Minneapolis planners are dialing back some proposals in their long-range plan for development that would have further diversified zoning options for housing and allowed for taller buildings in more parts of the city. The changes are an answer to critics who said the policy document, a new comprehensive plan called Minneapolis 2040 and currently in draft form, went too far in its proposals to allow for different types of construction in more areas of Minneapolis. Architects of the plan are set to release an updated version sometime next week, after reading some 10,000 comments from the public. Meanwhile, city officials have established a process for getting information out about the changes, which includes working with an outside consulting firm to “reframe the narrative” around Minneapolis 2040 before next week’s release. Triplexes — not fourplexes — are the new thingSince city planners released the draft document in March, a proposal to allow … [Read more...] about Triplexes, max heights and parking: what to expect from a revised Minneapolis 2040 plan
The Colossal Cafe in South Minneapolis will close as of Oct. 1. Co-owner Elizabeth Tinucci said in a news release that her dad, John Tinucci, plans to retire from the restaurant business, hence the need to downsize. The two St. Paul locations of Colossal Cafe — on Como Avenue in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood and the most recent addition on Grand Avenue — will remain as-is. The Minneapolis cafe moved from its original, tiny location to its current spot on 38th Street in spring of 2017. John Tinucci left the family business, Tinucci’s in Newport, seven years ago, so his retirement won’t affect that establishment. The South Minneapolis Colossal Cafe space won’t remain empty for long. Keys Cafe veteran Joe Schlarbaum will open Standish Cafe there sometime “soon.” … [Read more...] about Colossal Cafe in Minneapolis to close. Two St. Paul locations remain open.
American Indian agencies and Twin Cities nonprofits on Saturday intensified their calls for medical care and drug treatment services for vulnerable residents of a rapidly growing homeless encampment in south Minneapolis. Their entreaties came in the wake of two deaths over the past week linked to the crowded site. Monday night’s drug overdose-related death of Wade Redmond, 20, brought greater attention to health and safety risks at the camp along Hiawatha and Cedar avenues, near the Little Earth housing complex. Many of its residents suffer from serious illnesses and substance-use problems and live in tents within inches of each other, creating conditions ripe for the spread of respiratory infections and communicable diseases. Despite an intensive outreach effort, heroin and methamphetamine use is common, and at least a half-dozen camp residents have overdosed in recent weeks, say nonprofit officials providing outreach at the site. Redmond died at Hennepin County Medical Center … [Read more...] about Calls intensify for swift action on health risks at Minneapolis homeless camp
A Black-led credit union in north Minneapolis is on track to open as early as next summer. The recently renamed Village Financial Cooperative has garnered 1,600 pledged members since the project began in February 2017. Director of Development Me’Lea Connelly called such a high level of engagement “unprecedented” so early in the game. “The potential of this investment is huge,” said Connelly at a recent Minneapolis panel addressing cooperative economies and Black-led co-ops. “The potential of us using this to address economic disparity is real.” Among the supporters of the new venture is Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. In his first budget address in August, Frey earmarked $500,000 of the city budget for the Village Financial Cooperative, though those designated funds must be confirmed by the Minneapolis City Council at its December meeting in order to become a reality. The chances of the money being appropriated as Frey requested are “pretty … [Read more...] about North Minneapolis financial cooperative gains momentum
Bon Appetit magazine came to Minneapolis and St. Paul in an attempt to settle the age-old question: Who makes the best Juicy Lucy in town? The magazine’s reviewer tried nine of the burgers in nine hours — enough to give even Juicy Lucy connoisseurs heartburn. RELATED: 10 great sandwiches to try in St. Paul Former Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins make an appearance during the magazine’s stop at The Nook in St. Paul, which took top honors. … [Read more...] about Watch: Bon Appetit magazine searches Minneapolis-St. Paul for the best Juicy Lucy burger