Southside - General Topics

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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby Sara Bergen » May 19th, 2017, 8:22 am

This fund was started about a year ago with the intent of preserving naturally occurring affordable housing. There was no info on its website regarding how many or which properties it has assisted to date. It is also intended for properties with 50+ units, so it likely favors suburban properties:

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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby beige_box » May 19th, 2017, 8:48 am

LakeCharles wrote:
May 19th, 2017, 7:45 am
Does the city have a history of renting small properties? Who would act as the property management?

I like the idea, I'm just curious.
Check out the Public Housing Authority's website: ... buildings/ They definitely manage some smaller buildings, like Snelling Manor and Dickman Park Apartments.

And if I may, as far as I can tell (and correct me if I'm wrong), the only local politician calling for the city to take over Frenz's properties is Ginger Jentzen, Socialist Alternative's candidate for Ward 3, alongside renters rights group InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia ( ... 2720386320). Both SA and IUJ are vocal critics of private development in general.

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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby FISHMANPET » May 19th, 2017, 8:54 am

That noah impact fund, I believe, is really only meant for properties that are in good condition. Reading about it, it really seems like a way for the housing non-profits to extend the non-profit status of their buildings or LIHTC rather than really buying up these older affordable buildings and keeping them affordable.

With this Whittier building, I wonder what condition the building is in. CPM isn't doing any internal improvements but that doesn't mean it doesn't need internal work.
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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby MNdible » May 19th, 2017, 9:55 am

I believe that Whittier had a number of small coops dating back to the 1970's. In practice, it's difficult for a small group of people to effectively manage a property, and I think most of them were eventually dissolved or taken over by more sophisticated low income housing providers.

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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby Silophant » June 22nd, 2017, 6:14 pm

Hiawatha Academies would like to convert the old Canada Dry bottling plant across the street from Brackett Park into a new charter high school. I'm not really sure how I feel about the whole charter schools thing, but this looks like a good adaptive reuse of a decaying industrial building. Bonus: the last page is a fun NIMBY letter from a neighborhood gentleman who just wants to enjoy his urban retirement without having to deal with even more high schoolers than he already does.

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Postby mattaudio » June 23rd, 2017, 8:09 am

This is moving from two blocks from me. Hiawatha Academies built a middle school building a few years ago, and it's been operating as their high school. It was frustrating to see how opposed the neighborhood was to the idea of a high school. There were some definite undertones with it, since the high schoolers are much more diverse than the neighborhood they're bused into for the school.

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Postby amiller92 » June 23rd, 2017, 11:35 am

I always wondered what that building used to be. It already kind of looks like a school from that era, actually.

We live south of the creek from the current site, but I go by it all the time. Seems like a good neighbor to me.

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Re: Southside - General Topics

Postby John21 » June 28th, 2017, 4:25 pm

mattaudio wrote:
February 20th, 2017, 10:15 am
Chef extraordinaire Doug Flicker is taking over the old Sunrise Inn, and bringing a jukebox bar with benefits to South Minnie. ... ll-s-horn/

(Didn't see a 34th Ave / Downtown NENA thread).

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Postby twincitizen » June 28th, 2017, 7:46 pm

Bull's Horn and Venn Brewing coming to 46th St and 34th Ave (ok, Venn is a block east) is gonna be huge for my neighborhood. I'm hoping they go all out on the renovation of the building exterior of the former Sunrise needs a lot of work and de-biege-ification.

Now we just need a coffeeshop somewhere in the area. Angry Catfish and Nokomis Beach Cafe are great, but both are 1/2-mile west, over on 28th Ave. A cafe would really round out 34th Ave, either at 46th or 50th St

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