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Additional Information on the 26th Avenue Bikeway

This spring, Hennepin County is planning to add on-street bike lanes to 26th Avenue (County Road 48) from the Midtown Greenway to Franklin Avenue. The changes will be accomplished by adjusting the striping for the parking and through lanes to provide two new 5-foot wide bike lanes – no changes will be made to the existing on-street parking. Representatives from the county and the city will present the proposed striping layout to the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Community Development Committee at their meeting on May 10th (Matthews Park Community Center, 7 pm).

Here is the PDF file of the proposed layout for your information. 

Katya Pilling 

Associate Director
Seward Redesign
2619 E. Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406



Redesign & Common Bond Collaborate on Senior Housing Plan for Seward Commons

Seward Redesign has asked for some time on the agenda for the SNG CDC meeting on April 12, 2011 to discuss a potential partnership with CommonBond Communities for a Phase II development at the Seward Commons (formerly Bystrom Bros.) site. 

As you may know, Seward Redesign purchased the 4-acre Bystrom Brothers site in June 2009 with the intension to redevelop the site primarily for housing.  The community was involved in a master planning effort at a culmination of the Franklin Vision process in early 2009.  A copy of this plan can be found at www.redesigninc.org or call or stop by the Redesign offices to receive a hard copy.  The first type of use called out in this plan is senior housing and that is what is being proposed to be developed in this partnership with CommonBond. 


Redesign has been meeting with prospective developers over the past few months and was pleased to connect with CommonBond just a few weeks ago and learn of their potential interest in the site.  CommonBond has a strong relationship with the Seward Community through their role as property managers for the Seward Towers East and West.  They have an excellent reputation throughout the Twin Cities and significant experience developing senior housing. 

The HUD 202  Notice of Fund Availability was issued on March 7, 2010 with an application deadline of June 1, 2010.    In order to meet HUD’s requirements, CommonBond and Redesign have to secure site control as part of our application.  Thus, the notice of land sale was sent yesterday by the City (see attached).  Work with architects is just beginning and we expect to have some concepts ready to discuss with the SNG CDC by the April meeting.


Redesign is excited about this project because it is a direct response to the community vision for this site as laid out in the Franklin Vision.   Redesign will have a strong role in the development process as partners with CommonBond, ensuring that the stated community vision is front and center to guide the development as well as ensuring that ample opportunities for feedback and communication with the neighborhood are integrated into the development process.


If you have any questions or comments, I encourage you to contact us directly at Seward Redesign and certainly to attend the Seward Neighborhood Group Community Development Committee meetings (next is Tuesday, April 12th at 7 pm at Matthews Community Center). 


Thank you!


Brian Miller, Executive Director                                               435-0275              brian@redesigninc.org

Katya Pilling, Associate Director                                              435-0276              katya@redesigninc.org

Eddie Landenberger, Senior Project Mgr                              435-0278              eddie@redesigninc.org

Megan Sheridan, Asst. Project Manager                                435-0279              megan@redesigninc.org Continue reading

Seward Civic & Commerce Association March Meeting and Newsletter

March Meeting
Programs for Small Businesses with Kristen Guild of the City of Minneapolis
and Eddie Landenberger of Redesign

Join fellow SCCA members at Wells Fargo Bank for Pizza from Lucé and the chance to hear about the City’s of Minneapolis and Redesign’s small business loan programs. Topics include the 2% Loan Program, the Great Streets program, the Facade Improvement Program, and information about the Hiawatha Revolving Loan Fund.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 / 11:45 am – 1:00pm
Wells Fargo Bank / 2600 East Franklin Ave

Pizza Luce will provide lunch for $10.  *Lunch is optional*

To RSVP, please contact Megan:  612.435.0279 / megan@redesigninc.org

 Redesign, Inc.
2619 E Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406