Meetings on the future of NRP begin Jan. 22


‘Framework for the Future’ proposes continued funding and support for neighborhoods

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a series of five information sessions on the future of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The two-phase, 20-year program has directed nearly $300 million, in tax-increment financing from development projects, to Minneapolis neighborhoods for improvements in housing, parks and other infrastructure, as well as neighborhood programs, administrative staffing and other key services, based on neighborhood priorities.

Funding has dwindled, however, as most neighborhoods enter the second phase, and the future of NRP has been uncertain. The City Council voted in October of last year to guarantee 70 percent of phase two funding, and, more recently, a work group comprised of city and NRP officials has proposed a “Framework for the Future” for the program.

The informational sessions will include a brief overview of that proposal and gather comments from residents, “to guide the [NRP Work group] in building on the current program and bringing NRP into its next phase,” as stated in a release about the meetings.

In meeting over period of eight weeks, the work group established a number of themes for the “framework,” agreeing that:

— the city must provide enhanced administrative funding to neighborhood groups;

— neighborhoods need access to and control over some amount of discretionary funds through a new Neighborhood Investment Fund; and

— the city must reorganize its own administrative structure to provide better support to community participation efforts.

More information, including the nine-page proposal, can be viewed online here. NRP is one component of the broader community engagement process, which the city began updating in 2006.

The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30–8 p.m.
Sibley Recreation Center, 1900 E. 40th St.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Second Street

Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30–8 p.m.
Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7–8:30 p.m.
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 Minnehaha Parkway

Monday, Feb. 4, noon–1:30 p.m.
City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St., Room 319