North Loop president resigns

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April 12, 2004 // UPDATED 1:14 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Jim Grabek, chair of the North Loop Neighborhood Association, has resigned his post, announcing at a recent meeting he planned to move out of the neighborhood.

The former Orono mayor said he planned to stay Downtown, but didn't reveal the location to board members at the March 31 meeting, saying he was still in negotiations on the sale.

Grabek and Alan Higley, the group's vice chair, founded the organization in 2001, breaking off from the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, which represents property owners and residents in the central portions of Downtown.

The North Loop neighborhood covers Downtown west of 3rd Avenue North and the riverfront west of Hennepin Avenue south to Washington Avenue.

The volunteer board oversees development proposals and livability issues in the rapidly growing neighborhood that has seen several new high-end condo developments in recent years.

Grabek said he would remain involved in Downtown community affairs and would continue advocating a Twins ballpark stadium proposal for the Rapid Park site behind the Target Center.

"You have done 99 percent of the work here," Grabek told the board after he announced his decision.

The neighborhood group recently secured city approval for a $193,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Program spending plan that calls for the creation of a comprehensive neighborhood master plan, the promotion of community-based crime-prevention programs and plans to bolster neighborhood identity, among other things.