March-April - Linden Hills Neighborhood Council

The Linden Hills Line
- The Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council - March / April 2015
Proposed Development at 44th & Upton
The Sebastian Joe’s property owners, Tim and Mike Pellizzer are
proposing to redevelop the property on the corner to make way for a
3-story retail and office building. Plans call for removing the surface
parking lot and an adjacent duplex at 2720 W. 44th St. The Sebastian
Joe’s building will remain unchanged. The patio will become a shared
space between Sebastian Joe’s and the new retail/office building,
which is being called the South Upton Building.
The development team presented the project to the LHiNC Zoning
Committee and members of the community on February 16. The
project is applying for a conditional use permit to increase the height
from the allowed 35’ (2.5 stories) to 52’ 8” to accommodate the
building’s 3-story height, plus a 15’ rooftop elevator shaft. The project
also seeks several variances to reduce the required number of parking
spots from 17 to 12, and to allow for a driveway/parking area to the
east of the building, accessible from 44th St.
The application will go before the City Planning Commission on
Monday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome to
attend and comment. To view project plans and read more
information, visit
Linden Crossing Project Changes Hands
Financing delays and lost cleanup grant funds
plagued Mark Dwyer and the Linden Crossing
project, giving another development group the
opportunity to purchase the property at 43rd and
Upton, the site of the now-closed Famous Dave’s
restaurant. Jake Shaffer, of the new ownership
group, has indicated there are no immediate plans
for the property, but that Clark Gassen, developer
of several new Uptown Minneapolis apartment
and condominium buildings, would be involved in
the project. The group did not purchase the
adjacent parcel Edward Jones building, so a
development of the scope of the approved Linden
Crossing building would not be feasible. The
environmental cleanup will need to precede any
construction on the property.
Mark Dwyer holds a right-of-way excavation
permit for the land, which makes him responsible
for restoring the pocket park his team
disassembled last year to prepare for
environmental cleanup of the site.
Community Solar is Coming to
Linden Hills!
Linden Hills Power & Light is working with the
LHiNC Environment & Sustainability Committee
and local company Sundial Solar on a community
solar project.
Subscribers to community solar projects receive
credit on their Xcel bill for the electricity their
shares generate—just like if the panels were on
their roof. If you would like to receive updates on
the project please email [email protected]
Earth Month Events, Trees for $25, Call for Poetry!
Lakes Calhoun and Harriet
Comprehensive Plan
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is
planning to form a Community Advisory
Committee (CAC) to update the Comprehensive
Plan for Lakes Calhoun and Harriet.
The process will look at traffic concerns,
recreation facilities, trail use, water quality, and
other issues.
Linden Hills has been asked to appoint one
person to represent the neighborhood on the
committee. If you are interested in volunteering
to serve on the CAC, please contact
[email protected] More information about
the project and CAC meeting schedule will be
available later in March.
Curbside Organics Recycling
Linden Hills is one of the fortunate neighborhoods already participating
in the curbside organics composting program. The city of Minneapolis is
rolling out the program citywide beginning in August of this year.
Curbside composting will remain an opt-in program, as it currently is in
Linden Hills. Residents will need to request a green organics collection
bin to participate if they do not already have one.
As the program expands, Linden Hills is hoping to see an increase in
participation here in the neighborhood. If you are not participating in
organics recycling, but would like to, please contact
[email protected] to request a cart now. If you prefer to wait
until the citywide rollout, contact [email protected] or
call 612-673-2917 to get signed up.
Organics collection includes all food scraps, including fruits, vegetables,
bones, meat trimmings, bread, pasta, nut shells, egg shells, coffee
grounds, tea bags and dairy products. Organics recycling also includes
food-soiled paper that can’t be recycled, including paper towels,
napkins, facial tissues, wax paper, egg cartons and pizza boxes. Other
materials such as chop sticks, popsicle sticks, dryer lint, houseplant
trimmings, and certified compostable plastic.
The organics are picked up weekly and taken to a commercial
composting facility to be turned into compost. This is different from the
trash in your black cart that goes directly to the HERC incinerator and is
burned. Material from your green cart is diverted from the incinerator,
which is much better for the environment.
Curious about the resulting compost? Linden Hills Power & Light
provides a giant pile of compost available for FREE the weekend of the
Linden Hills Festival, which will be May 17 this year! Bring your shovel
and bucket and get free compost for your garden!
William Berry Parkway Trail
Improvement Project
Public Input Meeting
March 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Lecture
Room, 3450 Irving Ave S
Anyone who has walked the trail between Lakes
Calhoun and Harriet knows that the path is in
dire need of repair. The MPRB is looking not just
to resurface the trails, but to develop a trail
concept plan to improve safety, design, and
access for the pedestrian and bicycle paths, now
split on either side of William Berry Parkway.
Public input is welcome at two public meetings,
the first of which will be March 19. All are
welcome to attend and comment.
The date and time for the second meeting will
be announced later.
Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about
curbside organics recycling or visit for useful tips, videos, and resources.
Linden Hills Little Homes Tour:
Seeking Distinctive Homes
Saturday, June 20, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
LHiNC’s Housing Committee seeks homeowners of properties less than
2,000 square feet between main and upper floors combined to open
their doors to the public for the Linden Hills Little Homes Tour. The goal
of the tour is to highlight small houses in our neighborhood that have
been maximized through design or remodeling to provide an experience
of gracious living while preserving the character and charm of Linden
Hills. Additionally, the tour seeks to show creative alternatives to
teardown and infill construction and to promote good stewardship
amongst current and future property owners in Linden Hills.
The tour will be held on Saturday, June 21, noon to 5:00 p.m. If you are
interested in further information or to have your home (or a portion of
your home) included in the tour, please email [email protected]
Please include address, square footage, photos and a brief description of
attributes of your home that would lend to the tour. Deadline for
submissions is April 15. More details to follow.
Meet Carol Clemens, Volunteer E-News Editor
Have you wondered who is responsible
for LHiNC’s monthly e-newsletters?
We’re thrilled to have neighbor Carol
Clemens on board as our super
volunteer e-news editor. Carol is a
marketing professional, having held
management positions with Martin
Williams, Knox Reeves, Bozell & Jacobs,
Media Management Corp., CMS
Marketing Services LLP and Loaned
to A.C.LLP
Nielsen. After years
in the corporate environment, the base of operations for her now is
home in Linden Hills. She and her husband Hal have five children and
seventeen grandchildren.
We asked Carol to tell us about herself and her volunteerism:
We bought our home 37 years ago and we've looked but never been
tempted to leave Linden Hills. Everything is here: our wonderful home,
lakes, trails, great places to eat and shop, fun activities going on all year
and a lot of it within walking or biking proximity.
$25 Trees Available This Spring
The City of Minneapolis is once again offering
five- to eight-foot trees to property owners
for $25. Over 1,000 trees of various varieties
will be available to order beginning March 23
at 8:00 a.m. Visit to place an
order. Pick up your tree May 16, 17, 18 or 19
at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
The $25 trees are offered an a first-come,
first-served basis. Order early for the best
selection. Limit one tree per property.
Healthy trees look beautiful in your
neighborhood, increase property values, help
clean the air you breathe, absorb carbon
dioxide, save on your energy bills with
strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the
summer, provide homes for wildlife, and help
manage stormwater.
On the subject of volunteer activity, I think it runs in our family starting
with my parents—and now it's a joy for me to be able to fit in volunteer
time, call upon the things I've been taught, and pay it forward.
I volunteer at Gilda's Club Twin Cities working on marketing
communications projects plus other volunteer activities, and as editor of
their e-newsletter GildaGram.
The LHiNC e-newsletter connection is fun because we incorporate news
and short articles that are targeted to the very diverse interests of our
Linden Hills readers, their families and friends. If you would like to
receive your own copy of this newsletter please go to
There have been a lot of changes over the years I've lived in Linden Hills.
Some that has been controversial. We are fortunate to have a very
active and involved community and neighborhood council that has been
at the forefront focusing on sustainable growth while preserving the
qualities we value as a small town within the city.
Minneapolis Food Packaging Ordinance
AKA the Styrofoam Ban
The days are numbered for Styrofoam and #6 plastic in our city! The
Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance goes into effect on
April 22 – Earth Day! The ordinance requires all packaging for food and
beverages prepared for immediate consumption to be environmentally
acceptable. The change will affect restaurants, grocery stores, food
trucks, and temporary and seasonal food vendors.
Learn more at
Join the Environment & Sustainability
The committee works to be mindful of our
community’s impact on the global
ecosystem. We’re seeking new members with
fresh ideas and support in our community
projects. If you are interested, please contact us
at [email protected]
For information on the committee and current
projects, visit
Environmental Forum to Feature
Keynote Address by Paul Douglas
Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Edina High School, 6754 Valley View Rd
The City of Edina Energy & Environment
Commission is hosting a free forum entitled,
“Here Comes the Sun: Clean, Carbon-Free,
Energy Independence.”
More at
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community
Conscious Living Expo
Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401
Upton Ave S
This free, annual expo will include a variety of
exhibitors, workshops, and demonstrations in
the areas of holistic health, green products,
alternative energy, nutrition, and health. A
food truck will be on site and refreshments will
be available.
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community believes
sustainability is an important part of living
consciously, and this annual event helps raise
awareness within the community. All are
LHSC Kickstarter Campaign
Last year the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community
domed building at 44th and Upton was named
to the National Register of Historic Places.
Now the group has started a Kickstarter
fundraising campaign to help raise $10,000 for
building rehab.
Built in 1916 in the Classical Revival style, the
structure has never undergone significant
renovations, and is now in need of north wall
stabilization and restoration. A $400,000
federal restoration grant will be applied for
next year, to allow for additional work.
Visit to learn
more about the historic building and how you
can help.
Linden Hills Library News
The library has recently received some new
early literacy toys for its children’s area.
These were purchased by the library and the
Friends of the Linden Hills Library, and include
new wall hangings, magnetic building blocks,
a play lemonade stand, and other items.
Children and their caregivers are encouraged
to stop by. The Hennepin County Libraries
are committed to improving and enhancing
early literacy and learning.
Home Energy Audits are still available
for $35. Contact Beth at 612-335-5874
to schedule an appointment.
The Linden Hills History Study Group
Minnehaha Falls: The Most Photographed Place in
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Ave S
Minnehaha historian Karen Cooper will present new images and 170
years worth of stories from her Minnehaha Falls collection of
photographs, postcards, stereo pictures, and other memorabilia.
Everyone is welcome to this event where we will learn more about this
Minnesota gem. The iconic falls and creek has been significant to
Hennepin County’s historic milling industry, an inspiration to poets,
artists, and musicians, and perhaps most importantly a tourist
destination. Its popularity continues today.
Suggested donation is $3 for non-members of LHHSG.
Email [email protected] or call 612-926-0646 with
Check out the new LHHSG website for more information about
upcoming events
Save the Date for the 2015 Linden Hills Festival
Sunday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Register for the Art Fair & Marketplace
This is a great way to reach Linden Hills neighbors. Get your
message out or sell your goods by signing up for booth space. The
fee to participate is $50, with a limited number of $10 spaces for
nonprofit organizations, and free spaces for children under 12.
Bring your own tent and tables, or rent an 8’ table for $20.
Register by May 1 at
Festival Volunteers Needed
Over 150 amazing volunteers sign up to help each year! Consider
volunteering as an individual or a family, or grab your friends and
enjoy the Festival from a new perspective. Volunteer areas
include: ticket sales, silent auction, parade, food service, zero
waste, and entertainment. Sign up at
Donate Books for the Linden Hills Used Book Sale
Proceeds benefit the collection and programs of the Linden Hills
Library and Hennepin County Library
Drop off your used books between April 10 and May 15 during
business hours to the Linden Hills Co-op or Creative Kidstuff in
Linden Hills. No textbooks or magazines, please. The sale will be
inside the park building at the Linden Hills Festival from 11:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Linden Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale, Saturday, May 16
Back by popular demand! Registration is now open for this year’s
neighborhood sale. The fee is $10, which helps pay for ads in the
Star Tribune and Southwest Journal, maps of the neighborhood
sales, and lawn signs for each registered location. Register your
sale at
Contact us at [email protected] or call
612-926-2906 if you have any questions
Wanted: Poetry (and spring)
“In The Winter’s Tale, the heroine, Perdita, rhapsodizes over
flowers, including “…daffodils, that come before the swallow
dares, and take the winds of March with beauty…” It’s a
wonderful line. "Shakespeare dashed this kind of stuff off with his
left hand while writing great plays, acting and running a theater
company with his right!” gushed one of my professors. An
Eighteenth Century specialist, he was plainly jealous. And we may
have been drinking.”
- Linden Hills Poet Laureate, Doug Wilhide
The Spring Poetry issue of the Southwest Journal comes out in
early April. The deadline for submissions is March 18. Please send
your best work to [email protected]
Linden Hills Co-op Climate Action Team
March Meeting: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Bring a friend and attend this meeting of the newlyformed Linden Hills Co-op Climate Action Team
(CAT) and be a part of educating our community on
effective ways to take action to slow climate change
and lead the way towards a healthy future. This
meeting will focus on Earth Month planning. All
ages and ideas welcome!
Earth Month: 30 Days of Climate Action
In celebration of Earth Month, the CAT will feature
weekly themes and educational workshops, along
with daily tips to encourage taking action to address
our changing climate. Workshops are at the Linden
Hills Co-op in the Community Room.
Week 1: Climate Solutions Require Citizens to Step
Up – Discuss simple and complex actions that all
citizens can take to engage in climate action.
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Week 2: Curious About Community Solar? – Linden
Hills Power & Light and local solar company Sundial
Solar will present information about their
neighborhood community solar project.
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Week 3: Transportation Systems for a Multi-modal
Future - Kick the tires of a Tesla and other electric
vehicles, practice putting your bike on an MTC Bus,
learn about car sharing and car-ownership-free
living and what it takes to be a bicycle commuter.
Evening workshop and parking lot “show room”
dates TBA.
Week 4: Gardening and Water Management Concerned about pollinators, local, organic food
sources and how to manage the extreme rain
events that are more frequent in recent years?
Gardening experts and Master Water Stewards will
lead the discussion.
Evening workshop date and time TBA.
Linden Hills Park Update
Thanks to all the dedicated fall/winter volunteer
The ice rink is closed for the year. Linden Hills
Park had 5,300 visits to the rink this winter!
Think Spring Summer!
Linden Hills & Pershing Park Summer Program Info
Summer programs at the parks begin the week of June 15. Registration begins
March 25 at noon. Find the details of summer favorites as well as new
programs like Tech-Tac-Toe, Extreme Movie Making, and Minecraft/Lego Art.
Program details are available online now at, or stop into
the park to pick up a bulletin.
Summer Rec Plus Program
Rec Plus provides childcare for children ages 5 to 12, at both Linden Hills and
Pershing Park, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Activities
include games and sports, arts and crafts, field trips and nutritious snacks. Visit or contact our local park for more details. Full time and
part time participation options are available.
Resident /Non-Resident Rates
Full time: $172 per week/resident; $216 per week/ non-resident.
Part time: $38 per day/resident; $47 per day/non-resident.
Southwest Activities Council
Serving the Linden Hills and
Fulton neighborhoods, SWAC
seeks to enhance local youth
athletic teams and leagues by
sponsoring events and
programs in the community.
Spring SWAC Sports
Register by March 29 for tennis,
track, t-ball, pitching machine,
baseball and softball.
Registration continues through
April 23 for track, and through
May 19 for tennis. Learn more
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@LHNeighbor on Twitter
Details at
16 Zoning Committee Meeting*
16 William Berry Pkwy Trail Meeting
18 Environment & Sustainability Mtg**
20 Co-op Climate Action Team Mtg
23 Housing Committee Meeting***
1 Co-op Climate Action Workshop
7 LHiNC Board Meeting*
8 Paul Douglas at Edina Enviro Forum
14 Co-op Community Solar Workshop
20 Zoning Committee Meeting*
22 Environment & Sustainability Mtg**
27 Housing Committee Meeting ***
5 LHiNC Board Meeting*
7 LHHSG: Minnehaha Falls Program
16 Neighborhood Garage Sale
17 Linden Hills Festival!
18 Zoning Committee Meeting*
20 Environment & Sustainability Mtg**
25 Housing Committee Meeting ***
*7:00 pm at Linden Hills Park
**6:30 pm at Linden Hills Park
***7:30 pm at Linden Hills Co-op
Linden Hills
Neighborhood Council
P.O. Box 24049
Mpls, MN 55424
[email protected]
The Linden Hills Line is the bi-monthly
newsletter of the Linden Hills
Neighborhood Council (LHiNC).
The Neighborhood Revitalization
Program (NRP), City of Minneapolis
citizen participation grants, and LHiNC
provide funding to print and deliver the
newsletter. Youth groups can earn $400
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The Linden Hills Line welcomes
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To submit articles, contact LHiNC at 612926-2906 or email [email protected]
Article submissions for the March/ April
issue are due February 23, 2015.
Editor: Christy Prediger
This issue was distributed by the
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Contributors: Carol Clemens, Jamie
Dvorak, Nelson Evenrud, Elin Hansen,
JoEllen Haugo, Toni Miller, Deb Pierce,
Susan Tapp, Paul Thompson