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Marcy Holmes neighborhood sees surge in traffic violations

As new developments have moved into the area, Minneapolis’s Third Ward has seen its parking violations increase. Between 2010 and 2016, parking violations increased by 164 percent in Ward 3. Marcy- Holmes’ St. Anthony Main Area and Dinkytown, along with the North Loop, have the highest concentrations of violations. New developments and an influx of citizens calling 311 to report violations are contributing factors in the surge, said Clara Schmit-Gonzalez, Minneapolis director of code compliance and traffic control, at an April 18 Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association meeting. “A number of things may contribute to this. However, the city’s population growth, along with increased business and institutional activity could be contributing to parking demand,” she said. At the meeting, Schmit-Gonzalez said parking violations fluctuate based on when nearby college students are in the area for the school year. Some business owners and area residents said parking spaces have dwindled as new developments have popped up around campus. “The city of Minneapolis has approved too many businesses ... which has created a problem because all these restaurant[s] and businesses and bars don’t have to provide parking for their patrons,” said Orest Kramarczuk whose family has owned Kramarczuk’s Deli in St. Anthony Main for more than 63 years. Kramarczuk, who owns and maintains his own private lot for his customers, said the area lacks sufficient parking for the restaurants on his block. “[It’s] not fair for a small business owner who owns a parking lot — who pays taxes and maintenance for the parking lot — when the city should have taken responsibility.” The influx of new tenants has also outpaced parking, Kramarczuk said. “[The City of Minneapolis] is approving all these big apartment projects without providing enough parking,” he said. At the meeting, Julian Azzouzi said he struggles to find parking in Marcy-Holmes and often risks getting a ticket so he can get a good spot. “Even If I’m on my motorcycle it’s difficult to find parking. If I’m trying to go to lunch or something, I have to park like a couple blocks away just to get to where I want to go,” he said.


New protected bikeways are coming to the UMN campus

Protected bikeways are making their way to campus. Local government officials are collecting feedback from residents at two meetings this week on protected bikeways for University Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. These protected bikeways separate bike lanes from the street with plastic barriers.


Protected bikeways are coming to UMN campus

Protected bikeways are making their way to campus. Local government officials are collecting feedback from residents at two meetings this week on protected bikeways for University Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. These protected bikeways separate bike lanes from the street with plastic barriers.


New mixed-use apartment slated for Como neighborhood

A new multi-use building is on its way to the Southeast Como neighborhood. The proposed building at 1721 Como Avenue SE will have one or two retail locations on the ground level and three apartments on the second and third floors.


Kaler announces new scholarship for greater MN students

The University of Minnesota is offering a new scholarship to students from greater Minnesota to boost in-state enrollment. Starting next fall, the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences will offer a $5,000 annual four-year scholarship, which is funded through private donations.


General Mills will no longer clean up TCE pollution in Como

General Mills will end efforts to mitigate contamination it left in the Southeast Como neighborhood following the dismissal of a class action lawsuit against the company. Last month — as more Trichloroethylene, or TCE has been found throughout the neighborhood — the company told the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency it had fulfilled its obligations for its share of the pollution in the neighborhood and claimed remaining pollution is from other sources.