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August 4, 2003 // UPDATED 11:01 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News Reporters
Skyway News Reporters

Various Local News Stories

City seeks preservation buffs

The City Council is taking applications to fill a vacancy in the 11-member Heritage Preservation Commission.

The Council seeks applicants with demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability or expertise in historic preservation, neighborhood revitalization, archeology, urban planning or architecture. Applications are available at the City Clerk's office, Room 304, City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

The application deadline is Sept. 12. The appointment will fill out the final year of a three-year term.

The Heritage Preservation Commission's duties include evaluating the architectural and historical significance of buildings and districts, and recommending designation of local landmarks.

For more information, call Amy Lucas at 673-2422.

-- Scott Russell

Mill District site gets cleanup funds

The Downtown site known as "Parcel D West" will have soil pollution cleaned up as one of eight recipients of a Metropolitan Council grant.

The block -- bounded by Washington Avenue South, Park Avenue, Portland Avenue and South 2nd Street -- will receive $359,785. (Currently, Park Avenue does not cut through this block, but it will in 2004). The Minneapolis Community Development Association received the money on behalf of Brighton Development, which will construct a live/work building with residences, commercial space and underground parking. The building will be complete sometime in 2004.

According to Dick Victor, senior project coordinator for the MCDA, the grant will fund continued cleanup on the site. "The grant is intended to help us clean out some of the traces of fuel oil left in the soil," Victor said. "We've previously taken out all of the oil that was down on the water table. Now, during the excavation process, they'll take out the mildly polluted soil from below where the building will go."

-- Ellen Nigon

Mill Ruins walking tours and hands-on digs offered

Take a walking tour of Mill Ruins Park, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls this summer, or participate in a simulated archeological dig.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board sponsors the one-hour walking tours. They leave at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October. Meet at the west end of the Stone Arch Bridge by the big blue banner.

The 90-minute simulated archeological digs, recommended for ages 6 and up, are Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. Call 313-7793 to make reservations and get information on the meeting location.

The walking tours and digs have a $6 fee for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.

On Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m., Mill Ruins Park will hold free hands-on activities: grind wheat into flour, view artifacts, operate a model lock and dam system, and more. No reservations are needed.

-- Scott Russell