Tuttle Talk: The Future of Tuttle School


The Tuttle School building at 18th & Talmage Ave SE was built in 1911 and has gone through transformations throughout its history. As of Summer 2021, it is no longer needed as a public school building. Minneapolis Public Schools has invited the Southeast Como community to share your ideas and dreams of what can become of the property.

We first want to get everyone’s input and ideas for this planning process. We started with a brainstorming session in February, then kicked off our idea generating back in May at Tuttle Talk forum; we developed an initial survey based on ideas from that forum. We then got survey input during the Bike Fest in late May, updated the initial survey, and then got more inputs from both attendees at the Pollinator Party in June and those who voted online. These results were then used to develop the simple “love it” chart at the Oct 3 Como Cookout. Those top and medium results are tabulated here:

  • Click here to view the Tuttle Site Idea Ranking
  • Click here to view the Parking Lot Site Ranking
  • Note that the ideas are not exclusive. We should be able to incorporate many of them in the same property. So no we are starting to use these ideas to put together a design list for potential developers. And we are trying to find out where MSP is their process of divesting their surplus property. And we are continuing to add to out list of potential developers. If you have inputs for us in those areas, please contact kathy@secomo.org.

Latest updates: Community School Future Still Uncertain

Something unexpected happened at the Tuttle School at 18th & Talmage Aves SE on August 23rd and 24th. Minneapolis Public School (MPS) personnel came and tore out the playground equipment with no warning to the SE Como community. We had expected that equipment to be sold as part of the property and hoped to retain community use of it. Via a couple sources, we were told that a local resident had complained about lack of supervision and maintenance of the equipment; and then MPS, to prevent any safety and liability issues, removed the equipment rather than weeding and repairing/maintaining the equipment. Last minute efforts to save at least some of the equipment was too late.

In 2021, MPS updated their process for divesting surplus property. One good thing about that is that the process requires proof of community support for proposed reuse of the property. [See]. In May 2022, MPS put Tuttle and two other properties on their Surplus Property list where they are now available for sale or lease. To see that list, along with the MPS requirements and priorities, [See].

Meanwhile, SECIA formed an Ad Hoc committee to study and interact with MPS regarding the future of Tuttle. In 2021, we surveyed the neighborhood to determine what you all wanted. We have presented that information to MPS and are ready to present it to potential developers. What we are working on now is trying to locate reputable developers with proven experience redeveloping old structurally sound buildings into livable useable structures; who have experience funding, developing, and managing affordable housing; and who are willing to listen to us about community wants and needs.

As of now, no developer has indicated an interest in the Tuttle property via the MPS website. Doing so requires a commitment to a plan and funding support among other things. Hence, Ward 1 Council Member Elliot Payne and our School Board member Jenny Arneson are proposing we work together with MPS to set up an open house for potential developers so they can get a look at the property and its potential to see if it will fit with their portfolio. The Ad Hoc Committee is also hoping this can be followed by an open house for the neighborhood, kinda a goodbye to the old Tuttle and maybe a foretaste of what Tuttle may become. MPS is hiring a realtor to handle the Tuttle sale sometime in September. Hopefully the developer open house can happen shortly after that realtor is hired; assuming MPS is willing to support it.

Questions? Contact kathy@secomo.org

If you have questions or want to get involved with the Future of Tuttle Ad Hoc Committee, in the next stages of this project, please contact kathy@secomo.org

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