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The Folwell Neighborhood Association has the opportunity to rent a commercial space, located on the 1st floor at 3701 Fremont Ave N. Occupancy would begin March 1, 2020, the rent of $1800/mo would cover the entire first floor, newly remodeled in an open concept, multi-use floor plan as well as an attached heated garage. The goal of this project is for the FNA to have minimal organizational space by sub-leasing the majority of the first floor for a community based business.
This post is to provide the information the Board of Directors and staff currently have in order to establish trust and transparency with the community in making this decision. Below are the answers we have collected from a variety of questions asked of the building owner and city reps.
We encourage all residents to participate in the survey below to help the Board of Directors make a fully informed decision. Be sure to include your questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions.
Two major themes that are showing up is how much the community wants a cafe/eatery/food business and that FNA doesn’t need office space, especially when any FNA funds can go toward better purposes. To make sure intentions are clear, the FNA agrees that they do not need this much office space, and $1860 per month is too much for the organization to commit to without assistance. Without the FNA in this process however, the building will be fully converted to residential loosing an ideal multi use commercial space in the community. The FNA can act as a conduit to provide a space for a community business to thrive while they share the risk. The goal is for FNA to partner with a business to increase small businesses in Folwell. The letter of intent provides FNA the time to build a sub-lease partner.
The FNA is excited at the chance to explore this unique opportunity and how the organization can make this space be valuable as a community center, business incubator, and/or a co-working space with shared occupancy. A small team of board members and staff are researching opportunities and gathering information to present at the upcoming Neighborhood Night on Monday Dec. 16th at 6pm. (Dinner is served at 5:30pm so come early to enjoy a meal.)
Here are some of the answers to questions we have already been hearing:
The FNA is looking at a 1-3 year lease, not 5 year.
The Building is zoned as C1.
Owner will pick up Water, sewer, and gas as part of rent. FNA will be responsible for electric.
How old is the electrical? It is 240 on the commercial side, three pronged outlets will be everywhere and should accommodate basic fridge and stove if brought in.
The furnace was old so it will be replaced with a mini split – it will do heat radiation and air conditioning.
Would the owner consider doing a community buy with us? It is too late for that option at this point, but the owner might will give FNA a first right of refusal when selling.
The FNA will need an architect to work with on the project.
When exterior damages incur (broken windows, etc) the current proposal on the table is to share damage expenses between FNA and the owner. The owner will be installing a security system on the outside of the building.
We hope you are able to join us on Monday, but if not, we hope you will send your thoughts to email@example.com so that all the comments and concerns can be considered.
Did you participate in our first ever Falloween? We would love to hear back from you about your experience so we can continue to grow and improve the community’s collective experience around this event. You can find the form here.
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Remember the years when every porch light was on and the streets were full of children and families? Ghosts, Goblins, superheros, cheerleaders, and wizards would visit every home with the magical chant that granted them the one day a year where their pillow case would be full of candy. For many however, recent years have seen visibly empty streets and much of their bags of candy go untouched as kids and families choose to Trick or Treat in other neighborhoods.
Residents in Folwell have teamed up with the Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) and Folwell Park to bring Halloween back to Folwell! This year on Oct. 31 neighbors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Falloween Fun!
Trunk or Treat will be held at Folwell Park. No registration required, just bring your car (decorated or not) and park it in the lot. This is a great activity for little kids! Come visit the FNA tent and get your picture taken at the Photo Booth before you get candy!
A Bonfire and treats will be waiting for kids and families at the Story Garden on 35th and Humboldt.
If you are looking for a more spooky experience, visit the garden on 34th and Penn “Eddie’s Garden of Dreams” previously known as the Love Garden. There will be a variety of harvest activities and a scary movie!
Residents of Folwell can also register their house for Trick or Treating to receive $10 to help offset costs. While anyone can hand out candy, those who register will be put on a map to help create a Trail of Treats journey for families to move them from event to event.
National Night Out (NNO) can be an incredible opportunity to get out of the house in a casual setting and meet the folks you share a block with. Neighbors coming out of their doors to build relationships with one another is the surest way to build stronger communities.
The FNA has intentionally decided not to host its own official gathering in an effort to direct all residents to build relationships with those on their own block.(This is part of our “Build Strong Communities Effort) By FNA hosting it’s own large event, this would draw people away from their own local level block party. Instead the FNA staff, connectors, and board members will be out visiting all of you where you are at on your own blocks! Look for them in their green FNA shirts! They will be passing out Resource bags to folks who need/want them, along with large yellow trash bags to help keep the streets clean after the party is over!
Did you forget to register with the city to block off your street? No worries, you can still register with the FNA and host in your yard! The FNA gives you a FREE $50 to help with the cost of hosting a party. You can Register Here!
Are you need in Invitations for your Block Party to deliver to every house on your street? Email the FNA at firstname.lastname@example.org and we have some ready for you! All you have to do is schedule a pick up!
Below are some great ideas for hosting your event on Tuesday! These have all been done at different parties and turned out great!
Hot Dog Bar with the fixings! Please be sure to purchase all beef hot dogs for neighbors who don’t eat pork.
Baked Potato bar with all the fixings!
“Make your own” food stations with lots of options allows for serving folks with a variety of dietary needs possible and inclusive. It is an intentional choice to make sure everyone can participate and eat.
Basic Event Ideas:
Trash cans with caution tape to block off street – keep your car safe
Pull a recycle bin out to encourage recycling
Use a Bluetooth speaker to fill the block with music
Provide a sign in sheet so neighbors can stay connected after the event is over.
Don’t forget to take pictures #FNANNO2019
Remember to please make a commitment to leave your block cleaner than when you started! Help us protect our kids from harmful trash and protect the Mississippi water from liter! Let’s model behavior of caring and loving the earth, each other, and the community by taking care of it.
Joe Davis started the night out with a spoken word piece and tips for Storytelling. There has been a collective ask for a focus on Storytelling. The ability to own the narrative of our experience in Folwell, as a community, and as the Northside. Creating space for performance art in Neighborhood Night while also learning skills will be a focus for 2019.
County Commissioner Irene Fernando came and shared with the community about the work she is focusing on as she settles into her new position. Some of that work being focused on is the process of bail, Affordable Housing, and transportation. It was a wonderful time to get to hear from her and create an opportunity for residents to get access to our County Commissioner. You can find out more about Irene at her current website www.hennepind2.com or her campaign website www.voteirene.com
Comfort Adult Day Care on 37th and Emerson came and invited the community to come and participate/volunteer with the work they do at their center. They have been spending a lot of time out in the community getting to know residents and connecting their resource with the Seniors who need it. Folwell is looking forward to getting to know our new neighbor and small business better. You can find out more about the Adult Day Care at email@example.com or 651.373.9778 or 612.224.9971.
Community Build Question/Activity:
This didn’t happen as our time was used for presentations.
Topics/Issues brought forth from the Community:
Snow Removal on sidewalks and side streets and the problems they cause
Be aware of the Census coming out. Who is in charge of the Census, and how can Neighborhood Org’s participate in making them successful.
Dani has reached out to Ariah at NCR to learn more about the process and where Folwell fits in to the work.
Took a look at schedule and events folks want to have at the garden’s
Penn Ave Garden:
2nd Sunday’s Potluck
Every Thurs work night
Meditation and yoga at garden
First Friday Movie nights
Every Weds work night
Storytelling bonfire events
Other Events neighbors want to see:
Learn how to garden
Pickling and Canning
First weekend in April have a sign party at Folwell Park. These signs will be at all the gardens to help folks navigate where they can harvest and what items are. Communication is key to ensuring people feel comfortable in the gardens.
All these events will be added to the Folwell Calendar that comes out this April, as well as updated on the website.
Comfort Adult Day Care would like to connect with Project Sweetie Pie to offer gardening opportunities in the plot behind their building.