Community Meeting regarding 35th Street and 23rd Street Intersection


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 or 612-724-7457 if you have questions. 

CNO is Hiring a Community Development Manager


Community Development Manager, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO)

Job Posted February 2017. Open until filled.

DOWNLOAD the full Job Posting including informational links and How to Apply.

Organization Overview:

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.


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January 5th Land Use and Housing Article


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.  

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Light Rail Station Update


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.

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Apply for the Spring 2017 Plan It Entrepreneur Training!

Winter Goddess, MFM Vendor, participated in the 2016 Spring Plan It Class
Are you interested in pursuing additional training to help expand or start a small businesses? The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization has partnered with the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) to provide the "Plan IT" entrepreneurship training program for area small businesses and residents. 
This 12-week  course, taught by an experienced instructor, covers the fundamentals of managing and growing a small business. In addition to leaving with a sound businesses plan, course graduates will receive 10 hours of free one-on-one consulting and access to a host of services through NDC.  These benefits include access to low-cost accounting, marketing and real estate services as well as eligibility to apply for small business financing programs.
When: One evening per week (day TBD) late September through mid December
Where: CNO's office (3154 Cedar Ave. S)  
Cost: Businesses in Minneapolis pay on a sliding fee scale of $100 to $600 based upon income. Scholarships are available. 
How to apply: Complete and return this application by February 16th. (Applications can be returned via mail or e-mail to: Heidi Johnson McAllister 3451 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 |


Take the Corcoran News Survey!


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 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:

Save the Date! Community Awards Dinner on Wed., Feb. 22

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.

IMG_3423.JPGNominate 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: 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!


2017 Midtown Farmers Market Vendor Application Now Available


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,, for more information and to access the 2017 vendor application, or click the following link: 

2017 Midtown Farmers Market Online Vendor Application


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.

Beloved Annual Corcoran Book and Bake Sale Returns: Saturday February 4th


Once again, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization office will turn into a warm and welcoming bookstore and bakery on the first Saturday of February. Many gently used books and delicious homemade baked goods will be for sale at very affordable prices. Music will be played during the morning hours. Come browse for books while enjoying hot beverages and delicious treats. Event sponsors include Shear Art Studios, May Day Café, Bill Oliver (realtor), and Moon Palace Books.  All proceeds benefit the many projects and activities of CNO.


Corcoran Book and Bake Sale

Saturday February 4th


Corcoran Neighborhood Organization Office

3451 Cedar Ave. S.


Used book donations will be accepted through February 1st at the CNO office and the Corcoran Park Recreation Center (3334 20th Ave S). Volunteers are also welcome to help sort books prior to the sale on January 31st and February 2nd from 6 to 8pm.


National Grant Helps Local Students and Residents with Steps to Become a U.S. Citizen


Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education Program (MPS-AE) is thrilled to be part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (USICS).   MPS-AE was awarded the USICS grant in conjunction with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA) located in Minneapolis.  MMLA serves the legal needs of Legal Permanent Residents in the naturalization mps_3.pngprocess. MPS-AE teachers help with the English speaking, listening, reading, and writing components of the naturalization exam and interview.  Teachers also educate students on the U.S. history and civics portion of the exam and interview. 

According to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, the USICS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has been a key priority in the
Obama Administration.  The focus of the grant is to move permanent residents from their current status to that of a U.S. citizen in order to participate in a lifetime of elections, and to claim rights and full participation in U.S. society.  There were well over 800,000 naturalizations in the United States last year and the USCIS Citizenship Integration Grant Program assisted some of the new U.S. citizens with the naturalization process. 

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