Ward 11 Issues
There are several issues affecting Ward 11's livability. The City and residents are both actively engaged in turning these challenges into opportunities and securing Ward 11's success.
- Airport Noise – Living so close to the airport has both its pros and cons. The City of Minneapolis has won a suit against the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) on behalf of city residents. Due to this verdict, almost 10,000 City homes will have access to noise remediation grants. MAC began the noise mitigation work in 2008 and is scheduled to be done in 2014.
- Gateway Project- MnDOT and the City of Minneapolis as part of the recently completed 35W/Crosstown project are working to create gateways at each of the entrances into the neighborhoods.
- Making Cedar Avenue a more pedestrian friendly street is a goal of Ward 11 and its neighboring wards. Our Public Works staff is working closely with county staff to assure that the street safely meets the needs of commuters, residents and businesses. As a group, we are working on signage, speed control, and access.
- Ward 11 is proud of its parklands and strives to work closely with the Minneapolis Park Board and our Park Commissioners.
- Southern Bike Connection – The City of Minneapolis and interested residents are busy developing a southern bike connection between 24th Street and Highway 62.
- Water quality is of special concern to Ward 11 due to Minnehaha Creek and the many South Minneapolis lakes. Water in Ward 11 drains to these special resources, making up a vital part of their watershed. Minnesota has developed Watershed Management Organizations and Watershed Districts to improve water quality and abate water quantity issues in the district. The Minnehaha Watershed District covers nearly all of Ward 11 and is a taxable body that offers programming, grants, and completes capital projects. The wetlands around Lake Nokomis are a prime example of how the Watershed District has invested in Ward 11.
- Sustainability for the new Viking Stadium is important as this is a building and facility in which the City will be responsible for a portion of the operation and maitenance costs. Sustainability Guidelines were developed to be followed by the Stadium Implementation Committee.
Last updated Oct 22, 2015