Get ready for Minnehaha reconstruction

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By robb, January 15, 2015 11:12 am

Construction on Minnehaha Avenue is scheduled to begin this spring.  Because of the need for extensive underground utility work, the county plans to close the road in four-block segments; however, people will still have access to residential and business driveways.

Estimated construction and road closure dates:

  • 46th – 42nd streets:  April to July 2015
  • 42nd – 38th streets:  July to November 2015
  • 38th – 34th streets:  April to July 2016
  • 34th – Lake streets:  July to November 2016

What can you look forward to on the new Minnehaha Avenue?

  • Turn lanes added at key nodes to ease traffic flow
  • Curb extensions to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve visibility
  • Enhanced bike lanes to give cyclists a more comfortable ride
  • More pedestrian and street-level lighting to enhance the feeling of safety
  • On-street parking for businesses, residents, and visitors
  • Trees and stormwater improvements to enhance the environment and aesthetics
  • Street furnishings and colored concrete treatment at key nodes to create a pedestrian-friendly sense of place

Visit the project webpage to get more information and receive updates.

Minnehaha/38th Street Rendering

L&H development moves forward

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By robb, December 11, 2014 11:14 am

The Hennepin County Board has approved the purchase of the site at 2225 East Lake Street for construction of a regional human service center.  The project is now going through the city’s approvals process.

The 6.5 acre site currently is home of the Minneapolis School District’s Adult Basic Education program. The agreement with the school district will allow the program to stay onsite for several years until it can be moved to a new location. To facilitate the school district’s search for a new site, the construction at 2225 East Lake will occur in several phases:

Phase 1

Phase 1 will include the construction of two buildings and parking on the northwest corner of the site:

  • 100,000 sq ft / 5 story – Hennepin County regional service hub
  • 8,000 sq ft – ground floor retail along Lake Street
  • 125 residential housing units
  • 434 parking spaces below ground and at-grade

The farmers’ market would be temporarily relocated to another part of the site during construction.
NE View - Rendering of 2225 East Lake Street

Rendering of site from Northeast

SW View - Rendering of 2225 East Lake Street

Rendering of site from Southwest

Phases 2 / 3 / 4
Additional construction on the site is expected to begin once the school district has vacated their building on the site. These phases would include construction of a plaza on the northeast portion of the site (which would be used by the farmers’ market on market days) and around 450 additional housing units in several buildings. The site’s master plan is shown below.

L&H Site Master Plan

Site Master Plan

38th Reconstruction Update

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By robb, November 19, 2014 8:06 am

The latest information on plans for the reconstruction of 38th Street are available on the City of Minneapolis’ website.  Click on the links below for:

Preliminary Design 1
Preliminary Design 2
Preliminary Design 3
Preliminary Design 4
Frequently Asked Questions
Minneapolis Assessment Example

Minnehaha Avenue street enhancements

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By robb, October 18, 2014 8:11 am

As part of the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue, the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works program is looking at ways to enhance the overall environment and experience of the street.

We are looking at opportunities to create a corridor identity to include new bike racks, planters, trash cans, benches, wayfinding, and other amenities.  These streetscaping investments would be done in conjunction with new corridor lighting and buffered bike lanes being installed as part of the road’s reconstruction.

You can find out more at the Community Works table at the Longfellow Community Council’s Resource Fair, which takes place before their 6 p.m. annual meeting:

Tuesday, October 21, 5 to 6 p.m. (resource fair)
Minnehaha Academy, North Campus
3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis

38th Street reconstruction planned

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By robb, September 29, 2014 11:28 am

The City of Minneapolis is planning a full reconstruction of 38th Street between Minnehaha and Hiawatha avenues in 2016.

This project was identified as a priority in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works framework document to support multi-modal access and economic vitality in the area.  The current roadway is an important connection to the 38th Street LRT station from the Longfellow neighborhood.  However, the road lacks boulevards, trees, lighting, and bike facilities which support pedestrian and bike access to the station.

The project is in the preliminary design phase.  Minneapolis will be holding an informational meeting to get comments and answer questions on the project:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
  • Address: 4101 37th Avenue South

Check the project website for more information.

38th Street Preliminary Design

Latest on Hiawatha projects

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By robb, August 29, 2014 6:42 am

Both the Hiawatha intersection improvement project and the landscape restoration project are essentially complete.  All 350 trees have been installed in the corridor. Construction on the intersections — including the bump-outs, medians, and crosswalks — has been completed.  The bike lanes and symbols along 32nd have been installed.

Remaining items include:

  • The City of Minneapolis will be installing the pedestrian push buttons at 42nd and 46th streets by the end of September.  The southside crosswalk of 46th Street will remain closed until the push buttons and walk signals can be installed.
  • Our project landscapers will continue to water and maintain the trees along Hiawatha until the summer of 2016.  Trees are covered by a 2-year warranty.  Any trees that did not survive the initial transplant are planned for replacement in September 2014.