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

EPNI Work Plans, Annual Reports & Financial Documents

Annual Report 2017
Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014
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