Potential Washburn Park Historic District

January 16, 2024 presentation to Tangletown Neighborhood Association

City Planner Erin Que presented background information on the project and shared additional updates. As noted previously, the appeal to be heard on January 30, 2024 will focus only on the proposed demolition of 400 Prospect Ave. If the appeal is granted, then demolition will be approved. If the appeal is denied, then demolition is denied and a designation study of only the house at 400 Prospect Ave would begin. A designation study of the Potential Washburn Park Historic District is no longer a possible outcome of the appeal. The City has a nomination process for individual properties or groups of properties to be considered for designation. Learn more here: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/property-housing/preservation/historic-preservation/local-designation/nomination-review-process/

Proposed Demolition of 400 Prospect Ave and Potential Washburn Park Residential Historic District Designation Study – Presentation for the Tangletown Neighborhood Association

Helpful links to information discussed in this presentation:

City of Minneapolis local designation of historic properties overview

Designation criteria in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 599

The process to get approval to alter or demolish a historic property

City of Minneapolis local designation nomination review process

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards used to evaluate changes to all designated individual landmarks and historic districts in the absence of established design guidelines

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January 12, 2024 update from CPED:

The Heritage Preservation Commission’s decision to deny the demolition of 400 Prospect Ave was appealed. Upon review of the materials submitted for the appeal, and in consultation with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, it has been determined that there was an incorrect interpretation of the ordinance related to interim protection for the potential Washburn Park Historic District.

Currently, no properties are under interim protection in the potential Washburn Park Historic District. The Business, Housing, and Zoning (BHZ) Committee meeting on January 30, 2024, will only consider the demolition of 400 Prospect Ave. The appeal’s outcome will specifically relate to this property and will not affect any nearby properties.

Public notices for the BHZ meeting, including location and time details, will be sent to all property owners within the boundaries of the potential historic district. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Erin Que, City Planner at erin.que@minneapolismn.gov or Kimberly Holien, Manager of Land Use, Design, and Preservation at Kimberly.holien@minneapolismn.gov

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On December 12, 2023, the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) voted to deny demolition at 400 Prospect Avenue in the Tangletown neighborhood, establish interim protection for the boundary of the potential Washburn Park Historic District in the image below, and direct staff to start a designation study of the potential historic district. An appeal of this decision was filed and will be heard by City Council in mid- to late January 2024. If the appeal is granted, demolition will be approved and interim protection will be lifted. If the appeal is denied and the HPC decision is upheld, then staff will initiate the designation study process. We will update this page after the City Council decision has been made. See January 12, 2024 update above: Currently, no properties are under interim protection in the potential Washburn Park Historic District.

City Planner Erin Que will be at the Tangletown Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00pm at Fuller Recreation Center in the multi-purpose room (4802 Grand Ave.) to discuss the HPC vote and answer questions from residents. You can also email questions about the project to Erin Que at erin.que@minneapolismn.gov.

What does this means if your home is located within the potential historic district boundary? Currently, no properties are under interim protection in the potential Washburn Park Historic District.

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