“I’ve been an active member of the SCCA because I like to be involved and know what’s going on with neighborhood businesses.”
SCCA Member: Rick Siewert, Siewert Cabinets

June Business Buzz

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Seward Garden Tour & Tea Party

Don’t miss this year’s Seward Garden Tour on Thursday, June 25 from 6-8 pm (rain or shine). Hosted by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG), this is a great chance to tour some of your neighbor’s beautiful gardens and yards, exchange gardening tips, and support the community building work of SNG. The after-tour Tea Party starts at 8 pm, at a location disclosed only to ticket holders, and features door prizes, snacks and drinks.

Tickets for the tour & party are $10 in advance, or $15 day-of, and are available at Mother Earth Gardens, Welna II Hardware, or at the SNG office. All proceeds benefit the Seward Neighborhood Group. For more information contact Kerry Cashman at kerry@sng.org

Franklin Avenue Bridge Update

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On Monday, June 8, 2015, contractors will extend restoration work to the underside of the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be routed along a side of the bridge deck.  Bicyclists should use the on-road bike lane behind the concrete barriers that separate traffic from the work zone.   Pedestrians will have a sidewalk for use. Bicyclists and pedestrians will need to follow signage for available access. Once the bridge restoration is complete in Fall 2016, the new design will continue to provide a single lane in each direction for motorists.

For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/franklin-ave-bridge. Please direct any questions or comments to the project hotline: 888.474.8929 or by email at franklinbridge@hennepin.us.

PACE – Energy Efficiency Financing for Businesses

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners. Energy-saving measures pursued by the owners receive project financing and are repaid as a separate item on their property tax assessment for a set period.

Three PACE projects were approved in 2014 by the Minneapolis City Council. Crankshaft Supply, a remanufacturing facility in north Minneapolis, used PACE to install solar panels that cover half of their electricity needs. Another project helped Excelen, an orthopedic research lab in downtown, to double investment on new equipment and building controls. The Longfellow Market on East Lake Street used PACE financing to install new lighting systems and energy-efficient mechanical systems. For more information, visit http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/pace

Co-op Creamery Café Hires Head Chef

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Lucas Almendinger has been chosen as Executive Chef of the Co-op Creamery Café, scheduled to open in late July. The café will offer a seasonal menu created by Almendinger that features local fare, as well as beer and wine. Most recently, Almendinger was Executive Chef at Minneapolis’ Third Bird. He has also cooked at some of the Twin Cities’ most well-known restaurants, including Union Fish Market, Tilia and Sea Change. Visit the Co-op Creamery webpage to learn more.

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