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October 27, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News Staff
Skyway News Staff

What\'s going on in some of the downtown area neighborhoods and notes from Neighborhood meetings.

Gateway Fountain to spurt again Downtown's Gateway Fountain, dry for more than a year, will likely be flowing again come spring.

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) has proposed spending up to $25,000 of its Neighborhood Revitalization (NRP) dollars to fix it. The Minneapolis City Council approved the plan 12-0 Oct. 24.

The fountain at Gateway Park, 2nd Street and Hennepin Avenue, has fallen into disrepair. Underground pipes supplying water to the fountain have corroded.

Gene Nessly, board member and treasurer of DMNA, has led an effort to get the fountain flowing again.

"It's been a landmark," Nessly said.

The fountain has the potential to cycle colored jets of water that dance up and down. But to keep costs down, the spray will be more simple -- a constant flow of water. -- Sarah McKenzie

Civilian Review Authority seeks rules feedback The Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, responsible for resolving complaints against police, is adopting new operating rules. The CRA board hopes the City Council will approve new rules in November, when the CRA will resume work on a backlog of cases from the summer.

Before approaching the council, however, the CRA board wants the public's feedback. A public hearing will be on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Grain Exchange Building, 400 S. 4th St., room 100. For more information about the hearing, visit the CRA Web site at -- Robyn Repya

Developer converts North Loop offices to condos Local developer Shafer Richardson is converting two floors in the Bassett Creek building at 901 N. 3rd St. to loft-style condos.

Construction has started on floors four and five of the five-story office building.

Sales and marketing staff plan on launching an effort to pre-sell units in November, said Fritz Kroll, an agent with Edina Realty working on the project.

The project will include 32 units with prices ranging from $170,000 to $430,000.

David Frank, project manager with Shafer Richardson, said the lofts will feature exposed columns, concrete floors, maple cabinets and ceramic tile.

The condos are expected to be ready for occupancy by spring. -- Sarah McKenzie

Elliot Park university stages Halloween bash for neighborhood Who said evangelical Christians don't celebrate Halloween?

On Friday, Oct. 31, trick-or-treaters will converge in North Central University's gymnasium at 1410 Elliot Ave. for the school's annual Halloween Outreach.

For the last seven years, North Central -- owned and operated by the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination -- has offered Halloween activities for children of the Elliot Park neighborhood. Students volunteer to decorate the gym, set up games, and distribute candy and prizes.

North Central students donate candy for the event through a candy-giving competition. Last year students donated 1,000 pounds of candy, which was given to more than 250 children.

The theme for this year's Halloween Outreach is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob Squarepants." The kids are invited to go "under the sea" for prizes, games or to hug SpongeBob.

Jolene Cassellius, student ministries coordinator at North Central, said that students are excited about the event.

The students from the university can't wait to play games and give out treats," Cassellius said. "We wants kids in Elliot Park to have a safe place to enjoy the Halloween holiday."

The event, which is free, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. -- Matt Modrich

Neighborhood notes

Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) 10/7/03 board meeting RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Mike Rollin, a community organizer with the Central Cities Neighborhood Partnership Restorative Justice program, updated the DMNA board of directors on program activities. Offenders performed more than 160 hours of community service Downtown between June and August. NEW BAR: Board member Andy Hauer updated the association on plans for a new bar and restaurant called Barfly in the vacant Skyway Theater site, 711 Hennepin Ave. S. NUISANCE CRIMES: City Councilmember Paul Zerby (2nd Ward) discussed council action on plans for an administrative hearing process to tackle "livability crimes," such as public urination and loitering. Zerby has been pushing for a "nuisance court" -- a plan Hennepin County judges have been reluctant to support.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Board member Kim Motes announced proposed funding awards for affordable housing projects. The plan would direct more than $500,000 to Downtown projects. The association will discuss the proposed funding awards at its annual meeting Nov. 19 at the St. Thomas Law School at 12th Street and LaSalle Avenue. Next: Land Use Committee meeting, Nov. 4. Meetings: Board meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., LaSalle Plaza, 800 LaSalle Ave., Suite #131. Contact: 659-1279, Borders: Mississippi River, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd Ave., 12th St., 5th Ave., 5th St., I-35W.

North Loop Neighborhood Association Next: Board meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 29. Meetings: Last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Heritage Landing, 415 N. 1st St. Contact: Jim Grabek, 677-1090, Borders: Lyndale Ave., Mississippi River, I-94, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd. Ave.

Citizens for a Loring Park Community 10/13/03 board meeting Jacquelyn Hanson-Reid: Board members observed a moment of silence for Hanson-Reid. A CLPC board member, Hanson-Reid died of cancer Oct. 12. NRP UPDATE: Board members heard from Bob Miller, director of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Miller said he wanted to see the program continue as a "bottom-up" organization, driven by neighborhood associations rather than directed by the City Council. He said neighborhood associations will be called on to find ways to fund priorities with fewer resources. The board also discussed ways to partner with other neighborhood groups to tackle similar issues, such as "livability" crimes. Next: Land Use meeting, Monday, Oct. 27. Meetings: Board meets 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 430 Oak Grove St., #207. Nicollet Task Force, 2nd Wednesday, Hibaq Coffee Shop. Livability Committee, 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Dunn Bros on 15th St.; Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m., 4th Monday, 430 Oak Grove St. Contact: Jana Metge, 874-9002; Borders: S. 12th St., I-35W, I-94, Lyndale Ave., and I-394.

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Next: Neighborhood Action Committee, Monday, Oct. 27. Meetings: Board 2nd Monday of the month, 7 p.m., 1000 E. 14th St.; Economic Development Strategies, 3rd Wednesday, Building Land Use and Housing, 3rd Thursday; Neighborhood Action Committee, 4th Monday. (EPNI's committee meetings are open to all adults who live, work or own property in the neighborhood. Local Churches may appoint up to three people to represent them.) Contact: 335-5846 Borders: I-94, Hwy. 55, 5th Ave., S. 5th St.

Nicollet Island/East Bank Neighborhood Association Next: Meeting, Nov. 18. Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the odd-numbered months, 7 p.m., Pracna on Main, 117 SE Main St. Contact: Borders: Nicollet Island, Mississippi River, Central Ave. SE, railroad tracks north of and parallel to 1st Ave.