MInnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works Project Newsletter / March 28, 2014

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March 28, 2014



Robb Luckow
Project Manager

Lisa Middag


This project is a collaboration to improve economic vitality and enhance livability in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha corridor by leveraging resources to support mobility, economic development, improved natural systems, and enhanced tax base.

Learn more at www.minnehaha-hiawatha.com

Community meeting on 2225 East Lake Street site

The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is hosting a community meeting to talk about proposed plans to redevelop the 2225 East Lake Street property that currently houses the School District’s adult education center and the Midtown Farmers’ Market.

Hennepin County will propose 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 farmers' market.

Join Hennepin County at the meeting on Thursday to learn more and ask questions about the proposals. Childcare, Spanish interpretation, and light refreshments will be provided.

L&H Station Plan

Hiawatha intersection improvements begin in April

Construction will begin mid-April (weather permitting) on intersection improvements for walkers, bicyclists, and persons with disabilities along Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55). 

46th Street Intersection

Expect to see new curb extensions, median and crosswalk improvements, and ADA enhancements at 32nd, 38th, 42nd, and 46th Streets. There may be some impacts for walkers, bikers, and drivers during the construction. 

Making it safer, easier, and more comfortable to cross Hiawatha Avenue was identified as a community priority in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works Investment Framework. The intersection improvements are funded by the county, city, and state.

Construction should be completed mid-summer. For updates from now until completion visit the project webpage

Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction update

The reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue is planned to start in spring 2015 and finish in fall 2016. Hennepin County will spend much of 2014 developing the construction documents for the project. 

This work will include the staging plans for the project, which identify how access will be maintained in the area during construction. One goal of the staging plan will be to maintain two-way traffic on the roadway. Parking may be restricted in the areas under construction.  

Construction will occur in sections 4 to 8 blocks long. The work will likely start in the 38th Street to 46th Street section during 2015 to best coordinate with other City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit projects in the area. The Lake Street to 38th Street section would be completed in 2016.  

For ongoing updates, visit the project website.

Rough winter leaving its mark on county roads

It is no secret to anyone driving on Minnesota roads that the extreme weather has made this an exceptional year for potholes.

“We have seen an increase in service calls this year about potholes,” said Brian Langseth from the public works department. “Our crews are filling more potholes than they have for the last few years.”

To combat the increase in the quantity and severity of the pothole problem, county crews are working Monday through Saturday to patch as many of the troubled areas as possible.

If you see a problem area on a county road, please submit a pothole report.  

Grants available for engaging cultural communities

The City of Minneapolis is offering grants up to $15,000 through its One Minneapolis Fund to non-profit community and cultural organizations to help promote diverse leadership and community engagement among cultural communities in the city. The application deadline is April 7. See the request for proposal.