West Maka Ska Neighborhood Council

(Formerly known as West Calhoun Neighborhood Council)

October annual public meeting will be on Tuesday, October 13th at 6pm. 

Zoom meeting information:

ONLINE:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83131042391

CALL: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 831 3104 2391

Please join us on Tuesday October 13th for our annual meeting, to be held in a hybrid style with limited seating in person and also virtually on Zoom. We are finalizing how many seats we will have available for in-person to meet city and state recommendations due to the pandemic. If you are interested in attending live in-person, please email us at info@westcalhoun.org to reserve a seat. Those who have not been confirmed for in-person seating will be asked to attend the meeting virtually on Zoom.

Guest speakers will include Dakota elder Syd Beane, who will teach about the early history of our neighborhood, Hennepin County Commission Chair Marion Greene, Park Board Commissioner Meg Forney, and City Council Member Linea Palmisano. We have also extended invitations to City of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo.

We are seeking candidates to be board members.  To those that are interested, please email us (info@westcalhoun.org) and to let us know a little about yourself, send a resume, and tell us why you want to join the board.

See our July meeting minutes here: July WCNC Meeting Minutes
See MPCA meeting minutes here:  WCNC April 2020 Minutes
Read our COVID-19 Response Fund Notice (posted 4/1/2020).
In midst of the COVID-19 Outbreak, please reference the Minnesota Department of Health and/or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.

Our annual public neighborhood meeting typically held in May will be postponed with a planned date of the second Tuesday in October. We are reviewing this as the time gets closer whether it will be an in-person meeting or via Zoom.

Attached please see the approved Land Use Application to the City Planning Commission for Calhoun Towers (soon to be known as West Lake Quarter), where you can find the aerial photos. Click here: Land Use Application

Please read the attached letter in support of a neighborhood park.  Visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw  to learn more about the park project, and see our letter we submitted here: Neighborhood Park Letter 

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC) is a neighborhood organization that represents the interests of our part of Minneapolis to help maintain a livable and lovable community. We work with residents, businesses and others, to stay informed and involved around all aspects that affect where we live and work.

West Maka Ska Neighborhood

West Calhoun map

We represent the residents and organizations that reside within these boundaries. Anyone in our neighborhood is considered a “member” automatically is invited to participate at meetings, join committees, attend events, and get involved!

At its July meeting, after listening to comments from residents attending online, the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council unanimously voted to request the City to change our neighborhood name to West Maka Ska. At its August 28th meeting, City Council approved this request. We are now in the process of requesting a similar name change for the Council.

WCNC Bylaws

 

Conservation District Proposal Rejected by Heritage Preservation Commission

Twenty-six homeowners in a 3.2 acre section of the neighborhood along Ivy Lane, Zenith Avenue and West 32nd Street have proposed that that their homes be designated a Conservation District. The purpose of the designation would be to preserve an island of historically and architecturally significant homes in a sea of increasing residential density in the vicinity of the planned West Lake light rail station. At its August 6, 2019 meeting your neighborhood council voted to go on record in support of the designation. The City’s Heritage Preservation Commission voted 5-3 in favor of initiating the process of creating the district at its September 17, 2019 meeting. However, at its July 28, 2020 meeting, the Commission rejected the proposal by an 8-1 vote, citing potential conflicts with the City’s 2040 Plan.