Hennepin County will be holding two Open Houses in early December to give community members a look at concepts to improve landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis.
Wed, December 4 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Corcoran Park Recreation Center
3334 – 20th Avenue South
Mon, December 9 / 6:30-7:30 pm
Hiawatha School Park Rec Center
4305 East 42nd Street
The Open Houses will provide the chance to review, ask questions, and make comments on ideas for the corridor. The plan is slated for completion early 2014 to meet deadlines for potential funding sources. Pending funding, installation could begin in spring or summer 2014.
Background – The landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue is showing its age. The trees are in poor condition and provide inadequate tree cover. The corridor welcomes travelers to Minneapolis, yet lacks aesthetic appeal.
Hennepin County is working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Minneapolis, the Park Board, and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to look at ways to improve the landscaping along the area.
The county has contracted with LHB to develop a landscape restoration plan for the corridor from 32nd to 46th streets. The consultants will conduct soil testing, identify preferred tree species and other vegetation, and develop a planting scheme for the area.
Hennepin County and Sherman Associates have collaborated on the design and installation of a series of historic panels at the Longfellow Station development at 38th Street and Hiawatha Avenue.
The content on the panels was developed through the historic and cultural inventory undertaken as part of the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project. The historic panels provide information on the grain mills which dotted the corridor area from the early 1900’s through today. Here are a few samples of what you will find on the panels:
Our project consultants have completed the final design for the proposed intersection improvements along Hiawatha Avenue. We are getting final signatures on the project funding agreements, and the project is expected to go out for bid in the winter. The initial project would include 32nd, 38th, 42nd, and 46th streets — 35th and 28th streets could be added depending on the final bids.
We expect to begin construction in spring 2014. Click on Project Update for the latest intersection designs.
Thank you to everyone who attended the public meetings on Minnehaha Ave Reconstruction on September 30 and October 2. We appreciate all the questions and comments we received. For those unable to attend, materials from the meeting are available below and on the Project Website.
Display Boards [3.2 MB]
Meeting Presentation / Slides [2.6 MB]
Preliminary Project Layout [3.2 MB]
We had many great conversations with people from the Longfellow and Phillips area about strategies to improve health and environment in our community. We asked people to look at our list of 14 strategies, pick the two that are most important to them, and let us know why. Here is a look at some of the things people said on a few of the strategies:
Improve access to healthy, affordable food through gardens, farmers markets and urban farms:
- Local, healthy food is critical for our future.
- Community gardens are a great way to build better communities and neighborhoods!!
- There aren’t a lot of options/access for low-income people.
- I like the idea of diggin’ in the dirt!
Make it safer and easier to walk and bike to places in the neighborhood
- I want to feel safe walking my dog. A better sense of community improves safety.
- To stay safe and exercised.
- People outside also bring the community together.
Plant more trees
- Because we need more air from the trees and they just look cool.
- To save animals homes.
- Replace all the trees we lost in the storm.
Reduce chemical use in homes and businesses and cut down on improper disposal of hazardous waste
- Educate people about chemicals in the home – i.e. cleaning products.
- Stop or slow the use of fertilizer.
- Chemicals in our water end up in human bodies – many homes / companies could easily reduce.
Support community-based efforts to promote physical activity and good nutrition
- We need programs that provide thoughtful, culturally sensitive education about food and fitness for kids and families.
- Educate in the schools on good nutrition choices and physical activity options.
- Keep kids moving. We need our kids to livelong healthy lives.
Click on the link to see the full list of comments.
A second set of public information meetings has been scheduled for the Minnehaha Ave reconstruction project:
- Monday, September 30, 2013
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Both meetings will run from 6 pm to 8 pm. There will be a brief presentation / Q&A period from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to provide a project update, schedule, and progress to this point.
Location: Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
Address: 4101 37th Avenue South