Announcing New Neighborhood Administrator


My name is Robert Clarksen. I recently accepted a position as the Neighborhood Administrator for the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA). I started working on May 9th by attending the Plant giveaway at Moose on Monroe, which was my first opportunity to meet residents from the neighborhood. I come to this position after working in City government for Minneapolis for over 10 years, where I was a City Planner in CPED. I am happy to be in this position because I am looking forward to be an advocate for the community.

In the future, you should be able to check here for updates as to events in St. Anthony East. I am your resource for concerns you have about the quality of life in the neighborhood, community meetings and important events, local elections, working with the City and City officials, or when you need assistance with funds to complete that remodeling project on your home or rental property (Yes, SAENA has money available for you!). My experience working with the City means I may have some insight as to the organization, and I would be happy to be your resource on those construction projects. If there is something I cant figure out on your behalf, I will do my best to put you in touch with someone who can.  I’m also the contact for any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions you have about St. Anthony East as your local neighborhood organization.

You will continue to see blog posts relaying important initiatives in the neighborhood as well as the broader Northeast sector on the SAENA website.  Additionally, we will employ other strategies including facebook, email notifications, old-fashioned flyering and postcards, and face to face interaction to engage community members. I intend to doorknock in June and connect with as many residents as possible.  In that regard, I look forward to our next interactions!

The next Neighborhood Board meeting will take place on Monday June 22, 2015 at 7 PM, at Clare Apartments – 929 Central Avenue. Please watch the website (link) for an agenda for the meeting – which is a Community Meeting. We are anticipating a guest speaker  with a special presentation related to transit improvements along Central Avenue and hope that you will be a part of the discussion, so please join us.

Take Care,


Robert Clarksen

St  Anthony East

Neighborhood Administrator

612 / 331 6514

Opportunity to become involved with Restorative Justice

If you are interested in becoming involved or have been involved with Restorative Justice in the past, there are several upcoming opportunities (consisting of conferences with youth who have gotten into trouble at North Regional Library) to participate through June. For more information, contact Kenzie Drexler, Youth Program Intern at Restorative Justice Community Action of Minneapolis. 612.746.0780.

Restorative Justice Community Action of Minneapolis. 101 East Grant Street Minneapolis MN 55403

Minneapolis to Launch New Homeownership Program

HOM Program Image

On May 26, the City of Minneapolis will launch a new housing program to help prospective homebuyers purchase homes in Minneapolis.  The program is called Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis (HOM) and provides up to $7,500 in down payment and closing cost assistance to eligible Minneapolis homebuyers. One of the goals of the program is to increase the participation of diverse households in homeownership.

The HOM program will be marketed through the “Own Your Future, Own Your Home” campaign in partnership with Minnesota Housing and Minnesota Homeownership Center.  Through this campaign, homebuyers will be encouraged to see if they qualify for the City of Minneapolis HOM program, access affordable mortgage loans through Minnesota Housing, and get connected to free non-biased, non-profit housing experts to gain the tools, knowledge and confidence needed to own a home.

The City has contracted with several community-based organizations including: African Development Center, African Economic Development Solutions, Bii Gii Wiin, PRG/Emerge, Neighborhood Development Alliance,  Lao Assistance Center, and the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation to provide community outreach and create cultural communications to reach diverse communities.

Read more information

Informational Meeting regarding Emergency Response to Oil Train disasters

The Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA) has arranged for a meeting to discuss Emergency Preparations in the event of an Oil Train disaster.

Please pass this information on to your neighbors, friends, and family to assist us in promoting this event in the community.

Subject: Presentation by Office of Emergency Preparedness
Date: May 27, 2015 / presentation at 7:00pm
Location: Ukrainian Center – 301 Main St NE
See Attached Flyer for meeting details.

Open Streets Minneapolis: NE 2015 (Meeting tomorrow 5-19-15 at Eastside Neighborhood Services

Open Streets Minneapolis: NE 2015

Next Meeting: TOMORROW!!!
Tuesday May 19th
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Eastside Neighborhood Services 
Room B 19
We invite you to join us in creating your Open Streets!
Bring your ideas and questions!
See you on Tuesday.
Ginny Marie Herman
Event Coordinator
Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

Annual Plant Giveaway a success!

Last Saturday St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association gave away $1000 worth of plants of several varieties – both annuals and perennials – to over 70 residents. The sun was shining brightly on the parking lot at Moose on Monroe.

Here is to happy planting and beautiful walks around the area to take in these fresh additions to local gardens!

plant sale 1 plant sale 2 plant sale 3

City proposes changes to parking regulations for Multifamily Residential property served by frequent transit

SAENA ADMIN COMMENT: In Saint Anthony East, this could affect how much parking is built on larger development sites on corridors such as Broadway and Central….It is not a broad reduction in parking requirements throughout the neighborhood.

Staff from the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) are currently evaluating changes to the City’s zoning ordinance affecting the number of parking spaces that must be provided by apartments and condominiums in areas well-served by public transportation.

An informational open house will be held in advance of the formal public hearing process:

Public Open House

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis
ADM Conference Room
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please use the following link for more information:

Questions may be directed to the following City staff:

Jason Wittenberg, Manager of Land Use, Design and Preservation:


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