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WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE, JANUARY 2019
Some folks get the majority of their news about local happenings and events via Facebook, and we want to keep everyone informed. Click on our Facebook link here, and “like” or “follow” EdinaMNA to get updates on our community news and events. We won’t overwhelm your feed, promise! We only host a few things a year but we love feedback and take every kind of question about our beautiful neighborhood, as well as the City of Edina.
update on edina cleaners site, august 2018
Orion Investments has submitted a formal application to the City of Edina for the redevelopment of the Edina Cleaners site (France and Sunnyside). An open house will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 22nd at the Edina Cleaners building.
Renderings of the updated project design are available here.
Morningside residents and business owners are welcome to attend the open house and provide feedback.
UPDATE: EDINA CLEANERS SITE, SMALL AREA PLAN
At its April 3rd meeting, the City Council approved the 44th and France Small Area Plan (SAP) with the expansion of the area boundaries to include an additional, second residential lot to the west on Sunnyside Road; this change was made at the request of Orion Investments, developers of the Edina Cleaners site. The plan and meeting materials are posted on the City of Edina website at https://edinamn.gov/657/Small-Area-Plans.
With the SAP’s approval, Orion is moving forward with its development plans. The project’s sketch plan is available here. Please note that the proposed four-story building will require a variance from the City. The sketch plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on April 11 and the City Council on April 17. After the sketch plan review, if Orion decides to proceed, it will formally notify residents as required by the City. The developers have indicated that they intend to hold an open house for the community. (Date and location to be determined.)
Comments or questions about the development may be directed to Ted Carlson (email@example.com, 612-812-7788).
2018 Morningside winter party!
The Morningside Neighborhood Association will host the 15th annual Morningside Winter Party at Weber Park Warming House and rink on Sunday, January 28, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments, socializing and fun with your neighbors. Bring your skates or just come to visit – whatever the weather. Some skates available to borrow.
ALL AGES - EVERYONE WELCOME!
Results from the Spring and fall MNA Surveys
In May and again in late September, the Morningside Neighborhood Association urged residents to take brief surveys. The May survey focused on overall neighborhood priorities; the September survey addressed elements of the 44th and France Small Area Plan—particularly building height, density and parking options. Even though we allowed only one week to complete the Fall survey, we received 274 responses, 90 percent of which came from Morningside residents.
The responses from both surveys have been tabulated and are available in a 33-page document here.
A few takeaways from the Fall survey:
Respondents expressed a clear preference for a maximum building height of two stories along 44th or Sunnyside; a majority of respondents (77%) prefer three or less stories on France.
The majority of respondents (85%) support minimal or no increase in traffic on 44th St. or Sunnyside Rd.
Seventy-five percent of respondents would support the addition of between 1 and 50 apartment or condo units; 53 percent support the addition of between 1 and 20.
There is minimal support (13%) for adding more than 50 units.
Respondents expressed a clear preference for conventional zoning with defined land use, building scale and height limits (rather than guidelines).
103 respondents submitted comments (which are included in the attached).
This summary has also been forwarded to members of the Small Area Plan Working Group.
school board candidates forum / MNA Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 29, 2017
Here's your chance to grill prospective members of Edina's School Board. Join your neighbors Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Weber Park Warming House for the Morningside Neighborhood Association’s 2017 School Board Candidates Forum. We'll have a bigger slate of candidates than usual--12 candidates for just four seat--so we've extended the forum from 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm. After a brief break for refreshments, we’ll conduct the 2017 MNA Annual Meeting, which will include a discussion of neighborhood issues and election of a Steering Committee for 2017-2018.
EVERYONE WELCOME! All Morningside residents and property owners age 18 and older may participate and vote at the MNA annual meeting. New steering committee members welcome! Joining the Steering Committee takes only a little time (one meeting a month, plus a couple of annual events) and it puts you at the heart of community action.
Second annual Morningside Eco-Fair, april 23, 2017
Morningside's Earth Day celebration will cover two days this year. On Saturday, April 22, Edina Morningside Community Church will host an EarthWorks Breakfast from 8:30-11:00 A.M., with honey-tasting, crafts for kids, and videos, maps and bicycling tips. (RSVP for the breakfast at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Don't miss Robert Schumacher's 9 A.M. presentation on bee-farming.
On Sunday, April 23, celebrate Earth Day with your family and neighbors at the second annual Morningside Eco-Fair at the Weber Park Shelter. The fun begins at 1:45 P.M. with a family bike ride from Edina Morningside Community Church to Weber Park. Activities at the park--including an electric car showroom and exhibits on renewable energy option, zero-waste composting and more--will run from 2-5 P.M.
2017 Winter party, January 29
The Morningside Neighborhood Association will host the 14th annual Morningside Winter Party at Weber Park Warming House and rink on Sunday, January 29, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments, socializing and fun with your neighbors. Bring your skates or just come to visit – whatever the weather. Some skates available to borrow.
ALL AGES - EVERYONE WELCOME!
CITY COUNCIL AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM! WEBER WOODS UPDATE!
Join your neighbors next Sunday (October 23, 2016) at the Weber Park Warming House for the Morningside Neighborhood Association’s 2016 City Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum. After the Forum, Parks & Recreation Director Ann Kattreh will discuss progress on the Weber Park playground reconstruction (now underway) and the city’s plans for Weber Woods. We’ll conclude with the MNA Annual Meeting, which will include a discussion of neighborhood issues and election of a Steering Committee for 2016-2017. Refreshments will be provided.
EVERYONE WELCOME! All Morningside residents and property owners age 18 and older may participate and vote at the MNA annual meeting. New steering committee members welcome!
3:45 p.m. City Council and Mayoral Candidates Meet-and-Greet
4:00 p.m. Candidates Forum
5:15 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ann Kattreh, Edina Parks Director
5:45 p.m. MNA Business Meeting and election of 2016-2017 Steering Committee
weber PLAYGROUND FINAL PLAN
The Weber Park playground is scheduled for replacement in September. City staff has prepared the final plan and timeline for the project. The current budget is $100,000. Among other changes, the new design includes a 400-square-foot expansion and an ADA accessible path and parking spot. The plan and timeline will be presented to the Park Board on Monday, August 8, at 6:40 pm atBraemar Golf Course. This is not a public hearing, so attendees will not be able to comment.
Details can be found here: http://edina.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=1700&MeetingID=217
PARKS& REC Open house on weber playground, tuesday July 12
This Tuesday, July 12, the City of Edina will hold an open house on updates to the Weber Park playground. The open house will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Weber Park shelter.
Under the current plan, the playground will remain in its present location. Playground equipment will be changed, and mulch will replace the rock surface. The project originally had a budget of $175,000; subsequently, $75,000 was reallocated to an update of the Rosland Park playground. As a result, the Weber Park playground now has a budget of $100,000. (The Rosland Park playground now appears to have a $275,000 budget.)
Public meeting-JUne 20, 2016: France Avenue redevelopment, Weber Park playground
Orion Investments has scheduled a public meeting (at 6:30 p.m. on June 20 at the Weber Park warming house) to present its proposal for redeveloping the property at 4528-4530 France Avenue. Details on the meeting and the proposal are attached.
This redevelopment requires a rezoning of the property with variances. The Edina Planning Commission will consider the proposal on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Notice of that meeting is attached.
Prior to the public meeting, the Edina Parks and Recreation Department will present its plans for the redesign of the Weber Park playground. Staff will be on hand from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to gather responses and recommendations from residents. Construction on the redesigned playground will begin later this summer so this is a good opportunity to let your opinions be heard.
Morningside Eco-fair, April 24, 2016
Celebrate Earth Day with your family and neighbors at the first Morningside Eco-Fair, from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Weber Park Shelter. Exhibits will cover the "hows and whys" of healthy lawns, electric vehicles, home energy savings, backyard bees and chickens and much more.
Representatives of Edina's soon-to-be-built community solar garden will be on hand to answer questions. And Edina Parks and Recreation staff will be available to solicit your input on the location and re-design of the Weber Park playground (construction is currently scheduled to begin late this summer).
School Board Candidates Forum! The Future of Edina Parks!
Join your neighbors next Sunday (October 11) at the Weber Park Warming House for the Morningside Neighborhood Association’s 2015 School Board Candidates Forum. After the Forum, Ann Kattreh, Parks & Recreation Director, will discuss the city’s park system and long-range plans. This is your chance to ask about the future of Weber Park and Weber Woods. We’ll end the event with the MNA Annual Meeting, which will include a discussion of neighborhood issues.
2:45 p.m. School Board Candidates Meet-and-Greet
3:00 p.m. Candidates Forum
4:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ann Kattreh, Edina Parks Director
5:00 p.m. Business Meeting