Ever wanted to do demolition? Here’s your chance!

An important announcement received today:

Support the work of Catalyst Community Partners (CCP) by participating in a building demolition on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis.

The former Delisi building on the corner of Penn Avenue North and West Broadway in North Minneapolis is being gutted and rehabbed to make room for the new home of KMOJ Radio and a potential restaurant. To save on construction costs, we are recruiting 20 volunteers a day for demolition work this coming Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to remove large amounts of trash, haul out old furniture and carpet, demolish walls and a couple of walk in coolers. All of the hazardous material has been removed and an air filter machine will run for 24 hours before crews arrive to freshen the interior air.

Food and beverages will be provided on the work site.

To sign up, please contact Terry Egge at tegge@pohladfamilygiving.org. In your email, please provide:
1. Day(s) you are able to work
2. Tools you may be able to bring
3. Whether or not you will need a pair of work gloves
We anticipate that volunteer slots will fill up quickly so please respond by Thursday, October 1st at 1pm.

Thank you for your interest. We promise it will be a fun and exhausting experience!

Terry Egge
Senior Program Officer
Pohlad Family Foundation
60 South Sixth Street, Suite 3900
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Pohlad Family Foundation Gives and Gives

The Pohlad Family Foundation has been extremely generous to the Jordan neighborhood.  This past week, they orchestrated an event to improve the Cottage Park area of the neighborhood.  A while ago, they provided funding for home improvements in the form of forgivable loans.  This week, the organized a huge volunteer effort to beautify that area, primarily on James and Hillside Avenues.  Professional contractors were on hand to assist, and there were a large number of volunteers from both inside and outside the neighborhood.  The Pohlad businesses paid the airfare for their out-of-town employees who volunteered.  The Pohlad Family Foundation paid all other expenses associated with the project, including for those volunteers who were not employees of Pohlad-owned companies.

It began with a kickoff dinner Thursday evening.  The theme was that when you show people that you care about them, they begin to care more about themselves.  And so paint, flowers, shrubs, lawn mowers, mulch and all kinds of people showed up in Cottage Park on Friday and Saturday to beautify this formerly blighted part of the Jordan neighborhood.  Chain link fences were removed from front yards where people wanted to get rid of them.  This is huge, in my opinion, because nothing says “ghetto” or “blighted” like a chain link fence in the front yards.  So Cottage Park continues its amazing restoration with the efforts of the Ackerberg Group, the Pohlad Family Foundation, Catalyst and other organizations.

And then, on a more personal note, two volunteers from the beautification project did something enormous for me.  They had heard how hard it’s been for me to keep up with my housework while battling cancer over the past couple of years.  On Sunday afternoon, after working hard on Friday and Saturday and driving folks to the airport on Sunday, they showed up at my door armed with cleaning supplies.  They scrubbed my vinyl floors, vacuumed my carpet, dusted and cleaned.  I am so grateful to them for their kindness and generosity.  It was a huge gift to me, and it was my birthday.  What a terrific present I received.

The Jordan neighborhood has been blessed in many ways with all the good things that are happening to make it a beautiful place.  Many people and organizations are working hard to help.  Today, though, I want to thank the Pohlad Family Foundation and two very special women for all that they gave.

Nominating Committee Minutes 9/14/09

Nominating Committee Meeting Minutes

September 14, 2009

6:30 pm

JACC Office

Attendees: Megan Goodmundson, Dottie Titus, Todd Heintz, Tyrone Jaramillo, Dave Haddy

Absent:                  none

The meeting was called to order at 6:44 p.m.

Items discussed: Continue reading

Nominating Committee Minutes 8/31/09

Nominating Committee Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2009

6:30 pm

JACC Office


ATTENDANCE: D Haddy, D Titus, T Jaramillo, T Heintz,


D Haddy motioned Continue reading

2712/2714 Penn Ave Vacant for Past 1-2 Weeks – Quiet

What relief!  The duplex at 2712/2714 Penn Ave N has been empty for more than a week.  It’s been quiet.  For the first week, prostitution was noticeably less on the corner of 27th and Penn.  It’s been picking up a bit in the last couple of days, but then crime will always attempt to fill a vacuum.  Those who used to sell at 2700 Morgan need to find a new place to stand.  As I drove to church yesterday, I saw an older car with license number _CA-12_ (the last number was either 5 or 8  ) stop and pick  up one of the prettier gals that were out.  He was dressed really nice in a white dress shirt, too.  I think she was giving him a sample as I followed themnorth to Lowry.  His driving got kind of erratic for part of a block before they turned east on Lowry.

It’s still a good feeling to know that the city has taken action on 2712/2714.  Now if we can get something done about 2707 Penn, this part of Penn is gong to be really nice.

Nominating Committee Minutes 8/24/09

Nominating Committee Meeting Minutes

August 24, 2009

6:30 pm

JACC Office

Attendees: Megan Goodmundson, Dottie Titus, Todd Heintz

Absent:                  Tyrone Jaramillo, Vlad Monroe, Dave Haddy

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

There was a lack of quorum, and Continue reading

Jordan 2010 Policing Plan Discussion 9/17 6:30 p.m.

There will be a meeting at St. Anne’s Residence on Thursday, 9/17, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss with the Minneapolis Police Department what the community wants to see in a policing plan for the neighborhood for next year.  In the past, we have had to focus on the high homicide rate and major crimes.  Jordan has been doing much better in the past two years.  Perhaps in 2010 we can begin to address the livability crimes, such as prostitution, with more concentration.  It is difficult to drive more than 2-3 blocks in Jordan without seeing prostitutes on the corner, especially around the major thoroughfares like Lowry, Penn and West Broadway.  Maybe next year we can achieve some real reduction in these crimes.  Wouldn’t it be great if by 2011 our biggest problem was litter?