Thursday, November 1, 2012
The $3 million will help business deal with the impact of the Shady Oak Road expansion.
Hennepin County has formally approved the transfer of money that will help local businesses manage the expansion of Shady Oak Road. The County Board on Tuesday agreed to transfer $3 million in Community Works project funds to the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The transfer is part of an agreement to alleviate some of the pain from the Shady Oak Road expansion. The tentative plan for the money is similar to an arrangement discussed in March. Under that plan, someone would buy two properties, demolish one building, build a new structure, renovate another and then rearrange the tenants. (Check out the PDF above to see how the project could look. Click here for a more-detailed look at the plan.) That would require the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The $3 million in Community Works funding must be used for at least one 10,000-square-foot redevelopment site.
Hopkins and Minnetonka are set to sign off on an agreement with Hennepin County and Minnetonka that will use $3 million in Community Works money to make up for hardships associated with the Shady Oak Road expansion. At Tuesday’s Hopkins City Council meeting, members will formally review an agreement that would direct Community Works funds to the corridor with the provision that it lead to at least one 10,000-square-foot redevelopment site. Minnetonka City Council is expected to take up the issue on Oct. 29, after it is reviewed by the Economic Development Authority earlier that evening. City leaders have been searching for a way to help businesses ever since word came down that the road would be narrower than expected. That would leave the…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Select actions from the May 22 County Board meeting.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
(The following news release comes from Hennepin County.) County Board Actions includes summaries of only a portion of the total actions of the board, selected for general news interest. For complete information on all resolutions and actions by the board, see the information below. New Webber Park Library removed from budget The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners removed the New North Minneapolis (Webber Park) Library from the capital project budget – cancelling plans for a new library and, instead, allocating $500,000 for improvements to the old library in 2013. The action was taken because efforts to assemble properties for the site of the new library – in particular, a parcel at 1423 45th Ave. N. – were unsuccessful. …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A city proposal to redevelop the properties hasn’t alleviated all concerns.
Hopkins council members signed off on preliminary plans for the Shady Oak Road expansion amid the protest of three people who spoke against the project Tuesday. Rick Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Meat Market and Bakery, was critical of a plan the city put together to save as many businesses as possible—worrying that it still wouldn’t leave sufficient parking. “The project, the way it is right now, I’m just not sure it’s going to work with the business owners,” he said. City leaders have been searching for a way to help businesses ever since word came down that the road would be narrower than expected. That would bring the road within a few feet of some Shady Oak businesses—just enough to remove essential parking without giving them the money …