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Urgent request to support Conservation Districts

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

UPDATE 8/13/19: MEETING PLANNED FOR 8/13 WITH HPC IS POSTPONED. IT IS RESCHEDULED FOR 9/17.


FYI:

ATTENTION NEIGHBORS!!! Our Conservation District item has been continued until September 17th!!!  No need to attend today!

This is a critically important precedent! If you care about protections for historic, architecturally significant properties THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.


There are several neighborhoods around the city seeking to shield their area from unfettered development by establishing conservation or historic districts. This is an important preservation effort to retain the architecture that makes Minneapolis a unique, diverse and culturally rich city.


There is a new proposal put forward by Meg Forney, a Park Board commissioner, to create a conservation district in the West Calhoun neighborhood. This would include 26 properties in Ward 13.



There is a Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting on Tuesday, August 13th at 4:30 pm where they will vote to begin a process to study and develop guidelines for a potential Ivy-Zenith-32nd Conservation District. 


The density-at-all-costs fanatics have already put the call out to plant people at the HPC hearing and vocally oppose the conservation district designation. We need to be just as loud and proud in supporting this conservation effort, or we will see the architectural treasures of our city steadily destroyed forever.


Please defend the Conservation District effort by sending an email to John Smoley john.smoley@minneapolismn.gov (the City staff member assigned to this project) to request support of the initiation of Ivy-Zenith-32nd Conservation District study.

The full staff report is here.


Please write today! The architectural history of our city is at stake. Once it is gone, we can never get it back.




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