The city's Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee has a big meeting today at 1:30.The full agenda is here. The Boludo expansion and new Revival Smoked Meats location are trying to get liquor licenses (and Boludo's adding a sidewalk cafe), Nico's Tacos wants to add 20 more seats to their outdoor patio on Hennepin, and an applicant wants to demolish 60% of a historic house around Lake of the Isles for a remodel. There's also a modification to the city's plans at Lake & Nicollet (aka the Kmart site), a report on the city's Housing Stabilization Program pilot in 2021 that used $1.5 million to assist 921 households across the city with services from basic income to financial counseling to renter advocacy, and a discussion around spending more than $7 million in American Rescue Plan money to fight homelessness across the city.
Kids officially head back to school in Minneapolis today after a couple weeks away because of the strike. The School Board will meet tonight at 5 p.m. where they'll discuss changes to the calendar and school day for the remainder of the year as well as a variety of transportation and construction contracts. You can register to attend the meeting in-person, and it will be streaming live here. Visit this page for more information on leaving a public comment, or send feedback to the entire board and board staff by emailing SchoolBoard@mpls.k12.mn.us.
The East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association selected artist Thomasina Topbear to partner with them on a year-long, collaborative initiative to raise awareness about water quality and build community connections, starting with the city's first storm drain mural near Barton Community School (here's info from their application last October).They were inspired by other community-based storm drain murals across the metro in recent years, including projects by Friends of the Mississippi River and Minnesota Water Stewards.
Gale Mansion, a 1912 mansion in Stevens Square that has been the home to many a wedding, is on sale for $2.5 million, with the sellers looking for someone that will keep the wedding business going. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
A court in Naples, Italy has ruled that Mia has to return a 1st century Roman sculpture that it paid $2.5 million for in 1986. The court said that it was illegally excavated by a 3rd party before that sale. The Mayor of Naples has asked the country's Minister of Culture to bring it home. (Star Tribune)
A bunch of cool pictures of the streetcars that used to run all the way to 56th and Bryant, which made me cry a little bit. (Kenny Neighborhood Association Instagram)
From gray squirrels to chickadees to deer to (harmless!) snakes, here's a guide to what bunch of critters in our parks are up to this spring. (Minneapolis Parks Foundation)
There's a Hennepin County Attorney candidate forum tonight from 6-7:30. It's sold out, but you can watch on Zoom.
Do you live in Ward 11? Emily Koski launched a calendar featuring neighborhood and City Council events.
Pimento Relief Services, which provides operational resources to leaders on the frontlines of racial justice and is run by the team from Pimento Jamaican Kitchen on Eat Street, is looking for a new executive director.
The Barton Plant Sale is happening now. Order online by April 13, pickup later on, and all profits go to the school. Good deal!
The Park Board is hiring for a ton of jobs! Get outside, work with your hands, works with kids, and more.
OUT & ABOUT
Go see Rick Maguire from Pile at the Uptown VFW tonight.
Lakewood Cemetery is hosting a virtual event tonight about talking to kids about grief and death.
Go see Luke Callen Band + Hemma (there's a harmonica involved) at Icehouse tonight.