Third Ave. Bridge project: 2020-2022 Construction

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Virtual construction update on June 23

Curious about the work that’s being done to restore and preserve the Third Ave. Bridge?

Join us at 5 p.m. on Wed, June 23 for a virtual construction update. Register online for the event. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the ongoing construction and ask questions about our progress and current activities. We will also talk about ways to support local businesses near the bridge this summer.

Third Avenue Bridge project update on Wednesday, June 23 from 5-6 p.m.

Visit the project webpage to learn more about the schedule, impacts to your commute, detour routes, rehabilitation and preservation efforts, and what the bridge will look like when the work is done.

Extended construction hours begin June 21

The contractor will begin working extended hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Mon, June 21. Saturday morning work starting at 5 a.m. is possible, too. We will provide updates about the contractor’s work schedule when more information is available.

We will do our best to minimize noise and light pollution during afterhours work. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918 and needs significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. The bridge is fully closed to traffic through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

 

 

COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance

If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Apply now for RentHelpMN

To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Minneapolis, you can also apply through these community partners:

  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (CLUES) Assistance in Spanish: 651-362-0162
  • New American Development Center (NADC) Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic: 612-823-0180
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center: 612-767-9198

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Shooting Incident in the Nicollet Island Neighborhood

On Monday, June 7 at approximately 4:45 p.m., 2nd Precinct Officers responded to a 911 call of shots being fired near the 100 block of East Hennepin.  When officers arrived, they located one male on the sidewalk that had been shot.  Immediate life savings measures were implemented by responding officers and the victim was transported to HCMC.  At this time there is no update on his condition.

This incident has been assigned an Investigator and is an active case.

Observe and Report - Call 911 if you witness any suspicious persons/activity as it is happening, and/or if you believe you are being followed.

Anyone with information is asked to call:

MPD issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time, or specific method of crime.  To enroll in the MPD Crime Alert system, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup

To view crime maps around your area and to sign up for email crime alerts - http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics/index.htm.  You may also access information on police stops, crime data, arrest data, use of force, and other information.  

To contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialists,

 

 

 


Gathering Community Stories


Notice of Plan Modification Vote: NIEBNA Proposal for a Neighborhood Placemaking Program


You are invited to a Community Vote on a proposed neighborhood priority:

 

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACEMAKING PROGRAM

The Board of Directors of the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA) would like to create a city-recognized neighborhood priority that will build a coherent identity for the Nicollet Island/East Bank community. This placemaking effort is intended to not only bring our ever-increasing population closer together with our unique business environment, it’s also meant to draw new residents and entrepreneurs to this distinct urban neighborhood just steps from the Mississippi River.

 

Community members from the Nicollet Island and East Bank neighborhoods are invited to NIEBNA’s upcoming Membership meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 to discuss and vote on this proposed priority. To attend this online meeting, you must register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcOytrDosHdbJqg5D_20_eaHb2mofic8K

 

The creation of a city-recognized priority—and allocation of city funds over $25,000—through the city’s Neighborhood & Community Relations department requires a 21-day notice.


PROPOSED PROGRAM DETAILS

Priority: Neighborhood Placemaking Program

Concept: 

To promote consistent, positive interactions between all residents, business and property owners, and the workers and guests who frequent the neighborhood. Increase community awareness of the neighborhood organization through the development and implementation of a concise identity and communications strategy.

Amount Requested:  

$50,000

Sources:     

$39,788.49 — unspent CPP Reserve funds

$10,211.51 — unspent CPP #43364 Rollover funds

Types of Activities:

  • Solidification of business district name / branding
  • Digital & Non-Digital Communication Planning and Strategy (internal to the neighborhood and external to the broader population)
  • Community Events & Promotional Planning (funds cannot be used for food or entertainment)
    • Including, but not limited to, Adopt-a-Street, Adopt-a-Block, National Night Out, other greening events
  • Street Signage / Banners Design, Fabrication and Installation
    • Including, but not limited to, gateway markers, pole banners, window clings

 


 

Other items on the meeting agenda are currently being finalized and will be announced in the coming two weeks.

For questions about this notice, or the intent behind this proposal, please contact NIEBNA Executive Director Chris Lautenschlager at [email protected] or 612.623.7633                                                


Notice of a Public Hearing: 200 Central Ave

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Gretchen Camp of ESG Architecture & Design, on behalf of Brittani Sanders of CRG, has filed the following land use applications for the property located at 200 Central Ave SE and 113 2nd St SE:

• Variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement.

• Amendment to a previously approved site plan review for a new 28-story mixed use building with 360 dwelling units and 4,500 square feet of commercial space.

 

The City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799, CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501, or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing.  The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.

If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below.  If you would like to submit comments, you may submit them via the link above or by emailing:

Peter Crandall, Senior City Planner – 505 4th Ave S #320, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone (612) 673-2247 E-mail: [email protected].

Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/planning for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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Full Third Avenue bridge closure begins January 4

The Third Ave. Bridge will fully close to traffic starting Mon, Jan. 4, 2021, through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternate routes across the river during this time.

Highway 65/Third Avenue Bridge detours

Curious about the work that’s being done and the detour routes to get you around construction? Visit the project webpage to learn more about the schedule, impacts to your commute, rehabilitation and preservation efforts and what the bridge will look like when the work is done.

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918. It is in need of significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in August 2023. There will be a full closure of the bridge from January 2021 through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at [email protected] or call 651-366-4720.


MnDOT historian shares Third Avenue Bridge history

Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring and our project team for a conversation spanning the history of the Third Ave. Bridge. Learn about early 20th century Minneapolis, the bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time.

This free virtual presentation will be on Mon, Dec. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An interactive question-and-answer session will take place after the presentation. For those of you who joined the first presentation in September, we will be covering the same content.

Register for the virtual presentation.

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New Small Business Relief Grants Available

FOR RESTAURANTS, BARS, FITNESS CENTERS, EVENT AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

Starting Monday, November 23, business can apply for new grant funding to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

  • Businesses that have not received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for grants up to $15,000.
  • Businesses that have received Hennepin County Small Business Relief funds can apply for additional grant funds up to $10,000.

APPLICATION

  • Application opens on hennepin.us Monday, November 23 
  • Apply by Tuesday, December 1, at noon

ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES

  • Restaurants/food service establishments
  • Bars/drinking places
  • Fitness centers/gyms
  • Event/entertainment venues
  • View additional criteria

Special note for Minneapolis bar and restaurant owners: this grant application requires that you have a copy of your restaurant and/or liquor license. If you do not have a copy of your license readily available, you can:

license certificate from the City of Minneapolis may show a status of “delinquent” due to the suspension of liquor license renewal fees. Provided that you submitted your renewal paperwork and are in good standing with the state, this will not disqualify you. 

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New COVID-19 Restrictions

Today, Governor Walz announced new state restrictions to control the explosive spread of COVID 19. The following restrictions take effect on Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m.  

  • Bars and restaurants must close in-person food and drink service, both indoor and outdoor. Take-out, curbside, and delivery may continue. 
    • Minneapolis businesses with curbside pickup zone can continue using those spaces. Businesses who do not have a curbside pickup zone can request one.
  • The following facility types must be closed.
    • Gyms and other fitness facilities, public pools, including facilities within housing complexes.
    • Recreation and entertainment facilities, such as bowling alleys, theaters, movie theaters, museums, arcades, etc.
    • Other venues providing indoor or outdoor events, such as festivals or fairs. Drive-in events may continue. 
  • No wedding receptions or gatherings after funerals will be allowed. Weddings, funerals and church services will be able to continue.
  • No changes are being made to retail, personal services (e.g. salons and barbershops), schools, or places of worship.

These closures will be in effect from Friday, November 20 through Friday, December 18.    

See staysafemn.gov for more details

Minneapolis businesses can contact the Small Business Team at [email protected] or 612-673-2499 with questions. 

 

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