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Important meeting and news for the East Phillips Neighborhood.

EPIC E-News for March 19th, 2009

EPIC E­-News provides information on community events, neighborhood meetings, and important news for the East Phillips Neighborhood.


COMMUNITY MEMBERS!!

Please Attend this Very Important Meeting!!


WHEN:    NEXT MONDAY, MARCH 23rd, 6:30 PM

WHERE:  PHILLIPS POOL & GYM BUILDING (former BOYS &
GIRLS CLUB
11th Ave. S. and E 24th St .

TIME:        6:30 PM

WHY:
Community Voices and perspectives need to be heard by the PARK BOARD! The East Phillips Community Design Team has redesigned the Park Center after being presented with an Unacceptable Building Design. The Design Team’s plans are larger, a more efficient use of space, and much more of what everyone voted we need and want for the price!
The Design Team wants the new plan and its architect to be accepted, replacing the Park Board’s choice.


This is the MOST IMPORTANT MEETING since we overturned the Park Board’s decision to build the building on the East Side of the Park!

If you want a Center that works,

PLEASE JOIN US ON MONDAY!

Bring your Families and Friends!

THE ISSUE:

At its March 9th meeting, the East Phillips Park Community Design Team carefully reviewed a redesign of the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center (Center) that LHB Architects prepared for the Park Board. By directions from the Park Board and Staff, the Community was not allowed to participate in the final LHB redesign. It was done without any community involvement.

The Design Team came to a strong and unanimous conclusion  that the LHB/Park Staff redesign of the Center will not work because it is too expensive, too small, is a misguided use of space and will not meet the community’s needs.

As a result, the Design Team passed a motion, seconded by Rep. Karen Clark, to hire another architect without Park Board funds, DJR Architects, to create a Center design that will work, is larger, is a more intelligent use of space, and will be far more cost-effective. We believe DJR Architects accomplished this for us.

We strongly encourage you and other concerned residents to attend this meeting and review and comment on both the LHB/Park Staff Design and DJR Design and support the Design Team vision. This has been a long process by representatives of many Phillips neighborhood groups to create a place we can all share and provide for ourselves what others would not provide for us. We hope we are near the end of this part of the journey.

Carol Pass , Chair, EPIC

William (Bill) Carter

American Indian Community Advocate

City of Minneapolis

Direct: (612) 673-3028

Fax: (612) 673-2599

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