I bought a distressed old house on 22nd Avenue in 2003, in the heart of the Corcoran neighborhood. Over the 13 years I lived in it, I put untold hundreds of hours of sweat and tears into the home's repair and restoration. While pounding nails on my front porch one day, shortly after I moved in, some neighbors stopped by to thank me, and to recruit me. "We're working to improve housing throughout the neighborhood, and we need you to get involved." So I got involved, and in March 2005 I began working full time for CNO as staff. Over these last 12 years I've knocked on almost every door in the neighborhood and I've gotten to know hundreds of Corcoran residents and their stories.
It has been a joy and an honor to fight alongside so many of you for a neighborhood that's great for everyone. It is hard to leave, but I will be moving on to a new job at the Family Housing Fund, where I'll continue to fight for safe, decent, affordable housing. I leave CNO in the hands of a very capable and passionate board of directors and a talented and experienced staff team. My family and I remain ardent supporters and patrons of the Midtown Farmers Market, which will keep us coming back to the neighborhood that gave us a home and so much more over the years.
The CNO Board of Directors has named current staff member Heidi Johnson McAllister to be Executive Director. Heidi has been the Associate Director at CNO for over the past 2 years, supporting the overall work of the organization as well as staffing the Economic Development Committee and the Newspaper Committee. She is excited to take on this new role as the Executive Director. She looks forward to continuing to move the work of uniting the Corcoran neighborhood forward with you, the CNO board, and staff. Heidi will be on maternity leave soon as she is expecting her second child, but will be back in mid-June.
With Heidi's maternity leave, Vanessa Haight will be filling in on a part time basis as the Interim Director. Vanessa has also accepted the role of Community Development Manager and will be phasing into that role over the next few months. Vanessa brings a unique combination of neighborhood and city planning experience, having worked for Beltrami Neighborhood Council most recently and city government in the past. She is excited to utilize her planning background as Community Development Manager and looking forward to learning more about CNO and the Corcoran neighborhood during her interim position.
We here in Corcoran are lucky. We have an amazing number of volunteer leaders who are involved in making our community vibrant, united, and diverse. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Corcoran Community Awards Dinner on February 22nd at Corcoran Park. With over 70 people in attendance, everyone enjoyed the company, food prepared by the chef and owners of the new Corcoran deli called Vittles, and music. Congrats to our Lifetime Achievement winner Gerry Tyrrell and our Leader of the Year Mike Novak.
We are grateful to our neighborhood businesses for their donations to our taco bar dinner and desserts: Vittles, La Alborada, Salty Tart, Taco Taxi, Seward Co-op, and Cub Foods. Also to Acanthus Floral for the beautiful flower donations!Read more
The Corcoran Economic Development Committee is hosting community meeting on
business development at the 23rd Ave/35th Street intersection. We will
discuss how business owners have been partnering with the neighborhood to
improve the intersection as well as potential zoning changes. More info
regarding the event here and here!
*Monday, 2/27 at 6:00 pm *
*2222 1/2 35th Street (HAIR and NAILS Gallery) *
Contact Heidi Johnson McAllister at email@example.com or 612-724-7457 if you have questions.
Community Development Manager, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO)
Job Posted February 2017. Open until filled.
Mission: We unite neighbors to strengthen our community. We envision Corcoran as a place that fosters leadership, engagement, and a sense of belonging.
Who we serve: Learn more about our diverse, mixed-income neighborhood at MN Compass.
History and role: CNO was established in 1975 around a grassroots effort to establish Corcoran Park on the site of a closed school. Building on this victory, CNO has continued to unite and equip neighbors to improve and protect the neighborhood. CNO is a non-partisan information source and convener of community deliberation, leadership development, and citizen action on issues that impact our geography, residents, businesses, and community assets. As a matter of Board policy, we strive for Board membership and overall participation that reflects the gender, age, housing tenure and location in the neighborhood, income, and racial and ethnic diversity of the Corcoran neighborhood. Learn more about CNO and our Mission, Vision, and Values here.
Job Description and Background:
The Community Development Manager works with CNO leadership, residents, business and property owners, and other neighborhood stakeholders to improve and protect the physical neighborhood and small business environment. The Community
Development Manager helps the CNO Board identify relevant issues of concern to the community, and coordinates the creation of community capacity, plans, strategy, partnerships, political will, and other resources to realize CNO’s desired outcomes, which are often accomplished by CNO’s partners or other parties.
This is a new position that responds to the CNO Board’s desire to build on the community’s recent successes and CNO’s innovative grassroots approach -- highlighted below -- to helping residents influence significant built environment outcomes. The Community Development Manager is a permanent, senior staff position that reports to the executive director and works closely with CNO’s organizer and other staff. The workplan for this position will evolve along with community needs; an initial draft workplan is outlined below.
Architects hired by Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) presented plans for MPS’s new Adult Basic Education and Transitions Plus school building to a packed house at CNO’s Land Use and Housing Committee meeting on January 5, 2017.
The new school will be located on the southwest corner of 21st Avenue South and East Lake Street in the present location of the soon-to-be-demolished 2019 East Lake Street building. The entire project will cost $29 million and will result in a three-story building occupying half of the city block along Lake Street between 21st Avenue and 20th Avenue. The school’s main entrance will face Lake Street, with the western wing dedicated to Adult Basic Education and the eastern wing dedicated to the Transitions Plus program. The design includes 121 underground parking spaces for staff and students and 39 visitor parking spaces in a surface lot immediately south of the building facing South High’s Barnard Field. The building will meet LEED standards for energy efficiency and all rainwater will be captured and stored on-site.Read more
If you’ve been by the light rail station lately, you might have noticed the progress made on the new development at 2225 East Lake Street. Hennepin County is constructing a new county services building on the southwest corner, along with a new transit plaza on Lake Street, and 115 new housing units on the south side of the county services building. Windows, decorative siding materials, and other exterior finishes are being installed as the crew continues to finish out the interior space of the county building. Foundational elements for the apartment building are also beginning to rise.Read more
Over the last year, the Corcoran News has seen some changes; the biggest change is the design of the newspaper. We changed designers at the beginning of last year. A local, Corcoran resident and graphic designer, Lori Auer, has created a layout. We have many Corcoran residents now writing articles on a regular basis. The Corcoran News committee would like to hear from you about your preferences in the newspaper. We have created a survey for you to take that you can find at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVY3MJ6. We seek your responses between now and March 1st. If you do not have access to take the survey online or if you have concerns, please contact Heidi at (612) 724-7457.
Take the Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVY3MJ6
Now Seeking Nominations for Leader of the Year, Lifetime Achievement awards
Corcoran would not be the vibrant and connected neighborhood that it is without the volunteer leadership contributions of many active residents.
Each year the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) hosts a Community Awards Dinner to celebrate volunteer community leadership.
Join your neighbors at CNO’s Community Awards Dinner on Wednesday, February 22nd. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm at Corcoran Park (3334 20th Ave S). The event is free and all Corcoran residents are invited.
A program will feature neighbors toasting other neighbors who have shown outstanding volunteer leadership in the Corcoran neighborhood during the past year, or over their lifetime. Community leaders are everyday people who undertake large- or small-scale efforts, gestures of goodwill, and leadership that benefits our neighborhood and our community.
Share your Nomination for Community Leadership by February 10th.
Nominate your neighbor for the Leader of the Year award or the Dorothy LaDue Lifetime Achievement award to be celebrated at the Community Awards Dinner. Please share the nominee’s name, your name, and a brief statement explaining how the nominee has contributed to the neighborhood to Heidi: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 3451 Cedar Ave S. You may also call Heidi at 612-724-745 to phone in your nomination.
Finally, a volunteer team is planning the Community Awards dinner. Please contact Heidi to assist with planning!
Are you interested in vending at the Midtown Farmers Market? Quality vendors are the heart of the Midtown Farmers Market and we strive to create a balanced and diverse vendor mix each season. Applications from Minnesota and Wisconsin farmers, artisans and producers are welcome! Visit our website, www.midtownfarmersmarket.org, for more information and to access the 2017 vendor application, or click the following link:
2017 Application Schedule and Deadlines:
March 3: Priority Application Deadline (for all vendors except arts & craft vendors)
March 10: Acceptance notifications
March 31: Priority Application Deadline for art & craft vendors
April 7: Acceptance Notifications for art & craft vendors
April 8: Annual Spring Vendor Meeting
May 6: Opening Day, Saturday Market
June 6: Opening Day, Tuesday Market
August 5: Final Payments Due for Annual Vendors
October 28: Closing Day, Saturday Market
October 31: Closing Day, Tuesday Market
*Applications received after the due date will only be considered if space is still available.