Funding the connections plan: Partners adopt shared strategy
At their meeting in January 2017, the Midtown Community Works Partnership took an important step toward implementing the Making the Connection: Midtown Greenway to Lake Street plan.
The partnership, which includes members of the county board and Minneapolis city council, as well as private and non-profit partners, adopted a shared funding strategy. The strategy identifies potential sources to fund plan recommendations that advance revitalization of the corridor and continue wrapping up the work of the partnership.
Partners will review and pursue funding opportunities that best achieve needs of the corridor and fit their shared goals. This strategic funding approach is designed to maximize critical investments that realize the corridor vision and benefit residents, communities and businesses
$530k approved for safer greenway crossings
The Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) recently approved a grant submitted by Hennepin County to improve seven crossings on the Midtown Greenway.
The grant includes major improvements to the crossing at Hiawatha Avenue, which is one of the most dangerous crossings on the greenway. The Hiawatha improvements were identified in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works strategic framework. The other crossing improvements were Midtown connections recommendations, and include:
- James Avenue
- Irving Avenue
- Humboldt Avenue
- 5th Avenue
- 28th Street East
- Minnehaha Avenue
Proposed improvements range from installing new durable high-visibility crosswalk markings and enhanced traffic signal technology, to connecting sidewalk gaps and installing raised medians and curb extensions. These improvements will be implemented over the next several years.
The grant was submitted by Hennepin County in partnership with the Midtown Greenway Coalition, the City of Minneapolis and the Lake Street Council.
New pollinator garden, murals coming to the greenway
Two additional exciting community and partner-led projects were also recently funded for the Midtown Greenway.
Pollinator Garden at CEPRO Greenspace
Pollinate Minnesota received an $8,000 Hennepin County Green Partners grant to partner with 180 youth from Andersen United Community School to plant a pollinator garden at the CEPRO site on the Midtown Greenway. The garden will be a beautiful new natural resource along the greenway. It will also be a cornerstone to building new classroom curriculum on the life cycle of honey bees at Andersen school.
Two new murals coming to the greenway
The Midtown Greenway Coalition (MGC) announced that two new murals will be installed in the greenway this year. The coalition recently closed a call for artists of color for the first one, which is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For the second mural, MGC is partnering with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and Little Earth United Tribes. With support from the Carolyn Foundation, the mural will be created by youth from Little Earth, working with students and staff from MCAD.
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