungalows to large, architect-designed dwellings.  Approximately 8 to 10% of the homes are rental.

Located within the neighborhood are Burroughs Community School serving grades K through 5, two churches, Mount Olivet Lutheran and the Seventh Church of Christ Scientist, and a synagogue, Temple Shir Tikvah. Lake Harriet, Minnehaha Creek and Lynnhurst Park are major recreational features of the neighborhood with walking and cycling paths, natural areas, ball fields and courts, and the Lynnhurst Community Center, which houses spaces for activities and meetings and a gymnasium.

There are five commercial districts associated with Lynnhurst: W. 54th Street and Penn Avenue, W. 54th Street and Lyndale Avenue, W. 50th Street and Penn Avenue, W. 50th Street and Bryant Avenue, and W. 46th Street and Bryant Avenue. The commercial districts, four of which are shared with other neighborhoods, offer a variety of retail and service businesses including full service restaurants, take out/delivery restaurants, books, consignment clothing, automotive repair, flowers, sports equipment, hardware, pharmacy, convenience/grocery, realty, dental, coffee, liquor, furniture and interior accents, interior design, veterinary, tool rental, hair styling, health club, pets, furniture repair and refinishing and banking. Recently, the district at 50th and Bryant suffered a major fire resulting in the loss of two restaurants and two retail businesses. The building occupied by these four businesses was a total loss and will be replaced, but it is not known what businesses will be housed there once construction is completed.

How has Lynnhurst changed since we developed the NRP Phase 1 Action Plan?  Our Phase I plan received final approval in December, 1998.  The most recent U.S. census demographic results for the neighborhood are from 2000 since 2010 census data has not been published, so quantitative comparisons based on this data are not yet possible.   Anecdotal qualitative evidence suggests that Lynnhurst remains one of the most attractive and well-maintained neighborhoods in Minneapolis, as it was in the late ‘90’s.  Some notable changes have occurred that most stakeholders would likely rate positively; Burroughs Community School is now housed in a beautiful new building, West 50th St. and Lyndale Ave. have had lane redesigns that moderate traffic speed and improve driver behavior, and a multi-unit housing development with some affordable units has been built near Lyndale and 54th St. Lynnhurst board members, as a group or individually, and our NRP committees were directly or indirectly involved with all of these changes.  Neighborhood housing values have dropped from their peak but have been maintained consistent with the overall health of the real estate market.  Attractive businesses and restaurants continue to operate in the commercial districts.  Other changes would probably be viewed less positively by some.  Air traffic volume at MSP International and the associated noise pollution in Lynnhurst have increased (although additional homes have qualified for noise abatement), Lynnhurst residents’ relatively low racial and cultural diversity index does not appear to have changed significantly and the real estate boom in the last decade in desirable neighborhoods such as ours led to the controversial practice or replacing original, smaller homes with larger houses totally out of scale with their neighbors.  As noted above, a building at W. 50th St. and Bryant Ave. housing two popular restaurants and two retail businesses was recently destroyed by fire.  The building will be replaced, but the two restaurants have relocated out of the neighborhood and the plans, construction schedule and occupants for the new building are not known yet.

NEIGHBORHOOD VISION

The Neighborhood Vision describes the Lynnhurst we will strive to achieve and provides a framework for our NRP Phase II plan.

• Lynnhurst is a place where the quality and appeal of Minneapolis urban living is

maintained.

• Lynnhurst’s residents are diverse.

 

• There is a strong partnership between our neighborhood, Burroughs Community School, and our clean, safe parks.

• Housing and commercial properties are well-maintained and offer attractive investments.

• The neighborhood is highly conducive to walking and cycling for recreation and visits to our commercial areas.

• Public services are efficient and effective.

• An attractive spectrum of retail businesses and services is located in the neighborhood’s commercial areas.

• We have an active neighborhood organization helping to address the range of concerns for all stakeholder groups.

NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION

The Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS) was formed to facilitate neighborhood communication, build community, and drive neighborhood improvements. Neighborhood residents, businesses and institutions are always invited to participate in association-planned activities. Regular meetings of the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association Board are scheduled for  6 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Lynnhurst Community Center on West Minnehaha Parkway and 50th Street.

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association Board members (as of Nov. 1, 2010);

  •   Paul Lohman, President
  •   Christopher Dark, Vice President
  • Chuck Ott, Treasurer
  • Matt Moosbrugger, Secretary
  • Lauren Beagle
  • Kathy Cima
  • Shahnaz Coyer
  • Mary Vander Leest
  • Peter Nussbaum
  • Mike O’Brien
  • Suzanne O’Brien

PHASE II NRP PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Participants in the Plan Development:  Lynnhurst’s NRP Phase II plan development was coordinated by the LYNAS Board with the assistance of a paid consultant recommended by the NRP office.  Input to, and approval of, the plan was solicited from all neighborhood stakeholders – residents, businesses and institutions.  The Board worked with the hired consultant to ensure that NRP Policy is followed in development of the plan.

Neighborhood stakeholders had multiple opportunities to participate in the plan development.  The major input points were:

  • A recent neighborhood mail-back survey on issues and priorities
  • Focus groups to discuss issues and propose projects
  • Voting to determine priorities for funding
  • Voting to approve the plan

Notification of these opportunities for participation were made through timely distribution of direct postal mailings to all neighborhood addresses, emails, notices in the Southwest Journal and flyers at local businesses.

Neighborhood stakeholders were also be invited to express their thoughts and proposals for the NRP plan through direct contact with individual Board members, emails to the neighborhood website and/or by attending the regular monthly meeting of the Board.  The target timeline for developing and approving the plan is shown below.

Survey Analysis:  Lynnhurst conducted a neighborhood-wide survey during the Phase I plan review process in 2009-2010. The results of this survey were analyzed and were used to help identify issues and priorities and guide the focus group discussions.  The survey analysis is attached to this document. (Appendix A)

Focus Groups:  The neighborhood hosted three back-to-back focus groups to ascertain what neighborhood stakeholders think about the issues facing Lynnhurst and to hear suggestions for strategies to address these issues.

The focus groups structure was as follows:

Natural environment, parks, walking and biking, public aesthetics – Based on the survey results, Lynnhurst residents have a high interest in maintaining and improving public outdoor areas, both natural and manmade.  Strategies in this area could include, for example, tree replacement, landscaping, streetscaping, composting, community gardens and park upgrades.

Housing, safety, building a sense of community – Seventy percent of Lynnhurst’s NRP Phase II funding is required to be allocated to housing-related strategies.  This focus group will address housing issues in the neighborhood and options to invest NRP funds in this area in a way that maximizes neighborhood return on investment.  The group will also address crime and safety in the neighborhood and strategies to build a sense of community through events, programs, and communications.

Schools, businesses, traffic, other areas – This group will consider strategies related to education (e.g., projects with Burroughs Community School, programs at the library or community center), motor vehicle traffic concerns including pedestrian crosswalks, supporting local businesses and any other issues not previously identified that stakeholders would like to include.

Draft Plan Development:  The neighborhood input from the survey and focus groups were used as a guide for the LYNAS Board and consultant in developing a draft of goals, objectives and strategies for the Phase II plan. The strategies represent specific actionable projects the neighborhood can undertake with NRP funding, but no funding allocations were included in this draft.

Vote to Determine Funding Priorities:  An all-neighborhood meeting will be held to present the proposed strategies (projects) and to allow neighborhood stakeholders to indicate their priorities for funding these using a process called “dotmocracy.”  In a dotmocracy, each voter is given a fixed number of votes (e.g., 3) and allowed to distribute these over one or more strategies.  This activity will be part of the neighborhood’s annual meeting scheduled for February 22, 2011, and will be announced using the neighborhood website, email list, posting at the community center and in a Southwest Journal notice in early January.  These announcements will also note the neighborhood meeting for the final approval vote, planned March 21, 2011.

Tabulation of Funding Priorities and Plan Preparation:  The results of the neighborhood votes in the dotmocracy process will be tabulated and a proposed funding allocation to the strategies made based on this.  Some strategies will be unfunded but remain in the plan to allow for future consideration if requirements for funded strategies change.  Lynnhurst is scheduled to receive $285,619 under the Phase II program.  Under NRP guidelines, $199,933 of this total must be spent on strategies related to housing.

 

Vote to Approve the Plan with Funding Allocations: The plan with proposed funding allocations will be available to the neighborhood at least 21 days prior to the approval vote.  Stakeholders will be informed of the plan’s availability through flyers distributed to local businesses and institutions, emails to those who have submitted their email addresses, the neighborhood newsletter and the Southwest Journal.  The full plan will be available through the neighborhood website, copies placed at the community center or direct emailing or postal mailing to individuals if they so request by contacting the Board or the NRP consultant.  After the review period, the plan will be presented at an all-neighborhood meeting for approval scheduled for March 21, announced as part of the communications for the plan availability.  The results of the dotmocracy priority voting will be explained so that meeting attendees understand the basis for the funding allocations.  A vote to approve the plan will be taken from all attendees qualified to vote (i.e., Lynnhurst residents, business owners, or institution representatives) with a simple majority required to approve or disapprove.  The LYNAS Board members will have a single vote each as individual residents and will have no special authority to reject or accept the plan.  The results of the neighborhood approval vote will be communicated to the entire neighborhood via the website/newsletter/email, and the plan will be submitted to the NRP Policy Board and City Council for final approval.

PLAN DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL TARGET TIMELINE

This timeline represents the LYNAS Board’s best estimate in November, 2010 of the milestones to develop and approve our NRP Phase II Action Plan.  This timeline may be changed if circumstances so require.

December 4, 2010                   Focus groups for neighborhood input on strategies

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Natural environment, parks, walking and biking, public aesthetics
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Housing, safety, building a sense of community
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Schools, businesses, traffic, other areas

January 10, 2011                                 Presentation of draft goals, objectives and strategies to the LYNAS Board.

February 22, 2011                               Neighborhood-wide funding prioritization meeting (Dotmocracy process)

March/April, 2011                              Distribution of draft Phase II NRP Action Plan to board members and neighborhood for comment. The required 21 day notice of final vote by neighborhood will be given prior to the May 12 vote.

May 12, 2011                                      Full neighborhood vote to approve plan.

May 23, 2011                                      NRP Policy Board vote on Lynnhurst neighborhood-approved plan.

June 7, 2011                                        NRP Policy Board-approved plan to the City Council Community Development Committee for consent approval.

June 13, 2011                                      NRP Policy Board-approved plan to the City Council Ways and Means Committee for consent approval.

June 17, 2011                                      NRP Policy Board-approved plan to the full City

Council for consent approval.

SECTION A

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

 

 

GOAL 1: To expand and improve educational opportunities for Lynnhurst neighborhood members of all ages.

 

OBJECTIVE1: To acquire and provide access to updated and multi-cultural reading and reference materials for the Lynnhurst neighborhood.

STRATEGY1: Purchase educational materials, reference materials, sets of books and other media resources to be placed at the library for neighborhood use.

NRP Resources: $ 0

 

Partners: Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County Library, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, neighborhood residents.

Contract Manager: Hennepin County Library

City Goal accomplished: Many people, one Minneapolis (Inclusiveness is a treasured asset; everyone’s potential is tapped.)

STRATEGY 2: Work in partnership with Burroughs school to offer community education programs on areas of interest identified by Lynnhurst residents.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Public Schools, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Public Schools

City goal accomplished: Livable communities, healthy lives (Out built and natural environment adds character to our city, enhances our health and enriches our lives)

SECTION B

TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC

 

GOAL 1: Enhance the livability of Lynnhurst by ensuring that motorized ground transportation affecting the neighborhood is well managed and unobtrusive and encourage the use of transportation alternatives to personal automobiles.

 

OBJECTIVE 1: Take action on specific transportation issues raised by the neighborhood that can be implemented in partnership with the City of Minneapolis or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

STRATEGY 1: Develop a neighborhood sign program to encourage motorists to slow down.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents and business owners.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city.

STRATEGY 2: Hold a planning charrette to identify pedestrian and vehicular traffic issues throughout the entire neighborhood. Invite City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board personnel to provide information and staff assistance for the charrette.

NRP Resources: $ 2,000

Partners: City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota (CURA) Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents and business owners.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Public Works

City goal accomplished: Livable communities, healthy lives (Our built and natural environment adds character to our city, enhances our health and enriches our lives.

STRATEGY 3: Work with the City Council Member, City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board personnel to develop creative ways to implement solutions to the issues identified at the planning charrette and identify the resources to fund them. : Work with neighborhood residents and businesses to identify creative ways to mitigate problems associated with the Lyndale bridge closure. Work to solve the traffic issues that were identified at the Phase II NRP Focus Groups. Some of the traffic and transportation issues the neighborhood has identified are as follows:

 

  • Improve cross-walks on 50th St. with flashing lights, raised walk areas, signage or other features.

 

  • Build a pedestrian bridge, cross-under or otherwise improved pedestrian safety at 50th and Minnehaha Parkway, a consistently problematic area for traffic and pedestrian interaction
  • Address excessive speed issues with speed bumps, traffic enforcement, or other mechanisms
  • Encourage timely snow removal from sidewalks
  • Add more and better bike lanes and bike lane signage on streets, and interconnections to lake and parkway bike paths
  • Educate residents about options to the automobile – walking, biking, public transit.

NRP Resources: $ 10,500

Partners: City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Metro Transit, Lynnhurst residents and business owners.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Public Works, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City goal accomplished: Livable communities, healthy lives (Our built and natural environment adds character to our city, enhances our health and enriches our lives.

OBJECTIVE 2: Integrate Lynnhurst’s traffic needs and actions with area-wide needs and policies and work to identify city, county, state, and federal funding sources to implement near-term and long-term modifications.

STRATEGY 1: Continue to work with surrounding neighborhoods and governmental jurisdictions to identify and provide solutions for traffic management on an on-going basis.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst residents and business owners.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Public Works

City goal accomplished: Livable communities, healthy lives (Our built and natural environment adds character to our city, enhances our health and enriches our lives.

 

SECTION C

 CRIME & SAFETY

 

GOAL 1: Provide a neighborhood where people can feel safe. Make Lynnhurst look safe, feel safe, and be safe.

 

OBJECTIVE 1:  Make changes in the environment that will deter crime in the future, e.g., by improving lighting in strategic locations.

STRATEGY 1Provide rebates to residents for purchase and installation of motion detector lighting.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Police Department Community Crime Prevention, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, local hardware stores.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

STRATEGY 2:  Explore the possibility of adding a police sub-station in the neighborhood to give an added police presence for residents and business owners.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Police Department Community Crime Prevention, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: 5th Precinct Police

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

OBJECTIVE 3: Provide relatively quick and easy access to law enforcement in emergency situations.

STRATEGY 1: If identified during the pedestrian and vehicle traffic planning charrette, work with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to get additional “blue phones” installed where necessary.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

OBJECTIVE 4: Inform and assist Lynnhurst residents on how-and why-they can feel safe in Lynnhurst.  Promote awareness of appropriate crime occurrences in Lynnhurst, potential criminal activity in Lynnhurst and the steps Lynnhurst residents can take to deter and alleviate crime in Lynnhurst.

STRATEGY 1:  Host a series of workshops meetings to teach and inform residents on how to improve their personal and home safety.  Subjects could be but not limited to personal safety, home and vehicle security workshops given by CCP/Safe personnel, landscaping to increase safety in your yard, best methods to fireproof homes, how to respond if the home is on fire, etc.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: City of Minneapolis Police Department, Community Crime Prevention and Fire Department.

Contract Manager: 5th Precinct Police

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and business thrive in a safe and secure city)

STRATEGY 2: Make crime alerts to block club leaders and residents in general available via e-mail and on the neighborhood web-site using caution not to inundate people with too many notices.

NRP Resources: $ 300

Partners: Minneapolis Police Department Community Crime Prevention,  Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

STRATEGY 3: Identify problem areas in the neighborhood and work with law enforcement to focus attention on those areas.

NRP Resources: $ 2,386

Partners: Minneapolis Police Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: 5th Precinct Police

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

STRATEGY 4: Encourage a Lynnhurst resident to attend the monthly or quarterly 5PAC meetings and report back to the community at the monthly meetings.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Police Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Not needed

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

SECTION D

 NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

 

GOAL 1: Maintain and improve park land areas within Lynnhurst.

OBJECTIVE 1: Increase the number and variety of trees on public land.

STRATEGY 1: Identify desired locations and species for new trees on the Minnehaha Creek park land and on public land within the Lynnhurst boundaries.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

OBJECTIVE 2: Enhance the greenspace in Lynnhurst and prevent urban blight.

STRATEGY 1: Work with neighborhood residents and businesses to identify areas where green space can be added or improved. Ensure pathways around the lakes and in parks are pedestrian friendly and easily accessible.

NRP Resources: $ 8,000

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

 

GOAL 2: Maintain and improve the urban forest within Lynnhurst.

OBJECTIVE 1: Preserve the health of the neighborhood’s urban forest and allow native species to thrive.

STRATEGY 1; Provide resources for residents and business owners to prevent ash bore and dutch elm diseases.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 2: Organize teams to identify buckthorn in the parks and public land and provide resources for its removal. Educate and encourage property owners to remove it from their properties.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 3: Work in partnership with Tree Trust to advertise the annual Spring Tree Planting program offered by Tree Trust to encourage property owners to plant more trees.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Tree trust, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 4:  Inform residents about the ability to upgrade tree size when replacing boulevard trees. Encourage property owners to participate by providing resources. 

NRP Resources: $ 3,000

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 5: Provide resources for tree replacement on park and public land due to storm damage and or disease.

 

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 6: Identify places throughout the neighborhood where native prairie plantings can be installed. Provide resources to implement this

 

NRP Resources: $ 1,000

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 7: Provide resources to neighborhood property owners to install rain gardens and for composting bins.

NRP Resources: $ 5,000

Partners: Hennepin County, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

 

GOAL 3: Improve water quality of Lake Harriet and Minnehaha Creek.

OBJECTIVE 1: Identify partners and potential funding sources for implementation of recommendations to improve water quality.

STRATEGY 1:  Make the clean-water cook book that was produced in conjunction with other neighborhoods in Phase I available on the neighborhood web-site. Provide resources to reproduce them if there is a desire for residents to have their own copy.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: NRP

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

OBJECTIVE 2: Reduce plant and algae growth in the lake along the shoreline.

STRATEGY 1: Continue to provide awareness of the plant and algae growth in the lake and the continued presence of milfoil. Educate residents about fertilizer use and it’s connection to algae in the lake.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

GOAL 4: Provide a variety of educational and informative opportunities for Lynnhurst residents related to the natural environmental.

OBJECTIVE 1: Coordinate workshops

STRATEGY 1: Develop materials and host a series of town hall meetings to teach and inform residents on how to improve the environment by making changes or implementing new habits in their homes and yards. Subjects could be but not limited to recycling, composting, rain gardens, landscaping by environmental design, Storm water management, ash bore and Dutch elm prevention, buckthorn removal, chemical use, etc.

NRP Resources: $ 3,000

 

Partners: City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

City Goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 3: Educate residents about native plantings.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

SECTION E:

BUILDING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND ENHANCING LYNNHURST’S PUBLIC SPACES

GOAL 1: Promote community unity, preserve and improve the fine quality of life in Lynnhurst.

 

OBJECTIVE 1: Develop and establish opportunities for Lynnhurst stakeholders to get to know one another to build a sense of community.

OBJECTIVE 2: Increase citizen participation in the implementation of the neighborhood NRP Phase II Plan.

OBJECTIVE 3: Utilize technology to build community by providing computer access and links to other neighborhoods for neighborhood residents, businesses and organizations.

STRATEGY 1: Identify and coordinate events, festivals, and programs that encompass the variety of interests for Lynnhurst’s diverse population. Develop events and work with special interest groups for such activities as home and garden tours, summer events & festivals, neighborhood cleanup projects, etc. Work with the following:

NRP Resources: $ 10,000

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

 

 

 

 

STRATEGY 2: Provide resources to build and maintain the neighborhood web-site. Create other methods of electronic communications such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

STRATEGY 3: Work with the library, school and parks to encourage computer access to the general public for people who may not have access to them in their homes.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis School Board, Hennepin County library, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

STRATEGY 4: Encourage regular attendance at monthly meetings from the City Council member’s office, the 5th Police Precinct personnel and the school, park and library personnel in an effort to establish better lines of communication.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis School Board, Minneapolis Police Department, City Council Office, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

GOAL 2: Ensure that the NRP Full Plan is effectively implemented and actively communicated to neighborhood stakeholders, building a sense of community and ownership in Lynnhurst.

OBJECTIVE 1: Increase the number of participants and broaden the spectrum of Lynnhurst stakeholder groups they represent in planning and implementing neighborhood NRP activities.

OBJECTIVE 2: Establish effective two-way communications between the neighborhood at large, the LYNAS Board, other neighborhood

organizations, adjacent neighborhoods and city, county and state agencies.

 

STRATEGY 1:  Use a variety of methods to engage the neighborhood and find creative ways for them to participate at neighborhood events and meetings.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

STRATEGY 2: Work with the Southwest Journal and other neighborhood publications to communicate news about important issues, events, opportunities to participate and to educate and inform. Partner with businesses to advertise neighborhood activities and opportunities to become involved in the neighborhood.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

STRATEGY 3: Use the block club leader network as a way to communicate to and disseminate information to neighborhood residents on a variety of issues.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

 

GOAL 3: Promote community unity and understanding both within Lynnhurst and throughout the city of Minneapolis.

OBJECTIVE 1: Develop and establish opportunities for Lynnhurst residents, and particularly Lynnhurst youth, to get to know one another and residents of other Minneapolis neighborhoods.

 

STRATEGY 1: Identify and coordinate events and programs, including art activity, to create and raise Lynnhurst residents’ awareness and understanding of other neighborhoods in Minneapolis and the relationship between Lynnhurst neighborhood and those other neighborhoods.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results driven municipal government)

STRATEGY 2: Work with the school, park and library to get information about programs that are available for youth in the neighborhood and help to educate families about these programs.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

 

 

STRATEGY 3: Work to identify youth programs that may be needed and partner with the appropriate entity to develop and implement these programs.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

GOAL 4: Maintain the appeal of the Lynnhurst neighborhood with enhanced public spaces.

OBJECTIVE 1: Keep Lynnhurst an attractive neighborhood.

STRATEGY 1: Identify ways to increase public aesthetics in the areas of streetscaping, street lights, alley maintenance, boulevard maintenance and bridge design.

NRP Resources: $ 6,500

Partners: City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst residents and business owners.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division

City goal accomplished: Livable communities, healthy lives (Our built and natural environment adds character to our city, enhances our health and enriches our lives.

STRATEGY 2: Provide funding for operating expenses to enable continued NRP planning, program development, management and evaluation, partnership development, community engagement through communication, volunteerism and organizing efforts.

 

NRP Resources: 0

Partners: Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents and volunteers, NRP

Contract Manager: NRP

City goal accomplished: A city that works (Minneapolis is a model of fiscal responsibility, technological innovation and values-based, results-driven municipal government.

SECTION F

PARKS

GOAL 1: Enhance Lynnhurst’s public facilities. Meet the recreational needs of Lynnhurst residents.

OBJECTIVE 1: Provide a new recreational resource for Lynnhurst residents.

STRATEGY 1: Study options for groomed ski trails in the Lynnhurst area to connect with trails from other neighborhoods; form a circle around Lake Harriet and along Minnehaha Creek.

NRP Resources: $ 3,500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 2: Resurface the tennis courts at in the neighborhood.

NRP Resources: $ 18,000

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 3: Explore the possibility of establishing a dog park.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 4: Explore the possibility of establishing a skate park at Lynnhurst Park. Provide information regarding the location of skate parks in the near vicinity.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

STRATEGY 5: Maintain ice rink at Lynnhurst Park

 

NRP Resources: $ 2,000

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future) 

GOAL 2: Increase safety for people using Lynnhurst’s public facilities. Enhance Lynnhurst’s public facilities.

OBJECTIVE 1: Make recreational areas safer and more attractive.

 

STRATEGY 1Identify pathways and other areas in the neighborhood that are difficult for pedestrians to use. Work with the appropriate entity to suggest creative ways to mitigate those barriers.

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: Eco-Focused (Minneapolis is an internationally recognized leader for a healthy environment and sustainable future)

 

STRATEGY 2: Identify areas where lighting could be added to make pathways safer and easier to access.

 

NRP Resources: $ 500

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

STRATEGY 3: Provide additional benches along Minnehaha Creek.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

 

 

SECTION G

 HOUSING

GOAL 1: Maintain property values, retain neighborhood appeal, and prevent blighting influences.

OBJECTIVE 1: Encourage and support home improvements and property rehabilitation.

STRATEGY 1: Establish a fund for exterior/interior home improvements and distribute through matching grants, emergency grants, revolving or deferred loan programs.

NRP Resources: $ 199,933

Partners: Minneapolis Development Finance Department, Center for Energy and the Environment, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

STRATEGY 2: Establish a program to help seniors on fixed incomes to stay in their homes.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Development Finance Department, Center for Energy and the Environment, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

STRATEGY 3: Provide resources to help property owners make improvements that make their properties more energy efficient.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Development Finance Department, Center for Energy and the Environment, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

OBJECTIVE 2: Provide educational opportunities for Lynnhurst property owners about housing issues.

STRATEGY 1: Host workshops to teach residents how to approach the City when considering remodeling or renovating their properties. Provide information about the zoning code, permit requirements, selecting architects and contractors,

Walk people through the whole process start to finish.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: City of Minneapolis Zoning and Planning and Regulatory Services Department, Center for Energy and the Environment, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Zoning and Planning and Regulatory Services.

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city.

SECTION H

BUSINESSES

 

GOAL 1: To promote the vitality of businesses within the neighborhood.

OBJECTIVE 1: To increase the safety of business owners, operators, and shoppers.

STRATEGY 1: Provide information to businesses about the CCP/SAFE Fax Network and organize the businesses within each node.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: City of Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention Program, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

 

City goal accomplished: A safe place to call home (People and businesses thrive in a safe and secure city)

 

OBJECTIVE 2: Improve the quality and appearance of business buildings and public spaces in business area.

STRATEGY 1: Establish an exterior improvement program for businesses that will work in conjunction with other programs offered by the City of Minneapolis.

NRP Resources: $ 3,000

Partners: Minneapolis Community and Economic Development Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst business owners.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department.

 

City goal accomplished: Jobs and Economic Vitality (A world-class city and 21st century economic powerhouse)

 

STRATEGY 2: Work with the business owner and developers of the former Patina site at 50th and Bryant to provide feedback about what neighborhood stakeholders would like to see built on the site and to suggest new businesses that could be encouraged to locate there.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development  Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses and residents.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department.

 

City goal accomplished: Jobs and Economic Vitality (A world-class city and 21st century economic powerhouse)

STRATEGY 3: In cooperation with the Tangletown, Fulton and Kenny neighborhood, provide resources for streetscaping the Lyndale business area (benches, bike racks, additional trees, planters, etc.) between Minnehaha Parkway and 56th Street. 

 

NRP Resources: $ 2,000

Partners: Minneapolis Public Works Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Public Works

Jobs and Economic Vitality (A world-class city and 21st century economic powerhouse)

 

OBJECTIVE 3: To improve parking at the various business nodes.

STRATEGY 1: Continue working to identify opportunities where parking at the major business nodes in the neighborhood can be improved.

 

NRP Resources: $ 1,000

Partners: Minneapolis Public Works Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

Jobs and Economic Vitality (A world-class city and 21st century economic powerhouse)

 

OBJECTIVE 4: Improve the interconnection between businesses in the area.

STRATEGY 1: Encourage the development of a neighborhood business association to provide a vehicle for businesses to connect with one another and the neighborhood as a whole on a more regular basis.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Community Development Department Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department.

OBJECTIVE 5: Help to mitigate the negative effects the Lyndale bridge closing will have on businesses at the 54th and Lyndale business node.

STRATEGY 1: Work with businesses at the 54th and Lyndale node to determine what issues are affecting their business and work with the appropriate entities to bring solutions to the problems.

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Public Works Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Public Works Department.

STRATEGY 2: Provide resources to help businesses at the 54th and Lyndale node to assist them with the assessments they will incur as a result of the new bridge.

 

NRP Resources: $ 0

Partners: Minneapolis Finance Department, Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association, Lynnhurst businesses.

Contract Manager: City of Minneapolis Development Finance Division.

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