City seeks State funding for Minneapolis projects at Legislature
During this legislative session, State lawmakers will be deciding what projects to fund around Minnesota. A variety of projects, including bridges, roads and buildings of regional significance, will be debated during the session before lawmakers decide which ones will receive funding.
As with past bonding years, the Mayor and City Council have approved a list of the City’s funding priorities. These projects can ensure that Minneapolis continues to be an economic generator for the metro area and the state for generations to come.
Nicollet Mall revitalization
Topping the City’s funding priority list is a revitalization of downtown Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall, which is at the end of its useful life and in need of repair. Since the mall’s last major renovation more than 20 years ago, the needs and the size of the downtown business community have changed. Updating and re-envisioning Nicollet Mall will help make it better suited to support the next generation of downtown economic growth and vibrancy. The project is a public and private sector partnership to rejuvenate this key regional asset.
Renovation of the 10th Avenue bridge
Plans call for rehabilitating the 83-year-old Mississippi River crossing to extend its life by 50 years or more.
Target Center improvements
Although Target Center no longer receives State funding, it continues to provide the State sales tax revenue (around $2.9 million in 2010). Funding is being sought to replace critical infrastructure so the center can continue generating revenue while also achieving safety, sustainability and operational stability.
Granary Road construction
Constructing Granary Road near the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus will help redevelop an area now characterized by vacant land and unused grain elevators. The road would also relieve traffic in the area by providing an alternative route to University Avenue and its new Central Corridor light-rail transit line.
I-35W storm tunnels
Funding is sought rehabilitate and perform major maintenance on the 1960s-era storm tunnel systems that run along Interstate 35W. The tunnels, which are state-owned, but maintained by the City, provide drainage for the freeway as well as portions of northeast and southeast Minneapolis.
Rehabilitation of the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
This project would complete the remaining restoration work needed on this unique cemetery, which is also one of the region’s oldest. This project includes repair and restoration of the fence facing Cedar Avenue South and East Lake Street.
Published Feb. 15, 2012