October 2012 Archives

Another Way to Help Your Community

neic_logo_with_text_2.jpgThe Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) is a for-profit cooperative that aims to raise capital and purchase, rehab, and lease commercial real estate on Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis. The goal is to make transformative investments that improve the overall attractiveness of Central Avenue and bring in owner-occupied, independent businesses. Currently the NEIC boasts a membership of over 70 members with many more concerned Northeasters coming on each month.

The Northeast Investment Cooperative has grown out of an interest to make a positive change on Central Avenue, the backbone of Northeast Minneapolis. Many members have been interested in doing something with vacant or underutilized property along Central and are ready to do something about it. NEIC believes that by investing patient capital together, by actively recruiting local businesses to occupy their properties, and by supporting those businesses as they grow and thrive, they can bring transformative change to Northeast Minneapolis, one building at a time.

A growing group of neighbors has been meeting since spring 2011 to create this grassroots approach to community development. Planning has advanced enough that NEIC is inviting the broader Northeast community to join the effort and lay the groundwork for NEIC's first property purchase.

Come and learn more about cooperative community investment on Monday, 11/5, at 7pm, at the Waite Park Community Center, 1810 34th Ave. NE.  RSVP to info@neic.coop if you can make it!

Waite Park Voice, October & November

In This Issue:

  • Updates at Shoreham Yards
  • NE Harvest Gathering is coming
  • Seniors on the GO!
  • Minneapolis Parks & Rec Updates
  • Fall/Winter Program Signups & More...
Download the current issue here: WPVoice Oct-Nov 2012.pdf

Feedback and submissions can be sent to waiteparkcc@gmail.com. Editorial submissions for the 2012 October/November issue are due no later than Friday, September 28th, 2012.

The Waite Park Voice is mailed to the 2,350 addresses in the Waite Park neighborhood, government officials, local businesses, and other neighborhood organizations. Additional copies are available at the Waite Park Community Center and neighborhood businesses. 

Our Neighborhood Needs Your Help

Waite Park ATM 2012 - Group shot 01-8686 sm.jpgThe Waite Park Community Council is looking for motivated individuals to join our board to help address neighborhood concerns, engage our community and residents, and maintain a high level of urban living in Northeast Minneapolis.

Since 1954, the Waite Park Community Council has worked to represent the interests of residents, business owners, and other interested parties in Northeast Minneapolis. Our mission is to serve as a forum to support the interests of the Waite Park neighborhood to maintain a high quality of life through community engagement. Over the past 50 years, the Waite Park Community Council has worked to bolster the health of our public parks and schools, provide access to low-interest home loans for our residents, and provide expertise and resources to address residential concerns, business expansions, and address a myriad of livability issues in Minneapolis. Now we need your help.

The Waite Park Community Council is looking for residents and business owners to join our board for a term of two years. We are looking for residents interested in grant writing, financial planning, legal affairs, design, or public policy. The only prerequisite to join is that you are 18 years old or over and live, work, or own property within the Waite Park neighborhood. 

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization serving the Waite Park neighborhood. The Waite Park Community Council is a registered 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State. 

If you would like to find out more about joining the Waite Park Community Council, please email us at waiteparkcc@gmail.com.

Central Avenue Transit Alternatives


Thousands of people a day travel along the corridor that includes Central Avenue in Northeast and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis in conjunction with the Metropolitan Council is looking at the possibility of expanding or enhancing the transit corridor along Central and Nicollet Avenues.

The project seeks to provide efficient transportation from the transit hub at 41st and Central avenues NE, through Northeast and downtown, down Nicollet and all the way to the transit hub at Interstate 35W and East 46th Street.

Establishing a "locally preferred alternative," using criteria the federal government established, is essential to attracting federal transit funds for the project, according to Minneapolis Public Works Project Manager Anna Flintoff. Flintoff will be updating the Waite Park Neighborhood at the Waite Park Community Council meeting on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE).

The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study, which started this summer and is expected to conclude next summer, is designed to "identify a preferred transit enhancement which could serve as a first phase of a longer-range vision for transit service throughout the 9.2-mile corridor," according to information from the Minneapolis Public Works Department, which is conducting the study. "The Project will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a variety of transit modes and service types, including streetcar and enhanced bus options, to identify a locally preferred alternative for inclusion in the Metropolitan Council's 2030 Transportation Policy Plan."

The City of Minneapolis is now conducting a study to identify a preferred transit enhancement for the corridor, which could include a streetcar line or enhanced bus options.

Central Avenue in the Waite Park Neighborhood offers a challenge to planners from 27th Avenue to 37th with that stretch being primarily residential. If you like along or near Central Avenue we hope that you join us on Wednesday to meet with Anna to discuss this project.

Waite Park Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE)

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