UNIA Monthly Newsletter - July 20, 2009. Volume 1 #1
From: UNIA Board of Directors
Next UNIA Meeting: July 29th 5:30pm at Utech Rm 101
Dear UNIA Members, Board Members, and All New Members who joined UNIA this month,
welcome and greetings:
The UNIA Board is honored that you have joined the organization. Our members have vast real
estate holdings around the University of Minnesota, we provide thousands of UofM students with
affordable housing, we invest millions of dollars in the University District, create thousands of
jobs, and pay the tax dollars that fund neighborhood planning efforts. You are all valuable
members of the community!
The UNIA Board is proud to present the first UNIA Newsletter.
The UNIA Monthly Newsletters will contain critical Information about community planning
and board activities. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with our members and
provide you with a voice in the community.
1) Critical Ongoing Planning Efforts In The University District
The New Proposed Parking Overlay of Your Property was voted on last week by The
Minneapolis Planning Commission: The Minneapolis Planning Commission passed the
recommendations of The Alliance and ZPRR Task Force requiring 1/2 parking space per
bedroom for all properties in the University District. This overlay was heavily supported by The
Alliance, Prospect Park, and The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA). Our UNIA
Leadership spoke out at the public hearing and voiced concerns over the following: (1) no parking
study had been done, (2) by linking parking to occupancy the city effectively down-zoned property
which could lead to disinvestment, (3) the 5,000 property owners in the district impacted by the
overlay have not been properly notified, (4) the parking overlay encourages more cars in the
district and is counter to the University Master Plan which calls for the reduction of the number of
cars in the district. Finally, the UNIA board feels we need to rely more on bikes, walking, car-
sharing, and mass-transit. The proposed parking overlay will now go before the Zoning and
Planning Committee and The full City Council. You should contact Haila Maze at The City of
Minneapolis for more information: Haila.Maze@ci.minneapolis.mn.us The Proposed changes
can be seen on this link: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/agendas/planning-
2) UNIA Goals. The Board is currently working on these items:
- Encouraging the civic participation of our tenants and student residents.
- Creating Bylaws for the organization.
- Diplomatic efforts, mailings, and expanding membership.
- Working on a Standard Lease.
- Designing a new website for the organization: www.uniavoice.com
- Working on a bid request for one maintenance company to handle all the grass-cutting and
snow shoveling for our members.
- Working on a bid request for one security company to patrol our members properties on
Stadium Game Days.
- Planning for The UNIA Fall Kick Off Meeting August 25th at University Technology Center.
- Seeking equal representation of our members in The Alliance and in the neighborhood
associations, in which they own property or live. Currently, Non-Resident Property Owners,
Greeks, and Student-Residence in the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association have no voice.
UNIA Leadership feels this lack of fair and equal representation is destructive to the community
and the efforts of The Alliance. Read this newspaper article for more information:
3) On Going UNIA Diplomacy:
Tim Harmsen and William Wells are working on building a bridge between UNIA and The
University of Minnesota. A joint task force was created to discuss student riots, game day
issues, student-behavior off-campus, as well as the notion of creating a standard lease
that referenced the student conduct code. The Vice Provost and Council Member
Gordon are on the task force. This will be presented to all members at the UNIA Fall Kick
Off Meeting August 25th.
William Wells and Marc Mayer met with Council Member Diane Hofstede last month to
discuss UNIA issues, concerns, and goals. Diane said she would like to attend a UNIA
William Wells met with Council Member Johnson (President of The City Council) last
week at City Hall to discuss UNIA issues, concerns, and goals. President
Johnson strongly suggested that UNIA continue to grow its membership and reach out to
the University as much as possible and create a positive working relationship.
The University of Minnesota hired Paul Buchanan email@example.com as the
designated student liaison who is assigned to work with UNIA.
The University of Minnesota provided UNIA with a list of all off-campus student housing
providers in their data base (about 400 people that own rental property around the U).
UNIA will invite these property owners to the UNIA Fall Kick Off Meeting August 25th at
4) Membership and Mailings
The UNIA executive committee mailed out an informational letter to all property owners in the
Marcy Neighborhood containing information about the new proposed parking overlay and
membership cards with a donation request. UNIA received $3250 in donations from the mailing.
New Members who joined UNIA this month include: LoAnn Crepeau, Scott Lamere, Nina
Wong (Chindian Cafe), Andrew Anderson, Fred Geyen, Dan Goldman, Peter Grotans,
Ardes Johnson, Rick Bergman, Bruce Harpel (Christian Fellowship), Matt McPhail.
5) Important Dates
Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30pm at Utech in Room 101. The UNIA Board will meet. Members
are welcome to sit in and discuss concerns or ask questions. If you want to be on the agenda
please e-mail Tim Harmsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 15th at 8:30am The University District Alliance invites you to a workshop:
www.community.umn.edu/alliance. Ralph Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, on the
East Bank Campus. For more information email email@example.com
Tuesday, August 25th at 5:30pm The UNIA will hold its Fall Kick Off Meeting for all UNIA
Members. The Board will present to Members: The Proposed Bylaws, Changes that may
have come out of the Moratorium, Information about Stadium Game Day Operations, The notion
of a Standard Lease, The University Master Plan and Development Opportunities in the District.
6) Final Thoughts: A Vision For Change. A Message from William Wells The Director of
"Four decades ago, on this day July 20th, 1969 Americans witnessed Neil Armstrong land on the
moon. This historic achievement was realized through the collaboration of higher education,
private enterprise, and government entities working together to achieve a common goal. I am
reminded today, of the great things that can be achieved by working together.
We must take note of our problems and come to the table with the willingness to work together.
After the Spring Jam Riots, the MN Daily reported that: "Dinkytown had become a student
ghetto." This statement should make us all take pause and think about how we got to this place.
Your Board and I, share a vision for a new direction, where Student-Residents, Greeks, Non-
Resident Property Owners, Developers, Homeowners and Business Owners, work together as
equals with the University of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis to create a healthy sustainable
community. We envision neighborhood associations that fairly represent the diversity of the
community. We envision inclusive neighborhood planning. We envision neighborhoods with a rich
diversity of housing types, where students, homeowners, and professors can live side-by-side.
We envision urban plans that encourage investment. There are many opportunities and
challenges ahead. Great things can be achieved by working together !
See you all next month, on August 25th, at our Fall Kick Off meeting. " -William Wells 612-669-
Tim Harmsen, President of UNIA
William Wells, Executive Director
Richard Minn, Vice President
Todd Rotgers, UofM Student
Jason Klohs, Secretary
Marc Mayer, Non-Profit Housing Rep
Dan Operpriller, Officer
Matt Howe, Officer
Stan Masoner, Dinkytown Business Association