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Results from the September-October MNA Survey on the 44th and France Small Area Plan

In late September, the Morningside Neighborhood Association urged residents to take a brief survey on 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 survey, we received 274 responses, 90 percent of which came from Morningside residents.

The responses have been tabulated and are available here.

A few takeaways:

  • 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 emcucc@emcucc.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!

Schedule:

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.

Schedule:

  • 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