Our Community


Redesign is a nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) dedicated to improving the five neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow: Seward, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha in South Minneapolis. Our service area is bounded by I-94 on the north, Hiawatha Avenue on the west, the Mississippi River on the east, and Minnehaha Creek to the south.

Redesign Inc. provides comprehensive community development services including housing and commercial real estate development, infrastructure advocacy, business development, and program administration.

We sustain our work through philanthropic support, government contracts, and earned fees in real estate development.

Map of Redesign’s services in Greater Longfellow, courtesy of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA).


Beginning as Seward West Redesign, and through growth over time to all all of the Longfellow community area, our service area now encompasses the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Seward, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha.


Redesign partners with the five neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow to plan for the future, advocate for infrastructure investment, and determine development priorities. We partner with the business community to revitalize commercial corridors and help small businesses grow.

Redesign’s development priorities are informed by ongoing engagement and participation in the committees of our community partners. Redesign’s Development Committee meets monthly to discuss and review the organization’s development initiatives and projects. The committee consists of board members, staff, and neighborhood residents. Meetings are open to the public.

Redesign Development Committee

When: 3rd Thursday, 8:00 – 9:30 am

Where: Redesign, Inc. (2619 East Franklin Avenue) and online

The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) is one of the oldest neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis, established in 1960. The SNG Board and committee meetings are open to the public.

SNG Community Development Committee: Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month online.

See more information here.

SNG Board: Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm online.

See more information here.

The Seward Civic & Commerce Association (SCCA) was founded in 1964 and is the business association for the Seward neighborhood. Redesign provided staffing support to SCCA from 2004 – 2015, and continues to provide office space and other support to SCCA as part of our mission to promote a strong local economy.

The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) serves four neighborhoods: Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha. LCC is the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis, both by population and geographic extent.

LCC Housing and Equitable Development Committee: Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 6:30pm online. https://longfellow.org/equitable-housing-development-committee/

LCC Board: Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December) from 6:00 – 7:30 pm online. Check the LCC calendar for meeting links. https://longfellow.org/events/

The Longfellow Business Association (LBA) serves the Greater Longfellow Community with the mission of ensuring a vibrant business climate. They organize monthly business events, including the Annual Legislative Update each spring, and produce an e-newsletter to inform and engage the business community.



(612) 338-8729

2619 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406