West Bank Station Area Implementation Study
The Cedar Riverside/West Bank station area is on its way to becoming one of the region’s top transit-oriented neighborhoods. It has high density residential, major institutional employers including three college campuses and a hospital, central location, stations for both the Hiawatha and Central Corridor LRT, a vibrant commercial district, a thriving arts community, and a diverse population.
However, it also has many infrastructure and public realm challenges, resulting from various past actions – partly completed urban renewal projects, the construction of two interstate highways, the decision to lower the grade of Washington Avenue through campus, and the many local streets that were vacated along the way. While the development of two LRT stations represents a tremendous opportunity for this area, more work is needed to ensure this area is able to reach its potential.
This area does not lack for preliminary planning work. In recent years, it has been the subject of numerous studies and projects, ranging from City and University neighborhood master plans to community visioning and prioritization exercises for specific sites. Many of these create ambitious visions for the area, but typically lack details as to how these visions will be implemented.
The West Bank Station Area Implementation Study takes this work to the next level – namely, though a detailed implementation study that identifies development opportunities, needed infrastructure, and public realm improvements, and helps to secure commitments from responsible parties to move these projects forward.
For additional information contact:
Haila Maze, AICP
250 S 4th St, Room 110
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Principal Planning Analyst
Hennepin County Housing, Community Works and Transit
417 North Fifth Street, Suite 320
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Online information from the City of Minneapolis at MinneapolisMN.gov/CPED
Last updated Oct 27, 2011