Ninth Ward E-News – May 27, 2010

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 Minnesota’s population shift at Breakfast with Gary



Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer since 1979 will be the featured speaker at Breakfast with Gary on May 28th.

This month’s Breakfast with Gary on Friday, May 28th will feature a dialogue with State Demographer Tom Gillaspy about changes coming fast to Minnesota


With the 2010 Census underway, Minnesota is finding clues to what our state will look like in the near future. A “critical juncture” according to Gillaspy, that is “at least as significant as the great depression.” Gillaspy will discuss how population changes will effect everything from our housing market to jobs, education, health care, economic growth.


“Tom Gillaspy eats data for a living, and then spits it out more coherently than anyone else,“ said Council Member Gary Schiff.  “Nobody understands the future of Minnesota better. I
f you haven’t heard him talk before, be prepared to be amazed.”


Breakfast with Gary is a monthly meeting held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. the final Friday of the month at the Mercado Central, 1515 East Lake Street. $5 buys breakfast.


Rain gardens help clean up Powderhorn Lake


Register online for a rain garden workshop at


The State of Minnesota is unveiling a new tool to help manage pollution in Powderhorn Lake: rain gardens. The state’s plan calls for up to 150 rain gardens to be installed in the Powderhorn-Central area later this summer. These gardens will be part of a three year study comparing water quality results. Rain gardens feature native plants, whose root systems help absorb rainwater.

Powderhorn Lake was taken off the state’s pollution list in late 2009. But litter, animal waste, lawn chemicals, automobile fluids and other untreated waste that runs off from city streets through sewer lines still makes swimming prohibited. Virtually all water coming into the lake comes from storm sewer lines which lead directly into the lake.


For residents interested in creating their own rain garden to help control runoff, Metro Blooms is offering low-cost rain garden workshops. Now in their 5th year of operation, Metro Blooms has partnered with Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping to offer a complete rain garden installation to its 5000th attendee, a feat they are expected to accomplish during this year’s workshops. The installation, valued at $1000, will include a landscaping consultation, a detailed rain garden design including technical specifications and plant selections, excavation, and materials including compost, mulch, and plants. To register for a workshop, visit or call 651-699-2426.


 New affordable housing breaks ground


Two new projects are breaking ground on 23rd Ave South.  Clare Housing (top image) will be at 31st Street East and Waters Senior Living of Minnehaha (bottom) at 38th Street South. 

Construction is underway for two new apartment buildings on 23rd Avenue South, one providing assisted living for seniors and the other offering supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.


At the corner of 23rd Avenue South and 31st Street East, Clare Housing is breaking ground for a 45 unit supportive housing building for people living with HIV and AIDS. Clare Midtown will feature healing gardens, natural light, and space for residents to socialize and greet guests. At least eight units will specifically for people who have experienced long-term homelessness.


A few blocks away, a $15 million dollar senior housing project is underway in the 3700 block of 23rd Avenue South. Waters Senior Living of Minnehaha will provide 77 units of assisted living and memory-care apartments. Construction is expected to be completed within a year. Waters will be owned and operated by the owners of Providence Place nursing home.


“This recession has hit workers in building trades especially hard. These two new buildings will not only create homes for many people, but the city investment in affordable housing will create dozens of jobs” said Council Member Gary Schiff. According to city building permits, two-thirds of new housing units built in Minneapolis last year were city-assisted affordable housing projects.


Foreclosure prevention help offered


Wells Fargo is hosting a free workshop for customers of Wells Fargo or Wachovia mortgage
who are facing mortgage payment challenges. Workshops will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees can meet one on one with a Wells Fargo representative who will confidentially discuss their financial concerns and options. Some individuals may also qualify for a loan modification under the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended with a deadline of June 2. For more information call (800) 405-8067.


Ninth Ward E-News Exclusive!

Tour the greenest city building



The new public works facility at 26th Street East and Hiawatha is the greenest government-built facility in the state. 

Ninth Ward E-News readers have the opportunity to take the first tour of the City’s newest green building, the Hiawatha Public Works facility. The first 15 readers who RSVP will get to join a guided tour with the architect and project manager on Monday, June 7th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The new Hiawatha Public Works maintenance facility in the East Phillips neighborhood is nearing completion. The building is aiming to be the first government-built LEED certified platinum building in Minnesota.  LEED is an internationally recognized standard that measures how well a building performs in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction and indoor environmental quality improvements. 


This facility features several environmentally responsible and money savings systems. This includes geothermal heating, cooling, and a white roof. It also has systems to recover energy, reuse existing materials on the site, control storm water, and features landscaping with native plantings that resist drought. It also uses local “green” products, such as pavers made from recycled plastic bottles and rubber tires. The site will house over 200 full and part time city workers who maintain city streets, bridges and sewers. The facility is a combination of some existing buildings, new construction, and reused materials, including steel decking from the Lowry Bridge.  

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