About the Elliot Park Organization

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.

Our Organization

EPNI Tailgating Task ForceThis is an exciting time in Elliot Park. There is renewed vigor and enthusiasm for the potential and the possibilities that are inherent in this community. Neighborhood volunteers continue to demonstrate their positive spirit as they work together to make Elliot Park an urban village for all to enjoy. New volunteers are always welcome to get involved in the conversation and the work that benefits everyone who lives or works in the Elliot Park Neighborhood.

The Elliot Park Neighborhood has a long and dappled history, first rising in skyline-vista-2-adjustedprominence and then declining, as the city grew and changed with the times. In 1976 dedicated community residents came together to establish Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) in order to resolve community issues and to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. Their mission was to conserve the existing housing stock and participate in any decision-making that would substantially affect the future of their neighborhood. They promoted neighborhood revitalization and sought the delivery of needed services for residents of every age and economic situation. EPNI also worked to expand employment opportunities and to promote economic development and cultural activities that celebrated the diversity of the neighborhood. That work continues today.

When the city of Minneapolis established the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in the early 1990’s EPNI received funding that allowed it to increase staffing and work harder with community volunteers to improve neighborhood conditions. Significant successful projects undertaken by EPNI include the restoration of the Hinkle-Murphy mansion and the rehabilitation of the Band Box Diner; streetscape improvements; the enlarging of the Brian Coyle Community Gardens, a project begun in the 1980’s by community volunteers; and the establishment of the EP-COPP, the City’s first community policing substation.

In 2002 EPNI completed a master planning process for the neighborhood to bring coherence to the new development projects of Elliot Park. The Elliot Park Master Plan, adopted by the Minneapolis City Council in 2003, is the defining document shaping the growth and development of Elliot Park and Downtown East.  (The Master Plan, along with other community planning documents, can be viewed on the Community Planning page of this website).east-village-adjusted1

With a continued commitment to diversifying the economy and housing options in the neighborhood, EPNI used $4.2 million of NRP Phase I funds to leverage over $150 million in public and private investments. As a direct result of this work, several new housing developments have been completed in Elliot Park since 2000:

  • Aeon’s East Village added 180 units of new market rate and affordable rental to the neighborhood.
  • Grant Park Homes, fully occupied in the summer of 2005, brought nearly 300 condominium homes into Elliot Park.
  • Skyscape, another new condominium development of 240 units, opened in 2007.
  • Both the historic Lenox Flats and Sexton were converted into condominium units.

EPNI continues to play a vital role in the evolution of the Elliot Park Neighborhood by actively pursuing its mission to Bring people and resources together to preserve and promote the unique urban character of the historic Elliot Park Neighborhood.

Strategic Plan

In 2014 Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) was awarded a $25,000 grant from The McKnight Foundation to explore the future of the neighborhood organization and to develop alternative organizational structures and sustainability plans that might provide opportunities for future growth and sustainability.
Click here to review the plan:  EPNI Future Scenarios Revised-8-10-2016

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of at least seven, but no more than fifteen members. Anyone who lives, works or owns property in the neighborhood can be a member of EPNI and is eligible to apply for board service. At least sixty percent of the Board positions must be filled by persons who reside within the Elliot Park neighborhood boundaries as defined by the City of Minneapolis. Directors are elected to three-year terms at the Annual Meeting in May of each year. Vacancies may also be filled with board approval throughout the year. Eligible members who are interested in serving on the board are encouraged to contact EPNI for more information.


Kim Forbes, President ~ Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
Patti Wettlin, Vice President ~ Resident
Jennie Doyle, Treasurer ~ HCMC

Millie Schafer, Secretary ~ Resident

Elizabeth Beissel ~ Resident
Kelly Carlson ~ Augustana Apartments of Minneapolis
Jaquelyn Chagnon ~ Resident
Jerry Dustrud ~ Resident
Trent Redmann ~ North Central University
Tanya Schmitt ~ Resident

Mada Tautges ~ Resident
Juanita Sealy ~ Aeon

Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes may be found on this page.

EPNI Work Plans, Annual Reports & Financial Documents

2016 EPNI Annual Report:  Annual Report 2016
2015 EPNI Annual Report:  Annual Report 2015
2014 EPNI Annual Report: Annual Report 2014
2013 EPNI Annual Report: Annual Report 2013

View the EPNI Updated Work Priority Plan:  Future Scenarios-Revised 8-10-2016

EPNI Bylaws:   BYLAWS Board Approved 11-13-2017

EPNI 2016 IRS 990:  EPN Form 990 FINAL 12.31.16
EPNI 2015 IRS 990:  EPN Form 990 FINAL 12.31.15
EPNI 2014 IRS 990: EPN Form 990 2014 FINAL
EPNI 2013 Audit:  2013 Audit Report Elliot Park
EPNI 2013 IRS 990:  EPNI 990 2013
EPNI 2012 Audit: EPNI 2012 Audit Final
EPNI 2012 IRS 990:  Elliot Park 2012-990 Complete
EPNI 2011 Audit: Final Audit Report 2011
EPNI 2011 IRS 990:  EPNI 2011 990 complete


Vanessa Haight, Executive Director
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota
612.335.5846 ext 13
vanessa at elliotpark.org

Jordan Munro, Community Organizer
Masters in NGO Studies, Ajou University in Suwon, South Korea.
Political Science, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada
612.335.5846 ext 13
jordan at elliotpark.org


Building, Land Use & Housing Committee
~BLUH Committee~

Chair: Jerry Dustrudbluh2-adjusted

Neighborhood volunteers provide vision for future neighborhood development through various task forces that focus on land use, property disposition, planning, public improvements, housing and development issues, zoning variances, permits and urban design guidelines. Over a period of several years BLUH directed an intensive planning process in collaboration with EPNI staff, design consultants and city agencies. That work culminated in 2002 with the creation of the Elliot Park Neighborhood Master Plan that was then adopted by the City of Minneapolis in 2003 as part of the city comprehensive plan. The master plan is the guiding force directing the work of this committee.  The Master Plan, and other planning documents, can be viewed on the Community Planning and the DEEP District pages of this website.

BLUH meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 East 14th Street. Task forces meet as needed. New volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Contact EPNI for more information.  612.335.5846 xt 18: info@elliotpark.org

BLUH Meeting Minutes

BLUH Committee minutes may be found on this page.

Livability Task Force

Chair: Kim Forbes

The Livability Task Force meets on the first Monday, monthly, at  Jaur Cafe, 609 10th Street South.  It is a forum in which people from the neighborhood (residents, institutions, organizations and businesses) come together on a monthly basis to spread awareness about the livability issues they are seeing and to determine what can be done to address those problems and challenges.