Approve the re-zoning needed for the proposed Seward Co-op Friendship Store
  • Petitioning Kevin Reich

This petition will be delivered to:

Council Member Ward 1
Kevin Reich
Council Member Ward 2
Cam Gordon
Council Member Ward 3
Jacob Frey
Council Member Ward 4
Barbara Johnson
Council Member Ward 5
Blong Yang
Council Member Ward 6
Abdi Warsame
Council Member Ward 7
Lisa Goodman
Council Member Ward 8
Elizabeth Glidden
Council Member Ward 9
Alondra Cano
Council Member Ward 10
Lisa Bender
Council Member Ward 11
John Quincy
Council Member Ward 12
Andrew Johnson
Council Member Ward 13
Linea Palmisano
Betsy Hodges

Approve the re-zoning needed for the proposed Seward Co-op Friendship Store

    1. Petition by

      Carrot Initiative

We seek your approval for the necessary re-zoning to help this proposal become a reality!   Please note that the change in zoning will only be applied to the properties the Seward Co-op purchases for the store site. No other adjacent homes or properties will be "up-zoned" as part of this process. Please also note that community participation with the "38th & Chicago Small Area/Corridor Framework Plan” had recommended up-zoning of the primary Greater Friendship site long before the Seward Co-op Friendship Store had been proposed. This re-zoning helps to complete that picture.   This online petition, including your support and signature, will be shared with the Minneapolis City Council as well the Planning Commission. They will weigh your input as they consider this essential step in making the Seward Co-op Friendship Store a reality.   ***Please indicate your address and sign ONLY if you live within the city limits of Minneapolis***

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Adam Vickerman MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      I recently moved into the neighborhood for life, work, and a bit because of this proposed co-op entering the area. It would be incredible to be able to walk a block for beautiful, local product supported by such a great organization like the people at the Seward Co-Op.

    • Ephraim Eusebio MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      It's a food desert

    • Peggy Clark MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      The proximity of a "real" grocery store in this part of town is a BIG plus. Since SV closures at Hi Lake and 40th & Bloomington in the 90s, residents are forced to travel long distances. Everetts is great, and Cup Foods provide some options, but a locally grown grocery that provides living wage jobs to local residents is ideal. Let's be sure the workforce and management reflect the neighborhood demographics!!!

    • Danielle Mkali MPLS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      The comment I submitted to the City of Minneapolis: Dear Mr. Mark Garner,

      I am writing to share my support for the Seward Friendship store.

      As a resident of the Bryant Neighborhood and a long time supporter of cooperative economics, healthy food access and rights, economic and racial justice I believe that this store will greatly benefit our neighborhood in the short and long term.

      As a Black mother to five children being able to afford healthy food and feel welcome in the space with I am shopping is of great value. As a long time co-operative member and customer at Seward Co-op it has been a great joy to shop there. I highly value the diverse staff because it adds value to my shopping experience. I value the investment in fair wages and great benefits for employees that reflect the community it is a part of.

      It is my hope that the friendship store will add all of this value to the Bryant neighborhood. It is much more than just a place to shop. Minnesota is unique in the number of cooperatively owned stores and businesses that we have and the Seward Co-op is even more unique in their approach to racial equity in that business model.

      Please approve the re-zoning for the Seward Friendship store. It is a good thing for our community.


      Danielle Mkali

      Bryant Neighborhood Resident

    • Maren McMartin MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      This co-op will be a tremendous asset to the health and well-eing of people in this neighborhood and a major source of jobs for this area, especially as the closest reliable available fresh foods are more than a mile or 2 away. Please approve re-zoning.


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