Building, Land Use, and Housing Meeting

Every month, EPNI convenes the community at the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting to discuss proposed changes to the neighborhood.

In order to join the meeting, you'll need to register via Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  If you need help with registering, please call or email the EPNI office. We will also stream the meeting to Facebook, and the recording will be available after the meeting.

Do you have questions on any of the agenda items or suggestions for open discussion that you would like to submit ahead of time?  Email your questions and/or suggestions to [email protected].


Building, Land Use & Housing Committee Meeting
February 18, 6 PM, via Zoom

Proposed Agenda

6:00 pm


Welcome & Introductions – Vachel Hudson, BLUH Vice-Chair

6:08 pm


Approval of Agenda – Vachel Hudson, BLUH Vice-Chair

6:09 pm


Approval of Previous Meeting MinutesVachel Hudson, BLUH Vice-Chair

6:10 pm


Proposed Changes to 510 S 8th Street Building & House of Charity/St. Stephen's Merger

Michael Huffman, Director of Shelter & Outreach, St Stephen's Human Services

House of Charity/St Stephens is proposing transitioning their building at 510 S 8th Street from permanent housing to temporary shelter housing.  With the current board and lodge license, they are eligible with the emergency order to provide shelter at this location, and it meets the distance requirement from the other shelter at First Covenant.  With this change, it is projected that there will be an addition of 16 beds. However, the length of stay is expected to be similar to their current average stay of six months.  

As part of this transition, a dining hall will be added to the 510 building, with food catered from the food center.  This would eliminate the need for residents at 510 to walk to the food center three times a day for food. 

Motion to consider: Support for House of Charity/St Stephens application to transition the housing at 510 S 8th Street to temporary shelter and housing

6:30 pm


Landscaping Plans for 35W Project

Todd Carroll, Senior Landscape Architect, MNDOT

Todd will share information on the landscaping plans for the 35W project, specifically in the section that connects 35W into downtown Minneapolis on the west edge of the Elliot park neighborhood and near triangle park.

6:50 pm


Open Discussion – Vachel Hudson, BLUH Vice-Chair

An opportunity to bring up questions, issues, project ideas, etc.

7:00 pm


Updates & Adjourn – Vachel Hudson, BLUH Vice-Chair



February 18, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm




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