At 4:30 today, the City of Minneapolis’s Planning Commission is meeting to discuss a developer’s request to build a five-story mixed use building at 5009 Beard Ave S. in place of the church that houses Lake Harriet Christian Church Childcare. The property sold for over $1.5 million in September. Peter Crandall, a senior city planner, stressed that the development proposal is still in an early stage and that the proposal could change. We will have a longer article up about this property later this morning.
The City Council meets this morning at 10:30. On the agenda – establishing a Housing/Rent Stabilization Work Group, a new electric vehicle charging ordinance, and the appointment of Alberder Gillespie as the city's new director of Civil Rights, who is currently serving as interim director. The council will also continue its discussion around the construction of a new water distribution and maintenance facility in East Phillips. The City Council blocked the construction to allow for community involvement. The next day, Mayor Jacob Frey vetoed the council's decision. The council can override the veto at today's meeting.
LynLake Brewery has some pretty fun events the next two days, starting with a Super Smash Brothers tournament tonight and a meat raffle tomorrow night. No word yet on how Yoshi tastes.
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
The Star Tribune covers the current state of the teachers strike , focusing on the latest negotiations. Sahan Journal has a piece about parents who have supported the strike but also want their kids back in school, and another about how the biggest hangup in negotiations is around mental health support. (Star Tribune, Sahan Journal)
With Hennepin County balking at the new price tag, where is the Met Council going to come up with the $500 million it says it needs to finish the Southwest Light Rail project? (Minn Post)
The dates for Open Streets 2022 were just announced. Lyndale is taking place on Sunday, June 5. (Open Streets Twitter)
Ramadan kicks off next Friday – here's where to get Ramadan food specials, including Marhaba Grill on Eat Street. (Eater Twin Cities)
The City of Minneapolis has a very entertaining Tik Tok account. (Tik Tok)
The Textile Center of MN is offering a bundle of matching fiber art kits for kids. (Textile Center)
COMMUNITY ACTION 💪
Need a place for young children to frolic inside, for free? Mia has a family roomwith kid-friendly books, toys, a private restroom, and a nursing room that are open during museum hours. (Melody, Mia Instagram)
Hey! Did you apply to be on the Charter Commission yet? Did you nominate a friend and share their email so we can reach out and tell them to apply? If not, get on it!
Take the Minneapolis Food Action Plan survey! They're working on developing a 2030 roadmap towards a better local food system in the city and could use your help. As a bonus, you can enter to win a $50 grocery card.
The Park Board is hiring arborists, people to work with young people, gardeners, lifeguards, and more.
OUT & ABOUT 🛵
Tonight's the night – Melody's going to be out covering pop punk/emo showdown at the VFW and Up-down Arcade on our Instagram tonight.
The Lagoon Cinema is playing the Oscar-nominated animated shorts today at 1:05 and 7:00 p.m.
Check out a candlelit performance featuring the music of Lizzo, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga tonight at the Granada Theater.