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October 31 Halloween Harvest in Stevens Square Park

Something different this year: Come to the park for Stevens Square Community Organization's HALLOWEEN HARVEST!

Tuesday, October 31
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave

The event features music, a bonfire for s'mores, candy, games, a costume contest (for kids, adults, and pets), and prizes!

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. For further information, call SSCO at (612) 874-2840.

October 26 Community Safety meeting: Come and meet JENNIFER NEALE, your new 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist

SSCO Community Safety meeting
Thursday, October 26
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
PPL Loring Nicollet Center
1925 Nicollet Ave

Please join us as we welcome your new 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Neale.

Agenda:

6:00
Introductions and announcements

6:05
Updates from police and other law enforcement agencies, with time for questions and answers

Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Neale
Community Attorney Matt Wilcox
Neighborhood Probation Officer Drew Kirch

6:45
Neighborhood-related safety ideas and concerns: open discussion

Follow-up regarding concerns about groups of intoxicated persons causing problems on and near Nicollet Ave

7:15
Block Patrol news

7:25
Safety coordinator update

7:30
Adjourn

Everyone is invited to attend and participate! Need to arrive late or leave early? Not a problem. As usual, refreshments will be served.

For more information, call SSCO at (612) 874-2840

CLEAN SWEEP, Saturday, October 28

Join us to clean up the Stevens Square - Loring Heights neighborhood!

SSCO's Fall Clean Sweep
Saturday, October 28
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Meet on the north side (along East 18th Street) of Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave.

We will split into teams to clean up litter and trash across the entire community. Trash bags and cloth gloves will be provided.

Compete for the PRIZE (Boiler Room Coffee gift card) for finding the most unusual piece of trash!

So please come out, meet up with neighbors, and make your streets shine!

For further information, call SSCO at (612) 874-2840.

Information for residents of buildings owned by The Apartment Shop

Stevens Square Community Organization was made aware on November 1 that the City of Minneapolis has begun the process of revoking the rental license of landlord Stephen Frenz. This is being done as a result of violations of the City’s rental license requirements. Mr. Frenz has 10 days to correct the defects or appeal this decision. We believe Mr. Frenz will appeal very quickly.

All residents of properties owned and operated by The Apartment Shop/JAS Apartments/Stephen Frenz will receive a letter from the City of Minneapolis explaining the process. The letter being sent out is informational only and does not reflect any residents need to move.

This is a very complicated process which can take over a year to complete – and the outcome is not determined just by City action. Mr. Frenz has many legal means to challenge this action. Read more »

Community Safety plan

How can SSCO's Safety committee and Block Patrol be enhanced to better cope with the needs of the community? Click here to view the 2014 Community Safety plan.

 

 

 

Building Safety Improvement Program

SSCO has amended the guidelines of its Building Safety Improvement program to include funding for surveillance camera systems. Through matching grants, this program supports the efforts of residential property owners and tenants to improve the safety and security of their buildings and surroundings. Please click here to read program guidelines and details.

Our neighborhood at a glance

Welcome to Stevens Square—Loring Heights, a vibrant neighborhood located in the shadow of downtown Minneapolis. A centrally-located park, tree-lined blocks of brick apartment buildings, and a post-card view of downtown make Stevens Square the Brooklyn of the Midwest. This geographically small urban enclave boasts one of the highest densities of any metro neighborhood.

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Block Patrol

Block Patrol is a group of trained volunteers who:
• patrol the streets of Steven Square - Loring Heights observing activity in the neighborhood.
• are interested in coming together socially to meet other neighbors and to learn more about the neighborhood.
• want to reduce criminal activity in the neighborhood.
• act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police department.
• help organize residents as a preventive force to deter criminal and disruptive behavior.

Block Patrol is open to all individuals 18 years and older. Prospective volunteers must complete an application, agree to follow the established guidelines, and attend a two-hour orientation session and patrol. Volunteers are asked to participate for at least two hours per month. To join Block Patrol, contact Dave at (612) 874-2840 or dave_ssco@yahoo.com Read more »

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Spotlight

The area south of what is the Minneapolis Central Business District was platted in 1856. Two property owners, Richard J. Mendenhall and Dr. Nathan B.Hill, owned most of the surrounding land which they developed as a residential neighborhood made up of a few large, single family homes. These large residential lots and "country estates" ensured that the Stevens Square area remained stable during periodic, speculative real-estate booms.