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.

Please note the date change of the October BLUH meeting - the meeting will be held on Thursday, October 24th, due to MEA.

Building, Land Use & Housing Committee Meeting
October 24, 2019, 6 PM, Elliot Park Recreation Center
Proposed Agenda

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

Thrivent Headquarters Sign Variance
Johanna Harris, HGA

Thrivent is pursuing a signage variance for a monument sign at the new Thrivent Corporate Center at 600 Portland Avenue South

Request: Support for signage variance.

6:25 pm

Project Update: Elliot Twins Modernization – Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA)

Laura Dykema, Director of Development, MPHA

MPHA is planning a comprehensive modernization project for the Elliot Twins, addressing all deferred maintenance, including plumbing, electrical systems, and other building systems. MPHA will also update unit kitchens, bathrooms, and finishes. To improve resident comfort and the energy efficiency of the towers, the buildings will be re-cladded with insulated metal panels. Additionally, new energy efficient windows, roofing, and heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems will be installed. The project also includes construction of a new one-story link between the two towers with enhanced community space, offices, an exercise room, and larger laundry facilities. The current first floor spaces and portions of the second floors of each tower will be repurposed, allowing MPHA to add a total of ten new units compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, increasing the total number of units at the site to 184.

Request: Update with time for questions & answers.

6:50 pm

Open Discussion

7:25 pm


November 5 – Food Solutions Town Hall Meeting, Elliot Park Rec Center, 6-8 pm

November 21 – Building, Land Use & Housing (BLUH) Meeting, 6 pm

December 12 – Elliot Park Art Walk, 5-8 pm, stay tuned for details!

7:30 pm

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


October 24, 2019 at 6:00pm - 6pm


Elliot Park Recreation Center


Vanessa Haight · · 612-335-5846

Will you come?