The Hawthorne EcoVillage is named for the partners’ commitment to a community that is ecologically friendly and incorporates green and energy-efficient features, as much as possible. The Hawthorne EcoVillage is a four block area bounded by Lowry Avenue on the north, 30th Avenue on the south, Lyndale Avenue on the west, and 4th Street on the east. As one of the longest running cluster projects, positive work has spilled over from this initial boundary to blocks across the street as well.
There are 15 new construction homes built in the Hawthorne EcoVillage. All harmonize with the architectural era of the neighborhood and include green features. Eight of these homes were built to the Minnesota Green Communities Standards as part of Minneapolis’ Green Homes North initiative. Three properties have been rehabilitated in the Hawthorne EcoVillage, and one more to be rehabbed in 2016. The neighborhood has been rewarded for this investment with new homeowners and renters.
The Hawthorne EcoVillage includes a community garden, and a demonstration garden area that can be replicated using best practices in community-based development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainable green building and landscaping. Through this process, Northside Home Fund Partners have transformed this area which had deteriorating housing, high crime, and poor livability to an area alive with green features and lovely homes. Through generous support from Home Depot and Met Life, as well as leadership and partnership from PPL, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the Tree Trust, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and CPED, the Northside Home Fund has created a sustainable green neighborhood—inside and out.
The Northside Home Fund work in the Hawthorne EcoVillage continues with outreach to bring the community together as a true and vital neighborhood. The Northside Home Fund supports the renters, as well as our homeowners, in the area. The Hawthorne EcoVillage Apartments will be built next, which will have 75 affordable units and include rain gardens, walkways, and pathways. The Hawthorne EcoVillage has been designed to be an innovative, sustainable neighborhood that focuses on restoring balance to natural systems, supporting health amongst residents, and cultivating neighborliness and a strong sense of community.