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Hiawatha intersection improvements begin this week

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By robb, April 15, 2014 1:24 pm

Construction is beginning this week on the intersection improvements along Hiawatha Avenue.  The contractors will start with the median work — beginning at 32nd Street and working their way south to 46th Street.   The median work is scheduled to take approximately three weeks.

Upon completion of the medians, construction will move to the side streets.  We will have additional information as construction continues.  There may be traffic impacts for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists during the construction.  Check the project web page for updates throughout the project.

Landscape Restoration – Potential Plant Species

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By robb, December 18, 2013 10:47 am

The display boards at the Open Houses for the Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration project identified a variety of preferred trees, shrubs, and plantings that could be included in the project. These plantings include a mix of native, cultivars of natives, and non-native plantings that can withstand a harsh environment found along Hiawatha Avenue.

Below are some links that provide additional information on those plants. If you have any comments or questions, please send us an e-mail.

For more information go to the project webpage.

Landscape Restoration – Open House Update

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By robb, December 10, 2013 9:19 am

Thank you to everyone who attended the two Open Houses for the Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration project.  The display boards from the meeting can be found on the project webpage. If you have any questions or comments on the project or the materials, please send an e-mail.

Below are a list of “frequently asked questions” from the Open Houses.

Q: What are the project boundaries?

The project includes Hiawatha Ave from 32nd Street to 46th Street and includes the median, the boulevards on the east and west side of Hiawatha, and the area between the sidewalk/trail and the LRT fence. The project does not include the berm/area west of the LRT line.

Q: What is the timing of the project?

The project needs to secure funding and be approved by the Hennepin County Board. Pending funding and approvals, planting could begin in spring.  The project is being designed as a “restoration” so that plantings can be phased in over several years as the existing trees deteriorate.

Q: How will the project be maintained?

We are still developing a maintenance plan for the corridor. Trees are maintained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board through their Forestry department.  Grass mowing is currently done by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  An arrangement with volunteers, community, or other groups may be an option if shrubs or plants are installed.

Q: Will the project include native plantings?

The project is proposed to include a mix of native, cultivars of natives, and non-native plantings that can withstand a harsh urban environment. In all selections we carefully consider the plants as part of an urban ecosystem and seek those with habitat value while avoiding those with invasive tendencies.

Q: What types of plantings are being considered?

We are looking at plantings that (1) can tolerate the harsh conditions of the corridor, (2) fit the scale and aesthetics of the area, and (3) require minimal maintenance.  A wide variety of plantings fit these criteria and fit within Mn/DOT and Park board guidelines. A guide to these plantings will be posted soon.

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Open Houses for Hiawatha Ave Landscape Restoration

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By robb, November 25, 2013 8:43 am

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.

Historic Panels at Longfellow Station

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By robb, November 14, 2013 11:47 am

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:

Ralston Purina

State Testing Mill