received a $1 million grant from the Metropolitan Council last month to assist with Eighth Avenue development.
The grant was one of 19 grants, worth $16 million total, aimed at advancing “transit oriented development” in both existing and upcoming transitways, such as the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.
Money for the Hopkins project will:
- Enhance the Eighth Avenue pedestrian experience and streetscape in order to improve the connection between Hopkins’ downtown and the LRT station anticipated across Excelsior,
- Provide demolition funds for the Park Nicollet site,
- Consolidate parking downtown and open other properties for redevelopment.
Applications were scored on criteria set by the Met Council and had to receive scores of 60 percent or better to be considered for funding. Hopkins’ project scored 60.93 percent.
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