Sunday, January 31, 2010

Splash Pad Park on 26th Avenue Bikeway & Greenway Project in the Jordan Neighborhood

The following is a message from JACC Director and JACC Co-Chair of the Housing and Development Committee Dan Rother:

"The Mpls Parks & Recreation suggested they would come on board with the 26th Ave plans if we included a park on 26th in Jordan. Additionally Keith Ellison has suggested he could earmark money for 26th in a bill later this year. The steering committee is updating our concept to include a splash pad park on the old big stop site. Will there be any push back from the neighborhood as we go forward???"

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

TONIGHT'S AGENDA: JACC Finance & Fundraising Committee

The following is agenda for tonight's meeting from Anne McCandless, CHAIR of the Finance & Fundraising Committee:

January 28, 2010

6:30 PM Introductions

6:35 PM Review Bills

6:40 PM Meeting times

6:45 PM List and Prioritize things that need to be done - budget

7:00 PM Discuss Transition Funds

7:15 PM Potential Funding Sources

7:30 PM Adjourn

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Finance Committee Meeting‏ Announcement

There will be a finance Comm. Meeting on Thursday, Jan 28th at 6:30 PM at the JACC Office.

Anne McC

Friday, January 15, 2010

JACC APPROVED ACTION: Letter to Twin Cities Community Land Bank to Acquire 2200, 2206, 2210, and 2218 Irving Avenue North

January 14, 2010

Twin Cities Community Land Bank
Attention: Tom Streitz and Becky Rom
801 Nicollet Mall, Ste 1650
Minneapolis, MN. 55402


The purpose of this letter is to request Twin Cites Community Land Bank’s help in resolving the matter of several troubled properties in the Jordan neighborhood. The properties in question are 2200, 2206, 2210, and 2218 Irving Avenue North.

All of these properties are in seriously dilapidated condition, vacant, and are the primary cause of sagging property values in the immediate area. The property located at 2200 Irving N. is an “arson house” and is completely uninhabitable at this time. The other properties are also suffering from structural deficiencies which render them unsafe to inhabit. Additionally, the time leading up to the summer of 2009, these properties were all drug houses and served as focal point for criminal activity in Forest Heights area in the Jordan neighborhood.

The Jordan Area Community Council is asking that proactive action be taken on this matter. On behalf of the Council and the Jordan Neighborhood, we are requesting that the Twin Cities Community Land Bank take steps to acquire these troubled houses in an effort redevelop the properties, stop the free-fall of neighboring land values, and prevent further criminal activity from taking place at the properties in question.

The neighbors in the general area have agreed in principal that public acquisition of these properties is a logical first step in remedying this issue. Should your organization acquire these properties, it would nullify the risk of unscrupulous investors purchasing them; with the intent of renting to anyone, which would almost certainly result in an increase in criminal activity.

We look forward to working with you on this project, and hope to engage you in discussion very soon. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.


Vladimir A. Monroe

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The 2010 Challenge!

Picture of Jordan neighbors from January 12, 2009 Election meeting

Hi fellow NoMi-Jo's! { that's NoMi Jordanites, fyi}

I have been thinking about the new year, time for new focus and new projects, reflecting on the past.

One thing I always seem to wish for when thinking about my neighborhood, is the desire to see more people, get more great neighbors out and about and participating in our neighborhood revitalization efforts. One of the things I love about being an activist in NoMi is the great people that I meet! I'm always blown away by the tremendous amount of interesting, talented, wise people that I meet on the northside. It makes me feel like I'm exactly where I need to be. Right here! Right now!

So, I thought I'd put a little challenge out there - let's all do some personal outreach and recruiting. Invite someone to a neighborhood meeting. Spread the word. Bring a new neighbor to an event. Create a buzz about all the good things going on here.

In fact, one goal for each of us to meet is this:

The 2010 Challenge. Take the year 2010. Now break it down into two numbers. 20 and 10. Can you meet 20 new Jordan neighbors this year? Can you bring 10 of those new neighbors to a JACC event or meeting? Can you get some new readers to this blog? That could be counted as recruiting efforts!

So there it is. The 2010 Challenge!

Keep us posted on your challenge progress here!

~Stay Warm, My Friends~

Thursday, January 7, 2010

JACC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda for January 13, 2010

Hello JACC!!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

I hope it went well for everyone and it was a safe and enjoyable holidays. As we fall back into the daily work patterns we, the executive committee have worked out a proposed agenda for next weeks meeting. I hope we can all make it.

Thank you again for your time and consideration,

Vladimir A. Monroe

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

JACC Housing & Development Committee Discussion Item: City to Demolish 2010 West Broadway

Co-Chair of the JACC Housing & Development Committee Dan Rother indicates that the following item will be on the agenda at the January 14, 2010 committee meeting...

The City of Minneapolis has advised the Jordan Area Community Council that it has acquired 2010 West Broadway from Holding Forth the Word Church and will demolish it. The following are the details of the property and its acquisition:

Saturday, January 2, 2010

City to Demolish 1900 West Broadway

The City of Minneapolis has advised the Jordan Area Community Council that it has acquired 1900 West Broadway from Bashir Moghul and will demolish it.  The following are the details of the property and its acquisition: