Met Council Awards Hopkins $1.6M for Blake Road Area

The money comes from a transit-oriented development grant aimed at improving neighborhoods along transit corridors.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Project for Pride in Living affordable housing building.
An artist's rendering of the proposed Project for Pride in Living affordable housing building.

The Metropolitan Council has awarded Hopkins $1.6 million to for improvements near the area around Cottageville Park and the future Blake Road Station, the Met Council announced Thursday.

The money will help create a pedestrian walkway that connects Cottageville Park to the planned Oxford Green project—a 51-unit affordable housing building at Oxford Street and Blake Road by Project for Pride in Living. There will be stormwater management features, such as pervious landscaping and rain garden, that will demonstrate the potential to integrate public and private improvements into a broader design strategy.

The money is part of $3.9 million in transit-oriented development (TOD) grants aimed at promoting economic development, housing and jobs along transit corridors.

“TOD is a key Council priority,” a news release quoted Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh. “As we expand the region’s transit system, we have to ensure that transit supports nearby land use, and nearby land use supports major transit investments. Transit and development must go hand-in-glove to ensure the success of both.”

The council also announced an additional $1.5 million in affordable housing grants. Hopkins did not receive any of that money.


Mike B. December 13, 2013 at 05:10 PM
The Met Council must be defunded! Their social engineers must find a more worthwhile line of work. The article says the Met Council has awarded $1.5 million in so-called affordable housing grants. This is money stolen from this state's taxpayers... pure and simple for their liberal redistribution schemes.
Eric Anondson December 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM
More inarticulate anger. So predictable it is almost boring.
Mike B. December 16, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Katherine Kersten had an excellent column (as usual) on the fraud known as the Met Council in Sunday's newspaper. The Met Council is determined to spread poverty throughout the entire metro area. Those who have left Minneapolis because of labor union tyranny, high crime, high taxes, and nonexistent city services did so for a reason. Yet the Met Council wants to bring the inner-city problems to the suburbs. As the only columnist with any sense in the Minneapolis Red-Star and Sickle, the liberals who run that rag of a newspaper will probably find another liberal lackey to take her place.
Eric Anondson December 16, 2013 at 09:50 PM
The social engineering policy of concentrating poverty has been an unmitigated and proven failed nightmare. Just look at the crucible of crime inflicted on the innocent doomed to live there. Children are surrounded by little but a culture accepting mediocrity and ashamed of skilled success, a culture resenting the talented. No, concentrating poverty has been one of this country's worst social policy mistakes in a century of social engineering. Social conservatives should not be too fond of this social engineering tragedy.
Mike B. December 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
If the children are surrounding by a "culture accepting mediocrity" it is up to the people living in those areas to correct the problem. Personal responsibility kicks in. That's the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives believe in personal responsibility. Liberals simply do not.
Eric Anondson December 17, 2013 at 09:52 PM
So much for "teach a man to fish", your philosophy is watch the drowning man save himself from a very great distance. How responsible.


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