About the Near Southside
The present day Near Southside neighborhood (NSS) of Grand Forks is made up of the area within the Mayor’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative (MUNI), and the Near Southside Historic District as designated by the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 (see map). The NSS is nestled against the Grand Forks Downtown District and the Greater Grand Forks Greenway and stretches along tree-lined residential streets.
The people of the NSS exhibit the same vibrant energy today as when the neighborhood was founded. As the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission notes “from the 1870s to the present, architects, politicians, journalists, entrepreneurs, financiers, philanthropists, educators, and laborers” have made their homes in the NSS. Today the NSS is also home to artists, young professionals, singletons, families, and retirees.
Within minutes of the entertainment, restaurants, shopping, theatre, and art galleries of the Greater Grand Forks Downtown District, the NSS houses preschools, an elementary school, several parks, including a skate park, access points to the Greater Grand Forks Greenway, some of the oldest churches in Grand Forks, B’nai Israel Synagogue - the only synagogue in the city, beautiful old homes, apartments, newly constructed homes, a co-op garden, a Civil War monument, two Neighborhood Network Learning Centers, the Grand Forks Senior Center, and the Grand Forks Police Station. Read more.
Maps Serving Our Neighborhood
The maps were designed by UND Geography 471 (Cartography & Visualization) students in the Fall 2013 semester based on neighborhood needs identified by residents and community organizations during meetings throughout the semester. Click here to access the maps.
401(e) Energy Star Service
401(e) Home Energy Service is partnering with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to provide Grand Forks area homeowners with energy savings through home improvements and energy efficiency upgrades.
Do you live in an historic older home? Do you have a hard time keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer? Maybe you are experiencing drafty rooms, feeling air leaks? You might need more insulation and air sealing. 401(e)’s team of experienced professionals has a lot of experience dealing with older houses. They will work together with you to ensure that your home retains its unique features and character, while saving you energy and money! Read more.
Neighborhood meetings are held on
the first Thursday of each month at
Phoenix Elementary School.