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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

Community meeting on 2225 E. Lake Street site

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By robb, March 25, 2014 8:22 am

The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization will be convening a community meeting on Thursday, April 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm to talk about proposed plans to redevelop the 2225 East Lake Street property that currently houses the School District’s adult education center and farmers’ market.

Hennepin County is proposing a multi-phase plan to redevelop the 6.4 acre property to include a Family Service Center along with new offices, retail, housing, parking, and space for the Midtown Farmers Market.  Join us at the meeting on Thursday to learn more about the proposals and to ask questions.

Childcare, Spanish interpretation, and light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

L&H Station Plan

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.

Current Condition

Current Condition

Potential Improvements

Potential Improvements

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.

Materials from Second Set of Minnehaha Reconstruction Meetings

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By robb, October 7, 2013 1:36 pm

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 on the Project Website.