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Mpls. Public Schools
City Councilperson (10)Meg Tuthill
Mayor R.T. Rybak
State Representative (60A)Marion Greene
State Representative (60B)Frank Hornstein
State Senator (60)D. Scott Dibble
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Congressman (5th)Keith Ellison
U.S. SenatorAl Franken
U.S. SenatorAmy Klobuchar
Uptown neighborhood news
Uptown Neighborhood News
is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents ActionGroup (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO).
covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area boundedby Lyndale Ave. S. and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th St. W. Extra copies aredistributed to businesses in the Uptown area, along Lake Street, and Lyndale and HennepinAves. Circulation is 5,200, with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribu-tion is before the first of every month.Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to resi-dents. Articles, letters to the editor and story ideas are welcomed and encouraged. The editorreserves the right to edit for length, clarity, relevance to the area or other reasons. Editorialand advertising guidelines are available. Please contact the editor:
News, tips & letters to the editor
UNN3612 Bryant Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55409
Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG)
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
Art directioN & productioN
Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780
(ECCO)Ruth Cain (ECCO)Samantha Strong (CARAG)
Johnathan Behm, Bruce Cochran,Bethany Heemeyer
Bruce Cochran, John Darlington,Scott Engel, Gary Farland,Katherine St. Martin, Wendy Schadewald,Mary Ann Schoenberger, Monica Smith,Sarah Sponheim, Phyllis Stenerson,Meg Tuthill
CARAG/ECCO/Uptown Circulation:Bill Boudreau, Justin Jagoe
5th preciNct coMMuNity AttorNey
Lisa Godon 612.673.2005
Uptown Neighborhood News reserves the right torefuse publication of articles or advertisements as itsees fit. But we will see fit to publish most things.Copyright © 2011 Uptown Neighborhood News.
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Please submit your opinion pieces to the editor. We encour- age thoughtful essays about anything that’s going on in the neighborhood. On occasion, wewill solicit contrasting views on one subject and run multiple opinions. We reserve the right to edit for space or clarity, taste and legal concerns.
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Uptown Neighborhood Newsis managed by a board of localcitizens. The ECCO Boardand the CARAG Board eachappoint three representatives.Uptown residents are urgedto participate in their commu-nity newspaper by submittingnews items, writing letters tothe editor and/or attendingBoard meetings.UNN Managing Board meet-ings are open to the public.Anyone is invited to observeand a time for public com-ments will be scheduled.Meetings are held at St. Mary’sGreek Orthodox Church, 3450Irving Avenue South.Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9p.m. and held the first Mon-day of the month, unless oth-erwise scheduled.
2822 Lyndale Ave. S.Minneapolis, MN612.825.3019Lyndaleucc.org
Lyndale Church Back On Lyndale Avenue
125 years ago Lyndale Church started on theWedge (NW) corner of Lake and Lyndale.We’re back.We are sharing space with Intermedia Arts(and Salem Church) at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.Come check us out.
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10:30 a.m. Worship in either the IntermediaArts theater or gallery
No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you’re welcome here.
English Lutheran Church
2822 Lyndale So.
On the move again...
Now worshiping atIntermedia Arts
8:30 am Traditional Worship10:30 am Jazz Worship
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Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79
Negotiations for the Uptown Bar at the Lyndale Theater have been aban-doned.
When the UNN asked for a reason, the parties involved chose, “no comment.” The theatre is now for lease again.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
The Little Bar ...that couldn’t
decreasing for 2010 to 2011 by 4.5%in ECCO and 2% in CARAG;from $413,500 to $395,000 inECCO and from $257,000 to252,000 in CARAG.The biggest component increasein the median taxes come from theCity of Minneapolis, increasing16.8% across the City. The Citycourse, what will happen withLGA in this session of the Legisla-ture is vital to what will happen toour property taxes.City payments provided fromproperty taxes for the three closedpension funds will increase from$15.5 million in 2010 to $23.0 mil-lion in 2011. Closed means thereare no new members, and coverpolice, firefighters, and Minne-apolis employees. New employ-ees are now in State funds. Theincreased contributions are due topoor investment returns and per-haps excessive benefits which is inlitigation.One reason for the decrease inPayable 2010 property taxes in theCity was that TIF (tax incrementdistrict) revenues went in that yearto the General Fund. However,the 2008 Legislature restored thatthese funds can be held out forthe Target Center and neighbor-hood revitalization efforts (NRP),beginning in 2011. This thenresulted in increases in taxes onnon-TIF properties. However, theCity is trying to keep part of theNRP monies for its budget so itcan reduce property taxes, but thisis in dispute.A suit has been brought in Hen-nepin County District Courtasserting that property values areinflated in neighborhoods withhigh foreclosure rates, which doesnot include the lakes areas. If suc-cessful, this would shift propertytaxes to other neighborhoods.Citizens can appeal their propertyassessments by following the pro-cess provided at the City Assessorwebsite.
Gary Farland lives in ECCO.
has explained this increase dueto increasing obligations to threeclosed pension funds, a decreasein Local Government Aid fromthe State, the recertification of TaxIncrement Financing Districts andthe paying down of the City’s olddebts. This percent increase inproperty taxes is higher than whatthe City actually will receive to itsbudget in total, due to these fac-tors. The City originally was goingto increase its budget by 7.5%, butdecreased this to 4.7% after a lotof complaining. The City cut itsworkforce by 80 people, including32 firefighters and 24 police offi-cers.A big reason for the steadyincrease in residential propertytaxes in Minneapolis is the changein classification rates by the Leg-islature that resulted in a shift of property taxes from commercialand industrial properties to resi-dential properties. Classificationrates pertain to what percentage of assessed value is used to create tax-able value. In Payable 1997, resi-dential properties paid 39% of theproperty taxes – in Payable 2011the percentage is 56%. This is part-ly due to decreases in the assessedvalues of commercial and indus-trial properties from Payable 2010to 2011 (-9.6% and -11.3%), whileresidential properties decreasedonly 4.2%. This is probably due tomore aggressive seeking of adjust-ments by businesses.Local Government Aid (LGA)from the State was once the larg-est single source of revenue to theCity’s General Fund, but todayproperty taxes are. In 2003 LGAaccounted for 40%, but in 2011 willprovide only 22%. Thus, propertytaxes went from 29% to 44%. Overthe last three years, Minneapolishas lost $54 million of LGA. Of already been confirmed.In addition to the office and restau-rant space, the 10-story, mixed-usebuilding will feature 120 surfaceparking stalls and 436 structured(24/7 accessible) public park-ing stalls on floors three throughseven. A large urban plaza willoffer outdoor dining, public seat-ing and public art. The project willalso provide much needed directaccess to the core of Uptown fromthe Midtown Greenway by addinga new ramp and bridge at GirardAvenue.MoZaic is expected to be completedin January 2012 and will provideClass A office space in Uptown,a market known for limited openfloor plates and few Class A build-ings. (Small floor plates have ahigher ratio of window walls tointerior space. Large floor plateshave a more limited ratio of win-dow walls to interior space and aremore suitable to open space planswith work-stations.) The floor-to-ceiling glass structure will stepback on each floor to create deckspace for tenants. Two restaurantshave been confirmed for the firstfloor.For more information visit www.ackerberg.com