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
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.
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.
The City of Minneapolis has posted the 46th Street Transit Oriented Development Strategy on its website. The Plan takes a comprehensive look at opportunities in the area, and it recommends short and long-term public and private actions to help realize the vision and policies in the area’s Master Plan.
The link above includes the full plan as well as a summary brochure.
Minnesota Public Radio has done a compelling story on the extent and impacts of asthma in our communities. The story highlights the prevalence of asthma in urban neighborhoods and on communities already experiencing the impacts of health disparities.
This story reinforces our findings from the Hiawatha CARE project - where people repeatedly shared their concerns about asthma, its triggers, and its impacts on the health of their children. These concerns led to the development of strategies to address indoor air quality, second hand smoke, and vehicle emissions in our CARE Community Action Plan.