Building, Land Use, and Housing Meeting

Join your neighbors in advocating for development that fits our community needs. Every month, EPNI convenes the community at the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, where residents can review & give feedback on proposed changes to infrastructure and development plans.

The BLUH meeting is held the third Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 PM, at the Elliot Park Recreation Center (1000 14th Street).


Building, Land Use & Housing Committee Meeting
July 18, 2019, 6 PM, Elliot Park Recreation Center
Proposed Agenda

Please remember that if you live, work or own property in the Elliot Park neighborhood you are eligible to vote at BLUH meetings. 

6:00 pm

Call to Order and Introductions – Jerry Dustrud, BLUH Chair

6:03 pm

Welcome – Vanessa Haight, EPNI Executive Director

6:05 pm

Approval of Agenda

6:06 pm

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

6:10 pm

Overview of Downtown Improvement District (DID) Function & Services
Jesse Osendorf, Director of Operations & Kathryn Reali, Chief Operating Officer

The Downtown Improvement District provides essential services to the downtown core.  Jesse & Kathryn will be presenting general information on the DID – including boundaries, services, and operations.  

6:25 pm

Pulse Movement (600 S. 9th Street)
Maddy Wilson, Executive Assistant

Pulse Movement will introduce themselves and share information on renovations of the 600 S 9th Street building.

6:35 pm

North Central University Academic Commons Project

Dick Strassburg, The TEGRA Group, Owner’s Representative
Nate Miller, DLR Group, Project Manager – Architect
Thomas Lincoln, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Civil Engineer

North Central University proposes building a new Academic Commons at Chicago Avenue & 14th Street.

Request: Request Support for their Land Use Application, including: conditional use permit, variance for building height, site plan approval, preliminary and final plat, vacation of public right-of-way (alley).

6:55 pm

Open Discussion

-        Update on 11th Avenue improvements: EPNI is celebrating the work to improve pedestrian safety on 11th Avenue

-        Vacant Storefront Task Force: EPNI is putting together a task force of interested individuals to come together to learn more about the vacancy at 949 Portland and brainstorm on recruitment for the space

-        Discussion

7:15 pm



August BLUH meeting CANCELLED – join us at the Franklin Steele event!

August 6th: National Night Out Events

-        Alliance (719 E 16th): 4-7 pm

-        Franklin Steele Park (1600 Portland): 5-8 pm

August 7th & 21st: EPNI drop in hours, Segue Coffee, 4-6 pm

August 15th: Back to School Event @ Franklin Steele Park, 5-8 pm

September 21 – ART POP! Block Party @ 10th Street & Centennial, 12-6pm

7:20 pm

Adjourn - Please help return chairs to their cart before leaving.  Thank you!



July 18, 2019 at 6:00pm - 6pm


Elliot Park Recreation Center


Vanessa Haight · · 612-335-5846

Will you come?