MnDOT I-94 project from Nicollet Ave to Shingle Creek Parkway Starting Spring of 2017

Summary of Work:
  • Resurfacing about nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Prkwy in Brooklyn Center
  • Repairing 50 bridges on or over I-94
  • Reconstructing westbound I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
  • Repairing tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Avenue tunnels
  • Replacing guardrail
  • Improving drainage and concrete barrier in areas
I-94 Improvement Project Spring 2017

Crime and Safety Update scheduled for the February 8 NEPNA Board meeting

Susan Bradshaw Webb, the Minneapolis Police Department’s 2nd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, will attend the February 8, Board meeting at Yinghua Academy to provide a crime and safety update.

NEPNA Board Meeting scheduled for December 14 at Yinghua Academy

The next NEPNA Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Yinghua Academy.

Annual Meeting scheduled for November 15 at Sociable Cider Werks

The Northeast Park Neighborhood Association (NEPNA) Annual Meeting will take place on November 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Sociable Cider Werks – 1500 Fillmore Street NE.  Elections to the board will take place at this meeting.

2016 Annual Meeting Flyer









Northeast Brewers Block Party at Sociable Cider Werks on October 16, from Noon to 7 p.m.

Sociable Cider WerksSociable Cider Werks in collaboration with The Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) and the NE Brewers and Distillers Association (NEBDA) is planning on hosting the Northeast Brewers Block Party on October 16, 2016.   The event will be held at Sociable Cider Werks at 1500 Fillmore St. NE from Noon to 7 p.m.
The event will include live music from several bands (tbd) throughout the day and will include product from the members of NEBDA.  Proceeds will benefit SACA, NEBDA and stipends will be given back to the participating breweries/distilleries. We are applying for a temporary license to sell liquor for the distillers as well as the ability for the other participating breweries to sell their own product.  We’ve applied for an expansion of license permit for both our entertainment and premises.  The events will take place in our parking lot and will have amplified sound.  We are applying for amplified sound permits as well for these events.
The event will be held at Sociable Cider Werks at 1500 Fillmore St. NE from Noon to 7 p.m. We are hoping to have an anticipated attendance of approximately 8000 people throughout the day for this event.
We are working with The Beer Dabbler, a company that specializes in outdoor event management to help coordinate the event.  The Beer Dabbler has a history of crafting very thoughtful and organized events.  We look forward to working with them again.
This is a rare opportunity to showcase the amazing breweries and distilleries that NE Minneapolis has to offer in one place. We are very much looking forward to these events and welcome any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact me directly.
Brian Gjerde
Taproom Manager
Sociable Cider Werks

Organics Recycling Training Session: October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Organics Recycling Training Session: Learn how to collect organics at home for composting

Come to one of two sessions to get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations and tips that make organics recycling easier in your home.  Learn what happens to organics once they are collected.  Pick up a yard sign to promote the organics recycling program.  Organics kitchen collection containers will be distributed to attendees while supplies last.
Training will be held:
Thursday October 13, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m. at Windom Park Northeast (2251 Hayes St)
RSVP here.  Contact Laura Horner at or 612-673-3318 with questions.


NEPNA Seeks Part-Time Community Organizer – Applications Due October 7

The Northeast Park Neighborhood Association is seeking a part-time contracted employee to provide community organizing services, including the following:

  • Attending monthly NEPNA Board meetings, taking meeting minutes and drafting them within a week.
  • Preparing the monthly board meeting agenda and distributing it to board members and guest presenters.
  • Assisting in preparing the monthly neighborhood newsletter / flyer and distributing it to neighborhood residents and other neighborhood stakeholders.
  • Updating and maintaining the neighborhood comprehensive contact / email list on Google docs.
  • Assisting in developing an online survey to obtain input from neighborhood residents and other neighborhood stakeholders regarding financial and community goals and priorities.
  • Door-knocking neighborhood residents to get feedback on financial and community goals and priorities.

Prior neighborhood outreach / community organizing experience a plus and/or familiarity with the City of Minneapolis and its community engagement programs.  Must have strong oral and written communications skills, as well as experience with Web sites and social media.  Event planning experience is also helpful.  Must be able to attend monthly board meeting and attend other nightly meetings as assigned.  Bilingual a plus.  Position offers a flexible, part-time schedule (10-20 hours per month).  Some evenings and weekends may be required. Please submit a resume and letter of interest by sending an email to by Friday, October 7, at 5 p.m.

NEPNA January 13, 2016, Board Meeting at Yinghua Academy – 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center

The first NEPNA Board Meeting of 2016 will take place on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m., at Yinghua Academy in the Media Center.

The Northeast Matching Grant Program is Here!

The Northeast Park Matching Grant Program is here! That’s up to $3000 free money (minimum $1000) for just about any home improvement project you can dream up. Applicant must match each grant dollar for dollar (i.e.: you spend $2000, they give you $2000, etc.), but it’s a pretty sweet deal and there’s no income limit to be eligible for this program. Fill out your application today before the money goes away!

This grant is available to properties located within the boundaries of the Northeast Park’s neighborhood.  Must be owner-occupied single-family detached homes and duplexes.

• Grants are a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $3,000.  Applicant must match each grant dollar one-for-one. Matching funds must be available at the time the grant is approved.

• There is no income limit to be eligible for this program.

• The intention of this grant is to provide incentive to homeowners to make improvements to their homes to extend the life of the housing stock, improve livability, and make improvements to the neighborhood. Most interior and exterior improvements are eligible.  This may include, roof, water heather replacement, garage reconstruction, water mitigation, plumbing repairs, etc.

If you have a question about your project eligibility, call the HousingResourceCenter™ (612) 588-3033.

GMHC logoFor more information, please visit the GMHC Web site: 

NEPNA Releases Guidelines for Housing Rehab Matching Grant Program

Applications will be accepted starting some time in January of 2016. More information to come.


Northeast Park Housing Rehab Matching Grant Program Guidelines


  1. Program Intent: The intent of the Northeast Park Matching Grant Program is to incentivize homeowners to make improvements to their homes that extends the life of the housing stock, improves livability standards and to makes visible improvements to the neighborhood.

  1. Grant Amount:  A minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $3,000.  The applicant must match each grant dollar one for one.  Matching funds must be available at the time the grant is approved and the Participation Agreement is signed.  If a property owner does not have the matching funds, they may be able to qualify for a loan through the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation to use as the match.

  1. Income Limit:  There is no income limit to be eligible for this program.

  1. Eligible Properties: Properties must be located within the boundaries of the Northeast Park’s neighborhood. Owner-occupied single-family detached homes and duplexes are eligible.  Owner-occupied condominiums and townhomes are eligible for funding for interior improvements only.  Homeowners’ Associations are not eligible.

  1. Eligible Improvements: Most permanent interior and exterior improvements are eligible. This may include things such as, but not limited to, roof, furnace, water heater replacement, garage reconstruction, concrete/hardscape, water mitigation, radon mitigation, remodel bath, kitchen or basement, electrical and plumbing repairs and upgrades, insulation,  security light and systems, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility improvements.  If you have a question about whether your project is eligible, call the Housing Resource Center at (612) 588-3033.

  1. In-eligible Improvements: Luxury/recreational upgrades (pool, sauna, spa, etc.), furniture, non- permanent appliances, funds for working capital, debt services, refinancing existing debt and work initiated prior to approval of the matching grant.

  1. Application Processing:  Applications are to be submitted directly to GMHC’s Housing Resource Center – North, 2148 44th Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412.  Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all grant funds have been committed.  Incomplete applications will not be processed until all requested documents have been received.  The application can be processed without the bids, but the grant funds cannot be committed until the bids have been received and approved.  No work may be started prior to the signing of the Participation Agreement.

  1. Total Project Cost: It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the amount of funds necessary to finance the entire cost of the work.  Matching funds must be paid into the project in advance of the NRP grant funds.

  1. Mortgage Payments and Taxes: Borrowers must be current on mortgage payments and have no unpaid taxes.

  1. Sweat Equity: The property owner is allowed to perform the work on his/her own, as long as he or she is approved by the GMHC construction manager.  Appropriate permits must be filed and inspections passed.  Funds may only be used for the purchase of materials; funds cannot be used to compensate the owner for labor.


Application Processing:   GMHC will provide an application package with an application form and detailed instructions on what additional documents must be submitted to apply for the matching grant.

Rehabilitation Consulting is available on request from a GMHC construction manager.  The construction manager can meet with the grantees to provide advice on proposed work, assist with the bidding process, and help select the successful bidder(s).

Bidding: Projects costing $5,000 or more require two bids.  All bids must be approved by the construction manager.

Contractors/Permits:  Contractors contracting for work must be properly licensed by the City of Minneapolis or State of Minnesota (when required).  Permits must be obtained when required by City ordinance.

Fees:  Grant origination fees ($300 per grant) will be paid by the NRP budget for this program.

Work Completion: Weather permitting all work items must be completed within 120 days of the grant closing.

Disbursement process:   Payment to the contractor will be made after completion of the work.  An inspection will be performed by the City (if a permit was required) and GMHC to verify the completion of the work. The following items must be received by GMHC before the funds can be released:

  1. Final, original invoice from contractor (or materials list from supplier);

  2. Completion certificate(s) signed by the borrower and the contractor;

  3. Copies of all required city permits (also indicating final inspection by City);

  4. Final inspection (verification) by GMHC;

  5. Lien waiver(s).

Items 1 through 4 must be provided to GMHC to begin the preparation of the check(s).  Item 5 (lien waiver) must be provided before the funds will be released to the contractor(s).

Participation Agreement:  At the grant closing, the grantee will sign a “Participation Agreement” which will summarize the conditions of the program, the amount and sources of financing for the project, and the disbursement procedures outlined above.