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Home Improvement Loan Program

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A Southwest Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Cooperative Loan Program


Armatage, Fulton, Kenny and Lynnhurst Neighborhood Associations have joined forces to offer a new home improvement and emergency loan program.

Home Improvement Loans:

$5,000-$20,000 loan amounts
3% interest rate
No income limit
Approved Projects: most exterior and interior projects are eligible

Emergency Loans:

$3,000-$8,000 loan amounts
0% interest rate; payments deferred for 5 years
Income Limit of 80% of the Area Median Income
Approved Projects: repair of imminent conditions that make a home uninhabitable

Click below to view the full program guidelines for both programs.

GUIDELINES Fulton Fix It Fund

This loan program is being administered by Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC):

Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation
612-722-7141 (follow the prompts to Fulton Neighborhood)

Categories: Housing

FNA Proposing Phase I and II Plan Modifications

Fulton Neighborhood Association will consider an action to modify its NRP Phase I and II Plans in order to allocate an additional $50,177 to its low-interest home improvement loan program and to allocate an additional $1,000 for the Information Kiosk. FNA community and Board votes will be taken at the regular FNA meeting on:

Wed., Feb. 11
7 p.m.
Pershing Park Recreation Center (3523 W. 48th St)

Please join us at our meeting to hear more about the proposed allocation changes and the new Housing Program which will be rolled out in Spring 2015.

Categories: Housing

Announcing the Toolkit for Neighbors of New Construction

Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano, in conjunction with the City’s Department of Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED), is pleased to announce the release of “The Toolkit for Neighbors of New Construction.” This document is designed to equip neighbors with the information needed to prepare for and handle any issues that may arise during the course of residential infill construction.

Sections include:
* Who’s who in City government when it comes to construction?
* Steps recommended to prepare for construction
* Handling common construction management issues
* What to do if you experience property damage

While the Toolkit was put together by the Ward 13 office, it is intended to be useful to all Minneapolis residents.

Please click here to download the Toolkit. 

Categories: Housing, Uncategorized

Public Open House to Review Proposed Zoning Code Amendments

Since March, a team of interdepartmental City planners have been researching the regulations that govern residential construction. The areas include (but are not limited to) site plan review standards, building height and floor area, required yard area, building coverage and impervious surface, and urban form and character. The first draft of proposed changes was presented to industry representatives, who offered constructive feedback.  This draft document can be found at:  This page will be updated as new information is available.

Now, we look forward to hearing what Minneapolis residents think.

Public Open House

Wed., July 16
4:30-6 p.m.
City Hall, Room 333
350 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

City Planning Commission Public Hearing

Mon., July 28
4:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 317
350 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

On August 21, the Zoning & Planning Committee of the City Council will consider the recommendation of the City Planning Commission. City Council adoption is expected by late August/early September 2014.

Categories: Housing

2012 B.L.E.N.D. Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2012 B.L.E.N.D. Awards! We will be accepting entries from all of Minneapolis again this year.   

The B.L.E.N.D. Award encourages and rewards builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods. A jury of industry professionals and neighborhood residents will select projects for recognition awards.  Eligible projects include new buildings, renovation or additions to existing buildings, and landscape projects that have been completed since July 1, 2007; projects must be located within the boundaries of the City of Minneapolis.     

NEW THIS YEAR! In partnership with Linden Hills Power and Light (LHP&L) we are creating a new category of award: The E.CO. B.L.E.N.D Award (Ecologically Conscience Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design). We would like to recognize that in addition to creating buildings and landscapes that respect the neighborhood, projects can be designed to respect our planet as well.    


Submission deadline 7/30

Recipient(s) announced 8/15

Presentation of Awards T.B.A.

Please visit the The B.L.E.N.D. Award website for more information and entrance criteria for both the B.L.E.N.D. and the E.CO. B.L.E.N.D. Awards.   

The B.L.E.N.D. Award is sponsored by the Fulton Neighborhood Association.      

The E.CO. B.L.E.N.D. Award is sponsored by Linden Hills Power and Light.   

Categories: Community Engagement, Environment, Housing, Zoning

Proposed Senior Housing Development at 50th & Beard

You are invited to attend the FNA Board meeting on Wednesday, December 14th at 7 p.m., at Pershing Park to learn about a potential new senior housing development located at W. 50th St. between Beard Ave. S. and Chowen Ave. S. (former Werness Brothers/Washburn McReavy site.)  Please see our website for further information and updates.

The developer from Waters Senior Living will present the preliminary plan for a 4-story, 90-unit senior housing development for neighborhood review and comment.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to email your comments to

Read the Fulton Neighborhood News, December 2011

Categories: Housing, News, Zoning

The Waters on 50th Senior Assisted Living Development

Jay Jensen of The Waters Senior Living attended the July Zoning Committee meeting to provide information about a proposed senior assisted-living development to be located at 50th and Chowen. It is a 4-story, 90-unit building. The Waters is seeking a conditional-use permit and TIF and affordable-housing funding to complete the project.

Mr. Jensen incorporated feedback from the July Zoning Committee meeting into revised designs that he presented at the Aug. 10 FNA meeting. Project details, resident questions and comments were recorded in the meeting minutes. For more info about the development and to read the minutes, visit our Housing/Zoning page and scroll down to read the information contained in the “Requested Variances” chart. FNA is taking further comments on the proposed project via email at Mr. Jensen will also attend the Sept. 14 FNA meeting to provide updates, show additional architectural drawings and listen to community input.

Categories: Housing, News, Zoning

5th Annual B.L.E.N.D. Award & Celebration

Submission deadline is July 29, 2011.

The 2011 B.L.E.N.D. Award is now accepting entries from new buildings, renovation or additions to existing buildings, and landscape projects that have been completed since July 1, 2006; projects must be located within the boundaries of the City of Minneapolis.

The 2011 B.L.E.N.D. JURORS are:

Tom Whitlock, ASLA
Damon Farber Associates
Landscape Architecture + Urban Design + Site Planning

Michael Zehnder
SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC (SEE&I)

Jay Isenberg, AIA
Isenberg + Associates

Jack Byers, Ph.D., AICP
Planning Supervisor
City of Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development

ENTRY FORMS are available at, click on links and then entry form.

Pershing Recreation Center, 3523 West 48th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410 

7-9 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 15, at Vinaigrette, 5006 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55410. 

The B.L.E.N.D. Award is sponsored by the Fulton Neighborhood Association in partnership with other Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Categories: Housing, Things To Do

2011 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour

Two Fulton Homes on Tour
The free, self-guided tour Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 1-5 p.m., gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes. Thirty-eight Minneapolis homes will showcase a variety, from new kitchens, baths, and suites to whole-house makeovers, and everything from energy efficiency to additions that blend with the neighborhood. Even some rental properties and historic homes.

Fulton homes on tour: #35 – 4717 Vincent and #36 – 4929 Abbott

On the tour, visitors talk directly with homeowners; and in many cases, their contractors, architects, and other trades people are available. According to a 2010 survey, 39 percent of visitors are checking out neighborhoods and 5 percent are looking to buy. This is an opportunity to show off our neighborhoods. 

To plan your tour, visit or pick up a copy of the Home Tour Guide with maps and descriptions of all the homes at local libraries in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: Housing, News, Things To Do

Ice Dams Getting You Down?

Community Energy Services Can Help

During the winter months many homeowners are experiencing ice dams, which can lead to damage of the roof and interior of the home.  Ice dams are caused when warm air travels up to your attic and melts the snow on the roof.  The melted snow flows down the roof where it can enter the eaves in your home and freeze.  Attic air leaks are the most common cause of ice dams in a home.  Community Energy Services, CES, offers home energy visits where energy experts will help you identify ice dam problems and provide you with information and financing that will allow you improve the comfort in your home while eliminating ice dams.

CES begins with FREE educational workshops where homeowners can schedule a customized home energy visit.  The visit includes a blower door test which measures for air leaks in the home, as well as the installation of energy and money saving materials. These materials may include compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap, a programmable thermostat and more!  Participants are also provided with energy tracking and feedback, information on innovative financing and access to specialized rebates available to only program participants.  Up to $400 in services and materials for a co-pay of only $30!

Workshops are being held:
6:30 p.m., Thurs., February 17
Phelps Recreation Center (701 39th St. E)

6:30 p.m., Tues., February 22 
Burroughs Community School (1601 50th St. W)

To reserve your spot or for more workshop dates contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or

More information can also be found at

Community Energy Services is a partnership with the Fulton Neighborhood Association, Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy with funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the City of Minneapolis block grants.

Categories: Housing, News, Things To Do